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Allison's Defeat (The Calnis Chronicles Book 1) by [Salter, J R C]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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About the Author

UK author JRC Salter trained as a chef and practiced for ten years before quitting to pursue a writing career. His epic series, the ‘Calnis Chronicles’, depict the adventures of different characters surrounding a mysterious artefact.

As well as his main Calnis series, he has collaborated with authors such as Russell Blake and Brandon Hale to produce the themed anthologies ‘End of the Road’ and ‘The Kiss’.

During any spare time, he likes to dabble in photography, build giant Star Wars models from Lego, and make cookies. J has an unhealthy thirst for knowledge, and has been known to waste time on Wikipedia and YouTube.

His main inspirations are JRR Tolkien and Joss Whedon.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1443 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477497870
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Alpira Media; 3rd edition (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008G6DJ5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,126,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having just finished reading Allison's Defeat (The Calnis Chronicles #1). I found the abbs at the back which gave us supposedly an understanding of the language used at times. This was hilarious to say the least.
The story itself was interesting but I felt at times rushed. Whether I'd read it again or recommend I'm not sure, having said that I'm only giving it 3+ Stars. This was well written and I intend to read another by the author to see if I will enjoy it more.
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this is a first book by this author, we follow a young girl, allison, through most of her life, with many twists along the way the story moves along at a fast pace with some questions yet to be answered in following books. the writing style is very readable and very much a page turner, the main problem i feel is that the book could have been longer and the story a bit more detailed. The author has put a lot of thought into this book, and those to come, which you will see if you go on to the web site, it is well worth reading and i am looking forward to more in the series
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Allison's Defeat Is a Victory 2 May 2013
By Brandon Hale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In many ways, it felt like two books: One about Allison's personal life and another about her greater destiny.

Allison's personal life isn't just character development. It's a full story running alongside the fantastical story. Salter gives her personal life every bit as much attention as he gives her destiny (if not more).

As the story progresses, however, the epic elements take center stage. It becomes more about Allison's destiny. Salter does a good job of maintaining the balance between the grounded and the fantastic.

The one complaint I have (and this isn't really a complaint) is that the story almost felt too big for one book. I would have liked to have seen it explored in three full length novels instead of just one. Certain periods of Allison's life was summarized; it would have been nice to see it fully explored.

That's hardly a criticism, though, considering the complaint is basically that I'd liked to have seen more from this tale.

Overall, a fun ride. I'm definitely glad I read it. In regards to tone, it felt very much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Lord of the Rings (which is appropriate since the author credits both as inspirations).

One last note, the amount of crafting that went into the world-building is very impressive. The divine language used in this book felt very... well, real. It's obvious a lot of love went into building this world.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work on any level 7 Mar. 2014
By Lost in Denver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have to admit that I gave up on this effort about halfway through the book, thankful that it had been a free download in the first place. None of the characters ever developed any kind of personality, the plot was kind of broken, and the entire flow of the story was a mess. There would be times when weeks or months passed, but nothing was really happening. Halfway through the book, I really didn't feel like the plot had advanced nearly enough, or at all. The story seemed more of an uninspired and uninspiring look at Allison's life than anything else. I kept waiting for the incorporation of christian mythology into the urban fantasy genre to go somewhere, but all I got were some half-hearted attempts to rationalize to the main character why she should believe in "god," usually through the use of rather clunky dialogue. The book just didn't do anything to keep my interest and since it was free to read via Kindle (at least it was at the time I wrote this), I had to put it down.
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