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Clarion of Destiny: Home Lost Paperback – April 9, 2011
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"This is volume 1 of an 8 volume adventure. I was unabashedly carried away into his warm and magical adventure.. Mclaren's character development, imagination and adventurous tale became a passion.........and I am waiting to pounce on his next volume and I am anxiously awaiting it's release. He is currently editing book 4. How do I know, because he responded to my email........(how wonderful!) and filled me in."
-Shema (Barnes and Noble)
★★★★★ I liked this alot
"I thought I read most of everyone's fantasy series- this author is new to me. What a nice find! I will buy more of them as they make their way here. More Barnes and Noble more!"
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Top Customer Reviews
Usually such books have a fairly predictable progression, the hero (or heroine in this case) sets off on a quest, meets people along the way, fights a few henchman, challenges the enemy, wins, and proceeds to whatever version of a happy ending the genre demands. Here, not so much. It stalled out at the sets off on a quest stage. To complicate matters Darius spent about twenty percent of the book recounting a story that didn't seem to have anything to do with Leena or her situation. It might become important in future books, but I saw no reason for it here. The book consists of Leena traveling. Period. End of story, pun intended.
None of this however is the worst part for me. These are:
1. Leena is The Chosen and is supposed to be a strong hero for the people, but from the moment she leaves her village she just follows one male and then another. She unthinkingly, and one presumes appropriately, hands all decision making over to them. Apparently, despite being the hero she can't be trusted to decide which direction to travel in or even when to stop and eat and she never tries.
2. Darius' story: I don't want to give it away, but he tells a tale that struck me as arrogant and ethnocentrism. I'm really not into that.
The book isn't without highlights. I really liked the idea of the hedge witches. The book was well written. I especially appreciated the prologue and the fact that McLaren was willing to allow his characters to fall to their absolute bottom before providing them with any sort of reprieve.Read more ›
Volume 1: Home Lost - I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is a great start to the series and was very easy to get into. It kept my attention the entire time and I always wanted to find out what was going to happen next. I really liked how the characters that are able to use magic had a limit to how strong or how long the spells were, and that it depletes their energy. I always assumed magic was magic and could just be used as one pleased. This adds a bit of a realistic element (yes I know magic isn't real) to the story and makes the characters believable.
The writing style is great. Everything seems so clear, yet contains its own complexities as to not insult the reader's intelligence. The plot lines, characters, scenery, and individual situations are well thought out. I really felt like I could understand from the inside what the characters were thinking/doing/feeling - very insightful. My only real complaint is minor cosmetic.. the cover art, which is my burlap reference in the title. I like real art as a cover and not just a scenery photo, but thats just me. ;)
Start your adventure: you will have a fun time reading this book. I'm off to start Volume 2 and will report back once I'm done.
Then we jump ahead some two thousands years or five hundred years, either way it was a long time. Leena our plucky heroine, the half-trained hedge witch is out in the forest, in the middle of the night, searching for an invisible tree (The Garlan Tree) in what is apparently heavy snow. Okay, great, nice adventure story, Leena will have to face the dangers of the forest and nefarious powers that be, on her path to this powerful object, right?
Nope. She bumps into said Invisible tree with in a few pages and easily dispatches the Great Wizards Giant Death Raven with her Garlan Branch. Then she makes her way home, to find her village deserted and only 19 or so of her fellow villagers can be located. (Because they're DEAD!)
The average 16 year old girl would be flipping the hell out. Not Leena, she calmly buries the bodys and sets about gather supplies for her journey north, obstensibly to find and free her parents and neighbors. By riding straight to the Great Wizard's gate...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this well written story. Amazing storyline and interesting, well developed characters. I got pulled in from that very first paragraph. I highly recommend itPublished 8 months ago by Ica
Good well written story. I hope the pay versions are longer. Interesting storyline and good character development. It pulls you in the very first chapter. That is a rare thing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by hbrother
I’ve reviewed Clarion of Destiny: Home Lost, and I enjoyed reading it very much! The story is very original; I like the use of flashbacks in the narrative as well as the wide... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
Enjoyed reading the first book of this series. Can't wait to continue with the next book. The characters have come alive and Franz McLaren's writing style draws you into his story... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
One situation after another, the poor heroine just never gets a break. Certainly makes for good reading though. Read morePublished 20 months ago by jbshorses
to save you time and head ache i'm just going to list off what i like about this book.
1. it's a simple fantasy book that only provides you with what you need to understand... Read more
Destiny calls to Leena, a young witch in training, when she returns to her village to find that it's been raided and destroyed. Everyone she knew and loved is gone. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Annie
My review of this book is long overdue, undoubtedly due to the fact that I have been unable to tear myself away from the other volumes. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Gillian Newell