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- Publisher: Little Leo Reads; 4 edition (December 28, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 28, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004HD5WAE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,557 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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'The characters are incredible, the story is entertaining as well as well written, and the world building is amazing! The love story twisted in with the magic and the fantastical creatures is great. It is an all around MUST read!' The Wormhole (Blog) Reviews
'My favourite stories include all the Harry Potter books, the Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, AND all of the books in this new world, Gar'nyse. The author has me obsessed with it. I truly hope she continues these bewitching tales. Modern 20th century women meet the fantasy world of my dreams. I can't count how many times I've re-read these books.' NetGalley Reviewer
'This book is an adventure and a half. ...Think Lord of the Rings meets a really interesting and witty chick lit book' Sweet Tea & Book Reviews
'An entertaining read ... fans of this genre will be particularly enthralled with the girls adventures.' LindyLouMac Reviews
'Once you get past the author's unconventional story telling style--swapping to another point of view--this is a great read. I enjoyed enough to go on and buy the next two books in the trilogy, and after a reading splurge on a three week holiday, Nicole MacDonald's characters and world were those that have stayed with me the longest.' NetGalley Reviewer
'AWESOME!! Despite being skeptical of the fantasy genre I was pleasantly surprised and left wanting more. I struggled to put this book down and despite my busy schedule found myself trying to read it any free moment, I had to find out what happened next!' Amazon Reviewer
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Four friends decide to “cast a spell” to meet their soul mates and are unexpectedly transported to an alternate world full of mythical creatures, handsome “knights” and a sorceress or two. Unfortenately, the writing doesn’t come close to meeting the plots potential.
1. TOO many points of view!!!!!!! This story is told from the POV of the 4 heroines, their 4 love interests, a fifth male friend that is married ( and the spouse’s POV), 5 mythical partners (griffons) to the male characters, the sorceress, her love interest, a quirky dragon, and if that isn’t enough the heroines cat and dog come along for the adventure…
2. Tired of trying to keep track??? I’ll add that there is no indicator of which character is speaking other than the reader is obligated to intuit the information, and the narrative can change from character to character after a matter of a few paragraphs.
3. Extreme cliffhanger ending; as in mid-action.
4. Shallow one dimensional characters
5. An attempt at strong female characters
6. Interesting idea for a scifi romance.
Cons: poor grammar and mechanics (especially comma splices--ugh!), POV inconsistent (the frequent switches are distracting and confusing--this also results in each character not having their own voice since the personalities seemed to run together for the most part), characters themselves are emotionally immature and superficial (may not end up being a "con" as I'm hoping they will grow throughout the trilogy), the first book ends on a cliffhanger--I don't appreciate this and feel a book should be able to hold it's own without the author needing to resort to an incomplete ending to entice the reader to read the next book in the series
I will be purchasing the next book to continue the story, but hope the author finds a better editor and proofreader for future work.
So, open your mind, enjoy the fantasy, and live it through their eyes. What a great time it was for me. My congratulations to Ms. MacDonald for a whirlwind fun adventure. I freely read this book for a fair and honest review.
What a cliffhanger at the end and I certainly look forward to reading part 2.
The plot has been done before but this book gives you a different outlook on that plot. The characters are very well rounded, you feel like you have met them in person. And the story employs all of the classic fantasy/magical aspects. There are references to much loved series too (Dragonriders of Pern for example).
I've read other reviews of this, expounding upon bad editing, but it is not at all as bad as described. Perhaps a re-edit was done on the book I read. I dunno. But I did enjoy this and very much look forward to the second book.
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The Arrival has good world-building and the characters actually come up with a reason they can speak with and understand the locals. The interraction and 'relationship development's' between the girls and their guides/rescuers The Griffon Guards is not too cloying and girly. People may look at the 'blurb' for the book and think it's one for the girls but trust me - it isn't.
The magic system is clever and works well and not just enough time is spent with the girls learning to harness their abilities.
The one thing that troubled me at first was the multiple PoVs but once I was into the story I hardly even noticed it and to be honest I think the style actually added to the story.
The book ended on the biggest cliffhanger ending I believe I have come across yet and I really cannot wait for the second book in the Birthright series to be published
The POV changing can be a bit confusing but once you get into it you realise that it gives you multiple characters thoughts or opinions on the same thing making it a much fuller story line. I love the way this makes the reader have to think abit to be honest, i am a very fast reader and sometimes miss bits in eagerness to find out what happens but this kind of trips you up and makes you read every part carfully! I Love it!!
It is a grown up fairytale but you feel so much part of the story that when it finished i had a genuine moment of 'oh, what do i do now?'
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, to be honest its probably not really a guy book but girls of any age give it a go.
Thank you Nicole, you are wonderfull!!!
p.s. cant wait for the next one, i need to know what happens!
1. Yes the narrotor of the story changes from the 4 main characters(Cat,Kassie,Sian and Loi) quite frequently though once you get passed the first chapter or two you can tell who is the narrator as you get to know the girls (as they all have diffrent ways of thinking and personalites)but if you ever get lost just think of the narrator as Cat as it is mostly from her POV.
2.As far as the story goes it is really good and well thought out dont want to waste it for anyone so i wont go into to much detail,i'll just say this Hot guys,magic ,Evil Beings,Dragons,elf's, bitchy ex girlfriends,twist with one of the HOT guys and of course the Griffons ;-)whats n't to love ;-)
3.I'm always reading shifter and vampire books and decided to give it a try and am very happy i did at £2.21 it's a bargin !
This book has been re-uploaded on 29/11/11 to include a map and glossary of characters. It has also been fully re-formatted and edited.
so that should also help if you get a bit lost.
the changeing POV got a little confusing to start with but i got used to it, some other way of identifying the "speaker" maybe with italics or chapter by chapter etc... (but i cant write to save my life, who am i to criticise? lol)
got to the end and found myself left hanging wanting desperately to know what happens next!
eagerly awaiting next part of the trilogy.
a good quick read to pass the time on a train
Overall - thoroughly enjoyable - but not really a male book - although it has the potential for a better sequel.
It had loads you going on and never left you feeling bored.
I've just down loaded the next book as this one ended rite at the nitty gritty which I found a bit bazaar. But never the less loved it.