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I love the fantasy element of this story, where the imagination strives to bring the reader into realms that feel real. The writing style is excellent and the characters were realistic and believable. I would have preferred to have seen more of the fantasy world, but still it was a great plot brought alive by those characters.
Oozing with talent, this author brings forth yet another exciting story.
It's a fast paced thriller that centres on Kelsey Porter and how she deals with the traumatic murder of her parents. That incident see's her teaming up with Detective Desmond Gisborne on a quest to track down the murders; a quest that takes them from New York to Columbia and then on to Tibet.
I couldn't put the book down, and I loved the fast pace plot intermingled with the settings and the descriptions of Buddhism, and the mythical legend of Xanadu. The characters were really well written, and whilst reading I thought "Kelsey is like Lara Croft, no wait, she's like a female Indiana Jones" - finally I realised that she wasn't either - she is actually much more, she is Kelsey Porter an incredibly strong, brave and defiant woman, with a lot more to come!
This book shows what an excellent writer Ms. Salpeter is and I will definitely be reading more of her work
What a fantastic book intertwining history, adventure and fantasy with a wonderful heroine Kelsey out to avenge the brutal murders of her parents who were searching for the mystical land of Xanadu. Lots of great twists and turns and great action pieces.Well done Elyse I am now moving onto book 2 and I hope you are well into writing book 3 keep up the great work.
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Now I’m in college, and while I’ve expanded from thrillers into mysteries of all kinds as well, I only read thrillers by those first two authors.
Until now. Because that is where Elyse Salpeter and her heroine Kelsey Porter enter.
The Hunt for Xanadu was gripping, enough so that I stayed up into the wee hours of the night (okay, one o’clock or so) to finish it. It was a fairly short novel (273 pages), so I whipped through it in no time. Since we’re on that topic, let me start off with that:
I wish the book had been longer. This is partially because I would have liked to live in the reality Salpeter created for a while longer, but also because the pacing of the novel seemed rushed at times. The reader is moved very quickly from scene to scene, and while that is the point of a thriller, I would have liked a lull in certain areas to get my bearings. (Aside from the quick pace of the novel, my only other criticism is that the characters are somewhat two-dimensional. However, since this is the first book in a series, I know they will be more fully developed in the next book.)
Now, onto some of the things I loved about Xanadu: Tibet, for one. Ever since reading The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, I’ve been fascinated with monks, and Xanadu had them in spades. The book provided many details about Buddhism that I had never heard of, including Kelsey’s original incarnation– which I correctly predicted about halfway through the book.
Another aspect that I really enjoyed was the language of Tedanalee, spoken by the monks, Kelsey, and Ari. I’m a sucker for constructed languages, and I was pleased to see one show up in this book. However, I’m not certain if it was a completely created language, with verb conjugations, etc., or made-up words smushed together. I’m inclined to think Salpeter went the hard route and created a complex language, but I want to ask her to be sure, simply because the process fascinated me.
In any case, The Hunt for Xanadu was an enjoyable summer read, one that I intend to share with my family and suggest to my friends. Kelsey, who’s only two years older than me (YIKES!) is an impressive heroine with a long list of accomplishments, and I can’t wait to see what she gets up to next!
On the surface we have a mission, and that mission would be to avenge the death of her parents. Along with her foster brother and an elite team, she embarks on this quest to recover ancient Buddhist artifacts and settle the score with those who have so grievously wronged her. In the course of completing this undertaking much and more is revealed about her past than she would ever have bargained for.
This book was entirely entertaining and well-constructed. Ample action, a good selection of interesting characters, and a little mysticism/fantasy thrown in for good measure. I was particularly enthralled with the conclusion as I did not see a few things coming, which is always a treat! Excellent, all around.
A promising start to a new series. I look forward to the other Kelsey Porter books.
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