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Choices Meant for Gods Hardcover – March 20, 2007
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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This is a fantastic tale of a young girl with very special gifts who has a higher calling than she could ever have imagined. And the man she meets that may change her life forever. But will it be for better or for worse? He has secrets of his own. And the tale is told by one of the very Gods that may have helped to guide and protect Chariss from the madman that is chasing her had they but known of her existence earlier. But they stopped paying attention.
I have been a fantasy/sci-fi reader for a very long time now and this is one of the most original stories that I have come across in years. The characters are creative and fresh. The way that Ms Lender has all of her characters interact either when being deadly serious or playfully teasing each other is refreshing and real. Be they God or mortal they have flaws and make mistakes just like everyone else. And eventually will pay the price or feel the consequences of their actions.
I honestly had the hardest time putting this book down (just ask my boss when I was late coming back from lunch). It starts off at a fast pace and never slows down. And when I finally came to the end of it I was devastated that it was over and I would have to wait for the sequel to see what happens next.
I recommend this book to everyone that loves a beautifully crafted fantasy story. It has a little something for everyone and will leave you wanting the sequel as soon as possible.
The book was shallow, verging on silliness. The plot was weak, a girl running from a madman who had been obsessed with her mother and now his obsession moved to her just because she turned out to be a beauty. She had eluded him for 16 years with the help of her guardian, who we are supposed to believe is the most powerful wizard in the world. Along the way they meet many people and gods, yes gods! But I might as well call them people because there was nothing about them that scream "I am a god" not that I met a god before but please... immortal gods should be above many human sentiments portrayed in the book. The writer reminds us over and over that the Master is powerful, he could strike anyone dead, he could stop your heartbeat with a mere thought, yet he can't deal with one lousy sorcerer who is as superficial as the whole book.
I advise you not bother with this book, characters are 2 dimensional with no development at all, the bad guys are your typical want-to-control-the-world lot, the writing is repetitive, it's basically all dialogs that I sometimes get confused who is saying what.
Even one star is too much for this book.
Amanda Chariss Derdriu, orphaned at age four, has been in the care of Hrazon, a wizard, ever since. They've evaded Jamieson Drake, a powerful sorcerer that killed her family, for sixteen years. As they moved about, Hrazon taught and trained Chariss to be ready for the job The Ultimate One has for her.
Using a spell she has not learned how to control, Chariss nearly kills herself but she teleports them 2,000 leagues in one day to Arcane, the fortress-like estate of Godric Alan Taiman, a former student of Hrazon. They escape Drake, as he steps up his efforts to take over all of Onweald, a land so long at peace its inhabitance are complacent.
Nigel, the eldest son of Godric, is intrigued by Chariss, the violet-eyed visitor with a jewel in her cheek that matches her eyes. His dark heritage makes him not his father's favorite and it also influences his attitude and actions, but Nigel's feelings for Chariss bring about changes in him that lift him to a new level of life. Oh yes, there is more than meets the eye in this dark, mysterious hero.
As the plot of Choices Meant for Gods unfolds, Chariss learns to cope with The Master, The Ultimate One's son and Kora's father, as He takes control of her training and her life and presses her to her limits. At one point, she retaliates in a way that shocks all the supernatural entities that see it. The Master did get a surprise also. She fought demons, monsters, and spells conjured by The Master as well as some conjured by Julette also called The Dragon, Evil incarnate, and SO much more.
Sandy Lender creates a world fraught with political maneuvering, debauchery, complacent mortals, and supernatural entities that are all bent on their own agendas. The symbolism and allegorical elements woven into the story make it rich and thought-provoking as well as mesmerizing as "geasna", spells, and all kinds of supernatural happenings engage the emotions, imagination, and intellect of the reader.
When Chariss calls Mahsilette, The Master's sister that has not visited the world in centuries and the goddess comes to her aid, The Master and others know her mission in life is of the Greatest Importance.
But what about her love for Nigel? Can it be or must it be sacrificed for the greater good? Many questions go unanswered in this book. There is a sequel. When the story ended with "To be continued", I knew I'd be looking for the sequel. I need answers.
Choices Meant for Gods is excellent reading and one to be read more than once--a KEEPER.
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