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The Battle for Arcanon Major (The Lost Dacomé Files Book 1) by [May, Alexandra]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1077 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Alexandra May Ltd (7 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AY5NN3W
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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I was eagerly awaiting the sequel and surprised when Alexandra May decided to publish another book first. I can't wait for the sequel but when this came up at Net Galley I was intrigued.

And I read it in about 4 hours straight. It comes right into the story, at a crunch time and then just as you think you know how it's going to pan out, everything changes! The ending is one of the saddest I've read in a long time, and I'm very glad this is only number 1 of the Lost Dacomé files because I'm dying to find out what happens next.

So, without giving away too many spoiler, Halika Dacome is threatened with a union with the opposing war lord. But they have other plans. Just as an agreement is met, lots of important people are murdered in front of her eyes and her father is spared on the assumption that all the Elementals are going to die anyway. But Halika doesn't believe that, she thinks they stand a chance of winning the war against the enemy. When her childhood friends arrive they bring war ships that enable her to stand a fighting chance. She also begins her bittersweet romance with Nerido Xipile (who I thought she hated from the first book Elemental: The First).

Anyway just as everything seems to be going to plan, it all falls apart. And not in a good way. There's an interesting chapter right at the end called Double Cross and that's exactly what happens. Except its not from all the people you expect, well it is and it isn't. You'll find out if you read it.

The world building and royal/political systems, the way of life, and the sheer characterisations in this book are mesmerising. I felt every high of happiness, and every low when it all went wrong. I even had a wobbly chin at the end when the Scribe finishes the story.

Absolutely this is a book to read. It doesn't matter if you enjoy Sci-fi or not, the story is of the characters and not of the world they live in.

5 out of 5 - I loved it!
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I have read alot of young adult fantasy over the years and this is up there. This is a prequel to a book releaed while ago. I dont think you need to read both to understand what is going on. But ,then again ,why wouldnt you! The story is strong enough to be stand alone.

The key character ,Halika Dacome ,is great.This is an epic story. Searing romance,battles and a really well written style.

This needs to be in the movies!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94569690) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Kathryn svendsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow. That was my first thought after reading the last word in this book. This was a fantastic book. From start to finish it gripped me. I finished it in two days even reading with a migraine headache.

I loved the character of Halika Dacome. She is the daughter of the king, and Overlord of the Army. She is a strong and caring leader. She cares deeply and compassionately for her people and the men and women under her command. She is loyal to her father, who hasn't responded to his children as a father since their mother died. As much as I like her however, when she used her power in the final battle, I didn't much care for the person she became. Yet, I felt for her too when she received her sentence. The quick change in the way I felt about Halika is all due to the skill of the author. I'm not quite sure how she did it, but she has a powerful use of words.

This was an excellent book with clean language, suitable for all ages from teens through adults. The romance element in it was sweet and clean. The plot was very interesting with a number of surprising twists. Even at the end of the book I'm not convinced totally one way or the other whether or not Nerido wanted to marry Halika purely out of love or also partly with an ulterior motive. Perhaps further clarity will come in the sequel.

I loved the plot of this story, and the many different directions it took as various incidences took place that cast a new light on the actions of the characters. The author has done a marvelous job of making you be able to relate to each of the main characters, whether it be to love them or to hate them.

The descriptions of the use of Halika's powers are quite vivid and create awesome imagery within the mind. Likewise the description of the world Xiryathon.

This book is the prequel to The Elemental Series. I'm definitely looking forward to reading all of these books.

This was one of the best books I have read this year! It's now one of my favourites. I gave this book 5 stars!

I received this book for free in exchange for my fair and honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94631144) out of 5 stars An Epic Prequel To A Great Series 26 Jan. 2013
By BailsChris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've always been wary of prequels to books, mostly because they can either frustrate your desire to read more of the books or excite you to love the characters more. Honestly, if the word prequel is attached, I tend to avoid them completely. I am pleased and excited to say that I am glad that I read this one.

The Battle for Acranon Major by Alexandra May is a sort of backstory for what is happening in the book Elemental: The First. In the prequel, you are introduce to a unique world that is different from our own. These people, Elementals, are far more advanced than any human civilization and yet there is something about them that lingers far enough back in history that you know they aren't modern day characters. It doesn't take long before you are attached to the characters, to the world, to their lives.

