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The Catastrophe of the Emerald Queen [Kindle Edition]

Lance Manley
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Book Description

Eleven year old Sophie Roberts is in a coma in hospital following a car accident.

When bored and curious eleven year old boy Jared Miller stumbles upon a monstrous assassin in her room, he and Sophie are saved only by the intervention of a warrior from the magical world of Alegria, a world linked to our own by Sophie and a world which is in dire peril as long as she remains in her coma.

Kidnapped and taken to Alegria, Jared is the only person that can save the kingdom from the evil King James and restore it to its former peaceful glory.

But he is also the key that could bring an end to Alegria forever.

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About the Author

Having grown up in the 1970s L.R. Manley was an avid reader of the heroes of mythos and fairy tale. He joined the British police in 2004 and was on duty on July 7th 2005 in central London, just after the terrorist attacks. Frustrated by the impotence of policing in the UK he resigned in 2008 and travelled for 3 years. Taking in Greece, India, Moldova, Italy, the USA, and Mexico before returning to the UK. Now living in Royal Leamington Spa, Lance wrote "The Catastrophe of the Emerald Queen" as a homage to the fantasy tales he loved as a child. Inspired by many people and events in Lance's life, this is the first of a planned series of "The Tales of Alegria".

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy novel 29 April 2012
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Having read Lance's other book, Stabproof Scarecrows I was aware of how well he can write but having never read any of his fiction previously I wasn't sure what to expect. I was truly surprised at how amazing this book was. It takes a little while to get into it but it's definitely worth it. A new twist on a fantasty novel that in places I genuinely couldn't put down. A strong anti-bullying message and a true triumph of good over evil makes this the perfect book for children of 12 and over plus the way it's been left paves the way for sequels of which I hope there will be many more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new and original vision 9 Oct. 2012
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I discovered this by searching books under the name `Manley'.

I read his previous book, a memoir of his time in the police and enjoyed his writing, so Lance Manley became an author for me to look out for.

I wouldn't normally read this genre, however, the story is excellently written and the author has created and brought to life a vivid new world with well drawn characters to fill it.

This is as good as and better than a lot of work offered by the mainstream publishers and at this price you can't go wrong!

I am looking forward to more.
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This book has everything from fantastic descriptions of the flora and fauna of Alegria, to epic battle scenes with flying marauders and magical weapons.

The characters are wide and varied in their nature and it is clear some have deep back-stories which tweak the imagination further.

There is also a strong anti-bullying moral theme throughout the book which compliments the plot.

I hope there are more 'Tales of Alegria' to come, I look forward to exploring the characters more!

Very enjoyable reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 14 Jan. 2013
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I read The Catastrophe of the Emerald Queen in one go. I found it very imaginative and absorbing; couldn't wait to turn to the next page. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read; Perfect for 7 Mar. 2012
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Not gonna lie; my expectations for the book were not super high. From the cover design (and the fact that the author hasn't previously published any fiction) I assumed that this would be a relatively pedestrian (albeit interesting)fantasy novel.

I was definitely surprised, and in the best possible way.

The plot is great, and pretty much anyone will find a character that they relate to somewhere within the novel. Far from rehashing tired fantasy tropes, this book is sort of a mish-mash of "Deathwish" and "Chronicles of Narnia" with a Charles Bronson-ish character stealing the show. Lance is able to bring an entire universe to life, immersing the reader in a life or death struggle that will have them on the edge of their seats the entire journey.

Some observations:
1) Definitely not for young children, but has a strong moral compass that would appeal to kids from 12-16 and older.
2) The dialogue is somewhat stilted, but the characters are all unique and they each speak with a distinct voice.
3) There needs to be a sequel. There has to be a sequel.

I would recommend that anyone interested in fantasy, or anyone who loves to read a good revenge story / action novel, read this freshman attempt by Lance Manley. You won't come away disappointed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond what I expected. Wonderful. 9 Jun. 2012
By Jack "Sweeney" Carter - Published on
While having certain aspects of fantasy tropes about it (orphans, magic, an alternate world) Lance Manley's great feat here is making this different. Magic is limited and used sparingly. Cunning and luck see our heroes through.

The moral of the book is that violence can change us, and shows that while we may think we know ourselves, being angry can make us act against our natures.

There are some WONDERFUL characters in here. King James is quite possibly the most magnificent baddy you will EVER meet while the hero Mordalayn is a poster boy for righteous rage.

I loved this book and would reccomend it to anyone who loves a good fantasy novel. The story is original and the characters unique (I actually spat coffee out laughing at the bit where hormonal fairy Kloee berated an injured man for falling on top of she was too annoyed to realise that it was an accident and the man was horribly hurt).

Mordalayn is a new hero. Complex and violent yet sensitive and compassionate. I predict a cult following for this character.

Sublime. Check it out.

(Final point. NOT for little kids, but ages 11+ will love it).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 27 Dec. 2013
By Just Me - Published on
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This was a very entertaining read, very unexpected villain. The characters really took some imagination and the ending was great!
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