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Chosen (Warrior Chronicles #1) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 15, 2014
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- Item Weight : 15.7 ounces
- Paperback : 411 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1508923027
- ISBN-13 : 978-1508923022
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 1.03 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 15, 2014)
- Language: : English
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#254,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #4,279 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
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Two bucks, what am I, proud? I buy a lot of $2 kindle things. Roughly half of them suck.
But this doesn't suck. This is quite good.
Grown-up fantasy. Inappropriate language. Bloody violence. No elves. Plenty of lovingly described fight scenes. But by no means excluding rich emotional content amongst/between the players.
In judging a fat book or a fat series, perhaps the most important thing is this: do I want to know what happens?
Reader, I did. I wanted to know what happens. I'm nearing the end of the fourth volume and I'm already unhappy because I know this will run out soon enough. But I won't stop, because I want to know what happens to these people I care about. My only advice: never get involved with fiction.
The story starts when a group of soldiers finds Shanti in the wastelands nearly dead from dehydration and starvation. And they bring her to their home place. Then the fun starts. It is absolutely hilarious how K.F. Breene exploits the cultural differences. Some of the dialogues had me in fits of laughter. But this is just part of the appeal. The world itself is slowly becoming more visible and clearer. It is unknown to Shanti, so it is unknown to us. We get more and more information as she is either getting to know the new places or recounts her knowledge of places to the others.
And Shanti, she is exactly as she is supposed to be, like all the female characters I like to read, she is strong and kind, but unlike the other female characters, ruthless when necessary. She is very much different than the world she landed in and the people have problems figuring her out because she does not fit within their social norms. This causes all kinds of funny situations. However, the topic is very serious, as there is a war brewing, invaders coming and all the violence that comes as a result. Shanti is a seasoned warrior and the author is not shy in describing the battles in detail.
I also have to mention some of the other characters, firstly Captain Cayan who is perfect in every way. I can't say more without giving spoilers. Then we have Captain Sanders and his band of Cadets. Sanders is a grumpy but loyal and a very interesting character. Cadets, well, you have to get to know them yourself, all I can say is that they are delightful. There are more interesting characters certainly, but pay attention to the few appearances of the town's doctor. His banter with Shanti is too funny.
I have enjoyed this book immensely, and now I am reading the next one. I highly recommend it. Reading order is: Forged in Blood (The Warrior Chronicles, #0.5), Chosen (The Warrior Chronicles #1), Hunted (The Warrior Chronicles, #2), Shadow Lands (The Warrior Chronicles #3), Invasion (The Warrior Chronicles #4), Siege (The Warrior Chronicles, #5).
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Due to the graphic nature of some of the more violent scenes, I would recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content. So if you enjoy independent, capable heroines and strong alpha heroes, tense often traumatic and brutal confrontations within epic fantasy adventures, then this book may be your next favourite read. It's certainly left me wanting to read more of The Warrior Chronicles series.
You can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...
I like all the characters, they've been introduced enough to be personable while still leaving room for growth. I like the relationships they all have, particularly the boys and Shanti! I've found I have a particular soft spot for Marc! It moved along at a good enough pace; just the right amount of action, personal time, flashbacks etc. The combination worked well and I didn't feel as though too much time was spent lingering on any one particular part of the story. I really liked how we saw different charcters' points of view...I've seen another review that says they'd like to get to know The Captain's POV in the next installment...I slightly disagree...I like the air of mystery, the not knowing how and why he's feeling. Kind of coincides with that mental block he's got going on with Shanti! If she can't read him, then maybe we shouldn't either?!
I liked the story as a whole and the idea of it is intriguing. It's left me interested to see where the next book will go, what other bonds are formed and what battles will be fought.
This book made me laugh in places, and not those quiet little laughs in your head you get when reading but a full blown, out loud belly laugh kinda funny. It's also a very sad book in many places and this book is definitely one that makes you feel all the emotions. So warn anyone who's sitting near you whilst reading that you've not gone crazy but are enjoying an awesome book.
Another big like for me in this book are all the characters. The author, K. F. Breene has built all the characters full of colour, none of them are the dull boring grey type which fade into the background and from your memory after their brief appearance, no they make an impression and have a reason for being there. The world building is also spot on, and I feel there are still many areas of this world for us to discover do I can't wait to explore them in the rest of the series.
In case you haven't realised from all that I've written above, this book gets the full five stars from me. I really enjoyed it and am now going to dive right into the next book now, so no one disturb me until I've finished it!
I’ve read the darkness series, so I wasn’t overly surprised to find that I enjoyed Chosen too. It’s a unique story and Breene creates a rich and detailed world that I quickly lost myself in. The book alternates between the perspectives of several of the characters over the course of the novel, so don’t be surprised when you’re suddenly in the mind of Sanders or Marc. I actually enjoyed some of the shorter scenes from the viewpoint of the secondary characters, as they provide a different perspective of events. You will definitely feel sorry for Sanders with what he goes through. Shanti is a wonderfully complex character, even if she does seem to be focused on the destiny and title her people paced upon her. I absolutely adore the little observations she makes about the society she finds herself in. Being an outsider she has a unique perspective. I probably shouldn’t have been as amused as I was by her observations about the wealth and art, but there’s a social commentary there for those that want to see it. The scene with her being dressed up like a lady is particularly funny. Shanti is also unique in the way in which she trains and punishes her boys. She’s able to inspire them through the rather odd blend of patience and violence. Cayan, much like the rest of the men in his city, isn’t used to such a strong willed woman and certainly not one that is able to fight and evade them. Shanti is a challenge for which none of them are prepared. At this stage in the story both Cayan and Sanders are a little annoying, at least they are to me, as their treatment of Shanti comes across as more than a little sexist. I’m hopeful that as the novels continue, Shanti can change the way they view women. I highly doubt the change will happen overnight though. While they can respect the power Shanti has, when she eventually shows them, they still don’t take her as seriously as they should do (in my opinion). I’m hoping book two will show a marked improvement in the way in which the men treat Shanti.
Cautionary element(s): While not explicit, the threat/topic of rape is a recurring element within this book/series.
I have to say the characters names never stuck and there is a fair amount of stereotypical 'ass kicking heroine stumbles across beefy but fair warlord who capture her heart', however, the romance is a slow burn and interspersed with much gallivanting across the countryside and 'heroic' sword/mental fights.
The basic premise is that the 'Chosen' (ass kicking heroine) has survived attacks on her village and is now on a mission to save the world by destroying the evil conqueror (the Supreme Being). Exhausted and near death, she is picked up by a training sortie and taken back to a city ruled by the 'Captain', and so the story develops.
If you enjoy Ilona Andrews this might be a good bet though not as sharply written.