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Origins (A Seventeen Series Thriller Book 5) by [Starrling, AD]
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Book 5 of 5 in A Seventeen Series Thriller (5 Book Series)

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  • Print Length: 324 pages
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  • Publisher: AD Starrling; 1 edition (15 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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A D Starrling has done it again - Origins is absolutely gripping right from the beginning right up to the very end!

Pure genius ...
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Just finished this amazing page turner - I read it all in one afternoon as simply couldn't put it down. Action, adventure, love and momentous battles that tie together the series with a thrilling background into the earlier books. Highly recommended!!
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I originally received an ARC of this novel in exchange for on honest review but have now purchased my Kindle copy in support of the author

I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the books and novellas in the Seventeen Series, and they just keep on going from strength to strength. Origins is very different in that it takes the reader right back to the start of the immortal races. The beginning of the book has an almost biblical feel to it. AD Starrling has a real gift for convincing you of the possibility of these hidden immortals, and you can almost believe that this could have been in the original religious writings, but that it was taken out to keep the immortal races hidden from us mere mortals. After explaining the origin of the immortal races the book goes on to explain how an abuse of power leads to the first immortal war. Beautifully written, heart rending, exciting and harrowing I would definitely recommend this to others who love the series. I suppose it could be read as a standalone novel, but I feel it would be a far more satisfying read if you have read the other books in the series first. Highly recommended
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Origins takes us to the beginning of the Seventeen Series. Here we learn how the Crovir and Bastian races came to be, how the humans were ruled by Crovir and Bastian and how most of their children came to decide to end their rule. We learn about the immortals, in particular Mila, who had the special abilities that hundreds of years later were inherited by the special immortals we have met so far in the Seventeen Series. I think that if you are a fan of the Seventeen series, this is a definitely a must read because you learn so much about the background to this series. This book is the best book yet of the series. I felt a connection with the main character Mila. You could see that she was conflicted in following her father, King Crovir when he was so unjust and showed no compassion toward his subjects. There is a lot of action especially towards the end of the book where most of the battles against King Crovir’s army occurred. A.D. Starrling’s book definitely won’t disappoint and this will definitely enhance the other Seventeen series books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rich and decadent story on the origins of the immortal races. Starrling is a true talent. 18 Feb. 2017
By Bambi_Unbridled - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I could tell you what first led me to A.D. Starrling, but I honestly don't know. I think it was fate that made me pick up the first book in this series, Hunted (f/k/a Soul Meaning) because the book was totally out of my genre and I had never heard of the author... but whatever it was that made me jump into this world of immortals, I am extremely grateful. I have been hooked on the Seventeen series from that first book... the stories are action-packed, intelligently written and never fail to get my adrenaline going. With each successive installment, Ms. Starrling has amazed me with her writing talent and ability to draw me into the story.

This story is a special one for the series... its the genesis story, both figuratively and literally. Origins literally provides us with the history of the Crovir and Bastian races, starting with the father of Crovir and Bastian himself; and figuratively you will notice some correlation to the biblical Genesis story. Set during biblical times, you will recognize minor religious references with a story heavily inspired by ancient Sumerian civilization. I cannot imagine the level of research this story required to generate this amount of fascinating detail... but I urge you to read all the way to the end of the book where Ms. Starrling discusses what is fact and fiction with this tale. It definitely had me googling some interesting items like the Weld-Blundell Prism and the Epic of Gilgamesh. If you are new to the Seventeen series, it would be fine for you to start with this book as Origins is a prequel of sorts. If you are not new to the series, Origins offers background on all of the immortal heroes and heroines that we have met thus far - and when I say background, I mean past lives type of background.

The story is broken into three parts, starting with Romerus, father of Crovir and Bastian, as he is crossing the desert in a desperate search for a cure to combat the plague that has afflicted his village and family. This is where you will find some biblical references (these are minor for those who don't care to read about religion), which I found to be fascinating and an intriguing way to begin the immortal's saga. Following that, we move on to the rise of an empire - with both Bastian and Crovir sitting as the conquering kings, while their twelve children carry out battle orders. Then we end with a major war that threatens to topple the empire entirely.

The main focus of the story will be on these children, some more than others. I will warn you that it gets a little confusing here because, in keeping with the times, all of the children are married to a half-sibling (the blood must remain pure). In addition, those who were born to Crovir or Bastian and their half-sister are elevated, and have special supernatural powers. I had to make a chart to keep everyone straight in the beginning... Starrling did provide a family tree, but my Kindle would not let me enlarge it. If you are starting with Origins, I urge you to pay attention to all of the children as they are important for later books. Now that I have read this prequel, I really want to go back and read the other books again so I can say AH HA! That's where that came from!

Mila really steals the show of the book, and she was arguably the main focus. The youngest of Crovir's children, she is also the most beautiful and the most powerful. With an indomitable spirit and extraordinary warrior abilities, Mila was an excellent heroine. I have to say that I was super excited reading about her character because I was able to make comparisons to a later heroine in the series (who just happens to be my favorite character). Starrling always has exceptional character development in her books, but I felt like Mila had more depth than usual. I was embroiled in her struggle between family and morality, and I totally got caught up in the love story. Yes, all you romance fans, there is a little something in here for you as well. The love story between Mila and a certain character who shall remain unnamed was on an epic scale, even though it wasn't the main focus of the saga.

If I had to sum up this book in one word - I would say that it's RICH. Full of historical details and aspects, political intrigue, war, cunning, action, family strife, oppressed peoples... it's all packed in there. Many times as I sat reading this tale, I broke out in goosebumps. That is definitely the sign of a good story! I have said it in the past, and I will say it again, that I could see any one of these books translating very well to the big screen. I recommend this book/series to male and female readers alike, those who like action, history, and kickash characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning... 23 Feb. 2017
By Nice Old Broad - Published on Amazon.com
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AD Starrling's newest book in her Seventeen series brings us to the beginning of the saga. The first four books highlight one special protagonist while expanding and interweaving the whole scope of this world view. Origins solves most of the questions she teased us with: when and where did the Bastien and Corvir families begin; why did they split from one another; how in heaven's name (that's a bit of a joke) did they become nearly immortal? If this book is your first foray into Starrling's stories, enjoy the ride as much as those of us who luckily fell into it from the first book. I suspect it would be a different reading experience since you would know how it all began. In any case, you'll find the characters intriguing and the amount of research that went into creating a universe very much like our own, but slightly more interesting, fascinating. Strongly recommend and look forward to anything Starrling produces.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read! 22 Feb. 2017
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Great book that continues a great series. Plenty of action mixed with the soul searching of the leaders of the immortals. My only negative comment is that the series might have started with this book since it explains how the immortals originated and the reasons for some of the conflicts that appear in the generations to come. Well worth the read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous page turner!! 18 Feb. 2017
By K B - Published on Amazon.com
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I was privelaged to be an early book previewer, AD did a great job with this story! It is captivating and keeps you turning the page, often forcing me to read far longer than I had allotted...

I would recommend this book for those interested in a great twist of fiction and imagination!
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for all ages 23 May 2017
By Vickie S. Fritsche - Published on Amazon.com
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Not something I usually read; but after reading the first one, I was hooked
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