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Leiyatel's Embrace (Dica Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Clive S. Johnson
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An Awesome Indies Approved novel - your guarantee of quality writing.

Book 1 of the Dica Series.

At the end of a long, slow decline, the huge castle realm of Dica seems to be drawing close to its final days, but few of its remaining inhabitants are aware of this. Even when stirred into some ineffectual action by the arrival of an unexpected army - amassed before its gates - the true meaning of what’s really happening only comes slowly, and only to a small group of oddly assorted characters. Follow their journey as they travel the realm’s vast and convoluted ways, as they eventually unearth a complex and strange past, and much about themselves.

This is the first book of the Dica Series, a leisurely introduction to much of the weird and wonderful that marks this out as a unique 'created-world' story. This is, however, a world wrought with mystery, a world of the unexpected, a world of vast vistas and intimate observations. It’s also a compelling tale, one that builds to a most unexpected and thought-provoking conclusion. At times lyrical, the rich prose will steadily draw you into a totally fresh yet seemingly familiar place and time, one that will stay with you forever.

Editorial Reviews


By Cardmon of Darkiss Reads
Not your usual fantasy novel, which I for one was more than happy with and fantastically something that is original which is hard to come across these days, in fact the story has nearly as much mystery as fantasy. A slow start, in fact it moves along at a steady page all through the book. This has meant that Castle Dica (the main setting) and its surroundings are beautifully described, in fact I felt totally at one with the environment. The characters are not what you would expect, they are written beautifully with complex undercurrents to each one. In fact the Authors writing is fantastic, totally engaging, he tempts you everywhere giving just enough information to be curious and leaving you plenty of scope to use your imagination, which allows the reader to actually think about the story, unusual in this genre but utterly refreshing. Anyone who likes Peake, Tolkien or Gemmell will love this book.
I'm keeping this review short only because I'm unable to say everything that I would like succinctly, and so that I don't give anything away by mistake, but I will say that the end is worth waiting for.
A book that is rich in every way possible and one that I am reading again now as I'm sure that I will have missed something and a book like this deserves to be read again and again plus it is just so satisfying, a Highly recommended read and again one that I just have to buy.The Author is currently writing a new novel set in the same world and I can't wait.

About the Author

British author of the Dica Series, a collection of five created-world mystery books. The latest, An Artist's Eye, was published at the beginning of January, 2014 Clive lives in Manchester, UK, but was born a Yorkshireman.

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  • File Size: 854 KB
  • Print Length: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Daisy Bank; 2305/1 edition (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V0B8DW
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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There is an overall beauty and genuine feel to Leiyatel's Embrace and the enjoyment of its' reading is not one that should be rushed. The imagery, pace and voice reminds me of tales by authors like Jack Whyte and his Arthurian legend novels, and Ken Follett's many historical novels. As it is with those author's works, C.S. Johnson's novel should be savoured and the exquisite writing appreciated.

The words...evocative. The detail...breathtaking. The writing...melodic.

There were a few parts I found myself reading more than once because of its poetic brilliance or just because it simply resonated with me. As an example, this quote particularly resonated on a spiritual level...

"His memories had begun to flood back, to fill his mind to bursting, their sharp detail just too exquisite. He saw, before him, his whole long life play out, unbidden and unbridled. Whilst he was sitting there, in wonder, an immeasurably ancient self suddenly strode, confidently, into his being, reached down and took his pliant hand.
It gently pulled him to his feet, embraced his heart and there whispered into his ears the many truths he'd lost. Before him, his own face smiled, leant forward and then gently kissed him on the lips. There, through that simple act, limitless vigour then passed into his heart, made him open his eyes to Leiyatel."

Yet, resonating on an entirely different kind of of level, this quote had me seriously laughing out loud...

"It's an odd effect watching an extremely irate man try to vent his spleen in a low and subdued voice, trying to impart venom and acid without advantage of a full range of tone and volume.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punch with a kick! July 6, 2012
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`Leiyatel's Embrace' is a warm comforter of a novel. Clive Johnson brings us a rich punch made from an ancient recipe and full of things to make us feel good. And yet, it has a kick to it which takes the reader by surprise.
The characters are from another world, but ring true in this one. Their names - Falmeard, Penolith, Nephril - have an ancient and Tolkienish feel to them and when they speak, it is in a manner which is a bottomless chasm away from our sound bite society. They fear not the adjective nor adverb, nor are they shy to say forty words when ten would have done.
Johnson's people live in a land which he has created, with craggy mountains, broad plains, rambling castles and ancient dwellings. This land is a character in the story, but never dominates. Rather, the reader is absorbed into its many facets and feels comfortable to be part of it and its many wonderful place names. The story and its setting bring to mind `The Lord of The Rings," but there are no orcs, or ents or elfs in this tale.
The plot is a long, slow simmer of an affair with a clever twist at the end which brings the reader back to where he or she started, blinking in surprise. Leiyatel and her embrace turn out to bear no relation to anything that this reader conjectured from the novel's title and the ancient source of life's energy and meaning turns out to have more in common with aspects of science than ancient legend. Very clever, Mr. Johnson.
`Leiyatel's Embrace' is a story which can be read on several levels. As an adventure which is about a people's response to threat and possible extinction, interwoven with the history of a fictional land and the relationships between the various characters, it works well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Series! Had to buy them ALL! October 2, 2013
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I was hooked by the first paragragh! This series is a welcome respite from the over-used, over-hyped and cliched tropes being spewed out by mass market publishers these days.

