- File Size: 2559 KB
- Print Length: 409 pages
- Publisher: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (September 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075FG3M2Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoy fantasy, and am used to strange names, however, I was often confused as to who was who. But in the back of the book there's a glossary. I wish I had realized that in the beginning, because it would have helped. But I got caught up into the plot and I cared about Alara and Dorrell. And I was so happy they were able to get married and not be separated and trying to get together throughout the whole series.
Like some other reviewers, I wasn't too sure of part of the Triune God being feminine, but it wasn't a big focus in the story, and the author explained her reason for doing it, which I was fine with. It's fiction, after all, so anything can be true, right?
All in all, I liked the story and cared for the characters. Looking forward to the next part of the story!
There’s great world-building that explores diverse religions, male-female relationships, politics, and culture. World-building is probably what I love most about speculative fiction from Gulliver’s Travels to modern dystopians. Alara’s Call delivers, immersing the reader into a rich story world where each nation has a distinct culture.
Another aspect of Alara’s Call that I loved were the religious details of the book. Telshan is clearly meant to evoke Christianity and yet challenge tradition. There is a triune god but one with female aspects. Because it’s a fictional story world, it doesn’t come across as a mockery but as an honest interpretation of the Trinity. Alara is a curate who receives visions of the future. That she’s a religious leader and prophetess highlights a strong feminist message and yet features male characters who are equally wise and devout. With this, the overall message is one of obedience, faith, trust, and hope.
The final reason I loved Alara’s Call is the cast of characters. Not only is Alara as strong heroine, Dorrel is a well-developed hero who provides a fitting complement to Alara. The supporting characters are equally endearing from Alara’s oily politician father and socialite mother to the scheming villains, each character is more than a cardboard cutout. Alara’s brother, Camrun is my favorite of the minor characters, and the aged Jentierri provides some hilarious asides.
The protagonist, Alara, is both independent and strong, while at the same time faithful to her God and entirely feminine. She is a preacher and a prophet, and a warrior. But she is also human and sometimes she doubts. In short she is an excellent role model for Christian women to look up to.
The main conflict of the novel involves Alara's father, a prime minister, including her name as part if a trade agreement. She is convinced that it is equivalent to selling her into slavery. Her father just wants reelected.
While it is true that there is a lot of political maneuvering, there is still plenty of action. Sword fights, midnight horse chases, and assassination attempts abound. Alara's Call is anything but boring.
The world building is gorgeous. The book takes place in a fictional world, but with a power structure similar to Europe in the middle ages. There is a lot of religious elements used but Christianity doesn't exist here. Instead they Worship Telshi, a tri-figured deity. Yes, similar to the God.
I would call this novel a fantasy, even though there is no magic. Alara is a Prophet of her God and her visions along with the other spiritual gifts given to the followers of Telshi provide just the right amount of awesome to boost this book into the realm of speculative fiction.
Now the legal stuff: I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. And I honestly loved it.