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- Print Length: 503 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467938742
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Song of the Dragon Productions; 2 - Re-edited April 2012 edition (November 11, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 11, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0066HCK9K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sure, you could read Amulet as a fairly standard sword-and-sorcery epic, but it is also different in a variety of ways, both subtle and obvious. There are dragons involved, yet no captive princesses. There are amulets, but their significance is not simple or obvious. There is a talking dog who will make you laugh out loud. There are heroes and villains, but how their stories play out is anything but predictable or hackneyed. There is a breathless spirit of adventure to this novel, which never sags despite its relative length, never calls attention to itself in language terms, every word serving the story and not the author's ego. Unlike many other novels in the genre, it's clear Amulet is not even *attempting* a Tolkien rip, aside from one or two unavoidable tropes.
Is it an independent novel? Yes. Are there editing/proofreading issues? *Yes. But to be quite honest, they are relatively minor, and eminently forgivable due to the sheer energy and exuberance Nancy Lee Parish brings to her story. She is clearly a born storyteller, and I've worked very hard in this review not to drop spoilers that would work against the perfectly-timed plot revelations she sets up here. Put simply, this is an adventure yarn with a well-drawn ensemble cast that carries you along in its expertly-constructed wake, and I recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining novel you can enjoy for both its intricate storyline and its even more complex and endearing characters.
*Turns out I had an older copy and the upgrade has been further edited and formatted, so as long as you purchase the most recent edition, even this won't be an issue.
Fantasy books can be difficult for some readers because of the author's need to invent places, things, philosophies, and a way of life totally unfamiliar to the reader. In Amulet, Parish settles into a comfortable balance between the story and the fictional world.
There are many conflicts going on in Amulet. The most obvious and long-lasting is the one which pits the Ecli, the dark wizards who rule all of Ranaria and live in the city of Dardanos, against the Volanari insurgents. Beyond this is the conflict among the four wizards known as the Ecli. Each has their own agenda. Among the Ranarians there are those who are linked to the Ecli and to other wizards of old. Among this group, there is a desperate desire to survive the Ecli and regain their freedom, but it means taking risks unlike any they have ever considered in the past. It means believing in the reality of things thought only to be fairy tales. It means trusting those once thought to be their enemies to fight the creations and the pull of the dark crystal.
I don't know that there is one main character in this book. It is more like an ensemble, which is in harmony with the theme of the story. Thus, the reader gets a chance to know the characters more through their interactions with each other rather than through the author's unveiling of their internal psychology.Read more ›
I'll gladly give a copy to every kid and fantasy fan in my life.
Although I can never seem to get my fill of a this genre, I couldn't get far in this book before I had to put it down. It has potential but is in serious need of an editor to tighten it up. Here for example is one sentence that annoyed me: "He was as strong as an ox, but he knew right from wrong." SMH...just bad. What does one have to do with the other?
Then in a later scene where the protagonist was having a conversation with a shopkeeper it was like the author had taken the paragraphs, shuffled them up, and laid them out randomly. Thoughts that should have happened after certain things were said went through the protagonists head beforehand. It just did not make sense.
I give it 2 stars just because I can see the potential story behind all mistakes that could be fixed with a quality editor, but a book I can't finish is really a one star book in my mind.
When I read Nance Lee Parish's Amulet, I actually got caught up in the story. The characters were charming, the setting vivid and what would normally be silliness made sense. The author doesn't waste much time getting things rolling, and all of sudden you are captured within the story and find you must keep reading to see where it goes..
My grandchildren love a good dragon tale so I try to find books that might excite their imagination and thought this would do that. I was right. They too loved the book and the way the author describes the setting, the dragons, the Amulet and all the curves the road offers which creates choices and mystery. Oh I enjoy a good fun ride like anyone else, but this was a very nice surprise and the journey was worth it and more. The read was fun and best of all it fed the imagination with just the right amount of intrigue to make it all work. Who among us doesn't like a baby dragon, or bad guys and danger? The Amulet is meant to be fun and fun it is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this for free and wasn't that great of a book. Felt like a bad rip of off Eragon for the first third of the book, which was only as far as I could get. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Natalie Peterson
This was an entertaining book to read.
The reason I didn't give it five stars was I couldn't wrap my head around some of the characters names. Read more
I almost give this three stars, but I just couldn't do it. The connstant rotation from three several different groups of characters at every chapter change is tiring enough. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Picked this book up for free and wasn't expecting too much out of it. That said, I absolutely LOVED it. I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Teal Kintz
So good that I'm reading it slow! Have to take my time because I cannot afford the other books that come after. Loving it!!!Published 16 months ago by Julie Lattig
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