Author Clive S Johnson is a true wordsmith crafting a unique and descriptive prose that is a joy to read. Just gorgeous use of the English that must be read to be appreciated! In my opinion his world building is on par with Tolkien and Sanderson and his characters are refreshingly unique -especially for the fantasy/speculative fiction genre-and remarkably likeable. He is one of the few authors (Zahn, Tolkien, Walter Jon Williams,and GRR Martin) whose storytelling ability and craftmanlike use of the English language impressed me enough to buy the whole series all at once.

Seriously, the recently reduced price is NO reflection on the quaility of the material! I have spent far more money on many traditionally published books that don't come close to how awesome this series is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Mystery with Musical Readability April 27, 2012
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To begin, I downloaded Leiyatel's Embrace as a way of supporting a fellow indie author with whom I'd connected on Twitter. The description pulled me into the pages because I wanted to read some bit of modern fantasy without supercilious wizardry and sword-play. Thankfully, I pursued the read!

Johnson's rhythmic writing style captivated me from the first line with a musical quality that truly spoke to my poet's soul. Savoring beautifully written passages, reading many over multiple times just for the pure flowing enjoyment of it, resulted in a very slow read for me. Taken at a slower pace does fit the tenor of this manuscript, for the story unfolds layer upon layer to reveal the mystery hidden deftly by the author.

This book won't smack you in the face with vast battle scenes where a cast of thousands fights to a bitter end or with wizardly effects to baffle the senses. It's a slow simmer which leads the reader through a tastefully woven plot of intrigue gradually urging one into a galloping pace that must be kept through the last chapters to uncover the truth - the great mystery of a dying realm and the winds of change sweeping in upon it.

Leiyatel's Embrace felt like something old and familiar, a worn sweater or the 53rd reading of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. The multi-faceted characters remained fresh but friendly, old acquaintances that consistently surprise the reader with a new and charming quirk of personality. Building an original world, a difficult literary task for any writer, comes across effortlessly for Clive Johnson. Undoubtedly however, this is a life's work, a deep stretching of the author's fiber, which makes the knowledge that the follow-up book, Of Weft and Weave, is already available nearly unfathomable to me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Off we then charged on a fantasy adventure
I eased into this novel by Clive Johnson with a bit of trepidation, not at all sure I'd like his style of writing, at first finding the flow of his unique prose a tad challenging... Read more
Published 28 days ago by James Paddock
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale to be Fondly Embraced
The first few chapters of this spellbinding story were reminiscent of Terry Pratchett both in terms of language and characterisation – to say nothing of the wonderfully outlandish... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dica series is sure to be a classic in years to come.
As I first set eyes on Clive’s book, I was thrilled. I have a love for classic language and enjoy reads from ancient age, and was well rewarded by Clive’s fantastic tale. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eye of a Poet and Just as thought-provoking . . .
This fine first novel in Clive S. Johnson’s Dica series hooked me on the first page. If you like poetic writing with a keen eye for detail, this book is for you. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Timothy D. Hemlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Come live the Dica Fantasy!
Leiyatel's Embrace by author Clive S Johnson is amazing, a wonderfully written fantasy different from any other! Read more
Published 12 months ago by WILMA CONLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing story
I loved this book! There were many scenes that had me fully immersed by sound, smell, touch, and thus emotionally immersed as well. I can't wait to continue the series. Read more
Published 16 months ago by BongoMan
3.0 out of 5 stars A Most Flourished Fantasy
The realm of Dica, long protected by the Certain Power of the Living Green Stone Tree, Leiyatel, is now in a state of vast decline, currently neglected by the current King Namweed,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kerry L. Reis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonderful World of Dica
In Leiyatel's Embrace, Clive S. Johnson has created the wonderful world of Dica. Having never read a fantasy novel before, I came to this story not knowing what to expect but was... Read more
Published 22 months ago by E.L. Lindley
4.0 out of 5 stars For connoisseurs of fantasy
It took me a long time to read this novel. In fact, it took me so long that I lost the thread several times. Read more
Published 24 months ago by JD
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
Words are pretty but story line is convoluted to non-existent. Was ready for it to end before final chapter and long before kept waiting for point to be made but it never was
Published on May 17, 2013 by Steve Ross
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British author of the Realm of Dica series, a collection of six created-world mystery books. The latest, 'Starmaker Stella', was published at the beginning of April, 2015.

Clive lives in Manchester, UK, but was born a Yorkshireman.


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