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The Vitalis Chronicles: White Shores [Kindle Edition]

Jay Swanson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

BOOK ONE of the Vitalis Chronicles Trilogy

In the aftermath of the Continental Wars, young Ardin Vitalis’ family is murdered by his own nation’s army in a plot to undo a woman known only as the Witch. Furious, he strikes out for revenge, but is thrust into events that will change his world forever. Suddenly he finds himself driven to save the Witch’s beautiful daughter from the nations, Magi, and King of the Shades who seek to destroy her. Should he survive that, his struggle with the dark powers he has been given still threatens to consume him. Ardin must choose to sacrifice his own freedom and flee enemies that are not his own, or allow events to unfold to the detriment of the planet.

The Vitalis Chronicles Trilogy:
Book One: White Shores
Book Two: Tomb of the Relequim
Book Three: Steps of Krakador (May 20, 2013)

"The Vitalis Chronicles"... a fine debut to this new fantasy adventure series

By R. Nicholson - TOP 1000 REVIEWER

"The Vitalis Chronicles: White Shores" is the first book in a fantasy adventure series by author Jay Swanso. This Kindle e-book was a 607 Kb download (approx. 486 printed pages) and was price at $5.95 at the time of writing this review.

--spoilers--

The authorities have be trying to destroy the last remain magess (witch) and have appeared to have finally succeeded. However they fail to capture her talented daughter, Alisia. Ardin Vitalis is a teenage boy whose family was killed when the authorities destroyed his village while attempting to find the daughter. By a quirk of fate he was present when her mother was terminated but before she died she passes on to Ardin special powers (powers that should have gone to her daughter) with the proviso that he seek Alisia out and protect her from the forces trying to hunt her down. This then is their story of there budding relationship, their attempts of survival against all odds and through the most precarious of circumstances.

--end spoilers--

Some thoughts on "The Vitalis Chronicles"...

The Pros:

1.) an intriguing story, well told.

2.) some strong character development. Giving the read a sense of attachment to more that one individual.

3.) lots of action, chases, battles (both individual and larger groups), betrayals and some unexpected twists and turns.

4.) important characters can be seriously injured or die. Making for a tale that has some realism and a sense of believablity.

5.) a good map

6.) a superb ending making the next book a must read

7.) cover art... quite beautiful and stunning. Easily catching the prospective reader's eye.

The Cons:
1.) I loved the first 2/3s of the book as it was suspenseful and filled with a palpable tension, but once our hero and heroine crossed over to Grandia (by boat) I found the pace and excitement waned a bit.

2.) some side information detailing the development of the land way back when by the 'creator' and his mignons (some of who 'strayed').
Not sure why authors feel the need to put this type of info in a rousing good fantasy read, because it tends to bring the action and excitement to a grinding halt. This was the one area of the book I became restless and somewhat bored.

Conclusion:
A well written and overall, thrilling fantasy adventure. With the exception of some 'down' time in Grandia a truly great read.

Would I recommend this book to others... yes
Will I obtain the next book in the series... yes

As it is 4 Stars

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com


Product Details

  • File Size: 1066 KB
  • Print Length: 486 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Northern Range; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BQWSQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By lindy
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not normally a huge fan of fantasy but this book was different. I started reading a little skeptical but with in a few pages I was hooked and would think about the book when I was not reading it. The author is able to create an entirely new world that you become a part of. Throughout the book you meet realistic characters that you cheer for through the development of the book and the journey they are each on. The web of characters is well laid out and intertwines fantastically well. The characters are well thought out and interrelate to one another in ways that keep you turning the page to find out more. The story evolves into a quest story of sorts that keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to se what will happen next. I would recommend this book to the most avid fantasy readers and those who are skeptical of the genre as a whole. It was a great read that takes you into the world the author creates where you find your self-cheering for your favorite characters the whole time!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Vitalis Chronicles: White Shores" is the first book in a fantasy adventure series by author Jay Swanso. This Kindle e-book was a 607 Kb download (approx. 486 printed pages) and was price at $5.95 at the time of writing this review.

<spoilers>

The authorities have be trying to destroy the last remain magess (witch) and have appeared to have finally succeeded. However they fail to capture her talented daughter, Alisia. Ardin Vitalis is a teenage boy whose family was killed when the authorities destroyed his village while attempting to find the daughter. By a quirk of fate he was present when her mother was terminated but before she died she passes on to Ardin special powers (powers that should have gone to her daughter) with the proviso that he seek Alisia out and protect her from the forces trying to hunt her down. This then is their story of there budding relationship, their attempts of survival against all odds and through the most precarious of circumstances.

<end spoilers>

Some thoughts on "The Vitalis Chronicles"...

The Pros:

1.) an intriguing story, well told.

2.) some strong character development. Giving the read a sense of attachment to more that one individual.

3.) lots of action, chases, battles (both individual and larger groups), betrayals and some unexpected twists and turns.

4.) important characters can be seriously injured or die. Making for a tale that has some realism and a sense of believablity.

