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The Vitalis Chronicles: White Shores Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1066 KB
  • Print Length: 486 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Northern Range; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BQWSQW
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Jay Swanson grew up fighting ogres in his back yard and dragons on the jungle gym. It turned out no one else could see the grittier details, so he started putting them on paper to make sure no one felt left out. Jay finished writing each book in his first trilogy -the Vitalis Chronicles- while volunteering on the Africa Mercy, a hospital ship based predominantly in Western Africa. Experiences gained while living in Europe and Africa inspired and infused themselves into his work, leading to the creation of the world's first real time fantasy blog: Into the Nanten.

You can usually find Jay on an airplane if he's not hanging around on social media.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lindy on July 9, 2011
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 By R. Nicholson on April 26, 2012
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.

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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.

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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:
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amy on July 17, 2011
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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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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