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Talon of the Unnamed Goddess, a Fantasy Adventure [Kindle Edition]

C. R. Daems , J. R. Tomlin
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Book Description

Aisha is the newest Talon of the Raptor Clan, mercenaries prized by rulers, nobles, and the wealthy as elite bodyguards. Her skill with a blade and her magical rune have won her a prized place as a Talon, but she wins her fights through wits as much as her skill.

Guarding a spoiled young princess is Aisha's first assignment for the clan. Surrounded by dangerous plots, keeping the girl alive takes all of Aisha's guile. When assassination turns the princess into a queen on the run, Aisha needs every tool she possesses to protect her young charge, help her find the strength to grow up and reclaim her throne.

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There was a lot to like about it: a beautiful and original fantasy world,  a great main character, and a solid plot.  -Brewster's Bookshelf

Product Details

  • File Size: 1195 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463662394
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Talon Novels; 3 edition (June 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00580V7YU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Talon of the Unnamed Goddess is a fantasy adventure tale with much to recommend it, but which, in my opinion, ultimately falls short of fulfilling its potential.

The story follows a young woman named Aisha Talon who has undergone special training to become one of the Talon assassins/warriors/bodyguards/hired-knives. But we quickly learn that it is not because of Aisha's fighting prowess that she has successfully completed her training, for though she fights very well, it is her calculating mind that sees her through, as she constantly out-wits her opponents. We see this side of Aisha early on as she completes her training, and the authors utilize this ability of hers repeatedly throughout the book to solve various problems.

Fresh out of training, Aisha is assigned as the chaperone/bodyguard of a princess, and in an ensuing coup, the princess Rhiannon escapes with Aisha, and thus begins the quest to reclaim her throne. I suppose one could properly describe the book as a war story, as civil war is essentially at the heart of the matter, and there are very few chapters that do not center on the fighting. Rhiannon, under Aisha's guidance, learns to make alliances, make contracts with the Talons, twist arms to get what she wants, and win the people's support in the war.

Firstly, let me begin my review by talking about the magic system, as this is a fantasy. Magic revolves around a series of six sigils that impart powers such as warrior skills, lie detection, illusion, healing, and two others I can't now recall. But there is a seventh sigil, one that nobody has ever possessed before because the goddess granting it has never allowed the sigil to "take" to a man or woman. Until Aisha. She gains the power of negation, and keeps it a secret to hide her advantage.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could give it more stars May 13, 2012
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I thought the main points of the story and plot were excellent ideas: the main character succeeding through wits rather than brute strength, the original concept of magic "sigils" enhancing people's power, and the role of the raptor clan in the society made for a great start to the book. Unfortunately the book has too many editing issues and some secondary plot points that really detract from the story.

While the ideas in this story are wonderful, their execution is lacking. I noticed many times where the verb tenses were incorrect, as well as pronouns (they versus us) being used incorrectly, as though the author had lost their train of thought while writing and didn't catch the mistake in proof-reading the story. The dialogue was also a bit awkward in spots and needed to be a little more concise, even though the vocabulary of the book is appropriately complex. Also, toward the end of the book a character is described as "whining" when they have only ever shown strength and courage.

The other thing lacking was character development and plot twists. The main character, Aisha, is well developed, though she doesn't grow or change during the story. The girl she is charged with protecting, pri'Rhiannon develops more as a character than the hero of the story. Aisha also succeeds far too often, I can only recall one failure on her part during the entire story, and even that was worked out with little trouble, so there were no surprising or unexpected plot twists. The love story between Aisha and another character is unnecessary and not developed at all. One moment she is focused on fighting and duty, the next she is madly in love without ever really getting to know her love interest at all, or even spending more than a day with him.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down August 6, 2011
By Dom
Format:Kindle Edition
Aisha Talon is commissioned to protect a noble girl. She is put to the test right away when their is an attempt on her life. Aisha is clever and uses her wits. That is how she survived to become a Talon. She outwits her enemies and keeps up a cover to confuse her enemies. Suddenly the noble she is protecting must become queen. However with Aisha by her side she grows to become a great leader. I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. I loved the book. I absolutely loved this book.It was gripping, suspenseful, and well written. The planning, cunning, and wits that the characters posses is amazing. It is yet again another strong female character that leads hundreds of men some of the much more experienced than she. I don't understand why such a strong character had to get married, but I think the two fit each other. It is a great story with several strong female characters and growing up when the world gets tough around you. The two main young female characters showed strength, wit, and responsibility beyond their years. I loved it. I really can not wait for more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book September 23, 2011
Format:Paperback
I was engaged in this book from the first page. It was a quick moving book but neither the plot nor the characters seemed flimsy. As soon as I finished I checked to see if there was more available from the authors. I would like to read more about all the characters, and continue to follow their adventures.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great concept but poor storytelling June 21, 2012
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First off, I really like how original this story is. The use of sigils and the Talon warriors really made for a great tale with a lot of potential. However, I feel like the author lacked character development and strength. Even the main character, Aisha, who is wise, strong, and gifted with one of the strongest sigils, didn't give me enough character impression to make the story worth continuing. I got about half-way through the book when I became bored with Aisha's constant triumph and her capability to just sail through every situation with ease. She kills her enemies very easily and has a clear-cut view in every problem. She is even capable of violating her clan's rules, which, instead of being punished for it, the clan just ultimately agrees with her--and they're in the middle of a war!! The characters just didn't cut it for me--I found the characters empty and unrealistic. The storyline and potential of this book is very prominent, but with weak characters, this book is a no-go for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true joy to read and wish there was more
The author has created a rich environment to landscape a story about talons. The spiritual ultimate honor bound mercenaries that follows one young initiate through deception, war... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jack Beslanwitch
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This is a hard book to describe, I enjoyed the female warrior, and leader. It almost seemed like I was reading a comic book without the pictures! Read more
Published 10 days ago by April Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Good read. Enjoyed the characters.
Published 1 month ago by Jesse Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars it is not the end but a beginning
This story starts with a massacre and a lone survivor and ends with a new family. It demonstrates the importance of friendship preparation and planning.
Published 1 month ago by andrean eaton
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
Sympathetic characters, lots of action, reinforcing values of honesty and truthfulness and hard work. Will read more by this author.
Published 1 month ago by Big On Line Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it.
I enjoyed it tremendously, it help you learn that you can not judge people by the way they look. They can surprise you.
Published 2 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars another great story
I love his books. Strong female characters, winning against the odds using you brain not brawn, and excellent strategy examples!
Published 3 months ago by amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Better
Each book I read of Daems and Tomlin the more I feel I've enriched my own life. I love their lore.
Published 6 months ago by Mark Potterf Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good main character , liked the story, hope there is another book coming.
Published 7 months ago by Janet Warden
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This is an exceptional book. It not only tells a fascinating story, but demonstrates intriguing guerrilla tactics in the "shadow war" initiated by the protagonist. Read more
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