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The Legend of Oescienne: The Beginning Paperback – May 25, 2010
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Jenna received a BA in Art Practice with a minor in Celtic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. It was during her time in college that she decided to begin her first novel, The Legend of Oescienne - The Finding. Reading such works as Beowulf, The Mabinogi and The Second Battle of Maige Tuired in her Scandinavian and Celtic Studies courses finally inspired her to start writing down her own tales of adventure and fantasy.
Jenna also enjoys creating the many images and maps for her various worlds. Besides writing and drawing, she is often found reading, gardening, camping, hiking, bird watching, and practicing long sword fighting and archery using a long bow. She also loves getting feedback from readers, so feel free to send her a message any time.
Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is currently working on the fourth book of her Oescienne series, as well as more novels and novellas in the Otherworld series, and any other book ideas that might come to her along the way. For more on the author and her books, and for contact information and to sign up for the author's newsletter, visit: www.jennaelizabethjohnson.com or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Top Customer Reviews
As for what the book is about, I would probably still characterize it as "young adult" although I, as an adult, found it very interesting and not over-simplified as many YA books seem to be. Mainly, the character, Jahrra is in the young adult age range and many of her trials in this book involve coming-of-age. The fantasy in the book is there but melds subtly into the world rather than existing as a formulaic mash-up of predictable elements. My only real complaint is that I have to wait for the next book to find out more about characters I have grown to care about!
This particular book is the weakest point of the series, where the overall story isn't advanced as much as I'd have liked and Jahrra as a character seems to have regressed a bit. Early on, she acted like a child, which is fine - she was a child - but it wasn't grating. She's a bit older, now, and you'd expect her to act like it. Mostly, she doesn't. This ruined my enjoyment of the world a bit. Jaax is my favourite character, and he and his wonderful mystery redeemed Jahrra's brattiness enough that I still enjoyed the book, and was happy to continue on to book 3.
But this series - this is written for children of no more than 12 or 13. Jahrra may be the only hope of this world, Etheos, but she is a sneaky, lying, deceptive little twit who does not deserve all the effort being put out for education and training. She's being trained to kill people, but this is totally glossed over. She has no idea she is the world's last hope and so she goes about her boring, angst-ridden little life, always hiding what she does and with who so those in charge of her have no idea the messes she gets herself into. And they are big, adult messes perpetrated by a clueless little girl. There are never any repercussions for her actions - she gets away with everything.
If these books are for young readers, all this is teaching them is to lie to those responsible for you. To take terrible risks just to see what will happen and then skate away from them all unharmed. It's just ridiculous.
Book # 2 show us her pre-teenage years and teenage years making indelible friendships with Raisi children, a sorceress, enemies in other Raisi children, and building up her strength and intelligence thanks to a very strict training in the art of defense/attack and the world of the old language of dragons.
It is not difficult to get engrossed in the story, just requires reading it one page at a time, and living through a world of magic opening up...
Fresh read, easy to identify to and love characters, building up of excitement and jubilation event after event.
At the end of this book, Jarrhaa loses her precious guardian dragon, discovers her true identity and her destiny to save the world from an old tyranny, and leaves her childhood behind by going into hiding with the "young" centenarian dragon Raejaarxorix.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The adventures just keep coming. The girl is a little older and becoming a real badass and a lot wiser. She suffers serious loss and we suffer it with her. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Fantasy Reader 4Life
I love this story and watchin Jahrra growing up and get through all her trials though life.Published 3 months ago by Kathy Manders
Happily the Legend of Oescienne continues. Once again the story is interesting, the world building remarkable and the characters are well defined. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Pratt
This series, about a girl's life and role as a ward of dragons, rivals Harry Potter in scope. I loved it!Published 9 months ago by Croitiene ganMoryn
I bought the first book from this series at a local festival and simply could not put it down. By the time I was done with it I was so caught up in the story that i could not wait... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Collon Tomlyn
Great story, great plot and well written, this is fantasy at it's best.Published 15 months ago by duchesscjay