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The Amber Wizard: The Osserian Saga: Book One (The Osserian Saga) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2006

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006082011X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060820114
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Amber Wizard: the Osserian Saga: Book One

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Gerin Atreyano moved with an easy stride across the castle's main practice yard, the toes of his boots kicking up whorls of dust from the bare patches of dirt scattered between clumps of dry brown grass. Read the first page
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Radwan-kuzelewski on 10 Oct 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
David Forbes' first book in his Osserian Saga is almost a masterclass in using many of the stock fantasy cliches and stereotypes. A tale of a young prince discovering hitherto unknown magical powers and a destiny to use those powers against an age old unspeakable evil intent on conquoring the world, there is nothing new or original in this story. Stock characters and even a siege bring very little new to this series.

Why, then, is it so good?

There is seldom anything new in the genre these days, so the thing that seperates the good from the mediocre is the quality of the writing, and Mr Forbes writes with a tremendous energy and gusto which, after a slowish start, carries the story along at a relentless pace. The fighting is suitably bloody and exciting, and the siege which takes up the final third of the book is grim and unpredictable.

Mr Forbes also has a way with taking stock characters and making them engaging and sympathetic. Gerin, the Amber Wizard of the title, is suitably flawed and tormented as the young prince trying to do the right thing, but resentful that his previously idyllic life now seems to be directed by others, good and evil alike.

All in all, this first volume augers well for the rest of the trilogy, so long as Mr Forbes can maintain the intensity and excitement. Heres hoping.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Marion Davies on 22 July 2007
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Gerin Atreyano is the crown prince of Khedesh, a stranger appears and proclaims that Gerin may be the Amber Wizard foretold long ago. Gerins training as a wizard and a prince now begin. Hi enemies place an enchantment on him leading to a path of darkness and betrayal. As a bloody magical war threatens, he opens an ancient portal using forbidden magic. He now faces being saviour or destroyer of the world as he faces his most powerful enemy Asankaru. Great read, can't wait for the next installment
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David P. Arnold on 5 Sep 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of the previous reviews and found it to be a waste of a precious hour. See-through characters, unlikely sequences of events, jolting story line with just a few nuggets of surprising happenings. Maybe ok for kids. disapointing.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Weak heroic fantasy 25 April 2006
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm rather weary of fantasy about people without flaws. The main character is a well intentioned young prince, clear and unquestioned heir to the throne, gifted with wealth, power, a fantastic sword skill. He's also the most powerful wizard in recorded history! All his opposition is external - he's forced by an evil spell to do an evil thing, but everyone forgives him because he was forced to do it. Then he has to defend the world against an evil being. But he's helped by the evil being's twin brother, and in the end salvation arises from the actions of his kid sister - through the climactic scene he's just a powerless pawn. I find it difficult to be sympathetic with someone who is handed everything and whose only opposition comes from external god like figures.

Which is a pity, cause the writer shows promise. The minor characters are in many ways more interesting. Reshel, the kid sister and Therain the kid brother are more interesting than the protagonist. They do things and make choices that make a difference. The world in which this is set is original, complex and has the potential to be interesting. All too frequently the writers spends time telling us about his world, when he should be telling us about the characters. The book would have been far better if it had been split into a series, so that each story could concentrate on, and develop, a few interesting characters. Instead this is a precis of a richer and more interesting epic. Kind of like an appetizer portion of an entree, the taste is present, but satisfaction is absent.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
blehh... 27 Jun 2006
By Peter Stanton - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It was alright, I suppose. the ending is really dull, you start out expecting something exciting, but in the end it becomes a mediocre plagerism of a Tad Willams Series: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

The similarities are glaringly obvious: the villain is the "Storm King" of race exterminated through a human genocide, now the powerful undead king wants to return from the land of the dead and destroy all life. He even has red-robed priest/mage henchmen. Its really depressing, you should just buy the DragonBone Chair, its the first book in a series that David Forbes plagerised for the Amber Wizard and the series is superior.

You start out excited and interested in the characters, but that fades. Gerin is perfect, as Rashel, his Wizardess sister, and Hollin, the Wizard who trains them. Although they don't seem to need much training, almost immediatly after their power is awakened, they are master wizards and from that point onward recieve zero training, but somehow do just fine.

