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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Westbank Publishing (April 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978984005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978984007
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,999,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a powerful adventure packed with lively expression that reveals something of the high poetry of the human spirit. -- Clifford Stevens - Former Executive Editor of The Priest Magazine.

---and the reader may find him or herself imagining these amazing scenes in what would make a terrific movie.! -- Crystal Reviews - May 13, 2007

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A fresh style and name in fantasy is Carol Kluz. The Chosen of Azar is a master blend of action adventure focused around a community called Haven's Hold. It is both benevolent and disciplinary in nature, because its goals are to thwart the evils of Condragon that ravage the lands. The first book in her series focuses on the five teens chosen by Azar. (The god who created the lands and everything that inhabits it) They are to be trained in their magic and battle strategies so that one day they will be able to confront the five disciples of Condragon...and win.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deckard on July 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an absolutely appallingly written novel. It's mostly constructed with matter of fact ten word sentences and contains some criminally poor and lazy narrative errors. There's so much repetition and re-iteration that you wonder whether it was ever edited. ("Beni walked into the house. Beni sat down. Beni had a drink.")

More alarmingly are the basic spelling mistakes. ("breath" when it should be "breathe"? "demeaner" when it should be "demeanour" etc) Did the author have a spell checker??) Nothing's described properly, characters. locations, you name it - scenes aren't set, tension isn't built and everything rockets along at a silly pace with random huge jumps in time.

There's dreadful cliched descriptions ("it turned his knuckles white", "the wind whistled through the trees"), and some wholly nonsensical ones (have you ever seen a "glint of humour" in someone's eyes??

Characters chuckle randomly or "appear amused" at things that aren't funny for the sake of a beat in the conversation, and the author seems so desperate to impart unneccssary detail through her characters that almost every bit of dialog is forced, awkward and unnatural. "It's appearance was similar to that of a woven picnic basket". Do people talk like that??

Aimed at young adults or not, this is so terribly written that it's impossible to recommend it to anyone. I'd recommend a basic creative writing course for the author, and I'd recommend that whosever published this should be thoroughly ashamed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lappen VINE VOICE on July 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
In the Fifth Age of Life, it is time to prepare for the long-prophesied battle between the forces of the gods Azar and Condragon. The Chosen of Azar, five young people who were chosen at birth, and have no idea of their status, are brought to a castle called Haven's Hold for training. Among them are Jenda, who believes that rules are made to be broken (or severely bent), and Beni, whose magic is wild and untamed, but may be as powerful as that of Mo Demz, a nearly immortal wizard who is leader of Haven's Hold. As time goes on, everyone realizes that when Beni says that danger is coming, the warning is taken very seriously.

As part of their training, the Chosen are sent into the wilderness, in small groups, to find their talismans. These are small items, about one or two inches square, that will help them in the coming battle. The Chosen have no idea just where the talismans are, but feel a sort of spiritual magnetic field when they are getting close. Naturally, the talismans are not just sitting on the ground, or on a rock, waiting to be found. They are well hidden, and are guarded by hideous creatures like churls. These are man-sized beasts that are all sharp teeth and claws, and can kill a person in an instant.

Meantime, Condragon is not idle. Zorad, one of his disciples, is already spreading evil throughout the land, so the training of the Chosen, back at Haven's Hold shifts into high gear. Part of the prophecy is that everything will be decided by an ultimate battle between Condragon and one of the Chosen.

Part one of a series, this is surprisingly good. It has good characters, and an engaging story. This is also a fine book with which to introduce young people to the rest of the fantasy field.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on July 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Chosen of Azar is a young adult fantasy. Five young people are chosen to defend good in the Fifth Age. These five teenagers are brought to Haven's Hold for training in arms and magic by the Barranda Guard.

Unfortunately this book struggles from the start to define itself against the cliches of its genre. Many of the characters are the kind of people that have populated numerous other stories. This in itself would not be such a problem if the characters acted and felt on their own behalf. For at least the first half of this story, the people are acted upon. Information is revealed clearly and easily, no one rebels against being torn from the families that raised them. Even the prophecy is crystal clear.

I read more than half the book waiting in vain for some true obstacle to stand in the way of the character's progress and begin defining their character.

I cannot recommend this book.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Azar the all powerful chooses a teen quintet to save Haven's Hold from the fearsome fivesome of his evil brother Condragon. The all mighty knows his young warriors have quite a task ahead of them so he assigns wizard Mo Demz, the hero of the Third Age demon siege, to mentor and train the Chosen five so that when they face the ultimate malevolence in the Fifth Age with a world at stake they will be ready.

To teach them even an iota of what they will need Demz takes THE CHOSEN OF AZAR on a dangerous journey in search of talismans to use one day when the final battle occurs. Demz knows how difficult his task is, but realizes how much harder it will be on the Chosen, three boys and two girls who must grow up too fast as youthful exuberance and angry exasperation will vanish rather quickly or they will fail and die.

The above describes the opening sequences of an exciting epic coming of age fantasy. The story line is action-packed from the moment Demz and his followers recruit and trains the champions, and never slows down as they battle demons and churls; knowing defeat means death. Readers will enjoy the CHOSEN OF AZAR, a terrific first entry that introduces a strong cast preparing for the coming Fifth Age as chronicled in the Book of Empyrean.

Harriet Klausner
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