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- Print Length: 309 pages
- Publication Date: February 24, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BL9GBU2
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- Lending: Enabled
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The hero, Luke, is overtly fixated in making a name for himself, but this character flaw somehow made him more human to me. This is a flawed hero, whose insecurities and fears make him make potentially lethal mistakes. This pretty much applies to everyone we meet, even the gods, and was a welcome contrast to the perfect characters one often meets in the fantasy genre.
I was particularly delighted by the gods. These offered a wonderfully philosophical angle to the story, with Gabriel's talk about destiny being the book's highlight as far as I'm concerned. The gods set up the hurdles; how and whether we overcome them is up to us. I loved that thought.
I found the characters to be interesting, not despite their various faults, but because of them. Much like in real life, we make friends with people who screw up and make mistakes; not perfect humans.
I bought this book as part of a bundle offer, so I'm now about to start reading the next one in the series.
Luke, being young, naïve and rather boastful, exaggerates his fighting skills and victories. Once the messenger hears of Luke's battles, he magically transports a message to the Duke and within moments, papers appear. After approval from the Duke, the messenger gives Luke responsibility of protecting the Duke's heir and he is sent undercover as a student at the Academy, run by a retired, tough-as-nails mercenary named Selenia Hamilton. The problem is, Luke has absolutely no idea who the heir is, since the paperwork was lost in the battle with the Paladin, and he needs to find him or her in time to keep the unimaginable from happening.
While at the Academy, Luke befriends and bonds with a few other colorful characters. There's halfling thief Nimby, who's a woodworking whiz; flirtatious, yet disaster prone gnome Fritz Warrenberg; half-elf priest of the Sun god, Aedyn Karwyn, and adorable, apple-loving drite, Fizzle. This fantasy has everything imaginable, from fairies and pixies, gods and goddesses, elves and gnomes, demons and Liches, and then some!
The plot is strong and the author has the characters fleshed out well. The story is told in the present tense, which may throw some people off for a bit. I believe most readers will get used to the tense after reading the book for a while because it's the author's ability to draw you in and make you feel as though you're with the characters, where ever they are, and that's what makes this book so special.
The story flows steadily for the most part; though there are a few minor episodes where the story moves a little slow, but the pace picks up again in short order. I have the e-book version and the formatting was very well done. I felt the characters had substance, although I do wish Stiletto's circumstance would've been different and had a larger role. By and far, my favorite character in this novel is the drite, Fizzle. I'm impressed the author includes strong, brave female characters in the story, giving young girls positive role models. This is a wonderful first book for the Series. I look forward to the upcoming installment.
I love fantasy now. I highly recommend this as a Young Adult Fantasy read. (even though technically I don't quite qualify as a YA reader, more like an AARP reader...).
FOUR STARS OUT OF FIVE STARS 4/5 Stars
The author, Charles Yallowitz, skillfully reels the reader into the story right from the first page. As the main character jumps into action, the reader’s already in the midst of it. There is a great historical feel about the story, the fast paced action being accented with rich descriptions of a bygone era and plenty of mythical creatures. There are elves, dwarfs, gnomes and halflings and even zombies, all contributing towards a colorful milieu for the hero’s quest.
The use of present tense seems to be one of the tools to make this story stand out. It creates a sense of immediacy and urgency, which suits the story line very well. But it also brings the characters closer, creating a connection with the reader. And this is important in a book series.
Characters are a great asset to this book. They are entertaining and far from being perfect individuals. Luke Callindor, the main character, is far from being flawless, but this only adds to the charm of the story. I was pleased to discover that the female characters are resourceful and intelligent, especially green-eyed Kira, making “Beginning of a Hero” (Legends of Windemere Book 1) a great read for young female readers as well.
There are plot twists and changes of scenes, there are battles and there is even some romance, all that’s needed for an action-adventure fantasy.
“The God of Destiny laughs, which causes a tree to transform into a six-foot tall rose. “You mortals are so simple. Destiny is not so straightforward. I can put you on the path and prepare the obstacles to get you to the end of your journey as a stronger person. Yet, I am unable to control how you will respond to these obstacles…”
I recommend you find out by yourself as “Beginning of a Hero” (Legends of Windemere Book 1) is a promise at the foundation of what seems to be an interesting and exciting book series. Read more about your favorite characters on the book series’ website: https://legendsofwindemere.com/
I would definitely recommend this book if you like fantasy and adventure or if you’re new to this genre. Great read for boys and girls alike.