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Amulet (DragonBlade Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1161 KB
  • Print Length: 503 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467938742
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Song of the Dragon Productions; 2 - Re-edited April 2012 edition (November 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066HCK9K
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Nancy began her writing career a bit differently than most. The first fifty two chapters of Amulet (DragonBlade Series) were written in a tent. Some were written in the front seat of a pick-up truck in the short spurts of the two hour battery life of her laptop.
Following some financial setbacks beyond their control, and the sudden death of her children's father, Nancy, her husband, and two special needs adult children found themselves without a place to live - for nearly nine months. It was not all doom and gloom, however. One of the fond memories of that time was being adopted by a family of geese. There were three families of geese in the area, and one of these families decided it was their obligation to protect Nancy and her family. The Canada Goose family would not allow any other geese near them, and would chase any bread-seekers away.
Nancy now lives nearly three thousand miles away from there - in a house - with her family. Writing Amulet was definitely a pivotal point that changed their lives, and in many ways the story reflects their own journey.
Nancy is the author of The DragonBlade Series, a different kind of Fantasy/Adventure. She is currently working on Book Three of the DragonBlade Series, as well as having several other projects in the works.

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When elves and dwarves and magical lost artifacts are featured in a novel, the assumption will often be: cheap, derivative Tolkien knockoff. Well, we all know the old saying about assumptions, so leave them at the door and enter the world of a novel that will not only mess with your expectations but completely confound them.

Sure, you could read Amulet as a fairly standard sword-and-sorcery epic, but it is also different in a variety of ways, both subtle and obvious. There are dragons involved, yet no captive princesses. There are amulets, but their significance is not simple or obvious. There is a talking dog who will make you laugh out loud. There are heroes and villains, but how their stories play out is anything but predictable or hackneyed. There is a breathless spirit of adventure to this novel, which never sags despite its relative length, never calls attention to itself in language terms, every word serving the story and not the author's ego. Unlike many other novels in the genre, it's clear Amulet is not even *attempting* a Tolkien rip, aside from one or two unavoidable tropes.

Is it an independent novel? Yes. Are there editing/proofreading issues? *Yes. But to be quite honest, they are relatively minor, and eminently forgivable due to the sheer energy and exuberance Nancy Lee Parish brings to her story. She is clearly a born storyteller, and I've worked very hard in this review not to drop spoilers that would work against the perfectly-timed plot revelations she sets up here. Put simply, this is an adventure yarn with a well-drawn ensemble cast that carries you along in its expertly-constructed wake, and I recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining novel you can enjoy for both its intricate storyline and its even more complex and endearing characters.

*Turns out I had an older copy and the upgrade has been further edited and formatted, so as long as you purchase the most recent edition, even this won't be an issue.
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"Amulet," book one of the DragonBlade Series by Nancy Lee Parish sated both the little child and the adult in me with its intriguing characters and adventurous spirit. The author's pacing of this story is superb. She always leaves the reader wanting more, giving you just enough pieces of the puzzle to stimulate your curiosity and keep you reading until the very last page.

Fantasy books can be difficult for some readers because of the author's need to invent places, things, philosophies, and a way of life totally unfamiliar to the reader. In Amulet, Parish settles into a comfortable balance between the story and the fictional world.

There are many conflicts going on in Amulet. The most obvious and long-lasting is the one which pits the Ecli, the dark wizards who rule all of Ranaria and live in the city of Dardanos, against the Volanari insurgents. Beyond this is the conflict among the four wizards known as the Ecli. Each has their own agenda. Among the Ranarians there are those who are linked to the Ecli and to other wizards of old. Among this group, there is a desperate desire to survive the Ecli and regain their freedom, but it means taking risks unlike any they have ever considered in the past. It means believing in the reality of things thought only to be fairy tales. It means trusting those once thought to be their enemies to fight the creations and the pull of the dark crystal.

I don't know that there is one main character in this book. It is more like an ensemble, which is in harmony with the theme of the story. Thus, the reader gets a chance to know the characters more through their interactions with each other rather than through the author's unveiling of their internal psychology.
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I started reading _Amulet_ as a reprieve from reading serial killer thrillers. It did its job in replenishing my spirit, entertaining me without overkill on the drama, and kept me going because I wanted to see what happened next. I think it must be aimed at older children as its audience, but I really enjoyed it as an adult. The story is very well told, very interesting, kept me guessing, and had me in tears in a few places. The author is an absolute master at how to end a chapter.

I'll gladly give a copy to every kid and fantasy fan in my life.
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This seems to be your typical fantasy novel.
Although I can never seem to get my fill of a this genre, I couldn't get far in this book before I had to put it down. It has potential but is in serious need of an editor to tighten it up. Here for example is one sentence that annoyed me: "He was as strong as an ox, but he knew right from wrong." SMH...just bad. What does one have to do with the other?
Then in a later scene where the protagonist was having a conversation with a shopkeeper it was like the author had taken the paragraphs, shuffled them up, and laid them out randomly. Thoughts that should have happened after certain things were said went through the protagonists head beforehand. It just did not make sense.
I give it 2 stars just because I can see the potential story behind all mistakes that could be fixed with a quality editor, but a book I can't finish is really a one star book in my mind.
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There are lots of stories with dragons, spewing fire, swords, fairies and even tall tales that ride a wave and go nowhere.

When I read Nance Lee Parish's Amulet, I actually got caught up in the story. The characters were charming, the setting vivid and what would normally be silliness made sense. The author doesn't waste much time getting things rolling, and all of sudden you are captured within the story and find you must keep reading to see where it goes..

My grandchildren love a good dragon tale so I try to find books that might excite their imagination and thought this would do that. I was right. They too loved the book and the way the author describes the setting, the dragons, the Amulet and all the curves the road offers which creates choices and mystery. Oh I enjoy a good fun ride like anyone else, but this was a very nice surprise and the journey was worth it and more. The read was fun and best of all it fed the imagination with just the right amount of intrigue to make it all work. Who among us doesn't like a baby dragon, or bad guys and danger? The Amulet is meant to be fun and fun it is.
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