5.) a good map

6.) a superb ending making the next book a must read

7.) cover art... quite beautiful and stunning. Easily catching the prospective reader's eye.

The Cons:
1.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fantasy Novel! July 17, 2011
By Amy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In "White Shores", Jay takes a world previously unknown to anyone but him and draws the reader in. I truly cared about the characters and felt their pain as I learned about the history of this world. It was a great read with several twists, and it caused me to feel many emotions - a wonderful quality in a book! I highly recommend checking this out, as well as future books in The Vitalis Chronicles.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a promising story. March 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I came across White Shores quite by accident while surfing through Kindle books on Amazon. I consider myself a fan of Fantasy and Science Fiction, but I have found that the descriptions on Amazon often over-inflate my expectations. So, with bated breath and modest hope, I took a chance and downloaded White Shores.

It has a moderately slow start, but picks up pace to a comfortable clip. The chapters changeover a bit roughly, but the plot clips along and the fantastical elements are introduced in such a way that even readers new to the genre can feel included.

Is this ground-breaking Fantasy? No, it is not. There are plot structures and devices in play that have been used before. However, it is a solid (first?) attempt at world-building, with believable characters and a very enjoyable story. I am looking forward to Tomb of the Relequim and will be sure to buy it when it comes out for Kindle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars White Chronicles: Fantasy & Philosophy September 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
The Vitalis Chronicles (Swanson, 2011) is an interesting introduction to a series revolving around themes of relationships, inter-cultural difficulties, and technological evolution and differences via a magical journey of the main characters.

In White Shores, we are introduced to Arden Vitalis and his world as it is suddenly destroyed. Through the events of destruction, escape, and rebuilding, Arden's world is revealed as a much more complex place than the book description would have us initially believe. While the description of the book seems simple and the story-line straightforward, Swanson is able to expose broad, sweeping philosophical issues of race, class, philosophy, and society through his storyline, as he interweaves the lived realities and back-stories of the characters he creates.

The results of Swanson's efforts in White Shores are a story that can be read and experienced in a multitude of ways: as a simple, straightforward adventure novel or as a philosophical examination of society at large. While the second reading of this novel is less likely for most than the first, it is nonetheless important to acknowledge Swanson's accomplishment in this respect.

The single issue that I encountered with the novel was pacing. Swanson often uses the perspective of multiple characters, jumping back and forth in time, in a seeming effort to provide multiple perspectives on the same story. However, this device sometimes halts the otherwise interesting flow of the story and causes some confusion during reading.

Overall, I recommend this book for teenage readers through adults, as the story is, in general, entertaining yet appropriate for younger readers, while providing the thought material to engage older readers who like fantasy novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I got this book to review and I have to admit that I wasn't sure at the beginning of the book. I thought it would be all about the war. Read more
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Alternate universe well fleshed out, with different laws of physics implied though not explained and discovered as one goes. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought "fantasy" was not my thing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book- Love the series
This is the first in a set of three. It is great for people that like fantasy, or sci-fi, or just want an interesting story. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy Story!
Jay's first novel was a great read!

The characters: immediately relatable and colorful. Loved them right away and Jay's writing makes it possible to feel their pain and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I read this book when it first came out and I really enjoyed it. I actually liked this book so much I couldn't put it down, and I stayed up very late to finish it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ethan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy novel
White Shores is a great example of fantasy writing at it's best! This book has all of the best known elements of a fantasy book that the author uses then takes to the next step. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Clint
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Before this book I didn't read for fun. I started reading this book as a favor to a friend, who happens to be the author. Read more
Published 18 months ago by E-boy
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the CHARACTERS!
For me, characters make the book. The characters of the Vitalis Chronicles are great. This isn't earth-shaking literature, but it flows well and is escapism fantasy on the highest... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
new writer, great story! small amount of editing errors. excellent character development. end of this book leaves you desperate to read the sequel!
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More About the Author

I've been telling stories ever since I was a kid. Whether it was writing myself into fantastical battles with my friend John in my grandmother's basement or telling my parents tall tales about exploding squirrels I've always told stories. I wrote my first play when I was in first grade, we actually produced it and I found the tape a few years back to prove it. Man was it awesome. I mean you probably wouldn't like it but there were dragons and I was a prince and there was a princess to save... who doesn't want that to happen in real life?

I mean honestly, that's why I write. I do it because there's a part of me that yearns for something more than what I can see; what is available to me on a daily basis. I want to be a part of a grand adventure where I'm the hero and just make it through by the skin of my teeth. The real-life situations where that happens are never so glorious as to provide the kind of satisfaction my stories can.

And so I write. Isn't that why we read? To escape, to put ourselves in someone else's shoes and see the world through their eyes? We're all looking to live vicariously through someone else (except for the rare few among us who might actually be content with life). Perhaps we just like to be entertained, but there's something much deeper and more real in a good book than simple entertainment. We extend ourselves into and through the words to become something greater than we already were. Good books can change us.

I don't know that my own work is good enough to change people, but I know it was good enough to change me.

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