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The Crown of Anavrea (The Theodoric Saga Book 1) by [Rossano, Rachel]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Theodoric Saga (3 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Rachel Rossano; 2 edition (12 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VFXIQC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #764,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Although this was, in fact, the third book I have read by Rachel Rossano, its the first time I began by reading one of her series from the beginning. The other books were a standalone novella, and an Anthology of short stories which complement her Novels of Rhynan series.

Both the aforementioned, and the Theodoric Saga which this is part of are meant to be Medieval Fantasy series 'masquerading as Historical' as the endnote says. I must confess though, I did not like this one as much as her other books.
I understand it was her first novel, written several years before the Kindle Edition was published in 2011, hence her writing style was not as developed. It was rather too short to allow for a lot of character and plot development, and as a ersult seemed to to jump around rather a lot and seemed inconsistent in places. For all that though, its not bad for a first story. Better than a lot of things I would have written at that age.

The only other issue I have is that it didn't really feel Medieval to me. I like to be 'transported' back in time, and get a real feel for the past, or the ficional version of it when I read Historical Fiction or Fantasy. If there are details at odds with the setting, then I like them to fit in with the story as part of the World building.
The problem was there was no real sense of period in this one, as there is in Mrs Rossano's later novels. Many of the details are quite conspiciously modern, as is a lot of the langauge, and it did prove somewhat jarring. This is forgiveable however, for the reasons Highlighted above. It was her first book, and probably was not based on as much Historical Research.

Of course, I will read more by this author, and I hear the series gets better as it goes along. Its a a good introduction to the author's work and to the characters involved in the series.
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This book was an absolute joy to read!! The characters were fun and believable. I felt like I was experiencing Eve's journey right beside her. She seemed to be half made from my own heart. And Labren was amazing. If I wasn't ready to strangle him I wanted to hug him, or at least make Eve do it! You MUST read this book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting Read 29 Mar. 2014
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I really like the simplicity of Rossano's writing. This is the fourth book of hers I've read and love the way she displays the romance between the hero and the heroine. However, this book felt so incomplete to me. It left me wanting to know more about Eve and Labren. I would have liked to had read more about their lives at court. Did she learn to be more open about her feelings? It was just slightly under developed.

Also, I have a problem when there's cursing in Christian fiction. It really bothers me. I realised in two of her other books she had cursing also. I know some people don't have a problem with the word "damn", which was used in two of her other books, I don't either, when it is used in proper context. I suppose people don't have a problem with the word "bastard" ,used in this book, when used out of context, but I do. It is a word referred to a child without a father and was used to reference such people at one time in history. However, it was not used in such a way in this book. If I am mistaken, please forgive me. Judge for yourself. I wish Rachel Rossano all the best with her future endeavours. She is a very talented author.
2.0 out of 5 stars Reading the book was like the puzzles that have you connect the numbers with ... 31 July 2015
By MARY SHOUP - Published on Amazon.com
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I was excited about this book and the story started out promising. Reading the book was like the puzzles that have you connect the numbers with a pencil and the finished drawing is an animal or etc,The book read like some of the numbers were left out. You got from one to three but a whole story was left out on two. It was not well connected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curl-up on the couch with this romance! 1 Nov. 2011
By Sarah Fall - Published on Amazon.com
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The sweet feelings Labren and Eve share for each other throughout this story, made me smile so many times I stopped counting. I love the storybook feel to this romance, and yet the realness of the characters as they try to deal with everything around them, and with each other. The author does a great job of painting word pictures, making you feel the characters are part of a larger tapestry, rich in history, tradition, and chivalry in the very best sense of the word. I'm looking forward to reading more of the Theodoric Saga!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Rachel Rossano 19 Oct. 2013
By Deanne77 - Published on Amazon.com
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As I said in my review of The Mercenary's Marriage, Rachel Rossano writes a very good book. Excellent characters, creative, original story and a good clean book. Other people have written more detail on the storyline, so I won't go into that, but if you want a read a good clean book with a great story, you won't regret spending your money on this!
1.0 out of 5 stars Choppy and dumb DNF 26 May 2016
By Busy Mommy - Published on Amazon.com
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Couldn't finish. Too choppy and dump. Lack of believable interactions, blah blah blah blah.... Really, don't read it if you value good stories.
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