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The Wicked Heroine (Legend of the Shanallar, Book 1) Paperback – June 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Legend of the Shanallar
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453617086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453617083
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,809,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is where Jasmine Giacomo begins to shine. These characters are interesting whether they're running naked on the beach or washing socks...The nature of immortality, the problems with isolationist states, the myriad of ways in which men and women interact in different cultures. This is the kind of stuff I love about fantasy...
-- Books are Better


Interesting characters, fantastic settings and unique cultures. Here is a recipe for a true fantasy tale that takes you to places you could hardly imagine. The characters and settings are truly the book's strengths.
--Unwritten


The Wicked Heroine is a fresh and original fantasy that serves as a solid debut for a new series. 
--Bards and Sages Publishing

From the Author

The Wicked Heroine is dedicated to the next generation: you too can save the world.

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"Outstanding!"

"These two books will be keepers to go back and read again and again."

"Absolutely fascinating from beginning to end!"

"I would recommend this book and its sequel 'Oathen'."

More About the Author

Jasmine Giacomo writes from Washington State, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a Bichon Frisé named Eddie. She graduated last millennium with a degree in English Literature from a college built atop a volcano.

Though she's been writing since the age of four, she also enjoys geocaching, history, science and games, and holds a black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. She particularly enjoys reading and writing fight scenes.

Her current writing project is book three in the Seals of the Duelists. Look for Prodigal Steelwielder in late 2014. Learn more at www.jasminegiacomo.com.

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By JOA on September 13, 2010
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I like ideas. I like a well-written novel. Sometimes, I run across novels where these two aspects don't mesh. Some are well-written but lack imagination. These, I give a shrug to and move on. Some, however, have ideas so interesting that I want to like them, even though the construction of the plot might leave much to be desired. The latter, to me, are the most frustrating of all books. They're written just well enough to be passable, but not good enough to bring those brilliant ideas to the forefront, to give them the power and importance they deserve.

"The Wicked Heroine: Legend of the Shanallar Book I" by Jasmine Giacomo is one of these books. On the surface, it has everything - a legendary and immortal figure who influences the course of history, an expedition that forays into cultures foreign to the protagonists and highlights the differences between the peoples, a government conspiracy, a deep and secret evil that seems to be bubbling to the surface, sea monsters, sword fights, and a preternaturally gifted young girl who might be more than she seems.

The story follows the adventures of three main characters - Geret, a young and brash prankster who is set to be made prince, Sanych, the aforementioned talented young girl, and Meena, the legendary and immortal Shanallar, herself. They set out on a quest from Geret and Sanych's homeland of Vint in search of the lost (and imminently dangerous) Dire Tome, a book of magic that Meena, in one of her many previous identities, had hidden away to protect the world from the dangers that lie within. They journey across their continent and into the sea, in search of the land of Shanal, the birthplace of Meena and burial ground of the Dire Tome, itself.

Along the way they encounter many adventures.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah B. Castillo on October 13, 2011
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This book taught be the value in hanging on to a book. Usually, if I'm not completely taken in by a book in the first chapter, I throw it aside and look for something better. The book starts off at a shamble, stumbling along with prolific info-dumps and expositions supplied by characters. Despite the travel characters take part in immediately, there is a lot of telling, when there are plenty opportunities for showing.

A big frustration for me in the beginning pages was that there were lots of moments where the tension is ratcheted up but the writing makes the emotion fall flat. There are situations that should set my heart racing and make me forget my bedtime, but instead they just... happen. The opportunity to make an emotional impact is over, to very little effect. It feels unsatisfying.

That said, after the first fourth of the book is over, the awkwardness wears off. The plot has managed to bring our characters together and they begin to turn into real people interacting in real ways. This is where Jasmine Giacomo begins to shine. These characters are interesting whether they're running naked on the beach or washing socks.

Then there's the interesting ideas the author brings up. The nature of immortality, the problems with isolationist states, the myriad of ways in which men and women interact in different cultures. This is the kind of stuff I love about fantasy and it's definitely what got the pages turning for me.

Also, this is one thing that makes me grin. The map is excellent. So many maps on Kindle come out so pixelated and distorted that they're impossible to use. If they are usable, the the author often doesn't format it so that you can get to it through the table of contents quickly, so that you can actually use it while reading. Not this time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the one on November 13, 2012
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Although as others mentioned the book suffer from "too many words" syndrome it is well written plot wise and does not fall into the usual patterns. The characters are complex enough to warrant second thought and the layers are revealed sometimes unexpectedly. Starting book 2 now. She earned the 2.99$ :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bubblehead on October 6, 2012
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I am not a person who is going to look to give you an in depth review. All I can tell you is I lost myself in the story. I read it in a couple of days. I want to know more about the characters and what happens after the story. These are what I look for out of a book. Was a great read give it a chance you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 15, 2012
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This was my first kindle book and I'm so glad it was!! You really get sucked into the story after the first 130pages. You connect so well with the characters in book two, and they both had me shedding a few tears. Well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Simmons on March 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I *really* enjoyed this book. Unlike some other reviewers here, I enjoyed the author's writing style immensely. I found it very creative, very clever. She can turn a phrase with the best of them. Frankly, I think she writes a whole lot better than many other authors working in the same genre. I also liked the way she constructed the book, such as how she revealed the life of the Shanallar to us. I found it all very entertaining.

Also unlike a few other reviewers, I did *not* think the book was too long. Quite the contrary! I liked it so much that, when I finished it, I immediately bought Book 2 :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott on March 15, 2011
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This book was great! It is a classic fantasy epic, maybe geared towards a younger reader but solid enough for any seasoned fantasy fan to appreciate. Strong elements of action, adventure, suspense, with nice touches of comedy, romance and politics for a well-rounded read. This is a highly recommended read for any fan of the genre.
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