The characters are paragons of noble perfection, Therain is the only one who posseses any sort of flaw whatsoever: an inferiority complex. This isn't at all suprising considering that the author made his older brother and protagonist Gerin quite literally perfect. He is the most powerful Wizard ever, a master tactician, master swordsman, benevolent Duke, charismatic, smart, handsome and responsible. Even his one bad act in the book is forced by an evil compulsion spell rather then a possible imperfection in his character.

Interestingly, considering how perfect and glorious Gerin is, after halfway through the book, he does virtually NOTHING. He sits in his castle until the very last chapter when he runs off alone and banishes the evil king back to the land of the dead.

Therain is really the protagonist of this book, he held back the Storm King's army until their father the king could arrive to crush them, even though he is the book's sole imperfect character.

This book had a lot of potential, but I wanted a book about Gerin, not his brother. And when I read a book, its nice if the characters seem like actual people. The characters here are perfect virtuous Gods whom we cannot hope to relate to.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
What happened to good writing craft? 18 Mar 2007
By H. L. Shore - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After getting to the end of Chapter Six, I am putting this book down for good! It is so incredibly poorly written that I cannnot even get to the point of commenting on the quality of the story. The author insists on "telling" rather than "showing" almost everything. During non-action scenes it slows the story down with wardrobe descriptions, and depictions of yet another great pillared hall (a standard fantasy image), or historical fact. In action scenes, it just ruins any attempt at pacing. So one minute the Prince/hero is being attacked by the badies, and the next you're learning his horse's name, and the name of his bodyguard's horse too! If the horses had any type of character or quality to them it would be understandable - but they don't! The author goes on to pin names and descriptions to countless other people, historic eras, magical objects or acts - but there is no purpose to any of it! I would far rather learn of a hero's character and image through his actions. Instead, the author "tells" us one thing, and then contradicts that initial impression by having him/her do something that does not build on that initial impression. The end result is that the character's of this story are wooden at best, and confused at worst.

If you want to read something more impressive (though of a slightly different ilk) pick up "Moonshine" - the second book by Rob Thurman. Beyond Tolkein, there is little fantasy that is truly well written, but Thurman's writing is tight, fast, fun, and character intense.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Trashy Novel 23 Jun 2007
By Sean Emil - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What I hoped for when I opened up this book was a heroic fantasy that was easy to read, but put in some interesting vocabulary and nice, crisp desciption. I *DID NOT GET IT*.
The vocabulary got about as challenging as 'overtly', a word I use in low-key *conversation*. He will either describe things enough to make you sick, or say 'he was handsome' and move on! And, to top it all off, it was as easy as one f the sixty-three word picture books. A *preschooler* could have read this!
The plot could be figured out by a six-year-old, the violence was bland and much too common, and the characters were arrogant idiots who had not a single flaw!
No scope at all, a classic ending and a predictable magic scheme. I felt bad for the villain, because he was a) completely flawed and b) had the only sense of character in the book and c) was kind of comical. I really wanted to lov this book, but, but, it was Shannara x 10!

Picturing: F
Description: F
Characters: Worse than an F
Action: D-
Challenge: F
Overall: F
Entertaining But Long 20 Nov 2014
By Debra Purdy Kong - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The discovery that Prince Gerin Atreyano and his sister Reshel have the potential to become wizards shocks them and their family. That Gerin has the ability to become an amber wizard, the most powerful wizard of all, amazes the clan of wizards residing in Hethnost. An amber wizard has not been alive for centuries, nor have wizards come from the same family in a very long time. Shortly after Gerin learns of his unique ability, he's ambushed and a spell is placed inside him by a Neddari sorcerer. The spell sets of a chain of events which compels Gerin to open a portal between the realm of the living and the dead, which admits the evil Storm King. So begins an epic battle that changes the lives of the Atreyano family.

The Amber Wizard is one heck of an entertaining read. The rules and complexity of the wizard's world are clearly defined. Backstory, character development, and action are beautifully blended together. As the four Atreyano siblings, their father, a handful of wizards, and personal guards are the story's focus, it's a challenge to keep them all in the story. Point of view and location shifts keep the action moving, but one of the sisters is relegated to the background in this book.

Epic fantasies between good and evil tend to be long, but this book contains scenes that could have been cut. Gerin's visit to his mother's crypt, for example, merely recaps which we already know and kills the tension where it should be ramping up. Having said that, the ending is satisfying and I appreciate the glossary at the back of the book explaining all of the foreign names and words used in the story. Fans of the genre will enjoy one.
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