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Custodian of the Luima Legacy (Luima Legacy Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Gabrielle Poplar
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 314 pages
  • Series: Luima Legacy Series (Book 1)
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Book Description

A Young Man at the center of Political Intrigue. A fine Epic Fantasy!

“I highly recommend this title to fantasy fans and anyone who enjoys a great story. Get swept away today by Custodian of The Luima Legacy” — Brian Barber

“Filled with royalty, mystery, and action...brings you from the death of a queen to the revelation of a mystery” — R.Ponder Weiss

Fastian was the First Minister of Estruchi. He had no living relatives or dependents, except for Meryl, the son of his house keeper, who lived in his house and served as his ward. To the outside world, his life was uncluttered and devoted to serving King Arpad of Estruchi.

King Arpad was determined to free his kingdom from servitude to neighboring Bahadi, and he charged Fastian with the task of obtaining the Light sword that he intended to use to press his claims for freedom. Fastian and his ward traveled to Bahadi to steal the Light sword, but in the course of carrying out the King’s orders, Meryl’s life was threatened. In a bid to save his ward’s life, Fastian revealed that Meryl was not a servant’s son, and that he was the custodian of an ancient legacy.

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"A read all fantasy enthusiasts would not want to miss. From first page to last, Poplar's imagery and thrilling story line keep you hooked. (5 Stars)" Source of Review: Midwest Book Review Author of Review: Michael Thal

About the Author

Gabrielle Poplar is an avid reader, whose reading taste spans a wide range of genres. She likes to write stories of her own, in her free time. She and her family reside in South Carolina.

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  • Language: English
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read on a Fall Day! September 23, 2012
Looking for a book you can read curled up on the couch on a cool fall day? Try out this book filled with royalty, mystery, and action. Custodian brings you from the death of a queen to the revelation of a mystery. I loved the map of the kingdom, but sometimes the names of the towns seemed to flow into each other with all the "ai" endings and double "L". King Arped sends Fastian on a quest to free his kingdom and in the end he reveals the true linage of his ward. If you are looking for a medieval, swords flying, princess, adventure, then follow along with the adventures and quest of the characters for an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it down, Loved It September 26, 2012
By Licia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I couldn't put it down. I read through the book eagerly, all the while hoping that something good happens to Meryl.

In this book, the humble was exalted, the lofty was abased, good triumphed over evil. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted story with a powerful message September 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This story quickly drew me in with its imagery and intriguing storyline. Like any great fantasy writer, Poplar paints a world with her words, inviting the reader to engage the theater of the mind in a way that captures the imagination and won't let it go. I could picture the characters, the scenes, even the costumes like I was watching a movie.

There are also powerful messages portrayed in multiple layers of analogy. I highly recommend this novel for all fantasy lovers, but especially for young adults and youth. This is a story that edifies one's faith...and entertains at the same time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fantasy, at it's finest" October 22, 2012
By Pen 10
If you are a thrill seeker, a fantasy lover, then this is the book for you. I loved every minute of it, filled with adventure and plenty of action, it definitely did not disappoint. The story is about a young boy named Meryl who has a secret and his guardian, Fastian who will stop at nothing, to protect it. I was given this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend it to the young and the old alike. If you like stories with magic and swords in them, with a medieval theme? Then you will love this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love a book that grabs you from the beginning April 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
By Momma on April 10, 2013
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What an amazing story!! The book itself is extremely well written and flows beautifully! Because it is so easy to read I recommend it for younger audiences (12+). I love a book that can grab me from page one. I didn't even realize I was mid info-dump until I went back to the beginning to clarify some questions I had about Ilona. That is the best kind when the world is unfolded with the characters in a way that isn't just an informational assault.

I loved the use of magic; I'm a fan of all who give you some science along with the magic. I also enjoy reading about complex political intrigue and definitely had a few of those "Why would they do that?" moments referring to the characters actions and motives.

The characters are so well done, they have dimension and stay pretty true in their motives and actions. Having finished the book a few days ago I already miss spending time with them.

