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The Song of Andiene

The Song of Andiene [Kindle Edition]

Elisa Blaisdell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Description

What do you do when the one who destroyed your life has
saved your life?

Andiene, the youngest daughter of the king, grew up pampered
and ignored, until her world shattered around her. Her uncle usurped the
throne. Now she has studied forbidden magic in a passionate quest to seize back
the power that she feels is rightfully hers.

Ilbran was a fisherman, until his chance meeting with
Andiene lost him all he had ever known. Filled with a desperate hatred of
magic, he fights his attraction to Andiene, and his fear that her magic will harm
his daughter.

Together, they quest through forests full of monsters and
cities full of treachery in a world where magic twists and destroys humankind.

This novel is approximately 96,000 words, or 340 pages.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484945522
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #668,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good read, I look forward to reading more of her work. Pity Amazon needs such a long winded review though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and beautiful fantasy novel 4 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The story of The Song of Andiene is birthed in the tragic, bloody overthrow of a kingdom and the slaughter of her family and relatives by the new king. Andiene escapes with the help of a dragon. She lives for a period of time with a poor fisherman's family, but when her secret is discovered Andiene must flee for her life. She learns her magic at the dragon's tutelage, and must gather supporters around her and return to take back the kingdom which is rightfully hers.

Such a summary of the plot does not do sufficient justice to the quality of the writing. The Song of Andiene is well-written and edited, absorbing, and intelligent. But for me the outstanding feature of this work is the world-building - I have seldom read a finer example of the craft. The world is detailed and nuanced without ever coming across as contrived or unbelievable, and the writer sustains it throughout with novel and well thought-through twists that maintain the reader's interest. There are no false notes.

If there is any weakness in the treatment, I felt it might be in the depth of characterization afforded Andiene. To me she felt aloof, a little one-dimensional. I thought she might have been a more tortured individual, that her responses to her situation would have been more complex. Ilbran in contrast is a more completely drawn character yet occupies a more minor role in the novel.

This is a very fine novel that will not disappoint lovers of this genre and I was pleased to be given a copy in exchange for an unbiased, non-reciprocal review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good little read in the end 23 Sep 2013
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a bit slow to get started but i persevered and really quite enjoyed the ending. some interesting plot twists, however, i feel that the story could definitely have been embellished a little more, possibly even stretched over 2 books to make Andienes' struggle for the throne more pronounced. she seemed to walk into it a little too easily for someone who had been in exile for 7 years. and i would have liked to have seen more use of her powers for good, to gain the trust of the people, seeing as how it is supposed to be a big part of her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Fantasy 15 July 2013
By Rob May
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an unusually-structured fantasy. The two leads meet in the first chapters, but then are torn apart, only to be reunited halfway through the book. And then at the end there is another rift, one that provides closure on one hand--and makes The Song of Andiene a perfect standalone novel--but also hints of future stories.

I hope there are more, because The Song of Andiene is a superlative fantasy: the language and imagery are mature and controlled all the way through, with a unique vocabulary that enriches the world. And the plot is anything but predictable - when Andiene encounters the dragon, she is changed in ways that only make sense in the closing chapters; and when Ilbran escapes torture and death, his new life thows more unexpected challenges and tragedy at him.

In a way, Andiene is the symbol that holds the story and the other characters together; it is the fisherman, Ilbran, who is the most vivid character, and whose adventures are the most affecting. The book really started to grip me about a third of the way through, when Ilbran meets a girl living alone in a monster-haunted forest. Ilbran's tale is dark, twisted and sometimes violent ... I don't think I'll ever be able to shake off the image of the 'dancing' death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A few flaws, but an enjoyable read! 27 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Very beautiful stylistic writing, and very well edited. There's some bumpy spots in the pacing and world building, spots that drag on too long, or spots where the unique aspects of the world are not as well articulated as they could be, but the story is very well done, and most aspects of the characters are thoroughly considered and presented.

To me, that made the rough spots feel all the more glaring, because the prose was very visual, and so many of the relationships and banter were convincing. There were two romantic subplots, one was very well done, but the other, more central, one felt forced, in comparison. There was less time spent on those two characters' interactions leading up to their romantic involvement. I would have liked to see Blaisdel explore how much of their relationship is originally mistaken for liege loyalty, or a sense of obligation toward someone who has saved your life, or any number of things those characters might consider while falling for each other. The end of that relationship, too, felt abrupt because the conflict between the partners was not articulated very heavily. Some aspects (such as one main character having a child) were, but any actual conflict between those two characters was not, up until the end of the relationship.

Andiene's character felt a little one-note to me. All of her vassals were thoroughly characterized, down to personality foibles and arguments, and it made her character feel less considered.
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