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Disciple, Part I (Volume 1) Paperback – October 15, 2012
About the Author
L. Blankenship started writing animal stories as a kid and it's just gotten completely out of hand since then. L grew up in New Hampshire but currently lives near Washington, DC.
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Then the story exploded catching me in the lava. And I couldn't turn the pages fast enough after that.
I am one of the fortunate few who've read the fourth in this series of six and lemme tell ya Writers, this is the Real Deal. It only gets better. And if you live and breathe Fantasy as I do, you won't be disappointed.
Worldbuilding. LB is the master here, written so well that you'd swear she'd teleported/time traveled into her world for a firsthand look.
Easy reading. As a writer, you'll appreciate the quick pace and building tension. But easy to read also.
Genre. Call Disciple hard fantasy, epic, or `Gritty Fantasy Romance', the key word here is `fantasy'. It is set in the medieval world of horses, castles, battlements, and kings. It might fit the sub-genre of Swords and Sorcery but that is debatable.
Summary. For Want of a Piglet is the first in the series of Disciple, L. Blankenship's fantasy novel. It is rare day when I experience a full gamut of emotions after reading a tome, but this one has it all; mourning a character's demise, anger at another's attitude, worry when I realize no one is safe. This is the book that you can't put down. This is the book that makes you blurry-eyed the next day at work from reading until 2 am.
I want to encourage all readers of fantasy to investigate this novel, because the writer has done incredible research. However, begin with the appendix. I didn't do this and once I discovered the wealth of information there, I realized just how much research the author went into before writing.
She has her calendar for the world completely planned out. You'll find a beautiful map to follow along with while reading, And a description of the magical talent trees that she has developed before even writing the first word.
All of that world-building shows forth in the writing, which I'm sure will result in a series that will become a classic among genre enthusiasts.
I wish it hadn't ended where it did. Too often lately authors are making short parts of books instead of a complete book, even if in a series.
I hadn't noticed the "part 1" in the title, otherwise I wouldn't have started it.
That aside, the story is very good and I would recommend any person who enjoys fantasy to read it.