I'm looking forward to the next installments in the book. I would have liked to have seen a few more loose ends tied up, but I guess I will just have to wait for the next book. While this book is classically fantasy, if you like mystery and intrigue you should also give it a try! I do not think you will be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy February 27, 2013
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Custodian of the Luima Legacy by Gabrielle Poplar, the first of a series, is a fantasy with all the ingredients, including kingdoms, kings, queens, princesses, princes, magic swords, training camps and contests, among others. There is the young lad, the wise elder, the beautiful princess, the evil king and the spies. There are laws written in stone, codes of honor, a monastery, an afterlife, a god they worship and a savior. Ms. Poplar has stirred well, and cooked up a great story that will keep you up at night reading. Normally, I am not into fantasies, so it took me a while to sort out the characters, some of whom have appropriate, but rather strange sounding names, to my ears, but, I soon got the hang of it, & enjoyed the book. I look forward to the next one in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read for lovers of fantasy January 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
First up, elements that I like in the book. The simplistic writing style works well for fable. The opening scene of the novel successfully creates a suspenseful premise-- a struggle over the transfer of power. The theme of taking on custodial responsibility is also strong and layered in quickly, when a key character walks into a gruesome situation.

I realize writing a book which posits an original world requires nomenclature, but I'm not sure that the made-up words here always add value. The word "Luima," for example, is just close enough to "Lima" to be confusing. I find myself wanting to call "Ilona" a name I'm familiar with, "Iona." But that may just be a personal reaction.

Two deaths, including a queen killed by a prince, are big events to take in at the outset. Perhaps if they were combined with fuller characterization, the opening would seem less sketchy. Also, to my eye, the dialogue is sometimes stilted, and the prose is not as tightly edited as it could be. The word "startled" is used twice within a few sentences. More than a few sentences need whittling. Here's an example: "The soldiers escorting them flanked the convoy of carriages on either side." "Flanked" means on either side, and we already know they are carriages. Finally, expressions such as "the dead of night" will be regarded by some readers as too cliche.

As the book progresses, it gets stronger and better. It is a plot-driven fantasy and a good read for those who enjoy following the trials and tribulations, the codes of honor and conduct, that pertain to knights and royalty of a faraway realm.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars nice story, easy read
An evil king with plans to over throw the wealthy nearby kingdom that his kingdom pays tribute to.
A minister sent to the weathly kingdom to plea for a lesser burden, and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kara K. Prem
5.0 out of 5 stars Dune meets Excalibur
Custodian of the Luima Legacy is a fantasy novel containing all the right ingredients for such a story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by PFID
4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Story
Set against the backdrop of kingdoms on the verge of war, Gabrielle Poplar tells a compelling story of a young man's journey to self-discovery and courageous adulthood despite... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Krystine Kercher
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 A Good Read
As a reader who doesn't normally read medieval era stories I was intrigued and entertained by this book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bernard T. Gilmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Read
The story's captivating, I'll give it that without hesitation. It's interesting as a fantasy piece, feeling a bit like the epic fantasies I'm used to reading. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Will Venitus
4.0 out of 5 stars Two of the most interesting characters I've invited into my Kindle
I'll admit this up front. I like my sword and sorcery with a touch of technology thrown in - magic borne f an age when man has either reverted from technology or unlocked something... Read more
Published 24 months ago by D. G. Speirs
4.0 out of 5 stars A Boy and his Light Sword--great read!
I enjoyed the political intrigue and the story of the Luima. The pacing was a little different than what I was used to, but the first page drew me in and kept me going through this... Read more
Published on January 20, 2013 by A.L. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-Paced Fantasy with Heart
Gabrielle Poplar's book is a difficult one to rate. A fantasy with a fair amount of players, Custodian of the Luima Legacy depicts a well-contrived world with cultures whose... Read more
Published on January 20, 2013 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical World
I was given this book to review from the author and liked it at once. I thought the world was realistic and one which would certainly have taken some time to create - very well... Read more
Published on January 13, 2013 by Julie Elizabeth Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars A humble hero
Humility is the word that comes to mind after meeting 14-year-old Meryl of Estruchi. As ward to the First Minister, the young man is deferential but never meek, obedient but not... Read more
Published on December 28, 2012 by Jack Teeter
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More About the Author

Gabrielle Poplar is the author of two Epic Fantasy novels in the Luima Legacy Series. Custodian of the Luima Legacy and Heir to the Luima Legacy are available for Purchase on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format.

Gabrielle loves to read when she is not writing her stories.She and her family reside in South Carolina.

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It is an easy read
I wrote it so that it can have a broad appeal, easily followed, easily understood, easily digested.
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