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- ASIN : B00D1CLT3Q
- Publication date : May 26, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1182 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1291442901
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,203,140 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Clepitt’s characters have rich and complex back-stories steeped in the folklore and legend of their worlds. Their storied mythologies lend credence to this impressive fantasy read as the plotline twists and turns with an excitement rarely elicited in such short stories. Although there are formatting and text alignment issues, they detract little from this engaging saga.
High-action, magic, and two strong female leads sweep this adventure forward with force and determination. Clepitt’s heroines know that they are strongest when working together, and they demonstrate that, when two women set their sights on a common goal, nothing can stop them.
Ms Clepitt as I have said before has a deft style that makes the book clip along at a breakneck pace. The characters are sparely but sharply drawn. The action scenes are heart stopping and there are plot twists that will have you saying "eek!" out loud..
This is a terrific book. Buy it.
This one started so well - I really wanted to know what happened to Yfrie . . . then, with Jax and their meeting -- and how Jax is the answer to a prophecy . . . well, I was pretty hooked. Then . . . things sped up.
The beginning third of the book was so well done -- the interactions with the characters was lively and real -- like Jax and her brother were real people -- the descriptions were particularly good -- I felt I was actually in the world. . . .
By the second third of the book, things seemed to get rushed -- things happened and the characters went "oh well" and went on in various new directions . . . the last third of the book seemed even more rushed -- I would have loved a little more time to absorb what was going on and why. And then it ended -- on almost a cliffhanger . . .
This isn't to say I didn't enjoy the book -- I did. I love the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) humor the author puts in all of her writing -- this book was no exception . . .
The performance portion overall was pretty good -- there wasn't much of a vocal difference between the characters, so I really had to concentrate to know who was saying what.
Overall - I feel this has set us up for a sequel -- And in reading the other reviews, I see there IS one . . . one that I will be happy to read/listen to . . .
Yfrey is a magic user on the run, her home long since gone and her family and friends dead or imprisoned. Jacques works as an archivist in the UK, keeping people at a distance as much as she can. When a fluke of magic sends Yfrey stumbling into Jacques’s life, neither Jacques nor Yfrey thinks they stand a chance of surviving the pursuit on Yfrey’s trail, never mind fighting back—but the freedom of two worlds is hanging on their success.
The Book of Abisan creates a tantalising cast of relatable characters, with their own traumas and doubts, trying to pull off the impossible. On the one hand the story combines a journey to self-discovery for the protagonists, and on the other the storyline is balanced by violence and danger. As I'm not keen on the fluffy-fluffy approach in my reading, I appreciated author C. H. Clepitt’s ability to inject glimpses of gritty realism into the plot. The book makes good use of the alternate realities theme, building up the antagonists across realities in very different guises.
Top reviews from other countries
The Book Of Abisan is a volume of prophecy, carried and studied by a witch, Yfrey, who is trying to rid her world of an oppressive dictator, Calim. Calim is a charismatic man, but one without any magic of his own and he is determined to rid that same world of all its magical beings, leaving himself all powerful. Clepitt's book is a fast action-packed ride - a complete contrast to my previous read, Kent Haruf's Benediction! There is some attempt at rounding out the two main characters, Yfrey and a human woman named Jacques, but otherwise everyone is pretty two-dimensional with the novel's emphasis put on doing rather than being. I thought several scenes were too rushed and would have liked a lot more in the way of description to help me understand what was going on and why, especially once the reality hopping starts. I wanted to know more about the different realities! If that was done I would say that there could be enough plot here for two exciting novels. However, overall this is an easy escapist read and I liked the drawings at the start of each Part.