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INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders (Inzared (Book One) 1) [Kindle Edition]

L. Leander
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Bertha Maude Anderson has no inkling of how famous she will become. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the year 1843. Her world changes forever when she is enticed to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus and her name is changed to Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. Inzared discovers her true calling while learning to live with the nomadic Gypsies. From the hatred shown by some of the performers to the love she finds along the way, Inzared finds herself immersed in the rich folklore and customs of the misunderstood people who call the circus their home. Her one constant is Cecil, the elephant, and together they form a bond that no one can break as Inzared finds herself lured into the world of the Gypsies while clinging to her own roots and trying to break free of the chains that keep her from her destiny.

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  • Language: English
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REFRESHING HISTORICAL FICTION August 15, 2012
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In 1840, a lonely, young Appalachian girl jumps at the chance to join a traveling circus troupe. She immediately falls in love with the show's main attraction, an African elephant named Cecil. Cecil and his trainer, Paytre, quickly fall in love with her, too. Paytre renames the girl, Inzared. Riding high on Cecil's back, Inzared finds her niche among the gypsies. Although Inzared and Paytre's sweet love affair is endearing, their happiness is wrapped in a shroud of mysterious, reoccurring events. While Inzared polishes her act, she finds acceptance by most of the gypsy clan, but not all. Blinded by true love and determined to learn the gypsy way of life and make Paytre proud of her, she pushes away the nagging warning signs that tug at her heart. When tragedy strikes, she awaits the next act.

The author portrays a refreshing look at the lives of nineteenth century European immigrants and their hardships. Their superstitions combined with the struggle for survival lay out a path of intrigue that lingers on the pages and keeps the reader interested. I could see the vivid hues of the performers' costumes, hear the lion's roar and the cheering crowd under the Big Top. I could feel the passion of Inzared's love and the agony of her heartbreak. I look forward to hearing more from Queen of the Elephant Riders.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inzared Queen of the Elephant Riders July 8, 2012
By vcb
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Great historical fiction. I didn't want it to end. It captured me from the beginning and held me to the end. I was enchanted with all of the characters and could hear the laughter and applause of the circus.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure for everyone July 5, 2012
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Wow! This excites both the senses and the emotions. I became one with the circus and Inzared and love the historical detail. This story of a courageous young girl is an inspiration as well as an exciting ride though the many turns in her life. Buy a ticket. You won't regret it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders by L Leander July 24, 2012
By Erin
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INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders by L Leander is a lovely book. It bubbles along emitting an enchantingly engaging story line that is both unique and suitable for all ages. Something quite unusual these days. This is a fine example of an historical family saga done well plus an equally worthy display of cleverly timed and skilfully crafted fiction. Quite rare and very, very satisfying, five stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is a novel that transports you straight to 1843. You are part of the prejudices and the challenges that Inzared (Bertha) faces. The novel is written in regional dialect and beautifully constructed. The author is a master of imagery. I don't know anything about the gypsy culture of the time but the author led me to feel that she had researched it extensively. I couldn't put it down - just had to know what came next. Inzared is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it not only for those who like period fiction but for those who like fine literature.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I had hopes for this book August 29, 2012
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Unfortunately, my hopes were not fulfilled. The story sounded interesting and exciting, but it was difficult reading for me. I persevered because there were hints throughout of dramatic events to come. When the event occurred, a culmination of hints and events, it seemed anticlimactic.

It was hard for me to tell who the audience was. It seemed at time to be directed to a young adult audience, but some of the romantic scenes seemed inappropriate for that audience. The writing in those scenes seemed on the brink of bodice ripper romances, not what young adults would relate to, in my opinion. If the book was not intended for a young adult audience, the book was not equal to the audience.

Inzared's voice vacillated between "hillbilly" and not hillbilly. Her vocabulary did not match her grammar and sentence structure. Her voice did not seem to grow with the story and the amount of time the story represented.

No reference was made to any research the author did to construct her vision of the gypsy lifestyle, or the behind the scenes world of the circus of this time period. It would have helped me to know that the backdrop for the story was based in reality. If the ceremonies and customs described are indeed those practiced by the Roma people, that would have been interesting to know.

The misuse of "it's" included "its'," a new variation I had never seen before. Usage of "its" versus "it's" is a gauge I use, fairly or unfairly, to measure writing skill. This author did not pass muster.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit the wall September 21, 2012
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An engaging read. The characters were well described and the voice of the narrator was well pitched. The whole thing ended rather abruptly, however. One wonders if the author just ran out of steam. Well worth the price (free) and the time, but not quite ready for prime time. Let's see what else this author can come up with.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run Away and Join the Circus July 10, 2012
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L. Leander has crafted a fascinating story. In 1843, a young woman longs to leave her home in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina for new experiences and adventure. When she does, she encounters more than she ever could have imagined.

Told in a distinctive regional dialect, the story takes the reader to a time and place that becomes entirely authentic. It's a fine example of how interesting historical fiction can be when written by such a talented and capable author.

Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders is a book that deals with the themes of identity, camaraderie, friendship, young love, and the meaning of family. L. Leander is a gifted storyteller and this strong debut demonstrates her tremendous ability as a writer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a good book for young adults and teens. Some interesting information about the Romas.
Published 1 month ago by Mike the Tyke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
Really great story to read. Well written and easy to follow. Loved it! Would read many more books by this author !
Published 2 months ago by C. jibben
3.0 out of 5 stars good story
It was a cute book. I enjoyed learning about inzared but at times was annoyed. Bad things were happening in the circus and it was right in their faces but yet no one knew who was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Monidoodle
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I really liked this book. It had an interesting premise being from so long ago. At one part I thought it would turn into a sappy romance but instead it turned into a mystery. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Benner
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen of the Elephants
I enjoyed reading about the old circus life. Inzared's way of talking took a little getting used to. I felt the last part of the book, after Timmon is born, went way too fast. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sheila L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bertha joins the Circus
Bertha is a self-described hillbilly. She lives with her Ma and Pa, and her brother Ezra. on a hard-scrabble farm in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael S. Kraus
5.0 out of 5 stars An Alluring Book for All Who Dream
Who doesn't dream of doing something daring or amazing? This book speaks to us who do, especially to young women. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Greg Irwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Story
This was a very good book. It is the story of a young girl and how she leaves her hard life in Appalachia to run away with the circus. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mhval
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I enjoyed the story. The characters were believable and the plot was interesting. I would recommend this book to a friend.
Published 9 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!
I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept me reading with what was going on and it made me buy the second book right away because it was held in suspense of what Inzared will do... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bonnie Flory
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More About the Author

L.Leander is an e-book author, freelancer and songwriter. As a child Ms. Leander dreamed of running away to join the circus. Instead, she grew up to write about it, bringing the magic alive for all who read her work. If she isn't writing Ms. Leander can be found hanging out at the beach with friends, quilting, painting or playing music.

The author currently resides between Wisconsin and Mexico. Ms. Leander's first book, INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders, is about a Gypsy wagon circus in pre-Civil War America. She also writes a series of self-help books for beginning Indie Authors called 13 Extreme Tips for Writers.

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