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- File Size: 1698 KB
- Print Length: 466 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ormidon Publishing (17 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ISLQYO
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,541 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Invisible Chains - Part 1: Bonds of Hate (Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse) Kindle Edition
|Length: 466 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Book 1 of 7 in Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse (7 Book Series)
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The only criticism I have is that I found a small amount of the dialogue and depth lacking with various characters. Although for the majority it is well written.
The role reversal of the Prince brother’s is gripping. Anaxantis is prudent and appealing, once released from his sickness and imprisonment he goes from strength to strength. He still appears to very aware of his weaknesses and respectful, so therefore doesn’t appear to become egotistical. From underdog to top dog took intelligence, calculation and integrity, but he conquer or fail? I am so intrigued by this I’m off to download book two.
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What impressed me the most though, was how intricate and solid the plot was. The story arc is over 3 books and through all 3 books the plot is rock solid. There are multiple plot lines and they all work seamlessly together. Things aren't spelled out and spoon fed so when a plot point finally culminated, you were at least a little surprised every time. I hate being spoon-fed a plot so that I can guess how it ends 20 pages into the book. In this series, I wasn't even sure the main character would live through all 3 books!
The author is also not afraid to kill people or cause massive damage for the main characters if it's the right thing to do plot-wise. Which I applaud. It takes a certain amount of balls for an author to really put his lead characters through hell knowing that somewhere a reader who loves fluffy bunnies and rainbows is going to complain because everything didn't go perfectly for the hero.
Anyway, I'm very impressed with the quality of the books and I'm sure I'll reread them in the future.
With that being said, this book is an extremely psychologically painful book to read- it was the first book I've ever read where I felt sick through most of it. It had nothing to do with the 'content' of the storyline, but had to do with the emotional and psychological pain between Anaxantis and Ehandar. I was drawn to Anaxantis in the beginning, but then found myself more on Ehandar's side... yet, towards the end when Anaxantis explained everything to his friend Hermarchidas and you saw the events through Anaxantis' eyes- only then do you realize the full impact it had upon him. When the event occurred early in the story, it was see from above, and not through the eyes of either- yet hearing the event from Anaxantis, you realize how much it truly did scar him. However, I still didn't lose my feelings for Ehandar, as he truly wanted to do everything he possibly could to make it up to Anaxantis.
Their story made the book, even though the author felt a need to introduce character after character after character, making it difficult to keep up with who is who and why you should even care. I am not a fan of this type of writing style, I much prefer first-person narratives, so this story was difficult to follow at times and I found myself skipping page after page until I returned to some of the MAIN characters- such as Anaxantis, Ehandar, their father and Anaxantis' mother- most other characters just didn't interest me in the least and I didn't feel that anything that was involved with the extra characters would be that important; as it turned out, I was right. I managed to skip about 1/3 of the book and still was able to keep up with the story and never felt I had missed anything.
So all in all, the story was worth the read. I love stories with complex and complicated characters, and this, by far, has the cast of most screwed up characters I've ever read. ;-) I also have to add that, after reading all four books in the series, the writing and story improves a LOT over time! The fourth book, "Invisible Hands Pt 1", is my favorite so far. We also get to hear less of Randamor the Recluse's commentary as the books progress- which is a good thing IMO.
I also felt I should state that the majority of characters are young men between the ages of 15-20, so if the idea of sex or rape involving teenage boys is a problem for you, then you probably will not like this series.
I am very happy I started here because I really loved Mr. Ashling's story. There are several interesting threads running through this first book in the Bonds of Hate series. The first one, and the one the reader gets the least number of clues about , is that of the story teller himself. Who is he, who is the man who is his audience, and what the heck is up with that stool! Many of the scenes between the two young prince / half brothers make me feel sad and lonely for them and make me angry at their despicable treatment of each other. They seem to be, in essence, two broken children unable to climb out of their predicament.
There are also at least four other significant story threads that wrap around themselves throughout the book adding complexity, character development, and continuity. The writer handles scenes of hilarity, camp, and human suffering with equal aplomb and in the end, I am left with excitement for the remaining books in this series and a new found appreciation and warmth for Mr. Ashling's writing.
Thank you, Andrew Ashling, for writing one of my new favorites!
The book is an action-adventure fiction with mystery and unromantic tough love. It is medieval in setting but it is NOT the type of fantasy that has any kind of magic, folklore or anything supernatural. Just some princely twink, poisonous concoctions and a weird stool with a knob in the center of the seat:)
Note the subtitle of the series, "The Dark Tales..." so expect some dark moments in the book but trust the author to get you past those. The first book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I have yet to read the next two books which I already purchased.
You can see my full review at:[...]. You can also see other great reviews there for your reference.
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