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5.0 out of 5 stars Captured by a Book !,
This review is from: A Thousand Glass Flowers (The Chronicles of Eirie) (Kindle Edition)Captured by a Book!
If magic can ever be contained in words then Author Prue Batten has accomplished this feat. Romance, morality, self-worth, and mesmerizing spells carried me off into a time and place of magic. Lalita is the kind of heroine a reader aches to discover. Finnian is handsome but flawed, and therefore a very believable hero. When they finally come together after overcoming evil adversaries they... well, no spoiler here. Just a strong recommendation that you read this enchanting book. You will be Mesmered. I was truly sorry when I finished the book and had to leave their world. But I won't soon forget them.
A Thousand Glass Flowers
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic love story of a different world,
This review is from: A Thousand Glass Flowers (The Chronicles of Eirie) (Kindle Edition)What makes A Thousand Glass Flowers a page turner is the depth of the characters. I wanted to know Finnian. I wanted to know Lalita. I wanted to feel their feelings towards one another and the frictions. I felt them. I know them. This is what truly drives the story from each point of view which is richly filled and leaves you wanting more.
A Thousand Glass Flowers is simply breathtaking.
Superbly written and delivered. Every page was a joy to read as I eagerly consumed them. A times dark and sinister, the plot easy and thick with interesting and mesmerising characters in a cruel, unjust, facinating, yet alternative version of our world.
Gloriously described - I simply put this as the best book I've read this year, possibly in the last five. I have read G R R Martin's magical 'A Song Of Ice & Fire' series and thought nothing could beat it. A Thousand Glass Flowers has, and not one of those precious petals is shattered.
Whenever I read of Finnian, Prue's rich characterisation determined that Richard Armitage flashed before my eyes. I can think of no other actor who made the character, much like Sean Bean did with Richard Sharpe. I also have read Prue's unpublished story 'Gisborne' which is as superbly written and again her blog is strewn with Richard Armitage's turn as the troubled anti-hero Guy. That should be a facinating read as well and a shame to wait another year!
All I can say is thanks Prue, what a wonderful story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A THOUSAND AND ONE EMOTIONS,
This review is from: A Thousand Glass Flowers (The Chronicles of Eirie) (Kindle Edition)I know it may sound exaggerated, but words can make fantasy true to our mind eye. Finely-chiselled, preciously embroidered words can materialize what we only dare fancy about. Prue Batten is very good with words, her talent to create characters and places and to make them true to her readers is undeniable.
Imagine the magic, exotic world of "A Thousand and One Nights". Add a dark, damaged, doomed hero whose attractiveness is magnified by his power to mesmer. Make him engaged in an adventurous quest to save not only his dear but the whole world from his wicked antagonist. Let him meet an extraordinarily beautiful, brave young woman and join forces with her in his fight. Accept that they discover and face their fate, united against their evil opponent. Enjoy their magic company of djinns, afrits, siofras. Prepare to a thrilling ride through bittersweet, romantic, gothic, tragic, funny, frightening, moving moments. Do you think you can make all that?
The two protagonists are two lonely souls, brought up experiencing very little love in their lives. Fear has always been their mute only companion in their respective solitudes.
Finnian was raised by his grandmother, Isolde, who hated him and punished him with her whip at any little sign of disobedience.
Lalita was left to the care of her loving uncle and aunt after her parents' death. But while her caring uncle and aunt were away on business, she was left with her greedy, wicked uncle Kurdeesh who sold her to the Grand Vizier for the Sultan's harem.
Lalita is a scribe with stunning talent in her craft. She can't renounce her freedom, she can't bear being taken as a slave in that golden cage which is the Sultan's harem. Moreover, her beauty and her talent soon bring enemies to her among the other women there.
Finnian is a Faeran, one of the Others. He can mesmer and make himself invisible. "An eye for an eye" is what he believes in. He doesn't believe in Fate, but he will have to change his mind. He has no other ambition in life that revenge against his evil grandmother. He doesn't feel guilt or regret. In order to totally defeat Isolde, he has to find the magic Cantrips and then destroy them . But then he meets Lalita and his task becomes even harder.
"A Thousand Glass Flowers" is a magic tale which has hold me hooked not only while reading it but even after that. It was not so easy to get out of its atmosphere, leave Eerie or farewell Finnian and Lalita. They stay with me as unforgettable. I'm sure they'll stay on for long. In my memory and in my heart.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly capitivating story,
This review is from: A Thousand Glass Flowers (The Chronicles of Eirie) (Kindle Edition)An intriguing tale of good and evil that draws the reader into an exotic world, where the spheres of fantasy and fictitional reality are deeply entwined. A Thousand Glass Flowers evokes the world of A Thousand and One Nights, of early Renaissance and is sometimes reminiscent of Celtic folklore. It also gives testimony to the power of literature, writing and reading. The story of the two protagonists - Lalita and Finnian - is told alternately from chapter to chapter until the two finally meet and and a relationship slowly developes. The characters are very credible and I couln't wait to learn of their fate. A Thousand Glass Flowers is beautifully written, the story truly captivating and the background well researched by the author. I got so completely drawn into Lalita's and Finnian's world that I could not stop reading. Luckily I was on holiday when I started and could afford to keep on reading until the ending, which was very moving.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner,
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This review is from: A Thousand Glass Flowers (The Chronicles of Eirie) (Kindle Edition)Two people … an extraordinary young woman and an embittered immortal man. Both seeking life-shattering magick.
In a quest through a world where Others lace their way in and out of the lives of mortals, this is a story of legend, love, and clashing ideals. A story of murder, regret and revenge … a story that journeys across a world too hauntingly like our own.
Found this author from her book The Stumpwork Robe and have fell in love with the characters she portrays. This book is wonderful and I couldn't put it down, looking forward to reading the rest of The Chronicles of Eirie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away by the Book,
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This review is from: A Thousand Glass Flowers (Paperback)I absolutley loved this book. Didn't know if I would it's not usually my genre but it was so well written the characters are so intense although the ending did make me cry never expected it to end like that. Have now ordered the other two in the chronicles.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, unconventional, unforgettable,
This review is from: A Thousand Glass Flowers (The Chronicles of Eirie) (Kindle Edition)Prue Batten's A Thousand Glass Flowers is an unusual fantasy novel and an unconventional romance novel. She spends half the book developing the hero and heroine before they finally meet.
Their universe is a fascinating, detailed, three-way mashup between Renaissance Arabic, Italian, and Irish worlds without the churchy aspects of religion, but heavily larded with the presence of magic.
This way of simply ignoring religion in worlds that you might expect to be sodden with it is becoming typical of fantasy, from the hottest vampire-slash-werewolf-slash-girl-with-tattoos paranormal to Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. There are angels in the architecture, as Paul Simon sings, and beings like godlings and mini-goddesses, yet no priests, no bibles, no minarets, no omnipotent intruder. There's plenty of magic, though. Everyone practices it a little bit, and magical creatures and personalities permeate the lives of ordinary men.
Batten breathes lush life into her richly textured world. She's also doing something I can't put my finger on. It's simply... unexpected. That's the word I would apply to this book, if I had to choose one. I've read a lot of fantasy and romance. This is simply unpredictable.
If you're a romance reader, be patient. These two oddball characters will come together. You'll be glad they did.
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A Thousand Glass Flowers (The Chronicles of Eirie) by Prue Batten