- Hardcover: 428 pages
- Publisher: ArcheBooks Publishing (March 20, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595071652
- ISBN-13: 978-1595071651
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,937,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Choices Meant for Gods Hardcover – March 20, 2007
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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.
When Jamieson Drake, evil sorcerer, attacks the settlement of Treown, Amanda Chariss is left with no choice. To escape Drake and his army, she teleports herself and her mentor, the wizened old wizard Hrazon to the Taiman family home. There, they may find help and Chariss may find a cure for the magic that has infected her blood.
Chariss has the geasa, magic older than time, and she must use it if she and the people of Onweald are to stay alive. For Drake hunts her, wants her dead on his blade. Why is anyone's guess, but Chariss is has an inkling. For years, Drake has hunted her with the sole purpose of killing her. Chariss suspects that Drake is hungry for her power. But, in reality, Drake is in love with her.
He has enlisted the help of a Dragon who now walks in the human form of Julette. Older than time itself, she uses Drake like a pawn. She has her own plans, her own agenda and knows that she must help Drake to get what she wants. Of course, the fact that she is a Goddess doesn't hurt either.
Chariss must depend on all the help she can and her unsteady magic if they are to survive this first battle. She must be careful though, for she must make choices meant for Gods and one wrong move, one mistake, could lead all of them to death...
As a general rule, I don't read high fantasy. The whole genre bores me; it's grown stagnant with nothing new added to it. Each author that tries to write an engaging high fantasy tale fails to write anything new, anything fresh. Thankfully, Sandy Lender has changed all that. She has changed the very face of high fantasy itself.
Choices Meant for Gods is without a doubt the freshest most engaging high fantasy novel to come out in years and breathes new life into a tired genre. The characters leap off the page and the plot is lightning quick and deftly written with many layers that tease the mind and imagination.
What I love most about Choices Meant for Gods are the characters and how they interact with each other. She has thrown a new spin on what is good and what is bad and her characters are flawed and imperfect. They are people you grow to care for and, indeed, I didn't want the novel to end; I couldn't stand knowing that it would be some time before I saw them again.
She has reworked the standard quest into something meaningful and engaging. She has mixed magic with romance, battles, sorcerers, danger, and suspense; there is everything here that makes up a good store. My meager review doesn't even do justice to the plot. The pages flew by as I became ensnared under Lenders spell as she weaved her story. She writes with such assurance, such poise, that it is hard to believe that Choices Meant for Gods is her first novel.
Choices Meant for Gods is not a mere novel; it is a gorgeous piece of written art. I can hardly wait for the second book! If you read only one good novel this year, no, this decade, read Choices Meant for Gods. I'm going to be reading it for a second time. But read it yourself, won't you?
It will leave you breathless