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Andraste Paperback – June 4, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Andraste is a Nymphian warrior princess prophesied to become a queen capable of uniting the tribes and races of her world and defeating the evil vampire empress currently terrorizing and enslaving race after race. On her journey to the capital, Andraste visits each tribe in order to solidify alliances and gather troops. Each tribe sends its own leader to accompany her and lead their own soldiers.
These characters' personalities vary greatly, reflecting the customs, beliefs and socially acceptable behaviors of their people. It's disappointing that more wasn't written about the dynamics of these relationships. This is my main problem with the book. The characters are military leaders, each accustomed to his/her own way of life. It's unreasonable that these leaders and warriors would all behave as children/teens, but sadly, that is the case.
Andraste's own cousin and right hand behaves as if she's going to prom, not war, throughout the story. She's very ditzy and superficial, always babbling about whether the "boys" are handsome, who should date each other, fashion, hairstyles, etc. This is a warrior who's lost an eye; she should behave like an experienced warrior and help Andraste plan for what's to come. Instead, she's Barbie.
Very few characters display a maturity level appropriate for an adult. It's like high school kids putting on a play about war.
If Ms. Mills had taken her own work more seriously, given her characters a little depth, this could have been a saga to rival the likes of Terry Goodkind's 12 book "The Sword of Truth" series. Even as it is, the story and setting are strong enough to balance the characters' superficiality and still give us a decent reading experience. It's just a shame the potential for greatness wasn't realized.
The fate of the fairies rest on the shoulders of a young fairy named Andraste whose world is not as it seems. This book has several twists and turns that leads Andraste through a life she never dreamed of or expected especially when it comes to fighting the vampire empress who is determined to conquer the world.
I would highly recommend this book for so many reasons but this is just of the few reasons why.
1) The world that Marisa, the author, crafted was fantastic and clever.
2) The book is very fast-paced and sucks you in from the start.
3) The whole cast of characters (good and bad) strengthen the story's plot. I loved learning about each and everyone of them.
4) Who doesn't love a good fantasy when there's a mystery to be solved?
5) Did I mention it's about fairies? I love fairies.
Now there is one tiny thing I had an issue with and it's so minor it didn't have too much of an effect on my overall rating.
In the beginning I found it slightly difficult to follow along because I was trying to remember who was who, where they came from and were they good or bad. But after a very short while I caught on and loved the book. Other people may not find this an issue.
I'm actually going to enjoy reading more from this author.
The names and places found within this novel are unique to the world Ms. Mills created. Luminous, Nymphia, Latla, etc. I loved them all, the descriptions of the places, people and differing cultures found within. Each was very distinctive.
Overall, I rounded up to 5 Stars for this novel. There were a few misspelled words and some formatting issues that I noticed throughout (the most prominent being that one person would speak but another would have an action on the same line). All of this, though, was not enough to deter me from the story. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a great fantasy read! You won't be disappointed!
The daughter of a fairy queen and elfin prince who's charged with an amazing prophecy, Andraste, is a serious young warrior princess. In the first opening chapters we see Andraste and her upbeat cousin, Radiance, readying to attend a court party. Obviously its a social event to present everyone with the warrior princess.
Andraste remains dispirited for the evening though being aware of the prophecy that mentions she will be the downfall of the Abutu empire run by evil vampire Empress Sarai and bring peace to the land of Nymphia, Latlan, and other mystical lands in Magick. Towards the middle of the party we see that some type of of serpent shapeshifters have been sent from the Abatu Empire by the command of Empress Sarai who is actually Andraste's aunt but its mentioned she has embraced dark magic guarded by some dieties trusted by the Magick inhabitants in the world of Andraste. Andraste with Radiance know that the time has come to fulfill the prophecy that was created by her mother, Queen Rhiannon of Lumounisia. The serpent shapeshifters are soon fended off with the help off a new friend of the court and the late queen's ambassador. Elvin who is known as the son of a ambitious conquering general who Andraste's mother died almost at the hands while she waged war as he tried to take Lumounisia.
Andraste, comes to know Elvin who for the most part is helping her with politics at court and to also help her fulfill the prophecy to bring down the Abutu Empire. Andraste doesn't believe him at all and we really see her struggle throughout the novel by being in his presence. Nonetheless, she has to fulfill her destiny and journey with Elvin as well as others to gain allies in the war against the Empress Sarai.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book and because of the opportunity to read it I am now looking forward to reading other books by this author. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Hoosierdreamz
Andraste is a warrior princess (who doesn't like that?) she has a cousin Radiance who has lost an eye, so since her warrior skills are compromised she seems more interested in... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by JohannaInExile
Wow this book was bad. I picked it up as a freebie a long time ago and only recently found it languishing away in the back of my kindle. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Franklin
I'll admit that I haven't read many fantasy books,so I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I was somewhat disappointed by this one. Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by Kirae712
Imagine a world sucked into war and now the young adults have to save it. At the same time, they are forced to learn that their childhood days are gone. Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by James W. Peercy
After reading the summary, I expected to dive into a fairy world close to the one invented by Julie Kagawa in "The Iron King". Read more
This book was so different from others I have read that I just loved it. I really wish she would write another to continue it.Published on April 7, 2012 by Kindle Customer
The only reason I even finished reading it is that I am hopelessly optomistic! Not only is it very poorly proofed and edited, but the characters are superficial and... Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Wyldrowan