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4.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling dark fantasy tale
First Chosen by M. Todd Gallowglas follows the birth and life of Julianna Taraen. At birth she is imbued with the faith of the Saent of Grandfather Shadow as a hidden gift that will come into play at a point later in her life. Because of this unwanted gift her life is visited by tragedy on a regular basis as the Goddess of Lies Yrgaeshkil seeks to manipulate Julianna...
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's not the worst self-published book in the world...
Since buying my Kindle I have tried a few of the self-published books that have appeared in my recommendations. All of them have been terrible so far.

However, I really wanted to like this book. The reviews were mostly very positive (there are more on amazon.com), and the author seems like a nice person. I love Wheel of Time, ASOFIAF and the Malazan Book of the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling dark fantasy tale, 21 Oct 2011
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This review is from: First Chosen (Tears of Rage Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
First Chosen by M. Todd Gallowglas follows the birth and life of Julianna Taraen. At birth she is imbued with the faith of the Saent of Grandfather Shadow as a hidden gift that will come into play at a point later in her life. Because of this unwanted gift her life is visited by tragedy on a regular basis as the Goddess of Lies Yrgaeshkil seeks to manipulate Julianna into using the gift at a time and in a way that will be to her own benefit. The plot is woven very skillfully and I can't really say anything else for fear of spoiling anything for the reader.

The book starts out a little confusing as there are a lot of unique races and gods to learn about, but as the story unfolds everything is cleared up very nicely. The magical system is very well done with the power of faith being the basis for the magic that people can use. The story also has a couple of clues to what may be coming in the rest of the series. The character Maxian introduced at the end of the story really made me eager to see what would be coming in the next book. I have a theory about who he is and I am very curious to see if I am right.

This book is filled with vivid characters engaging in some fantastic fight sequences. If you are a fan of fantasy with a bit of a darker side this book will suck you in and leave you wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not the worst self-published book in the world..., 23 Jan 2013
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This review is from: First Chosen (Tears of Rage Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Since buying my Kindle I have tried a few of the self-published books that have appeared in my recommendations. All of them have been terrible so far.

However, I really wanted to like this book. The reviews were mostly very positive (there are more on amazon.com), and the author seems like a nice person. I love Wheel of Time, ASOFIAF and the Malazan Book of the Fallen as well, which are all listed as similar in the book's description.

Sadly, this book was nothing like those. It certainly didn't come across as a "complex world". The storyline was too short and varied between overly simplistic and hopelessly confused. Characters appeared and disappeared without reason or assumed a prominence in sections of the storyline entirely at odds with their relevance.

I was determined to finish this story, but it took real effort to reach the end of the book. Considering how short the story is (especially compared to the other books listed in the description) this was quite impressive. I can honestly say I care nothing for any of the characters and have no interest in what happens next. I'm not left wondering about the world, or eager to find out more. In actual fact, I will be happy to never hear of it again.

Finally, a thought on typos, always a problem with self-published books. Fortunately there weren't too many throughout the novel, but those that were there were all the more grating for it. Using "insure" instead of "ensure" is one that gave me shivers every time I read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Chosen, 6 Aug 2013
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This review is from: First Chosen (Tears of Rage Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This is a fantasy of a darker nature, where magic is actually a 'miracle' given to those of faith. It is quite a complicated world as there are lots of different Gods and Goddesses who each also have different names they are known by. There are fight scenes in it that are described in detail.

The only nit-pick I would make is that during a major battle that happens, you are not entirely sure of who survives and where they went.

On the whole a good start to the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More ! More! More!, 2 July 2011
This review is from: First Chosen (Tears of Rage Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Interesting and well written new world to explore, the characters are immediately identifiable and the story line is captivating. I can't wait to find out what happens next.....
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