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Length: 509 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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For our brother and sister, Kristin Lindquist and Evan Christensen.

About the Author

Erica Lindquist writes with her husband, Aron Christensen. They have no training in fiction writing, but that's never stopped them.

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  • File Size: 1181 KB
  • Print Length: 509 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Leaf Stories; second edition (November 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M18T5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I write with my husband, Aron Christensen. After nine majors in college and a short, disastrous career in journalism, I needed something to do with my brain.

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I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Reading the first few pages, I thought that it was going to be one of those books that start in the middle of the story and you have to work out what the heck is going on, but it wasn't like that. It ended up being a real page turner - a rock-solid, original idea and plot, with a couple of main characters that were really well developed and that you cared what happened. When the inevitable 'downturn' of the story was coming up, I wanted to skip to the end to make sure everyone came out okay (I didn't... but the urge was there, lol). I would really recommend this book and am going to find anything else I can by the same author, free or paid for.
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This showed up as a free download and after reading the synopsis, I decided to take a chance. I am a huge PNR reader and wanted to take a break from deliciously sexy vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures and delve into another genre. I am glad to say, In the House of Five Dragons didn't disappoint me.

What really sold me on this book was the world of Alterra and the vital connection it had with Terra and the knights of VEIL. I thought the blood pacts was a creative way to link a very real world with a completely mind-blowing imaginative one. I loved the parts in the book when the narrative went into scenes with Flickerdim and Stumble. Even the description of Stumble being "a curiosity" was so ingenious. I loved the Alterran scenes even if half the time I had a hard time picturing exactly what was happening.

As far as characters go, I totally admired Thainna. She was spunky and courageous and truly a compassionate person. She wore her heart on her sleeve and was determined to do anything to make a better life for her family and the community that was involved with the House of Five Dragons. Rikard was very cut-and-dry for me, but it worked for him. He was all about honor and family, nothing else mattered. As an opposite to Thainna, it worked. Both of them were primarily focused on family. It helped their relationship to evolve.

There was a lot of POV shifting because there were a lot of secondary characters. Marus was very noble. Laurael made me want to vomit, she was so deceptively cruel, but at the same time I understood her motive. Gauis I thought was a little brat, a redemptive brat however. And Thain... I was pleasantly surprised at how his story turned out. I could go on about the secondary characters because there were so many.
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Heroes, unique magic and a different world. I enjoyed this story very much. Almost gave up in the beginning because of the many different point of views and the strange discussions between the two characters from the other world, but I would say it was worth it to read.
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This is the first fantasy ebook I've finished reading, and like many readers who came across this free purchase, I was quite impressed with the writing and the concept of two worlds tied together by blood pacts. Writing a novel with two authors is a challenging project but Lindquist and Christensen merged their contributions so smoothly that you couldn't tell there were two of them to begin with.

Despite the familiar framework of the plot (guy-meets-girl-and-saves-the-world sort of thing), what they did was approach the outcome of such a plot so that any twist they revealed would actually surprise you. While some readers might argue how obvious certain twists were, the authors get it right enough on more than one occasion that you'll overlook the ones where they weren't successful at all. What I liked in particular was how the lead male and female characters were a disoriented 'madman' and common thief - totally against the early stereotypes of fantasy and easily accessible to those who don't read the genre. Neither were prepared for the roles they would soon inherit and the confusion they felt for the first half of the story served as the perfect medium for introducing the Alterran pacts that have fallen out of practice.

I also liked the vague impressions we receive of the Alterrans, especially Stumble, a young and curious Alterran born from a "kid's idea". I think the authors must have heavily edited the text related to the Alterrans because they appear so rarely throughout the narrative that it feels like a loss rather than a mystery. I know we're not supposed to understand the Alterrans that well, but the importance of renewing Terran and Alterran relations is not as imperative as the more popular scenes involving Rikard and Thainna's romance.
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As soon as my brain got used to the conversations from Alterra, the words flowed like music. Yes the story was interesting, imaginative, and original, but that wasn't the best part for me. The cadence of the writing for the Alterrans is so melodic and original you can almost see, feel, hear, and taste the scenes they set. This is the only book that I've ever read that I felt like my brain had to actually switch gears to grasp the meaning of the words the writers strung together. Even though parts of the story are very dark and depressing, the words that tell the Alterran scenes paint such beautiful pictures in your imagination you may be as uplifted as I was by just reading this book.
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