Halíka Dacomé is the center character for the story, bringing a character that I've been familiar with since I read Elemental: The First. Instead of viewing her as a hardened warrior, a vicious being, and an Elemental without feeling, I learned just how deep this character actually was. I never understood what was so amazing about her until I read this. She has so many dimensions, so many roles to play in this hierarchical culture she was born into. Her main quality as a character in the beginning is loyalty -- loyalty to her father, loyalty to her people, and loyalty to the person everyone expects her to be. It becomes clear as the story progresses, loyalty must be the first thing to go. She is a beautiful character because of how well developed and written she is. In such a short story, I became attached to her and fell in love with her story.

Now, I really want to focus on the aftermath of the broken loyalty. The first thing I noticed was the fact that those closest to her were often the source of the greatest betrayal. Her friendships were her greatest weak point in her armor and it was definitely exploited throughout the story. She is such a strong character but I think her loyalty stems from trust which often connects with innocence to the betrayals of friends and family. I wanted to shake her for being naive and yet I cannot place any blame on her because her innocence and naivety reminds me a lot of myself.

Don't get me wrong when I say that the betrayals frustrated me (although they were important to the plot) and that the relationships she created were a source of anxiety for me. Who do you trust? Who can you trust? That is something that the main character battles with throughout the story. I love the characters that made up her group of friends because just like the main character, they are as well developed and interesting. I was sad to not learn more about her father or the bad guys of the story but of course, the story was short. The romance in the story was good and I loved the forbidden twist to it which I know can only lead to greater heartache. All of the characters that played a part in the story were great and definitely made a great impression on me.

Woohoo! I get to talk about my favorite thing: the world the author created. There is nothing quite like when an author executes a fantasy world and manages to make it connect so well with the reader's opinion of a fantasy world. I never once thought, "Oh this world is weird," or "This simply isn't believable." I completely bought into the world and could make connections between Earth and this world the author had brought to life on the page. I love when stories do that.

This story is an epic prequel to what I believe will be a great series, especially if it continues to follow the pattern of this story. It can be read prior to Elemental: The First or after but it definitely fills in a lot of blanks that are left at the end of Elemental.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94fb4d2c) out of 5 stars A nice read about the rise and fall of a warrior princess 27 Oct. 2013
By Michael P. Long - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book follows Halika Dacome, the leader of the army and the daughter of the king. Her people once ruled their planet but now they are almost extinct and are fighting to save the one last city (Arcanon Major) from their enemies. She saves her people from the threat but is ultimately betrayed.

What I liked about this novel was while much of the novel had an alien feel, you could really get inside of Halika's feelings and thoughts. She was torn between loyalty to her father, and saving her people. It was a roller coaster of ups and downs and ultimately a bittersweet ending.

I would have liked to have a bit more development on a few of the characters, as it would have helped me to understand their motivations more. And the king and the enemy leader remained a bit one-dimensional. It would have been more enjoyable if they were a bit more rounded with more good qualities.

Ultimately though this was a nice, quick read and I look forward to reading other novels in this series one day.

NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x946313cc) out of 5 stars a beautifully heart-breaking story of unwavering devotion, mind-blowing deception, and incalculable loss 23 Oct. 2013
By Shadowplay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Battle for Arcanon Major by Alexandra May is a beautifully heart-breaking story of unwavering devotion, mind-blowing deception, and incalculable loss. This story will have your heart pounding in anticipation of a tiny sliver of hope and then watch in disbelief as it is bluntly ripped from your chest and thrown mercilessly to the ground. I loved every second of this amazing ride!

The exquisite way in which this story was written almost brought me to tears at times. The mesmerizing characters will leave their indelible mark on your heart. You will not soon forget them, and you will crave to know what comes next. This astonishing story will haunt you long after it has ended.

Alexandra May is a brilliant writer who will hold your heart captive while she weaves her web of boundless hope and devastating destiny into a shining masterpiece before your eyes. You will not soon forget her or her amazing talent. I know I can't wait to read more of her stories!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9463160c) out of 5 stars Battle for Arcanon Major 9 Nov. 2013
By Dawn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

The Battle for Arcanon Major is an interesting story. The history of the Primords and the Elementals is well told. It was a fast read and kept my interest throughout. I often have trouble wrapping my head around science fiction but this story was easy to follow.

The battle scenes were described well enough that it was easy to picture what was happening but they weren't too graphic, which is a real plus especially in young adult fiction.

I did wish the characters were more developed. To avoid spoilers I'll just say that there were times I should have been elated or devastated for Halíka Dacomé and her friends but I didn't because I didn't feel much of a connection to the characters.

This is definitely a book that young adults would enjoy.
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