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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146105463X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461054634
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,412,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Aaron Mahnke is the author of Indian Summer, a supernatural thriller, as well as Destiny: A Fairy Tale. Born and raised in Illinois, he now lives with his wife and children on the historic North Shore of Boston.

His forthcoming thriller, Consumed, will be available December 2014.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading the next volume!
Randy Murray
The dialogue became cheesy and I don't like the same scenario being explained twice, just to make sure the reader `got it'.
Lili
The characters are very well done and quite likable.
Jeremiah Johnson

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lili on March 28, 2012
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I adore fantasy! So when I saw this debut novel; it was the first book I purchased for my Kindle app. I loved the first part of the book. It just flowed off the pages. Half way through though, the story started to irritate me. The dialogue became cheesy and I don't like the same scenario being explained twice, just to make sure the reader `got it'. Another problem was obvious spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. It also reminds me a lot of The Wheel of Time series but I can forgive that. The story is like most other fantasy novels, young man from small farming village, greatness being thrust upon him, ugly Broken (trollocs) etc.

This book has a lot of potential to be an amazing story but it definitely needs fine tuning. I often felt like I've read certain parts before, Malach telling Bran that his use of the Art was brilliant for someone not formally trained (he created a mini shield, SERIOUSLY?) made me grind my teeth. Hopefully the second book will focus more on strong and intense dialogue, more macho acts in the fighting scenes, less obvious descriptions (we know what stars look like) and just rounding it off more (editing). The book would also have worked without Bran the main character, I find Malach more likeable.

Great first attempt though and this is definitely an author I'm going to keep my eye on!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Ramm on May 11, 2011
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The Hand of Andulain is the debut novel from Aaron Mahnke, who is, by trade, a graphic artist and designer. He was introduced to me in mid-2010 by our mutual friend, Patrick Rhone, for his long form writing at his blog. Over the last month or so, we have struck up a friendship through our love of fantasy fiction. I have been a huge fan of his blog for sometime and was very excited when he announced that he was releasing The Hand of Andulain in the Kindle store. I think that I may have been the first sale that Aaron made as I woke up on the Saturday morning it was supposed to be available, and I bought it before I even got out of bed.

The Hand of Andulain tells a very rich story that takes place in an ancient land. It details the journey of an unwitting adventurer and his best friend as they embark across their land to find the story behind a mysterious piece of jewelry that has come into their possession. We also learn how the prince of a neighboring kingdom gets involved to help the friends on their journey, while trying to wrestle control of his father, the King, and their Kingdom away from a growing evil that is takign over the land.

Bran and his best friend, Callidus, live in the small town of Landermal, where their families are farmers by trade. They were coming home from hunting one day when someone comes running out the forest in front of them. It is clear that this person is being chased and he is running for his life. Suddenly, a pack of hideous creatures break through the forest and resume their chase of the man. Bran and Cal take up their bows in an effort to protect the stranger as he begged for help. Suddenly the stranger falls with an arrow in his back and just as Bran is about to attack the three creatures, they disappear.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt Stauffer on April 29, 2011
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You're always taking a bit of a risk when you read an author's first book--especially in a genre as full of amateur attempts as the fantasy genre. This, however, is no amateur hack at a fantasy novel; it's a great read which was painfully difficult to set down, and I'm very anxious for the rest of the series. It was endlessly worth what I paid for it--a great and exciting read, with enough variety chapter-by-chapter that I couldn't even tell myself to set it down "just at the end of this chapter."

As someone who doesn't read a lot of fantasy novels, I did notice when elements were shared with other fantasy novels I've read--namely some similarities between the main character and other well-known epic adventurers. However, I get the feeling this is normal for fantasy, so I'll leave any commentary in that area to someone who knows more than I do. Either way, it didn't keep me from loving the book.

Just a few more specifics: The characters are engaging and personable--I felt like I knew them by the end of the book--and the mythos/spirituality of the world is something I'm really looking forward to seeing develop. Also, I bookmarked the map in my Kindle so I could continually flip back to it to find locations on the map and track the characters' progress across the landscape, which was great fun.

Overall, it's a great book with wonderful characters, great writing and a storyline I can't wait to see continue.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Ofir on October 30, 2012
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This could have been an excellent debut, but for a couple of things.
The misspelling has become so irritating to me that I stopped reading the book altogether.
The too-elaborate descriptions and often clumsy style also turned me off.
The story itself looks promising, the pace is good; what this book needs is a thorough remedial treatment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kriti Godey on March 16, 2012
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The Hand of Andulain is a pretty standard fantasy. In the grand tradition of Frodo Baggins, Rand al'Thor and Luke Skywalker (Star Wars is pretty much fantasy), Bran is a young man from a quiet, pastoral village. He has reached twenty summers, and is looking forward to tending to the family farm, although he occasionally dreams of adventure. But then he saves an Eki messenger who is being chased by some Broken (think Orcs or Trollocs) carrying a powerful magical item, and therefore has to run away from home and family, accompanied by his best friend and his wise old mentor (who is more than he seems.) Along the way he meets a pretty girl, fights some bad guys that are hunting him, and learns that he is the only one with the power to destroy the Dark Lord. Like I said, pretty standard.

This is the first book of a series, so it's a bit clunky. There's a lot of setting up and introduction to the world. The world is also fairly standard, but pretty well described. I would like to know more about the magic system and the history of the world. The characters are also quite archetypical, although I did like Alae more than most of the other characters - she seems pretty interesting for a servant girl.

Some of the explanations were repeated quite a bit, which annoyed me. The characters constantly realised things about 50 pages after I realised it, and then proceeded to deliver a speech about how exactly it worked. It's almost like the author wanted to make triple sure that we understood how something was significant to the plot.

Another annoying thing was that there were quite a few typos. For instance, there was "they road their horses" instead of "they rode their horses."

Overall, a pretty light, predictable and fun read. I'll probably pick up the next book at some point when it's out.
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