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Prince of Bryanae [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Getzin , Carol Phillips , Wai Ng
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"I recommend 'Prince of Bryanae' to anyone who enjoys a good story with nonstop action and suspense, combined with strong, memorable characters and an imaginative setting." --Scotti Cohn, author of Liberty's Children

"... can make you both laugh and cry, and keeps you turning page after page ... as the story unfolds. Jeffrey Getzin has created a masterpiece with ... 'Prince of Bryanae' ." --Sabrina O'Malone, author of Prayers for the Working Mom

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"This is a splendid book full of adventure and a sympathetic character in Willow. The story has heart and excitement. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a rollicking good fantasy." --Billie Sue Mosiman, author of Legions of the Dark

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 458 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004APA36M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeffrey Getzin graduated from Clark University where he won the Loring Holmes and Ruth Dodd Drama Contest for an original one-act play. He has a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Jeffrey currently develops software for Google in New York City, and lives in New Jersey with his long-time girlfriend Kate and a seemingly infinite number of cats.

Jeffrey is a lifelong practitioner of various martial arts, and currently holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under Renzo Gracie black belt Jamie Cruz. He has competed in table tennis at the national level. Jeffrey is an avid film and home theatre buff. Also, his mother says he is very handsome.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic fantasy, well worth five stars 10 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Discipline. It was the most important word in Willow's vocabulary." This is the opening line of one of the best fantasy books I've read all summer, and I read a lot of them. The story begins with Willow, an elf and Captain in the King's Guard, and who is in the service of the royal family of Bryanae. Willow's life has taken a sudden turn for the bad, and it's about to become even worse. She is beset by problems she has no control over, and no matter how much discipline she applies to the situation, it keeps spiraling out of control. She's attracted to Captain Snyde, an arrogant man she despises but whom she inexplicably desires against her own wishes. To top it off, she refuses to admit she is in love with Private Tamlevar, a good, decent man who is in love with her and whose loyalty to her is unswerving.

From moment of the opening line, the action begins, and it is nonstop up to the final page. Willow is unfairly demoted, her despised mother shows up and Vazerian, the prince she is supposed to be guarding, gets kidnapped and she is frozen in place, unable to stop it, leaving her open to accusations of cowardice. Those are the better parts of the week. Willow's life as she knows it over, and all the discipline she has spent her very long life developing can't keep it from going to hell. Terribly injured and now on the run, only discipline keeps Willow from completely breaking under the onslaught of bad luck - discipline and Private Tamlevar who has insisted on following her.

Ultimately, Willow finds herself risking her life for the country which had turned its back on her, choosing to attempt to rescue the kidnapped Prince of Vazerian, even though she no longer has any authority.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prince Of Bryanae 25 Mar 2013
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I was well out of my comfort zone with this book, never having read one from this genre before. I was more than pleasantly surprised.....it turned out to fabulous! It has something for everyone....elves, magic, unrequited love, murder and mayhem, all wrapped up in a cracking tale and characters you can route for and others you can hate with a passion. Well done, Mr Getzin. I shall be reading more of yours!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fly down the body of the book and soar 18 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is rollicking good fun, it's solid and at some points actually inspired. Jeffrey weaves a world like folks do tapestries and spiders do webs, he totally encapsulates the reader and leaves them hungry for more. If only he could release more in the series a little faster as after this taster I am growing more impatient.
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2.0 out of 5 stars How to torture an elf. 6 Sep 2013
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This book is miss titled. It should be called the tortured life of willow! The Prince plays little if any, part in the tale. He is the reason for the quest, but that is about all.it feels like a computer games adventure, where the main character gets beaten to death but gets up smiling as though nothing had happened. A bit more realism and a little less gratuitous violence would have made the tale far more acceptable. It is difficult to sympathise with WIllow because she is unbelievably stubborn and always jumps in at the deep end. Another possible title would be the three bitch queens.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic fantasy with a strong female lead 8 Nov 2010
By R. Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Elven Captain Willow lives her life by discipline. She expects nothing less from those around her. Little does anyone realize how fragile that strong surface is beneath.

Childhood terrors are the worst. When people from the horde who'd taken over Willow's birth kingdom come to her new home to wreak havoc, the staunch warrior is paralyzed with fear for the first time in over a hundred years. They kidnap her Prince right before her eyes. Then, the Queen busts Willow down to private.

Devastated, Willow goes AWOL to recover her Prince. With memories from a tortured past haunting her and some dicey friends, including the suave Captain Snyde and far-too-young Tamlevar, the deck is stacked against her. But, Willow's got more than discipline. She's willing to risk everything to stop her new home from being destroyed.

