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The Twins (Gemquest, Book 1) (Gemquest) Paperback – January 30, 2005

Book 1 of 4 in the GemQuest Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Gemquest (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Windstorm Creative; 1st edition (January 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590920783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590920787
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,268,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A grand and spectacular narrative of wizardry, dark magic and sentient trees. -- Neil Cladingboel, author of The Erebus Equilibrium

For the first time in a long time, I lost myself in someone else’s creation. -- Steve Savile, author of Angel Road

This is epic fantasy at its best. Wassner keeps readers hooked from page one. -- Dag Rambraut, owner of ssfworld.com

About the Author

Gary Alan Wassner holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics and Nineteenth Century Continental Philosophy. He is the President and Senior Partner of a commercial finance company in New York City.

Customer Reviews

That's my crazy brain for you!
C.C. Ekeke
His well stated phrasing leaves the reader feeling smarter for having read it.
David Bromden
The characters are well developed and the story line is engaging.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Bromden on October 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Who is this child? And why does he need protection? What motives compel those seeking him out with such frenzied abandon? And what drives the woman trying to save him? Gary Wassner's story opens with the tension of a pivotal moment that fills the reader with concern, curiosity, and dread. As the chapters unfold, answers to questions get doled out masterfully, but they only lead to more involved questions that draw Wassner's audience further into his words. As the exciting introduction to the Gemquest Series, "The Twins" is an action thriller sure to interest fantasy and fiction readers alike.

Wassner's story reveals the structure of a world in jeopardy. It is a world where nature and intelligent life are one and the same; where the ancient Lalas trees protect the good people of their planet through magic and the communicative power of their globe-stretching roots. It is a naturalist's utopia of harmonious existence filled with religious nuance. The trees select extraordinary humans called Chosen to be their life partners, and through that joining they are able to impart knowledge of the world and its elemental magic that could be known no other way. The Chosen are revered among the people, their power is well known, and their words are respected. They are teachers and healers that complete the union between nature and the creatures that live in nature's domain. But there is a stain on the portrait of this perfect world; a smudge that disrupts the harmony. Evil is present and it soils the canvas with its destructive influence.

The Lalas trees are dying and even the Chosen are not completely sure why. With each death, the protective blanket of power the Lalas have over the planet diminishes and evil spreads like disease.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Justin J. F. Thorne on February 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's easy to dismiss a book, which is part of a trilogy, featuring elves, orcs, a dark lord and a quest, as simply another Tolkien clone.

As a reader repulsed by Jordan and Goodkind, and a fan of the grittier, new wave of fantasy by the likes of Stover, Meiville and Bakker, why on earth did I read The Twins?

Firstly, a publisher taking a gamble on a new author is rare enough in this over-flooded market place where there are rumoured to be more manuscripts seeking acceptance than actual readers within the market; let alone a publisher releasing the first three books of a series together by a new author! Have you ever heard of such a thing? Okay I can see the strategy there, shelf space and fanbase building, sure, but that is incredible belief from a publisher.

Secondly, this guy can write and you only have to read his recent interview at WOTMANIA to see he is an articulate, talented and passionate author.

So enough hype, is it any good?

The first thing that struck me, is that you will love these characters. There is a depth to Wassner's characterization and some of his creations are brilliant. There is a magic to the world he creates and the author's love of nature and the harmony he must feel himself with our world, bleeds throughout.

The idea of sentient trees and their connection with their humanoid 'chosen' is fascinating and compelling. The Twins is a page turner where you almost wish you weren't coming to the end, but you must continue regardless.

This adventure truly is epic and whilst written with philosophical undertones, the exploration of evil is just as detailed and fascinating as the beauty of the Lalas.

Light and shade give this work resonance and I applaud the publisher for having the vision to release three books and of course, the author for writing excellent, twenty-first century, epic fantasy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Murdock on February 17, 2005
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For those looking for a Tolkein clone, you'll not find that here. Wassner weaves a world and positions his characters like a master chess player. Each piece has its part to play in the greater game that is Gemquest. Sacrifices must be made and each move grips your heart and drives you to read onward. You end with a satisfaction, but wanting, no, needing to continue.

