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- Publication Date: November 1, 2016
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- Language: English
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The Ardalia Trilogy Kindle Edition
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Ardalia: The Breath of Aoles (Ardalia #1)
I really loved this book!
I received a pdf version of this book from the author. That is why it took me so long to read, I had to read on my computer.
The story is great. Lots of adventure, action, some romance. The main character's coming of age is great to follow. He is overcoming the arrogance of youth, and realizing other cultures often have much to offer. I don't usually go out of my way to read "message" books. This didn't have the feel of a message story. The lessons are well integrated into the story.
The author has great descriptive skill. There are subplots, twists and intricacies enough to satisfy the most jaded of readers. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
The only reason I did not award the fifth star in this review may seem petty or unimportant to some. I didn't give it solely because of the ending. I understand this book is part of a series, I get it. But, the ending is just too abrupt for me. The action of the moment was resolved, so it is not a classic cliff-hanger as such.
All around a great read. I recommend this book.
Turquoise Water is the second book in the series about Ardalia, introduced in The Breath of Aoles.
As a sequel, Turquoise Water is absolutely great! The characters continue to grow and evolve with the story. This doesn't always happen. Often, sequels merely place the same characters in a different setting. Not here.
Turquoise Water not only continues the story began in Breath of Aoles, but elevates it. All the characters are expanded, developed more fully, and held true to their nature. The story builds in action, anticipation, and complexity. New characters are introduced as the story builds.
You know by now I try not to do spoilers, but the fate of their world is in jeopardy.
I gave Breath of Aoles 4 out of 5 stars only because the ending was just too abrupt for me. Not so this time. I gladly give Turquoise Water a full 5 stars. I still have that general disappointment at having to wait for the finale, but it was much smoother this time. If you can say that for a continuing story.
Turquoise Water, is not a stand alone book by any means. You need to read Breath of Aoles, to completely understand and enjoy Turquoise Water. But hey, I said the first book was great so go for it!
The Flames of the Immolated (Ardalia #3)
Alan Spade sent me an e-copy of The Flames of the Immolated (Ardalia #3) for review.
As the title (Ardalia #3) suggests, this is the third and final installment in the Ardalia series (I'm so smart I scare myself sometimes). Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books The Breath of Aoles (#1) and Turquoise Water (#2), I was eager to read the conclusion. Mr. Spade provided an exciting conclusion to his trilogy.
The Flames of the Immolated continued the stories of several characters we met in the first books. As I said in my review of the second book, the characters continued to grow, no flat, stale characters here. The complexity of the story is incredible, balancing so many story lines and maintaining a coherent story is a real achievement.
The Flames of the Immolated is most definitely not a stand alone story. Refreshing yourself by skimming the second book would probably be beneficial, of course I didn't do that and I don't think I suffered for it. The story is so rich with unique characters both good and bad that I was left in awe of Alan Spade's imagination. That one writer could come up with such a variety of beings to populate his story just blows me away, let alone the fact that he is able to weave them all into such a riveting story.
The trilogy is a "quest to save the world" story that actually involves the whole world, not just a small corner that many of the worlds inhabitants don't even know about. Everybody knows what's going on.
The story is full of action, violence, horror, evil, good, love, romance, loss, redemption, magic, greed, dog and cats living together (okay, not that), but you get the idea. So much more than can be shared in a short (yeah, yeah) review.
Alan Spade does not spare our emotions at all. There are emotional highs and lows, no one is safe, no one can rest on their past achievements, and no one gets things the way they want them. This kept me as a reader on my toes, forget trying to predict the story.
Finally (yes I'm almost done), My favorite part of the book is the final two chapters, not because they were the climax, but because they weren't. So often quest stories end with the end of the quest. I'm always grateful to the authors who give us a strong epilogue. Even though the last two chapters are not officially designated as such, they are a completely satisfying epilogue. So, huge (YUUUGE) thanks to Alan Spade for The Flames of the Immolated. Enjoy!
This is a pure adventure-action series that the author did not fill hundreds of pages with incidental word-count fillers every time a character was used with extended descriptions what they were wearing, eating, thinking, feeling, etc. This made a smooth-flow action filled story for all ages of readers endowed with an imagination and sense of what "could be."
Don't expect this to be a book you can lay down and start re-reading at your leisure. Once you start reading this trilogy, you will find yourself wanting to find out what the characters are heading into next with their ongoing struggles for survival. A fun read!
I would reccomend this book to anyone, the characters are full of depth, the story is brilliant, there is romance, fighting, amazing magic and everything you could want from a fantasy suitable for teens and adults. Each book flows smoothly into the next, there is a glossary for every unknown and unpronounceable word in the book and a history of the world and the four different groups of people who live there. The author offered this book for free, via his email list to anyone who would write a review. I'm so glad I got it, It's definitely worth reading, over and over again.
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