I haven't read a well-written female heroine as strong as this since Elizabeth Moon. What's really surprising is Getzin's ability to write sympathetic and real women. "Prince of Bryanae" is well worth a read for fantasy lovers.

Rebecca Kyle, November 2010
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really my cup of tea 15 Jan 2012
By Whispering Spirit - Published on Amazon.com
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This book had an okay plot, and while it does have a unique twist here and there, alot of what happened has been done and overdone to death before. In some places (like during all the flashbacks) the story gets really tedious and the only reason I didn't stop reading is because my slight ocd issues wouldn't let me.

*This part of the review contains spoilers* Because I really can't explain my dislike without spoiling some of the plot unfortunately.

First issue I had? No one mentioned that that "violence" experienced in her past involved her being raped repeatedly-as a child no less. If I had known that, I would have never bought this book, cheap price or not, thats just something I find extremely distasteful. When I hear bad past I think dead family, maybe killed in front of her or because of her to add to the trauma. Not practically being sold by her mother to the man who destroyed everything she loved to be raped and impregnated.

I might understand it a little more if it improved the plot in some way but Willow didn't even remember her past until the end. Also, if Willow couldn't remember her past, exactly how did she remember her hate for her mother? Or was that just irrational dislike for no random reason at that point. You'd think that something would be wrong when you hate someone that much and couldn't even rememeber why- and if she couldn't remember what happened to her then why would she even freeze up due to her past? If thats the case then why even make her forget what happened other than to throw in a bunch of flashbacks later.

Not only that but then she goes and rapes Snyde. Because regardless of what he did/does later, he did protest it and she did force herself on him. Not to mention that part came out of nowhere and really surved no point other than to give him something to rub in her face later- and at that point her already had more than enough material to hold over her head.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Fantasy-Adventure 7 Nov 2010
By Scotti Cohn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover, thanks to superb world-building, nonstop action and suspense, an imaginative setting, and strong, memorable characters. I read a lot of fantasy, and Prince of Bryanae kept me engaged and intrigued as well as (or better than) anything I've ever read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-Packed & Deceptively Deep 10 Oct 2011
By Carlyle Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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PRINCE OF BRYANAE is subtler and more complex than the slaughter-fest cover would have you believe. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of violence and mayhem, so don't read that the protagonist Willow is an elf and expect a Young Adulty type fantasy. This ain't that, and it ain't for the faint of heart. With that disclaimer, I'll say that for those who do read it, you get an interesting look at the hard-ass, anti-social type character prevalent in fantasy fiction as well as many other genres, but her you get an in-depth looks at what sort of back-story a character/person would have to have to end up that character. And rather than being forced to wade through endless introspection like you might in a literary fiction novel, Getzin delivers it in an excellent pacey piece filled with action and plenty of little and big surprises, twists, and betrayals, which are executed properly. Which is to say it makes sense that the character did what they did rather than it suited the author and the plot to have them do something that was out-of-character. Also, Getzin balances the dark with good bits of humor.

I recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys action-packed fantasy that is dark and at times disturbing, but mixed with humor and three-dimensional characters.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sick of Vampires and Werewolves, Try Elves ? 20 Aug 2011
By Paula L. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When you hear the term fantasy and supernatural ? What is the creatures that pop into your mind , Is it witches, angels , vampires, werewolves or even faeries? , With the craze of supernatural genre hitting our bookshelves, it's not suprisingly we have heard or read all there is about these creatures. However, if we think a little deeper about what is classified as a supernatural -it goes even further with goblins and elves. Not many authors have ventured forth in writing about elves, though Jeffrey Getzin's book Prince of Bryanae has done just that and has proved to be an action-packed and fast-paced novel with just the right hint of fantasy and action scenes to make it exciting to the reader.

Prince of Bryanae takes us into the world of Captain Willow - an elf that is protective and disciplined towards the world, a woman who if asked by others what she was like , would describe her as cold and heartless . Though behind this mask , is a woman who has hidden and buried her childhood and the last 150 years of her life that no-one can see it. However , when her and her army are massacred and the Prince of Bryanae is kidnapped before her eyes whilst frozen to the spot. It is up to Willow to bring and return the Prince to his rightful place, but in doing this - Willow must face her past , the one she has tried so hard to forget. In the journey, Willow is reunited with her mother whom she harbours resents against. Armed with her friend Tamlevar , can they rescue the Prince or will their feelings for each other jepordise the rescue and turn them against each other ?.

A novel that will keep all readers entertained and as the journey progresses , The Prince of Bryanae has an ending that will suit readers fine, but also leave them wanting more. Is their a next book in the near-future , hmmm one titled "The Queen of Byanae"

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