Adventures and Adversities (Tales of Taelis Book 1) Kindle Edition
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1) There was a bit of noticeable misspelling sprinkled throughout the book, but especially in the beginning. Not too bad, but enough to make picky readers cringe.
2) There was one scene where the main character and her friend were walking and having a conversation on their way home to supper, and all the sudden their conversation ends with them going to bed. It felt like the author had changed the scene of the conversation in editing... but only on half of it.
1) At first, I thought this was a negative. There were just some characters I REEAAAALLLYYYY disliked. Like, wring their head dislike. Joan. Glenda. King's Nephew. Need I say more? But then I realized... this is what an author is supposed to do. Make her readers care and feel strongly one way or the other about things. I thoroughly enjoyed when things were brought to justice with some of the different "bad" characters :)))
2) There are some AWESOME characters in this book!!! I really like William and the Captain and (with help) all the other ones. It is refreshing to have good guys in a book :)
3) At first I was quite bothered by the theology -- suppress emotions, can't express the "bad" ones regarding "God's will" -- but other characters cleared up the main character's earlier misconceptions and everything seemed very good at the end :)))
4) Very nice Christian references and themes without being too "preachy", if you know what I mean (except maybe in the "God's will" part of it)
1) The character's grief about losing a sibling came through so deeply, it made me wonder if the author had experienced the same herself or had had a very close friend or family member who went through that experience. It seemed so authentic. Whereas the separation from family part was described, but didn't seem like it had been lived out. Just sayin'.
2) CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES!!! ;)
This book, to me, is a fiction, retelling of the prequel to Robin Hood (a retelling of Robin Hood is her second book in this series.) And I must admit, I really really really love The Robin Hood stories.
Things I Loved:
I love love love the character development in this book, I love the relationships between the characters and watching Alditha grow is so inspiring. I love the ending to this book, and I really would read it again and again.
Things I Didn’t Love:
The beginning of this book, while melancholy was pivitol to this story. So while I didn’t like the beginning of the book at first, once I’d finished I understood it’s importance.
Alditha lives during the Middle Ages in the distant land of Taelis. After being snatched from her family's village by an overbearing king, she is forced to work as a servant in Castle Delmore. As a lowly servant, she is often picked on by those of royalty and wealth, and still beaten down by others of even her own status.
Living in the times when chopping a hand off for punishment was easily common, adversities seem to surround Alditha at every turn. To accidentally offend, embarrass or disobey anyone socially higher than herself would automatically heap unthinkable hardships onto her head. Alditha's life hasn't turned out to be at all what she expected, but this is the story of her strength and faith in God.
There's actually much more going on within the story than what first meets the eye. The story doesn't just stay in one place either, as there has to be some good, fast-paced "adventures" in there somewhere (as the title implies). You'll find the characters to each be charming or interesting in their own way. There's even a bit of sweet romance blooming.
Marion, Alditha's best friend she grew up with, is the sweetest type of selfless friend who will help you no matter what. Eleanor, who kindles a new friendship with Alditha, forges the family that Alditha needs, but has lost. I think these two other characters are my favorites in the story (aside from Alditha, of course), but there are many others the reader meets along the journey.
I just adore Adventures and Adversities, and felt it to be quite refreshing in the midst of all the books available on the market today. This is exactly what good, clean, Christian fiction is supposed to be. I think this book would be best enjoyed by pre-teens and young adults, although anyone could certainly appreciate the story.
Adventures and Adversities takes place historically in the Middle Ages, although in a fictional European country. I believe the author created a brand new setting like this, so that she can imagine up her own history of the place, instead of having to stick to actual details... and I love the setting of Taelis! It's a very picturesque land with rolling hills, small villages and stone castles. Perfect.
"We all doubt, my child. We all question at one point in time or another." His eyes sparkled as if the joy within could hardly be contained. "But there is a faith that lies on the other side of doubt that God gives. You will doubt, but hold onto your faith. Seek God and His son Jesus even as you doubt. He is a living God, slow to anger, and abounding in love. He will meet you where you are."
I'm greatly anticipating the upcoming release of Miss Holman's sequel, Brothers and Betrayal. Read Adventures and Adversities NOW to prepare yourself for book 2 in the Tales of Taelis series!
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