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5.0 out of 5 stars An almost global mythology brought to life with the power of fireworks, 6 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Absolutely breathtaking. An imagination so new and refreshing has created such a detailed and beautifully complex world of gods and mortals.

It is an elegant roller coaster of myth, legend, love and indeed life that spans across all pantheons old and current. A tale that connects through different lives, histories, cultures and indeed time.

Amalia shows greath depth with grace as her vast cast of characters introduces the reader to something new, something familiar and something magical within each chapter. Neither flaunting her knowledge and understanding of the cultures and faiths she writes about but doesn't leave the reader completely miffed either.

The characters have real fire and real passion as well as real pain shining through the words and the imagery of scenery, scents, emotions even are so strong and vivid that I can't help but imagine it all as a movie directed and produced by my imagination but Amalia has written the script, in my head. And that of course is the mark of a truly good book.

The plot grips you tight and turns you one way and then another, like a swift flowing stream so the change in focus, direction or attention isn't forced or stitled but almost natural as the tension increases and the reader is always left anticipating what comes next.

If you like mythology of any kind, if you like a love story but want a love story with a truly original twist like none other, if you like drama and magic, if you like to see the timeless war of good vs bad, right vs wrong, then this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!, 23 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Describing what I feel about this book, without resorting to spoilers - because I believe that spoiling yourself for a story like this would take away a great portion of the enjoyment which is to be found in it - seems to require me to talk about what it is, rather what it's about.

I would hesitate to describe this completely wonderful book as fantasy (when the author writes so realistically), as romance (when the romance is delightfully not the focus of the novel), or as historical (when it spans the entirity of humanity from Creation to the present day). Like so many epics, it defies classification.

Don't think for a second, however, that the lack of an identifying genre means it should not be read. This book should be read. In fact, it should be devoured, page by page, over and over again, at least until the other two books in the trilogy are released.

Because it defies classification, it can appeal to many different sorts of readers. Do you like mythology? Mystery? History? War? Romance? Psychology? Fantasy? Politics? Family drama? Adventure? Thrillers?

Goats?

Then this is the book for you. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 23 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Describing what I feel about this book, without resorting to spoilers - because I believe that spoiling yourself for a story like this would take away a great portion of the enjoyment which is to be found in it - seems to require me to talk about what it is, rather what it's about.

I would hesitate to describe this completely wonderful book as fantasy (when the author writes so realistically), as romance (when the romance is delightfully not the focus of the novel), or as historical (when it spans the entirity of humanity from Creation to the present day). Like so many epics, it defies classification.

Don't think for a second, however, that the lack of an identifying genre means it should not be read. This book should be read. In fact, it should be devoured, page by page, over and over again, at least until the other two books in the trilogy are released.

Because it defies classification, it can appeal to many different sorts of readers. Do you like mythology? Mystery? History? War? Romance? Psychology? Fantasy? Politics? Family drama? Adventure? Thrillers?

Goats?

Then this is the book for you. :)
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