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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2011
This book was really great, great story line, great writing and amazing characters whom I feel in love with almost instantly. I couldn't stop reading it the story line moved along so well there were no boring places where nothing much happened.

There are more books in the series which I plan to buy at once! This one's free (for now) just go for it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2012
Just finished this book last night, can't state how much I enjoyed it, such vivid descriptions and colours as well as a good story, with things actually going wrong and taking time to sort out, only downside was when I discovered I'd have to get other books to continue the story (smiles)
Could easily get lost in this series as I did with the Anne McCaffery pern series, so it's maybe just as well I need to purchase further items. And this isn't just a one off read as could happily read again and get lost further in the fantastical descriptions of colours and lifeforms.
This is a mixture of old world and sci-fi with honour and magic thrown in and all executed very nicely, it's not to soppy or sci-fi (though am a sci-fi fan), the synopsis gives a very good description teaser and I wouldn't want to spoil your read by gving everything away.
Needless to say very enjoyable and I will be getting the other books
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2012
Got this book free so did not expect to much, but i was shocked it was fantastic from page one onwards, will definitley be reading the rest of the series, as well as trying some of the other ones been written, dont miss out on this book its free you have nothing to lose
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2012
Although an avid fan of sci-fi films I have not read many sci-fi books, I prefer reading classics and John Irving. Having received a Kindle as a gift for Christmas I thought I would get a couple of free books to get me started. Wow! what a find. Have never read anything by this author before but the book had me totally engrossed from the start and I was not able to put it down. I have not written a review of a book before and I am certainly no critic but it a good read with an interesting plot and characters. Only one teeny weeny criticism - it's a bit wordy in places but this does not detract you from the book. Have bought Starsword which is book 2 in the series and will be buying books 3 and 4. Give it a try!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2012
I got this because it was free and had good reviews. The latter are well deserved; the price was a bonus for a book of this calibre. The style of writing is fluid, pulling you easily along for the ride. The story itself is fascinating: on a world populated by humans as we know them (Truemen) are also Mujars. Mujars are able to sense and harness the powers of the four elements but refuse to use this for personal gain etc. Instead of being commended for their gentle ways and restraint, Truemen revile them and abuse their gentle natures by throwing them into a living hell. I loved this as the descriptions of human avarice, hubris and prejudice were all too real and sadly would be the likely response to meeting such a wonderful species as the Mujar! Talsy is a believable and engaging heroine, as although she provides the possibility of redemption, she is not annoyingly virtuous - her kindness and acceptance are gradually developed through having an open-mind for change. I got to the end and promptly searched for the rest of the series, as these I am happy to pay for just to know how the tale continues! Thoroughly recommend this read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2012
Let me begin by saying that the only reason that I downloaded this book was because it was free, usually the books that i download for free are absolutely awful. This book appears to be the exception, upon reading the first few chapters i had decided that i would have been happy to pay for it. The writing is clear, lucid and without the spelling and grammatical errors that plague cheap e-books. The descriptive writing is informative without being overbearing and annoying. the characters are also quite well developed, and the author has done well to not fall into the trap of a having loads of characters that make no impression. the universe is from my experience quite new and you will find yourself wanting to know more about it. there are concepts which are interesting and it does to use the old phrase "examine the human condition". i haven't revealed anything about the plot because it would be too easily spoiled.
Now this book is not by any means brilliant compared to the writings of other more well known authors, but i will say that i expect that this author will in the future produce some properly good books and i will be looking out for them.
You may as well download this book, you will enjoy it and the author does deserve to gain wider recognition.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2011
This book came up free no reviews on it so I thought havent lost any thing if I dont like it.It turned out a really good read. Another three books in the series cant wait to read them. First time I have read any thing with this arthor will be reading more of his books in the future.
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on 25 August 2012
This is an unusal story; it is a fantasy world populated by characters with strange powers. The society they live in is a pre-industrialised world, primarily agrarian, but with a significant proportion of the population engaged in some form of military activity.

It's not a bad story and the characters do get a certain amount of development as the story progresses. There is also an element of backstory that is thrown into the mix which is helpful; although I did find it a bit teasing. I felt that the author was trying to add a morality tale into the narrative although I'm not sure that it quite came across in the way intended.

I did also feel that there was an element of the story not quite being finished off fully; well it is intended to lead you to get another in the series. But even so, there were sections that I felt didn't entirely seem to be answering the relevant questions and I'm not sure how these could be worked into a sequel.

It's a reasonable storyline with some good twists; I think that there it could develop really well into a great storyline. I may well look for the next book just to see how the author addresses some of these issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2012
Like most others I picked this up because it was free, Do NOT let that put you off, I would happily pay for this book and will be purchasing the others in this series. I engaged with the writing style and characters from page one, would much rather continue with this series than attempt to plough through a Dance with Dragons.
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This is another stab in the dark free kindle read but I'm very glad that I took the chance. This book starts with two races - The Trueman (or Lowman) and the Mujar. The Mujar has a certain amount of control over the elements and the Trueman resent them for it as they don't. The first part of the book tells you about how these two races interact, or not as the case may be. The book then continues with them both going on Chanter's quest to fulfill a Wish. A lot happens with great descriptions, but at the same time, not a lot changes. I know that doesn't make sense but you will just have to read it to understand.

The thing with this book is there is no middle ground. Most of the characters are either good or evil. This book is an epic, with fantastic descriptions of peoples, places and beings. And it is only just starting. This is book 1 out of 4.

Recommended.
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