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The Golden Ashfruit (The Yggdrasil Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The action packed story and complex relationships kept me engaged. I appreciated the fact that it doesn't feature a typical romance, it doesn't take away from the rest of the story, and the development was believable. I think many people will be able to connect with the notion of a relationship that doesn't go quite as you envisioned it.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any fantasy reader looking for a quick read or a fresh take on faeries and Norse Mythology.
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So here are the Pro's and Con's of the book:
Pro: many engaging characters Con: Most of those characters appear and disappear randomly, leaving the reader very confused. Pro: There are many twists and turns in the plot, making the story interesting Con: There is no build up, battles that should be anticipated and exiting just sort of appear and then become resolved, characters that should be mourned when they die are just brushed to the side. Pro: the characters develop over time Con: It is never explained how they develop, for example one of the characters comes to realize he has a responsibility to his people, and finds the strength to oppose the queen he's served loyally for years, how? Another character suddenly decides to become a servant to another character for no apparent reason beyond the fact that they travel together for a few days, why? Pro: Fast paced plot Con: It moves so fast your head begins to spin, the book seems to cover the course of several years, and often jumps periods of a few months from one paragraph to the next. Pro: Cool and original magic and magical creatures Con: The rules of this magic is never explained. I still don't understand what Surrogate means or what it means to be a Neutralizer (before you tell me the dictionary definitions of surrogate and neutralizer, read the book and you'll know the definitions in the book are different). Con: The magical creatures are also never described. Some are normal, like the Griffon, but then you have all these other creatures that you don't know and can't visualize because they aren't described.Finally Con: the title. I read the whole book and ashfruits were only mentioned maybe five times in the story, and since they appear to be naturally gold in color a 'Golden Ashfruit' doesn't seem to indicate a particular ashfruit. Also the ashfruits don't appear to be at all relevant to the plot of the story in anyway, so I don't really understand why the book was named after them. Maybe it has some sort of symbolism I'm not seeing, but I don't know.
I really wanted to give this book a glowing review, but I can't. The fast pace, many characters, and unexplained complexities of the world just left me confused and caused the events of the book to have very little build up. If I could give advice to the author I would say to break this book into three books and fill them up with more detail, explanations, dialog, and thoughts from the characters to make the world more understandable and reader friendly.
In a world where Fae and other creatures rule and humans have either been killed or enslaved, Maybn ( Mabs) is the daughter of the King who is being made to marry for the sake of securing more power. Mabs is strong willed and not easily manipulated. Nigel is her human servant ( slave, since he does not get paid a wage and was captured and forced to work in the castle) who is caught between a dangerous game of war and power.
Readers who enjoy fantasy authors such as Terry Prachett will enjoy The Golden Ashfruit which is filled with mystical beings, displays of supernatural powers and my favorite, beautiful wild griffins.
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