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Lumen (Blood Luminary, No. 1) [Paperback]

Joseph Eastwood
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27 Nov 2012 Blood Luminary
Lumen is the first novel in a series of four novels. The series follows the protagonist, Daniel Satoria on his journey into a new world, a world of untapped power and ability. On an island estranged from the rest of the world are people, people living by the teachings of the Luminary; seven pillars on which their existence rests and all belief was created. These souls have abilities that would make most mortal minds doubt their sanity, and at times it may come as a blessing, but the nature of their belief is based on a curse. Daniel is going through his final transition, and once complete, he will be able to manipulate the bonds of his energy more freely. Not everything falls so smoothly, and after a near-death experience, Daniel is admitted into the island's only private school, a privilege he is not allowed to forget. While trying to fit in he opens mysteries and troubles beyond the life he came from, and they threaten everything and everyone he once believed in. Could Daniel come from those legends he was taught about?

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (27 Nov 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1480251178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480251175
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,270,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Eastwood was born on the 9th June 1993, in Lancaster, England. He's always wanted to write for a living, which wasn't always encouraged, the more 'financially viable' lifestyle choices were pushed upon him, but he didn't let that pull him down, and he wrote, and wrote.

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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MORE PLEASE 30 Sep 2012
By Janie
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I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.
I found this to be a spell-binding tale from the very start. Daniel has to go through so much in such a short space of time but he manages it! I would love there to be a second book to this as I would love to know what Happens to Daniel as his full powers come into being!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Luminary Series 17 Sep 2012
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This book is the start of what could be an amazing series.

Templar Island is hidden away from the world, and each occupant once they have transformed have the ability to manipulate energy. Daniel manages to earn a place at a very prestigious school, but once there he learns that jealously could quite literally kill.

The main character Daniel has to overcome many obstacles, and really develops and transforms as the story goes on. The story flows nicely, is very descriptive and although I've seen aspects of the plot before, there is enough uniqueness to keep the reader gripped and entertained.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly gripping. 19 Jan 2013
By Standen
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Firstly, congratulations to the author in creating such a vast and consuming landscape. The layered geography of the island provides a unique and spellbinding atmosphere to become fondly lost in.
I was enthralled by the character of Daniel, who is pure enough to be a fantastic protagonist, whilst still flawed enough to portray a realistic and entertaining person. The antagonists are lavishly gritty, twisting events and situations an all manner of entertaining forms.
Looking forward to book two!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating read! 9 Oct 2012
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First thought after reading was WOW, when can I get the next book? Eventually it sunk in that it wouldn't be out for a while yet. Leaving me imagining the world of adventure that could be undertaken through this amazing series.

When I chose this book to read, I tentatively opened the page without knowing where it would lead me. I didn't read the synopsis or information posted on the book here on Amazon as I would normally do. I chose to purchase it through teasers that were posted on the authors fan page. I do not regret this choice. I knew from right from the start that Joseph would be an author to watch for in the future and I was right.

Credit must be given where credit is due. This young author has some amazing talent at his fingertips, that it's hard to believe he is only 19. To think he began writing Lumen when he was only 17.

The world he created is faultless and captivating. You are thrust into a world where you either survive the change, or you die as you embrace the power within your blood. Daniel our protagonist goes through two such changes as we follow him on his journey. Neither is easy, and both have you gripping the pages in hopes that he survives. Mr Croft, the respective head of the most sought after school in Templar Island, comes to assess Daniel for entry. When making his visit he asks Daniel to show him what he could do with regards to his powers. Daniel happily shows him and whilst doing so he undergoes the second change. This is where Daniels life either comes together or falls apart. I'm not going to spoil it for those wishing to read what happens.

Lumen is utterly spell-binding and I found myself hooked upon each page. I couldn't wait to come home from work and dive into this well-crafted world of fantasy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could've and Should've Been Great 8 Sep 2012
By Aimee Webber - Published on
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A review of two stars that should've been three- if not four.

As I began to read, I fell in love with the setting and the mystical powers of a mysterious island and its ihabitants. The first few pages were packed with details that felt like elements of a favorite TV series being brought to life in a new and vivid way. As a long time fan of "Lost", I immediately had an exceptionally clear mental image of Templar Island; a place with esoteric qualities that no one 'off island' can properly understand. The author was off to a great start and had my attention.

Conceptually, the story is fantastic. The main character, Daniel, is a young man whose family is lacking in wealth and social standing. He is invited to study at a private academy for the most 'gifted' individuals on the island, despite the fact that his family is considered lower class and cannot finance his education. It is evident that the character is destined for greatness; he is the focus of the book, clearly the protagonist, and all odds are against him. Beyond the general framework for the main character, his pre-destined greatness, and magical interweavings- I have many issues with the book. The idea was fantastic and I wanted this review to go differently, but full disclosure of the goods and bads of this novel must be made. So far the goods: vivid setting and interesting concept.

The bads: I sent the author a message via his Facebook fan page detailing my concerns, which he said he would address. Perhaps he did and Kindle did not properly notify owners of the book of the change. I am not sure how post-publish changes are handled, but I completed my read using the first edition of Lumen. As I advanced through the book, towards the 3rd or 4th chapter, I began to stumble in my comprehension of the text. No, the writing was not too advanced for my capabilities, it was fraught (and I mean overflowing) with typographical errors.

The errors were so profound that I found myself needing to re-read passsages multiple times to infer the meaning. Not only were there spelling errors and incorrect verb tense choices, but the character would be in one location in one paragraph and in the next paragraph the location changed without explanation. Was he teleported there? Was he dreaming? Did he awake from a dream? I have no idea.


