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Win (The Atlantis Grail) Hardcover – 12 Jul 2017
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In this particular instance, I was grabbed well and truly,, and immersed my self in Gwen's life. I have read the first 2 books in this series 19 times each, and 2 days after release am on my 3rd re-read of Win, now waiting for the 4th and final instalment to be written.
This book continues in the very next second, after Compete finishes, and is gripping, I dont do spoilers, so I wont say more about the story line, but the writing is detailed, which appeals to me, descriptive, imaginative, and makes the story come alive inside my head as I read, like I would view a film in a cinema. Very few writers manage to grab my attention like this, and I read a lot, mainly across the Sci-fi/fantasy genre. I read a book like most people would eat a meal, either enjoying it or walking away. This series of books is a top class buffet, and has me looking forward to each page turn, and new twists in the plot. Ms Nazarian has a way of painting images in my mind using words instead of a brush, and Gwen, and the "cast" are as real to me as my children. Bravo Vera, now I just have to wait for Survive!
It's been a long time coming but I now have a new book series to add to my top five ever. Vera Nazarian really has the most fantastic and vivid imagination and has created a fantastic journey for our lead characters, Gwen and Aeson. Now on Atlantis, we find out what happens to the couple after Aeson's seemingly panicked announcement that Gwen is to be his bride. His father, the Imperator, is not to be outdone in his wish for Aeson to marry an 'appropriate' bride from an ancient bloodline, and grants Gwen her 'wish' to enter the Games of the Atlantis Grail. Here we go back to a scenario similar to Qualify, but much, much more dangerous. The emotional highs and lows we suffer with the couple are heart rendering and I was reduced to tears several times. There were many new characters to love and hate and some remarkable descriptive writing of the various stages of the competition itself. I love the historical inclusions and the pegasei look to be an interesting addition for the next book. My only gripe is that Aeson didn't feature enough. Anyone who has bothered to read this far in my review, do yourself a favour and download this series, you won't regret it. Well done Vera, this series deserves greater acknowledgement and to be noticed by the film makers perhaps!
Now, to get the few minor negatives out of the way first..
I do agree with what several other reviewers have said regarding the last section of the book. For me, the last 2 stages of the games and the ending did feel somewhat rushed. So much care was put into building the atmosphere of the first two stages so you really felt like you were there and this was somewhat lacking in the last two for me. Particularly the final stage and race which I really enjoyed and would have loved that to have some of the embellishment of the earlier stages. Also I would agree that the ending was a tad abrupt, I would have liked a more detailed reunion between Aeson and Gwen after all she had gone through!
That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book on the whole and it was a real page turner, I read it in 3 days straight, even with having to drag myself to work! I personally enjoyed the first part with the detailed training etc. It felt like it was setting the scene and building the relationship between Aeson and Gwen which had, intentionally, been stilted an undefined up until then. It was also nice to include the other characters from the previous books.
It was a shame there wasn't more of their relationship growing in the later parts of the book as that is what I really enjoy about this series. The focus was put on the game stages of course but i kept looking forward to the interactions between Aeson and Gwen. It still feels as if they are somewhat uncomfortable with each other but I suppose that's intended also! I am very much looking forward to Survive and hoping it will be a happy ending that we are all hoping for!
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just staring into the void now whilst waiting for book 4.....no rush!....
"Compete", the second book in the series, was a clear...Read more
Timeline felt a bit rushed in places. Now have to wait for book four to answer them.