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- Print Length: 347 pages
- Publication Date: February 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I8074YE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First off, the pros:
Dragons. I am a HUGE dragon fan, and sadly I don't encounter them enough in my fantasy reading. I mean, c'mon. DRAGONS! Dragons make everything better! Rayden, the dragon of the story, is a lovely take on the whole dragon thing. He reminded me a lot of Toothless from the How To Train Your Dragon movie. He doesn't have human level intelligence, but he's at least as intelligence as a pretty smart pet one would have. Another thing I love about Rayden is how he and Kade got together. Instead of Kade hatching him or taming him, their first encounter involves a fight against a powerful monster in which they save each other's lives. That's a bond that is far more powerful and goes far deeper than a simple imprinting or a gradual working on Kade's part to build up the dragon's trust.
Magic. Another thing I love in fantasy is a good magic system. Two of my favorite magic systems are Brandon Sanderson's Allomancy and Patrick Rothfuss's Sympathy. This magic system could well become my third favorite. The magic system here is called the Divine, and can only be wielded by a few Chosen. The Divine involves a series of Moves, which is mostly complex hand movements, combined with the proper words at the end of the sequences.Read more ›
I liked that he put in a prologue in this first book to introduce his readers to Kade and explain how he became the apprentice. He briefly but effectively walked his readers through the emotional process that his parents and grandfather went through to ultimately decide to allow him to pursue the Calling. It was just long enough to help his readers understand how the story began without taking up too much of his reader’s time and allow them to get to the real story he wanted to tell.
Without giving away too much of the plot, I can tell you that this book drew me in very early in the first chapter as Kade met what would be his friend and companion on the rest of his journey to becoming a Chosen. Allen’s writing is very descriptive and you can really visualize the characters and what is happening throughout the story. Maybe it helps that I know Allen personally but I was truly able to get a mental picture of what Kade would look like and what his dragon would look like.
Allen has a wonderful imagination that makes this book a pleasure to read. I had a hard time putting it down once I got a couple of chapters into it. His description of dramatic scenes has a way of making you feel like you are right there watching it. I love the way he finds creative and amusing ways to introduce Kade to new characters. The way he writes, you can really feel the connection between the characters as the bonds begin to form.Read more ›
Allen J. Johnston has a marvelous imagination and an obvious savvy for storytelling. "The Divine Apprentice" is an intoxicating read and I unabashedly admit I was hooked from the first chapter. I found it a perfect deluge of everything I could ever ask for in an epic fantasy novel. From his original storyline, grisly villains and incredibly depicted action scenes to his clever, believable characters (including a playful yet fierce pet dragon), it was an absolute seamless, fantastical pleasure to read.
I highly recommend this book and series to readers of all ages. There's something within the pages for everyone to enjoy. 5 hearty stars for Allen J. Johnston & "The Divine Apprentice"!
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This is just a teaser volume and I really really dislike those. Adding another author to my ignore list unless that changes. Really wish Amazon would flag these.Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
Exciting adventure that kept me reading. In front of my eyes a young boy is growing into his full potential and learning to follow advice from a mentor taken too early from his... Read morePublished 17 days ago by maebelle
My wife got me reading this book to break the monotonous streak I was in with reading the same books over and over until I was bored. I was hooked after just a few pages. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brandon Gaither
I picked up this fantasy book to use as a light evening read and landed up enjoying it a lot more than I expected. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jacqui Corn-Uys
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I was immersed into the story and I'll be honest, at times I wished I could slap the main character. Ha! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle L Miller
It's a good story... I enjoy the way u draw ppl in at the start, build up and then conclude the book with just enough uncovered to leave us begging for more. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Angela G.
I dare any reader to attempt to lay this book down for a moment! In this debut, Allen J. Johnston brings to life an array of rich and colorful characters beautifully woven into an... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thom Boyles
I enjoyed the book but not enough to pay seven bucks for a kindle version of the sequels.Published 10 months ago by Jake Brown