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Product Details

  • Series: Acadia
  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461047285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461047285
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,357,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Greetings!
First of all, welcome to the world of Acadia--a world much like ours with rich cultures and diverse people. I originally started working on this project during my junior year back in 2001; a project which was nothing but notes, drawings, maps, and timeline. Then around 2003 I had devoted much of my time, and with the help and praise of many friends and family, I began working on this book.
My original 'Book I' soon turned out to be well over 1400 pages, with a road map to have this series conclude in the sixth book--a plan that has changed much since 2003. Breaking down the first book, I have turned it into a trilogy, with this book being the first part.
Also I have promised many that I will get to make a large glossary and other notes for all foreign languages spoken throughout Acadia--a promise that will be fulfilled in the third book as a part of this trilogy's conclusion.
So, until next time--hopefully by the summer of 2012! (No promises!)
Ali M. Naqvi
--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Book Vacation on May 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Naqvi has created an ingenious world complete with gods and goddesses, vampires, sorcerers, kings and queens... and his style emulates that of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was very impressed with the writing style and the story itself; Naqvi has a knack for storytelling, though I must admit that I found the sheer amount of historical background a little much for my taste. Now, that being said, I'm also admitting that I had extreme difficulty reading Tolkien for the same reason. I'm not a history buff and I tend to focus on the action of a novel more so than the vital background information, so I have a hard time reading through the histories of these types of novels. Yet, as Naqvi emulates Tolkien's style, and as Acadia is the first novel in this series, the historical aspects of the novel are really the foundation of the story, and it needs to be there. Although it wasn't my forte, as I thought the action was minimal compared to the vast history, Naqvi has created a wonderful backdrop of the rest of his series, creating beautiful descriptions of the lands and its people, and I believe that many readers will highly enjoy Acadia, especially if they are fans of Tolkien.

I really did like the novel, and I think many people will highly enjoy it, especially as the second edition comes out and small grammatical errors are fixed. Naqvi is a very fluid writer and, though there are grammatical errors here and there, I must say that the dialogue throughout the novel really caught my attention. Naqvi is writing about the middle lands, set in the 5000s, yet, as the novel encompasses an alternate world, it utilizes archaic language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on May 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Acadia, Book I: The Lost King and the Goddess of Time, is the first part of The Second Great War trilogy by Ali M. Naqvi. When the author wrote me asking if I would be interested in doing a review, the cover is the first thing that drew me to the story. I know, we should never judge a book by its cover, and I especially follow that rule when it comes to self-published e-books, because I realize many writers simply do not have access to someone willing to do an inexpensive cover for them. As a writer, I know I don't have even an ounce of talent when it comes to drawing, painting, or anything else in the visual arts field. But I just love the way all the colors and elements come together in this fantasy art-style painting. To me, it resembles the style of a set of Tarot cards I used to have years ago, which of course brings up nostalgic feelings for days gone by.

But enough about the cover, because the true beauty is what lurks behind that cover- the words that make up the story itself. The epic fantasy tale begins in the past, at the end of a great war. The raw and bleak descriptions of the battle field immediately drew me in, filling my head with vision of the violent and bloody culminating event. I have great admiration for writers capable of bringing a whole new world to life so early on in the story. Naqvi's world is both new and old, and he clearly spent a lot of time plotting out every last detail of his fantasy realm. He even includes footnotes to help readers understand his made-up words for different beings, places, and objects. After the prologue, Naqvi introduces his main character- Damont. Damont is a fairly average teenage boy. He does his chores, skips school, and yearns to leave his boring little town.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TicToc on July 3, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The battle between lightness and dark has gone on since the beginning of time, but how does one always know which is which, when the lines are sometimes blurred on each side.

In Acadia: Book One: The Lost King and the Goddess of Time, Ali M. Naqvi has given us an interesting look into the life of a boy. This is the story of Damont, who is by birth a King, and yet with no knowledge of his background or heritage. Brought up in a small village by a man presumed to be his uncle he is ready to shake the dust of his small village and become more than what his is.

When his uncle returns from a very mysterious trip, he insists that it is time for Damont to go with him to the city. Damont is concerned with the secrets he see in his uncle's eyes, but he is ready. It is only as they make their way, that Damont begins to get an inkling of the changes in store. As he reaches Haldina and meets the Duke as well as the Lady Kynthia, Queen of the Illyiumian Kingdom, it is only now he finds he is born the last King of Acadia. Born a Langorn, he is a part of the prophecy to bring the land and people together one more time.

Not everyone is happy about his return. There are those willing to destroy everything necessary to make sure Damont never realizes his destiny.

Naqvi has written a tale full of life, and danger. His characters are quite likable and charismatic. Along with humans, he has peopled it with gods and demigods, vampires, and sorcerers. I found it a bit of a slow read because there was so much going on. A few times, I found myself going back because I felt I might have missed some nuances.

The tale is epic and we follow Damont and his friends on his quest to find the answers to his birth as well as his place in the new history of his world.
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More About the Author

Ali M. Naqvi became inspired about writing and fell in love with the genre of Science Fiction & Fantasy when he first read the copy of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park during his fifth year in elementary school. Taking after the style of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and of George R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice, Ali began his work on his series of Acadia in 2001.

Residing currently in Atlanta, Georgia and majoring in the field of Radiology, Ali is now finishing both the second and the third book for Acadia.

He can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/angeluztb