It's rare when I read a book and need time before picking up the second in a series. In this case, the ramifications of the characters feel so real that I want to fully digest what I've read before plunging headlong into a second book. I have that book next to me. Waiting. I can already hear the characters' calling me back. I think I'll heed their call.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YD on August 5, 2013
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This book has a unique magic system something few books can boast about. Though it starts out very slow there is a foundation to be laid and he does an excellent job. I am hooked, just purchased the remaining 3 books because there is no doubt I will not pause between books. If you are looking for fast paced with little detail this is not the book for you. However if you are looking for an engaging read with plot, details, a wide variety of characters and interesting magic concepts buy this book.
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One cannot read this first book in the GemQuest series without being reminded of Tolkien's immortal Lord of the Rings, but this epic fantasy quickly succeeds in taking on a vibrant life of its own. Wassner constructs this tale around a significant number of characters, but he describes each of them so intimately that you feel as if you know them (so there's no problem keeping them all straight). From the harrowing abode of the Dark Lord to the prosperous human city of Pardatha to the beautiful tree-top elfin city of Seramour, Wassner truly transports the reader to every location of his envisioned fantasy land.

In this world of Wassner's creation, a great darkness is spreading over the landscape, an evil so dark and dangerous that even the Lalas, ancient and sentient trees that have served as the guardians of the land for eons, have begun to fade in power and to die. Colton dar Agonthea, the Dark Lord, has begun amassing an army of orcs, trolls, sorcerers, and even more frightening creatures, knowing that his time has come at last. Ancient prophecies of a terrific struggle between good and evil are now being realized, and Colton sets out with a grim determination to eliminate the only potential threat to his genocidal plans. Legend has foretold that a young prince would appear, a last true heir of the renowned and celebrated Gwendolyn family, and that he alone would possess the power to defeat the evil Coltan and thwart his bloodthirsty ambitions. Only the true heir can discern the location of the first Lalas and remove the Gem of Eternity which lies hidden somewhere in its massive trunk. That Gem alone holds the power to stop the encroaching darkness spreading over the land and thwart Coltan's evil plans for good.
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More About the Author

In the fashion industry, Gary Wassner, CO-CEO of Hilldun Corporation, known as the company behind many of Seventh Avenue's most prestigious fashion companies, has provided financing and factoring for many of America's most iconic designer labels. Derek Lam, Peter Som, Jason Wu, Maria Cornejo, Yeohlee, Alexander Wang, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Taylor, Twinkle, Naeem Kahn, Zang Toi, Vivienne Westwood, Timo Weiland, Chris Benz, Mara Hoffman, Thom Browne, Betsey Johnson, Marc Jacobs and Alexis Bittar are only a few of fashion's finest that have benefitted from the discerning eyes and business acumen of he and his business partner of twenty years, Jeffrey Kapelman.

Recently named one of Fashionista's 50 Most Influential People in Fashion, Gary is also a member of the CFDA Advisory Board and a mentor for the CFI Incubator program, an advisory board member of Fordham Law School's Fashion Law Institute, as well as a member of Senator Gillibrand's Fashion Industry Working Group and a passionate supporter of the Save The Garment Center movement and all causes related to supporting the Fashion Industry in NYC.

In addition to being a force in the fashion industry, he is a well respected fiction writer and children's book author. His GemQuest series, The Twins, The Awakening, The Shards and The Revenge of the Elves is popular among sci-fi and fantasy readers. The fifth and final book in the GemQuest series, When Monsters Call Out The Names of Men, will be released the second half of 2013. One of his children's books, The Mystery of the Jubilee Emerald published by Mondo Publishing, is available everywhere. The second two books in that series were published in January of 2013, The Candle Rock Mystery and The Mystery of the Presidential Papers. Last year he published Isabella Cucharella, Fashion Designer Extraordinaire, a picture book for budding young fashion stars, 50% of the proceeds of which he donated to the CFDA Fashion Incubator.

Wassner resides in New York with his wife Cathy and his extended family.