Additionally, I felt that character development was sporadic rather than organic. Facts were announced rather than woven into the story. A prime example is the character of Reuben, Headmaster of the Croft Academy (aka- academy for the magically gifted). He was 'nice' for the majority of the book. I mean sickeningly sweet nice. If he had alterior motives it was not clear (and did not even seem implied) that one should suspect him of such things. In all ways he seemed to be doing things to help the main character achieve greatness. He was at first a Dumbledore-eqsue figure. The comparisons were hard to miss: headmaster, seemingly counselor and friend to the school underdog, lets the underdog get away with things other kids would NEVER be allowed to do. See? Dumbledore. Right? But in the last handful of chapters he becomes something closer to Voldemort in his vain attempt to see Daniel dead or trapped for his own personal uses.

Inconsistencies and errors, in a story I desperately wanted to love, leave me feeling unsure if I will read more by this author. I know, it could be because he's new on the scene. However, I could not help screaming at my IPad: GET AN EDITOR!!! These are all things that need not ever happen! Mr. Eastwood, I know you are young and eager to publish and your thoughts are so fascinating that I REALLY want to see them on electronic paper. But I cannot put myself through reading something so full of obvious and fixable mistakes again, unless I am doing so as an editor. I want to review books for their story- why I loved or did not love the content of the message. I do not want to write a review about how poor your spell check was. My urging is this: create your magnificent worlds in such a way that I cannot bear to leave them, be careful, and most of all take your time. And, if you are in need a third, fifth, or one-hundreth pair of eyes- drop me a line.

Aimee Webber
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! Completely blown away!!! 22 Aug 2012
By Tonya - Published on
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I just finished reading "Lumen" and WOW!!! If you love fantasy than this is a must read! Everyone on Templar island has a special gift, and Daniel is about to find out just HOW special he really is. When he is sent to a school to learn to harness and learn to use his powers, the others realize that Daniel has a power that is far superior to theirs, one of legends, and they want it. With the help of Daniel's best friend Jac, they have to battle to keep Daniels powers from falling into dangerous hands. There is a lot of detail in this story, but it is written so well, and flows so beautifully that you can follow without getting lost- which for me tends to happen a lot with some fantasy books. I absolutely loved this book and I can't wait to see what happens to Daniel andd Jac as their new journey begins!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lumen in Review 3 Jan 2013
By Ellie Mack - Published on
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I was immediately drawn into the setting. Joseph really knows how to set the stage for his players. How could you not love Daniel?
I found myself both cheering and jeering at different places; when you can be drawn into a fictional work pulling for the character you know the writer has done his work right.
I did find some inconsistencies that bothered me, and had me going back a few pages to figure out what I had missed.
Overall, a good read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 5 Oct 2012
By J. D. Nelson - Published on
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This book is completely fantastic. In two ways. First off, it is an amazing read. I was pulled into the story by the first few paragraphs. Secondly, the world the author has created was both fascinating and terrifying. The things Daniel experiences while on the island are horrific, but ultimately I think he'll be stronger for it in the books to come. I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment! This is a great read. Go buy it now!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great concept - needs editing. 3 Jun 2013
By Jennifer Bogart - Published on
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This book is for anyone who loves fantasy. Joseph Eastwood's imagination draws the reader into a parallel world where magic exists, perils abound, and characters come to life on the page. Daniel is a complex character, both strong and weak, dealing with his changing body, maturing emotions, and new powers he must embrace. Born in the Lowerlands and educated in the Upperlands, Daniel leads an unexpected life of privilege. However, with his privileges comes unexpected danger as he finds himself fighting to stay where he doesn't belong.

While the story is intriguing and the characters are believable, this book does have its faults. First, it needs a solid line edit to correct small issues such as typos, missing words and awkward sentences (nothing too worrisome, but still all too common in independently published books). Second, there are a few inconsistencies in both the plot and the characterization. I had difficulty figuring out if Daniel was from the lower part of the Middlelands (as suggested at the beginning of the book), or if he was actually from the hated Lowerlands. Technically, Daniel isn't allowed to leave the island or he could die, and yet he is permitted to go without consequence. Reuban both supports and hates Daniel - which is realistic enough, but he falters between giving the boy privileges and protecting him and setting him up for failure. Not to mention - Reuban breaks character and risks his school, students, and own life in calling for a Luminary without ever really giving the reader a reason why. There are times when secondary characters know things they shouldn't. For example, Daniel's mother doesn't know what he is, and yet she does when he arrives at her house with Mia at the end of the book.

As the book progresses towards its end, revealing Daniel's true form, it feels a bit rushed. So much time is given at the beginning, creating realistic characters and a unique world that I wish a little more time had been taken to reach its conclusion. The ending culminates in numerous inconsistencies, leaving many questions (which obviously lead into the second book), and making me feel as though the entire thing was rushed to completion. Again, without giving away too much information, I can't understand why Reuban waited to carry out his plan for Daniel instead of acting the moment he knew his true form. I also find it hard to believe that only one teacher champions the youth - and that not until his life is imminent danger after showing in an earlier seen that he didn't care if Daniel lived or died. Why would Daniel stay in a place where he obviously wasn't wanted? It didn't seem to me like he was getting anything out of being there, other than numerous beatings. I also think the character of Jac could have been better defined. His role is important, and the author has the ability to delve into that character's mind, as he often does, so why not expand on his role in the book to help clarify events and perhaps clear up some of the inconsistencies.

Despite the issues above, this is a good book. With a bit of polish and more attention to detail, this series should meet with success in the YA fantasy market.
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