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Alliance Forged (A Novel of the Light Blade) Paperback – July 3, 2012
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“Kylie Griffin has me hooked.”
About the Author
Kylie Griffin’s obsession with all things paranormal/fantasy started at an early age, when she used to imagine the jacaranda tree in her front yard was a spaceship used to defend the world from invading enemies. Writing stories seemed a natural extension to her childhood adventures.
Today, she’s a primary school teacher sharing her love for the written word with young children. In her spare time, she writes and reads all things paranormal.
Kylie lives in a small rural village in outback New South Wales, Australia, and is involved in a number of volunteer emergency organizations, helping during fires, storms, search and rescue efforts, and road accidents.
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This is a love story between a human and a human/demon (Na'Chi). Between a woman of faith and a scout that has more than his share of inner demons. It's a story of survival, how two races can learn to tolerate each other and work together. Nothing is ever easy. Kymora is strong in her faith, loved by her people, confident, yet willing to show her fears and vulnerabilites. For Varian it's about deciding what's best for his people no matter the cost, learning to adapt, being able to show emotion and that it isn't a weakness as he was taught all his life. Kylie Griffin handled the balance between the two perfectly.
I kept hoping to hear more on Arek's capture. He had a concussion and they were forcing him to run/walk? Yeah I kept thinking about that. I'm left wondering why no one from the city went back to recover Arek's body. If they had they'd know he's alive. That was my main disappointment with this story. So on that note, I am sure the next book will be about Arek. I hope.
My other question was about the Templer Elect amulet. Kymora gives up her office. Then in one sentence she notices Varian wearing "the necklace that used to be hers". So is Varian now the Templer Elect? That just didn't make sense. If he is, he'd have to have the full approval of the temple and voted on. I can't see that happening because he isn't very strong in following the Lady.
At least I thought the Templer Elect's amulet was different from the rest because Kymora specifically said the amulet he was wearing was hers. Maybe these necklaces all look the same. So that just left me puzzled and questioning.
Anyway, fantastic series, I enjoyed both books and really looking forward to the next one. !! - Dan's wife
About the book (no spoilers):
Alliance Forged is a good book and the author is creative, bringing to life a captivating world full of well developed characters - each with their own unique personalities and engaging dialog. I loved where the author was going with the story line and will probably buy the 3rd book when it comes out (assuming one is written). I don't want to spoil anything, so I will just say that I felt like I was part of the journey and it was very easy to picture everything going on. Scenery, fragrances, moods, sounds...it's all there. Some personality traits of characters even made me chuckle at times.
I will offer a few critiques though (which really started to annoy me half way into the book). For starters, there are two words which are just repeated WAY too often: "aura" and "smell". There were maybe 50+ kindle pages in a row where "aura" was used at least once on each page. I didn't search out the exact number of uses, but it added up. There is also a character with great sense of smell, but...I really didn't want to read about *every* scent. Some of them: yes - it adds to the description. But too much is too much. I wanted to focus on the plot more than the smells, yet the plot (and pace of the book) kept getting interrupted by these narrative breaks to describe the different aromas. That was really the only thing that pulled me 'out' of the book. Otherwise, I was captivated.
My wishes for this author:
1) Reduce word redundancy, and have faith that you did a great job developing the characters (I already know what they are thinking and sensing because you developed their personalities very well).
2) Characters would be brought to life a little better with more personal exclamations, vs. narrative descriptions. For example, instead of describing what he *smells* when he opens the doors to the room, let him exclaim, "I knew I'd find you in here, you rank demon!" Why? Because I already know what the demon smells like, it's been described before.
Again, even having read this book before, I found myself invested in the different characters, enthralled by their journeys and wasn't able to put the book down before I'd finished it.
Very much looking forward to Allegiance Sworn in April.
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