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The Valley of Ten Crescents Series (Box Set: Books 1-3) Kindle Edition

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Length: 559 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Praise for Tristan J. Tarwater & The Valley of Ten Crescents series

'Great character-driven fantasy' - Kindle reviewer

'A story that is magical in its ability mesmerize' - Kindle reviewer

'Refreshing...I can't wait to see what's next.' - Kindle reviewer

'This is a great read, absorbing' - Kindle reviewer

'Tarwater's skill as a writer moves you along with the flow of the story, you get sucked in.' -Kindle reviewer

'A light-hearted read to break the monotony of so many cookie-cutter fantasy novels' - Kindle reviewer

'A promising first novel' - Kindle reviewer

'Tarwater creates a fantasy world that is rich and complex' - Kindle Reviewer

'A great story set in a beautiful, fantastic yet very realistic world.' - Kindle reviewer

'It's captivating' - Kindle Reviewer

'Engaging immersive world-building' - Kindle reviewer

'A solid first novel hinting at more fun to come' - Kindle reviewer

'Tarwater simply lets the world speak for itself' - Kindle reviewer

'Much better than a lot of self published books available these days.' - Kindle reviewer

'Outstanding' - Kindle reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 3105 KB
  • Print Length: 559 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Back That Elf Up (February 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IGJQZ7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tristan J. Tarwater is a writer of fantasy, comics and RPG bits. Her titles include The Valley of Ten Crescents series, Shamsee: A Fistful of Lunars and Reality Makes the Best Fantasy. She has also worked for both Pelgrane Press and Onyx Path.

Born and raised in NYC, she now considers Portland, OR her home. When she's not making stuff up, she is usually reading a comic book, cooking delicious meals for her Spouse and Small Boss or petting one of her two cats. Her next RPG character will most definitely be an elf.

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I received a copy of this series through Story Cartel in return for an unbiased review.

I read the first novel in this series a few years ago and loved it, I am glad I finally got around to reading the whole series. At first I found the way the author writes a bit hard to follow, jumps in time without pages breaks, but I then really enjoyed how it made the story flow. By Cutting out unnecessary filler it helped to keep the readers attention and make the story fluid.

The world these stories are created in is wonderful and fresh, it has a very unique feel and is brilliantly constructed. There are defiantly some plot lines and characters that just disappear and its sad to not have closure on them. It is very easy to fall in love with both Tavi and Derk, two people who have been through hardship and fight to rise above it.

I loved the way the author describes the surroundings, easily summoning images of the world around and did a wonderful job in describing characters emotions so much that you feel it right along with them. There is very little negative to say about these novels, the small problems are made up by the imaginative world constructed.
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I found this series of books to be a nice change from what is now being published and rated highly. I was given a copy of this series in exchange for an honest review. The characters are so well done, that I found myself associating with some of the main characters. The third book of the series does seem to be distant from the first two. Disappointed a little bit, but it is even a great read all by itself. Tristan is a great and up and coming author. If I could give her advice, slow down when winding up a series so they link together well. Well done !!
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I wrote a review for this book a couple of weeks ago but it never posted so I'm trying again. Briefly this time.
I enjoyed this book but I can no longer remember all the details of my first review. It did take a while to read. There's several books here so it will keep you occupied for a few days.
I would have liked to know what Tavera's origins actually were. That might be explained in another book.
I'd read more from this writer.
I received a free copy for my honest review.
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I really enjoyed the series. In the first book it changed perspective suddenly. Even with that I related to and cared about the characters. Tavern was adorable! Great job Tristan Tarwater!! I'd recommend this book!!
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enjoyed the first book got a bit confused with the second one to start with but soon got into it, they were all a good read, i soon got a feel for the characters & enjoyed the story, well worth a read
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free, in exchange for this unbiased review.
The Valley of Ten Crescents is a series with a rather well developed and interesting world, in fact the world is one of my favourite parts of this series. It all works together, and is quite believable, and as someone who loves good worldbuilding I had a lot of fun journeying through it with the characters, and learning more about how it works.
In terms of plot, the first two books made sense, as a girls coming of age, and then learning more about the man who becomes her father. Transitions between chapters were often jarring, especially in the first book, but over the series they improve, despite many chapters still being fairly episodic. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is a different style than many other books, and could take some getting used to.
In terms of straight plot, I enjoyed the third book the most, However, I also felt unsatisfied in a way, as there were plot threads from the first book, that were rather intense, that never resumed. In addition, there were certain hints about the main character, Tavera, that were never followed up.
In all, this author is clearly improving, and I'd love to read more of their work. I also hope that someday, they will revist Tavera and Derk and all the others, so we can learn more about their niche in the Valley.
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Usually I try to give a book at least ten chapters before I give up on it, but for this one, I gave in at seven.
I read each word of the first four extremely long chapters before I started skimming. While the storyline seemed interesting, there was far too much needless information thrown in that it was too distracting to continue. By the seventh chapter, which is wholly dedicated to Tavi getting her period, I was done.
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<i>Thieves at Heart</i> – Book 1

Welcome to the world of the Valley of the Ten Crescents, a fantasy world similar to, but not quite the same as our own world in some past time. In this book Tristan J. Tarwater tells the story of a little orphaned half-elf girl who is adopted by a man who is, by his own admission, an accomplished thief and who goes to some trouble to train her in the arts of thievery as well.

This is basically the story of how Tavera, the little elf girl grows up. The story is a series of scenes from the girl’s life. Tavera occasionally remembers a scene from earlier in her life, but there aren’t a lot of flashbacks to earlier times, and the main scenes progress in chronological order, although there are some years skipped between some of them.

Derk and Tavi are loosely associated with a group of thieves – something like a Thieves Guild – that calls itself ‘The Cup of Cream’. They consider themselves the best of the best of the thieves, and Derk actively trains Tavi so that she will one day qualify for full membership in this group.

One interesting facet of life in the Valley of the Ten Crescents is their religion. They apparently worship a moon goddess of some sort. There is a temple to this goddess in every city, and Tavi and Derk occasionally go to prayers there without feeling any discomfort or embarrassment about it, although once Tavi wonders why there are laws against stealing since the goddess herself sanctioned thievery by stealing light from her brother, the sun.

A lot is hinted at around the edges of Tavi and Derk’s life together that is not fully explained. All in all, an interesting story.

I first received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
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