- Series: The Beholder
- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481931024
- ISBN-13: 978-1481931021
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,369,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you are a fan of storylines similar to The Matrix, then The Beholder could be its literary counterpart in the UF genre. ... Ivan's world building is fluid and tangible and, his characters are real. ... The Beholder is a well-written novel that will pull you into the storyline as though you were experiencing the reality yourself." -- Sandy, The Reading Café
"Mr. Amberlake, in my opinion, has created a literary masterpiece. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels." -- Bethanie Armstrong, the author of "The Memory I Can't Erase"
"I was so sure that all the supernatural worlds were already exhausted. Vampires, werewolves, aliens, ghosts... Then Mr. Amberlake's novel arrived, took me by surprise and left me totally speechless. A world that no one has ever thought existed suddenly appeared. A world so perfectly built you wonder where it has been hiding before." -- Becca, a Goodreads Reviewer
"Amberlake does an excellent job of melding plot, fantastical concepts, darkness and light with a love story between Jason and his very real feeling counterpart, Emily." -- Scott J. Toney, the author of "Hearts of Avon"
About the Author
Ivan Amberlake is an urban fantasy writer, member of Breakwater Harbor Books. In December 2009 he began writing his first novel "The Beholder" and in November 2011 it was selected for review by HarperCollins on Authonomy.com.
Ivan Amberlake is in the process of writing Book Two of The Beholder Series called "Path of the Heretic" and a Young Adult Horror/Fantasy called "Diary of the Gone".
For more information visit www.breakwaterharborbooks.weebly.com and www.ivanamberlake.weebly.com
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Meanwhile, Jason hears reports of people around the world dying under mysterious circumstances. Each body is left branded with an arcane symbol. After realizing the bodies are a riddle addressed to him, Jason encounters the amber-eyed woman, Emily, who tells him that he possesses dormant abilities of great power. In addition, he may be the only person who can keep darkness from enslaving the world.
The Beholder is an imaginative urban fantasy that takes a reader into a captivating world of magic and mystery. Amberlake weaves his world in vibrant images, wrapping each scene in colorful descriptions that make the story easy to visualize. The reader follows Jason as this world is slowly revealed to him. The supernatural elements, such as Sight and Soulfusion, are well explained, as the reader learns what Jason learns.
There's an ebb and flow to the pace of The Beholder, which works well for its story line. It draws you in by setting up the mystery at the very beginning, then slows down to let you look around. The action scenes, each a vividly portrayed fight between good and evil, are exciting and thrilling, and it's easy to get lost in the language. Jason is a likable protagonist who's easy to sympathize with, especially since Amberlake lays out his internal thoughts, allowing the reader to see what he sees, feel what he feels. Some chapters are written from the perspectives of other characters, giving the reader a 360 degree view of the story.
While the plot of The Beholder focuses on the supernatural battle between good and evil, Amberlake highlights the human element of the struggle through his characterizations and relationships. As Jason follows Emily into the realm of the Sighted, he also finds himself falling for her, which adds an element of romance to the story. It also ups the personal stakes for Jason as he heads toward the book's climatic battle. In addition, Jason's close friends, Matt and Debbie, end up getting involved, and so by the end, Jason is fighting not only for humanity, but for those he cares about most.
Amberlake writes with a poetic lilt, bringing his story to life through intricate language. For instance, here's a description from early in the book:
"[Jason] burst through the revolving doors and into the outdoors, and ran into a nearly solid wall of heat. Even in the shade of the skyscrapers, he found it difficult to breathe. He paced, restless. Needing to walk off some of his anger, he thrust his hands in his pockets, then started roaming the streets, weaving through the rush hour crowd."
Well written and wonderfully inventive, The Beholder is a highly entertaining book and a relatively fast read. The supernatural concept at the center of the story is unique, intriguing, and leaves you wanting more.
An urban fantasy set in modern day New York. Jason is having dreams, terrible hellish dreams that are affecting him physically and his ability to function in normal life. Soon those dreams become reality and change his and his friend's lives forever.
I do read fantasy, a lot of it, but not that much urban fantasy, so, The Beholder was a departure from the norm for me. This story gripped me every bit as much as my usual read, the obvious talent of the author at storytelling, and his skill as an author brought me away from reality and into his world, pure escapism, which, for me, is pretty much what fantasy, any fantasy is all about. The descriptive prowess and use of language was perfect, as Jason and his two business partners, are introduced to a world hidden from view by the magical abilities of two warring factions. The line between good and evil is firmly defined, as the two opposing sides of `The Sighted' supernatural forces, do battle, with Jason and his developing powers a focal point of the war.
The story is never rushed, or too slow, but simply unfolds naturally. At times it's dark, at other times tender, and at times frantic and bloody exciting. There are twists and surprises along the way.
The Beholder is a very well written and engaging read, the skill of the author is obvious from the start. Five stars from me.
Jason is having nightmares or visions that not only make him physically but cause him to doubt his sanity. Jason is an ordinary person, a interior designer with an ordinary mundane life until he meets Emily.
Jason's life will never be the same as he unwillingly enters the War of Shadows...a war waged against the Dark Sighted and the Light Sighted, the unsighted mercifully unawares and protected.
Jason soon learns of the Prophecy of the Beholder where only one of 12 would remain and that he, as an unsighted, who was destined to be sighted, they just didn't know how or when... But Emily's prophecy foretold that the Beholder would be the ultimate weapon against the Phariah, the egotistical leader of the Dark Sighted.... And that would be Jason.
This book is fast paced, intellectually written and and keeps you turning the pages! Even the speed reader that I am, I had to slow down and read word for word not to miss important clues or the amazing details entwined in the story! I highly recommend this book and can't wait to start the sequel!
Great job Ivan, I was really impressed and enjoyed the journey!