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Spellscribed Tales: First Refrain by [Cruz, Kristopher]
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent companion piece to the Spellscribed series 23 Jun. 2014
By Sean P. Endress - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this work in exchange for an open and honest review. The opinions below are entirely my own.

A quick second disclaimer: When I call this a companion piece, I mean it. It will be fairly difficult to follow if you aren't already familiar with the Spellscribed series. That said, if you aren't familiar, I would urge you to acquaint yourself with it, because it is a delight in every respect.

Anyway, on to "First Refrain". Something to tide over the fans while they await the official third entry in the series, I suppose, but also some highly illuminating backstory into two of Spellscribed's central characters. I liked Joven's story the most - which isn't to say anything against Jalyin's, as both were quite strong. It's also illuminating to watch Cruz's style grow as he fleshes out his characters and offer them greater depth. I remember in my critique of the first book, I mentioned that some of the characters felt rather two-dimensional. First Refrain has no such troubles.

First Refrain is light on plot twists but high on action, drama, and generous descriptions of the world that Spellscribed fans have grown to love. A few mechanical editing mistakes trip up the reader in one or two spots, but overall the work is sound and the pacing is tight. If you like the series, you'll greatly enjoy this work, but if you don't, this one won't change your mind. As always, with questions or comments, pleae feel free to leave them in the box below or to email me at SeanOnAmazon@gmail.com.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good backstory 8 Jun. 2014
By harkey95 - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because I'm a fan of the other two books that he put out. My only complaints are that the book was too short, and there wasn't as much details as I would have liked. One of my all time favorite authors is R.A. Salvatore, and a big reason he made it on my list is because his books are absolutely filled with detail. Now, I'm not saying that Cruz should copy Salvatore, but more detail would go a long way in the story's he writes in the future. Now that I'm done complaining, let me be a fanboy and squeal like a little girl! I absolutely loved this book, and I hope he writes more like this one. The best part for me was the half that had to deal with jaylin and her elven culture (as I said before though, too sparse on detail. It felt like it went by too fast). Joven was cool I guess, but jaylin always held a certain mystery that made me want to know more about her. Honestly, I can't wait for the next book, and I hope he continues to write more and more. I would recommend this book to anyone, but they should probably read the others first. And Cruz, if you happen to read this I just want to say that you're a spectacular writer, and I'm hoping for more great things from you man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thouroughly enjoyed this book. Wonderful back story for the series or as a stand alone piece. 8 Jun. 2014
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I'm a big fan of short novellas written to expand upon background or other events for a good series. First refrain has to wonderful short stories that really help to provide background and depth to to of the main supporting characters - Jalyin and Joven.

A wonderful companion novel for the main series or a nice primer for someone who wants to test the waters of the series before jumping in first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for book 3 7 Jun. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Fans of the author will not be disappointed. Not focused on our favorite mage but it gives perspective about 2 other characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Side Stories! 5 Jun. 2014
By Bobbi B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I borrowed this from a friend to read. It features two back stories about Joven and Jalyn. The stories are wonderful! They were in-depth, well written and I couldn't put the book down until I was done. I felt like I learned a lot about Joven and how he got to where he was. After reading Jalyn's story, I felt the character made sense to me as I looked back at Spellscribed: Provenance and Ascension. I'm looking forward to the author's third book to see what happens next. Also, I think the cover art is looks gorgeous.
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