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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Mundania Press LLC (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594262144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594262142
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,957,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone has real motivations and very good reasons for what they do.
J. Reece
The majority of the characters in this story are complex individuals with mysterious aspects regarding who they really are and what their motives are.
C.C. Ekeke
Beyond Harry Potter, I'm not a fantasy fan, but I found this to be a "can't put it down, once I get into it" read.
Nikki

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Reece on November 12, 2006
I've read this book several times already. The writing is excellent and very mature, but still appropriate for younger audiences. The story is very interesting and certainly keeps you turning pages.

I would have to say my favorite aspect of this book is the characterization. Unlike many fantasy stories, in Storms of Vengeance, nobody is evil purely for the sake of being evil, or good purely for the sake of being good. Everyone has real motivations and very good reasons for what they do. This helps the reader understand both sides of the conflict, which is a welcome change.

Also, the elements of mystery writing really add some flavor to the book that you won't normally find in fantasy fare. You'll find yourself re-reading the book just to find the little clues that are left throughout the text.

Overall, I suggest this book very highly to anyone who enjoys fantasy or mystery writing, and is looking for a good story with believable characters. I look forward to reading more!
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By Dierdra Byrd on September 19, 2011
The first thing that annoyed me with this book was that I could not get it from Amazon on the kindle! I did find it (thanks to the author) on another site that had kindle format but I already have credit at Amazon so I was not all that anxious to go to another site, not to mention I like that amazon keeps my books for me so I don't have to keep them on my kindle all the time I can just go re download them whenever I want to. This is not really the authors fault tho I don't think so I won't hold it against him and the second book IS on the kindle!
At first I was not sure I could get into this book because a lot of characters were introduced very quickly and I was having trouble following and keeping every straight so I was getting a bit frustrated with the book at first. Also the author used Cycles as a time frame and I had no idea how long a cycle was so I wish that he had put that into the book somehow. I did end up writing him and asking and he quickly replied that a cycle was 28 days.
Now I do love fantasy books but have not read as many as I would like and do plan to read more so many both of these things are just something I must get used to, to be able to enjoy this genre IDK but I almost put this book down and to be honest the reason I didn't was because it did look interesting and the story was intriguing. It took me longer then usual to get into this book but I stuck with it and I am really glad I did because the story and the book (after I got used to who everyone was) was a very good read and well written. The editing irritated me at parts using wrong and misspelled words but not enough to make me just hate reading the book.
Whew I don't usually write reviews but I hope this one helped anyone considering buying this book.
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By Joanne Powers on October 22, 2010
Before I began reading this book, I was told that it was more like a mystery novel, rather than fantasy. While the book does take place in a fantasy world, filled with both new and familiar races (elves, ogres, trolls, merphites, and ror'teg), the use of magic has been restricted to the point that it is merely folk-lore in the villages. However, following a sudden magical attack on the city, the leaders of the Faranin army are charged with the investigation of recent events. What makes this book stand apart from the rest is that it lacks any source of ultimate knowledge (such as Gandolf in LoTR). As you follow the main characters through their quest for knowledge (via books, interrogations, and reenactments), you have to wait while the characters stumble to put the pieces together. Often the answer comes from musings or something out of place that someone said, but even by the end, questions remain unanswered as the plot finally moves from pondering into action.
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Although this story takes place in a fantasy setting, the plot revolves around the murder of a councilman and the theft of an important object from the king's castle. The biggest question in this book is who might have infiltrated the castle and why would they have done so? Every character is suspect and even the thieves seem to have good intentions. It is clear that this book is leading into a larger story arch, but the first book establishes the characters and culture within the kingdom of Faranin.

One of the strengths of this author is maneuvering POV in such a way that you cannot tell who is being honest and who is the traitor amongst their midst. There are no simple categories as each character has different motives and secrets that will affect the investigation.

This book offers an nice alternative to the mainstream fantasy by employing different story-telling techniques and well-rounded characters. The only downside is that the story moves slowly and may lose some readers in the early chapters. Overall, this book was an interesting read and I'm looking forward to the second part of the Lorradda Stone.
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