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Length: 231 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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

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  • 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)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00580V7YU
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By W. B. Kamffer on August 26, 2011
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dom on August 6, 2011
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bookfiend on February 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Aisha recently graduated and became a full-fledged Talon (an assassin/mercenary). Her first assignment is to protect a spoiled princess from assassination attempts. However, the princess has to grow up quickly if she wants to save her kingdom from usurpers. Aisha is talented but she can only do so much...

I really enjoyed this book in the beginning. There was plenty of action and intrigue. Since Aisha isn't the strongest or the fastest, she makes up for it by exploiting the enemy's weakness.I liked her since she has a strong assertive personality and knew exactly what she wanted to do. However, she was the only character that stood out to me. I cared very little for the other characters. It was good to see the princess' character development but I still found her dependency on Aisha pretty annoying. Aisha takes note of it but nothing is ever really done about it. If the princess can't make a decision on her own without looking for Aisha's nod, she won't become a strong monarch.

The last third of the book was a bit disappointing. There was less action and it felt more and more unrealistic. For someone who's been trained to love only her duty, she fell in love hard and fast. There was barely any development in it. It's to the point where it seemed like she gets complimented a few times and then she's all over him.

Pro: Strong heroine, good solid beginning, character development
Con: iffy romance, stereotypical bad guys, last third of the book wasn't as interesting, secondary characters aren't memorable

I would recommend this book to anyone who's not too picky and just wants a good fast read with plenty of action and strategic warfare.

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