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INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders (Inzared (Book One) 1) by [Leander, L.]
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INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders by L Leander is a lovely book. It bubbles along emitting an enchantingly engaging story line that is both unique and suitable for all ages. Something quite unusual these days. This is a fine example of an historical family saga done well plus an equally worthy display of cleverly timed and skilfully crafted fiction. Quite rare and very, very satisfying, five stars.
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I downloaded this on an impulse as it's not what I normally read and I am so glad I did! A gentle poignant tale of love that is interwoven with insights into the lives of the Roma circuses that roamed the US for so many years. I'm looking forward to the next book to read about what Inzarad does next.
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I liked the simple plotline of the story; warming in places, and in others very sad. It has an innocence that might be well received by a YA audience. I know very little about the language and customs of the Romany circus travellers in the US, back in the 1840s, so it was intersting to learn something new - acknowledging that I was reading a work of fiction. The concept of running away from home and joining a circus troupe took me back to childhood memories of books written about Circuses in the 1950s and 1960s. The life Inzared carved out for herself was one that would not have been lightly undertaken, since the acceptance in a different cultural society would have been a daunting prospect. Though the ending is sad it will be interesting to read more of Inzared, Queen of the Elephants.
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I don't know much about the circus in the 19th century (or any century come to that) but the research seemed to me very good (I had previously read "Cirkus" and the very excellent "Water for Elephants" and the terminology seems to follow through). In any event this is a thoroughly enjoyable tale about a girl who runs away with the circus and the life she makes for herself. Well written, plausible and real characters that you can care about. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inzared Has Something For Everyone 1 July 2012
By Brian Beam - Published on Amazon.com
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Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders is a wonderful debut release from L. Leander. The story follows Bertha Maude Anderson, a girl who grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the 1800s. She is unsure of her place in the world, feeling she wants more than her small town home in Appalachia. When a gypsy circus comes through her town, she falls in love with the lifestyle the gypsy troupe leads--as well as being intrigued by a young man named Paytre and his elephant, Cecil--and finds herself convinced to leave her home and family behind to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus as Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. The story is told from Inzared's point of view as she assimilates into they gypsy culture, finds love, uncovers a mystery that threatens the circus and the well-being of its performers and animals, and settles into her namesake as Queen of the Elephant Riders.

L.Leander has done an excellent job of accurately capturing the time period and the gypsy culture and you are truly pulled into the world of a travelling gypsy circus in the 1800s. The characters are very likable and realistic with dialogue that feels natural and fits the characters well. You really get to know the characters and connect with them. The story has a little bit of everything you could want in a book: romance, mystery, suspense, adventure, tragedy, and comedy. This is truly a book that can be enjoyed by just about anyone, no matter your typical genre preference.

This is L.Leander's debut novel, but from the quality of the writing, you would never guess it. Inzared is wonderfully written, plotted, and edited. Once I had started it, it was a challenge just to put it down. If this is only the beginning of what she has to offer, I can't wait to see what's next!
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Circus, Read this 14 May 2013
By kyshakitty - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not usually a fan of historical fiction, but I LOVE the circus.

This is the story of Bertha, a hillbilly teen with a wild imagination and not much work ethic. She falls in love with Cecil, the circus elephant, and his trainer, Paytre. She decides to run off with them and join the Gypsy circus. She finds a home, a family, and new name, Inzared.
The love between Inzared, Paytre and Cecil is wonderful. They have a connection that few can make. I enjoyed reading about their relationship and its growth. I cried when tragedy struck them.

Leander is a great story teller. The story moved along at a nice pace. The imagery made me see and smell and feel the circus along with Inzared and Paytre.

The story is written in first person and her illiteracy at the beginning is a little annoying. As she grows as a person her dialogue matures.

I would recommend this book to anyone with a vivid imagination.
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining historical fiction about a young girl's experience as a circus elephant rider 28 Jan. 2017
By Jodyellen57 - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe it is the current mood I am in, but I took a break from my regular suspense novel reading and thought I would try this. With the closing of the circus, I felt the timing was right for this book. Inzared is a 17 year old with a future of mundane living in the North Carolina mountains in the 19th century. One day, her family unexpectedly makes a big splurge, attends the traveling circus and Inzared is hooked by the dazzle and excitement. She meets the elephant trainer and runs away with the circus. She learns how to ride the elephant, tell fortunes and is slowly accepted into the gypsy culture as she learns their ways and traditions. The book follows her joys and sorrows and gives insight into what it was like to actually travel with the circus with historical accuracy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inzared Is a Heartwarming Tale of Innocence and Love 23 Nov. 2012
By C. Michaels - Published on Amazon.com
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L. Leander writes with grace in this beautiful story about a young girl who finds herself when she joins a circus during the mid 1800's.

Unlike many narratives that warm our hearts with new romance, this one takes on much more...
the love between our protagonist and the circus elephant, Cecil.

Leander captures the relationship between Inzared and the circus star, Cecil, in a way that animal lovers will identify with. The communication between the two certainly strikes a chord with me, the way my dog looks at me demonstrates that special love you find in Inzared!

Leander fancifully represents the essence of the times, the gypsy life, and all the hardships they endured. The young love Inzared shares with Cecil's owner brings back memories of my yesteryear.

Things cannot be all be hunky dory, however. Leander adds an element of mystery when things begin to go wrong in this close community, adding a who-done-it component to the storyline.

I loved reading her elegant words, and am confident this will be a popular series. Good going, L. Leander. Bring the next installment to us readers soon, please.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go on a fun adventure! 4 Sept. 2012
By WestGrl - Published on Amazon.com
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I read through this quite fast. I didn't want it to end and just couldn't put it down. This has a little bit of mystery, romance, history, and magic.

This was a refreshing twist on a historical novel. Based back in 1843, you are thrown into the life of a restless girl who wants more from life than living on a farm. Bertha becomes Inzared & she bravely sets out in a new life with a clan of Gypsies. You become one with her & feel the emotions she experiences as she sets out in her life in the circus.

The characters were wonderful, the details very visual. I was especially happy that there was no animal cruelty used during training. Even though that was rare in the circus back then, and even now, it was nice to not have that as a distraction.

I can't help but wonder if the author plans a 2nd book. The story ended somewhat abruptly and a door was left open to how things could possibly progress. I know I definitely would like to know what would happen in the next chapter of her life.

My only small complaint was the punctuation. Specifically, you couldn't always tell when someone was speaking aloud because the quotation marks weren't present or they would be in a place that they shouldn't be. This didn't change my rating though because the story is very worthy of all 5 stars!
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