Rebel Elements (Seals of the Duelists Book 1) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
Though she's been writing since the age of four, she also enjoys geocaching, history, science and games, and holds a black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. She particularly enjoys reading and writing fight scenes.
Her current writing project is book three in the Seals of the Duelists. Look for Prodigal Steelwielder in late 2014. Learn more at www.jasminegiacomo.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Our protagonist, Bayan, is virtually kidnapped from his family and homeland where he will serve his emperor as a magical adept, or live out the rest of his life as a potionner- a menial and dis-respected cast-off. Eventually, Bayan will make friends and find his place in this new world in which he finds himself, although, through-out much of the book, the reader wonders if Bayan will ever get over being angry long enough to adjust-
Positives- As stated before, this is a beautifully written novel. There were no grammar issues, the formatting was flawless, the sentence structuring was superb, and a great deal of attention was paid to nice details like- glossaries, maps, and descriptions designed to help the reader get a feel for this vast, magical world.
The dialogue was also spot-on. This was quite a feat as the large cast of characters all had different dialects, social mores, and individual belief systems- Well done!
Negatives- As always, I state both sides of what I read (and feel) in the books I review... This was a good book, there is no doubt about that. So good, in fact, I may pick up the rest of the continuing series as it presents itself. However, there were a couple of flaws-
First- both Bayan, and the girl Kiwani, have deep anger issues... this is a good thing within the context of the story-line, (strong emotions make for stronger magical constructs!Read more ›
The world is detailed, the characters three-dimensional. The premise is somewhat traditional (wizard school! arena battles!), yet the perspective is fresh, and the plot is engaging and fast-paced. You read the book, totally immersed in the clear and easy story of the main character, Bayan, and yet every detail that comes up is not a simple decoration. Every detail fits in the complex world of Waarden Empire, every character is a person, every decision matters. In my opinion this is what makes great fantasy.
Inspired by the Roman and Chinese empires, the world presents many interesting social situations and explores questions of patriotism, culture, progress, government, economics. The author clearly knows her history. And economics. And her martial arts! The characters pose questions themselves, I was very glad to see young orphans making their own decisions and living with consequences! No bearded mages leading everyone by the rope here (Secret mastermind is present :D).
The plot and dramatic structure is fully present in book one. I look forward to the next one not because I was left with a cliffhanger, but because I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I liked the characters and I can't wait to see more of them and their world.
This is an excellent epic fantasy with several storylines coming together in a richly woven tapestry. The writing is smooth, the plot interesting and fast-flowing, the world varied and fascinating and the characters have depth and are well-developed. I was compelled to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next. I look forward to the next book in the series. In the meantime, I'm going to let my twelve-year-old read this and tell me what he thinks. He loves books with characters that use magic and he reads so much that I'm running out of recommendations for him.
*Book source ~ Many thanks to Red Adept for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
I enjoyed the system of magic here which involves a lot of physical training, so no soft mages in robes here. I hate writers who don't have some sort of organizing system to the magic of their worlds and especially where casting magic doesn't seem to involve any effort or cost to the mage. Jasmine Giacomo created a system where there are rules and limitations as well as physical cost to her magic which to me makes for a much, much more enjoyable read.
The only complaint I have is that the rest of the series isn't available right now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved reading this story. I found it faced paced, believable and interesting. Bayan coming to terms with paths in life he didnt choose for himself, and learning to overcome and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Spicibear
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed it very much!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a wonderful book! The plot keeps moving and has lots of twists. The characters are great and you are really drawn into their world. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wayne Jones
This main character just up and leaves his life to be taken as a virtual slave by the empire, with no complaining, and by reading the other reviews he fights for the empire without... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Daniel E. Vickerman
Liked the book, had an avatar meets gladiator feel to it. Didn't like the mass amounts of castration mentioned in the book, but I'm a guy, so my opinion could be biased. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book because i was strapped for cash and needed something to read. I didn't imagine the thought provoking and dynamic story that i was going to get. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The story took a little bit to get into, but that happens when the author is creating a whole new world with a magic system not used before. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Crow
I don't know where that one reviewer got that 1 star rating from, unless he was drunk or on drugs when he read the book. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by A nerd
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