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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482585146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482585148
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,545,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ionia Martin on 3 Jun. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It has been a long time since I found an opener for a fantasy series that was better than some of the big names in this genre. Dare I say that Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffrey and David Eddings may have some competition in the works? I think so. Charles Yallowitz is one of the most talented new voices I have seen hit the fantasy market in recent memory.

Charles Yallowitz clearly has the required imagination to write a top notch fantasy novel. He has an excellent grasp of the elements that all good high fantasy books should entail. His world is rich, descriptive and filled with dazzling sights that have not been visited time and again. He utilizes more than just the common senses that we typically see in characters, and that made this a pretty mind blowing experience.

There were some really original and unique aspects to this book. I thought the use of zombies in this novel was an out of bounds achievement. I wasn't expecting to see popular genres of fantasy and horror cross that way, and the mindless killing machine mentality of the zombies in Windemere were somewhat reminiscent of "The Five Kingdom" Novels by Vivian French, another series of books that I adore that also crosses genres.

There is a lot of humour along the way, so even when things are serious for the characters and there is peril and danger, the author keeps you laughing and enjoying the comedy of the character's situations. I appreciated this quality, as it has always been one of my favourite things about fantasy. The character's also have the chance to be reflective, serious and compassionate, as I had hoped they would.

Luke is a well thought out character.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julian Froment on 18 May 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The action and plot kept me glued to the page, always wanting to know what was going to happen next. The characters were interesting and well developed, with intriguing glimpses of back story. There are a lot of clues to past events that are (hopefully) yet to be revealed. I defy anyone not to lose themselves in the story of Luke Callindor and his friends. Everyone loves a hero! The author has created an exciting world of magic, mystery and adventure. Mr Yallowitz has left me with an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. I am awaiting the sequel(s) with anticipation. I am sure that you will too, once you have read this breathtaking first installment of the Legends of Windemere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roses are Amber on 29 May 2013
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Windemere; every time I read this word I thought of the Lake District in the UK. The book evolves to be full of legends, magic, heros, demons and destiny. Images of Middle Earth came to mind and a Hobbit or two would have fitted easily in to this cleverly woven tale full of imaginative description. It easily stands alone as a well written novel of magical adventure. I really enjoyed reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrsgillies on 5 Feb. 2014
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I downloaded this eBook for free on Amazon awhile back.

The story is about Luke Callindor, a young forest tracker, who is trying to establish his place in the world. He yearns to be known for more than his name, having come from a lineage of warriors, so he sets off looking for adventure. Having little success, he comes across a messenger of Duke Solomon. The messenger is in need of a protector to the heir to the throne as their life has been threatened. Exaggerating his skills and triumphs, Luke is accepted into the Hamilton Military Academy where the heir is residing to go undercover as a student. Problem is that Luke has no idea who the heir is. Will he find out in time to fulfill his mission and protect them before it’s too late? And will he even have the skills to defend himself against the evil that is not only threatening the life of the heir but the entire kingdom as well?

The story drew me in immediately, and kept me turning the pages right until the very end. It was well paced throughout apart from a couple of scenes of dialogue that i felt were ill timed as it slowed the pace down a bit at crucial points.

The characters were really well developed and all so likeable! (apart from the baddies obviously). Luke was extremely likeable with his down to earth attitude and you couldn’t help but root for him right from the beginning. I will be honest that some of the female characters annoyed me a little bit however they weren’t all bad. I really commend the author on his characters, i think that’s what made the book – it was a great cast and i feel like I’ve made a bunch of new friends.

In terms of fantasy, this novel is quite unique in that almost every mythical creature that you can think of lives in Windemere. Including Zombies.
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By Shineman on 27 Jan. 2014
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I really enjoyed the book. There is a good mix of a captivating storyline and humorous banter between the main characters. The main 'baddy' seemed to be a bit of a fool yet was likeable. I don't like giving much of the plot away so suffice to say it a good read. There was only one thing that took me a little getting used to. The style of writing. It seemed to be written in the present tense which you'd expect in dialogue between characters but in descriptive text...? But that is more down to my preferences and really didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. I've already read the second which was even better and have just downloaded the third. Thoroughly recommended!
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