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- Print Length: 347 pages
- Publication Date: February 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I8074YE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- Book 1 of 4 in The Divine Series (4 Book Series)
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Top Customer Reviews
First off, the pros:
Dragons. I am a HUGE dragon fan, and sadly I don't encounter them enough in my fantasy reading. I mean, c'mon. DRAGONS! Dragons make everything better! Rayden, the dragon of the story, is a lovely take on the whole dragon thing. He reminded me a lot of Toothless from the How To Train Your Dragon movie. He doesn't have human level intelligence, but he's at least as intelligence as a pretty smart pet one would have. Another thing I love about Rayden is how he and Kade got together. Instead of Kade hatching him or taming him, their first encounter involves a fight against a powerful monster in which they save each other's lives. That's a bond that is far more powerful and goes far deeper than a simple imprinting or a gradual working on Kade's part to build up the dragon's trust.
Magic. Another thing I love in fantasy is a good magic system. Two of my favorite magic systems are Brandon Sanderson's Allomancy and Patrick Rothfuss's Sympathy. This magic system could well become my third favorite. The magic system here is called the Divine, and can only be wielded by a few Chosen. The Divine involves a series of Moves, which is mostly complex hand movements, combined with the proper words at the end of the sequences.Read more ›
I liked that he put in a prologue in this first book to introduce his readers to Kade and explain how he became the apprentice. He briefly but effectively walked his readers through the emotional process that his parents and grandfather went through to ultimately decide to allow him to pursue the Calling. It was just long enough to help his readers understand how the story began without taking up too much of his reader’s time and allow them to get to the real story he wanted to tell.
Without giving away too much of the plot, I can tell you that this book drew me in very early in the first chapter as Kade met what would be his friend and companion on the rest of his journey to becoming a Chosen. Allen’s writing is very descriptive and you can really visualize the characters and what is happening throughout the story. Maybe it helps that I know Allen personally but I was truly able to get a mental picture of what Kade would look like and what his dragon would look like.
Allen has a wonderful imagination that makes this book a pleasure to read. I had a hard time putting it down once I got a couple of chapters into it. His description of dramatic scenes has a way of making you feel like you are right there watching it. I love the way he finds creative and amusing ways to introduce Kade to new characters. The way he writes, you can really feel the connection between the characters as the bonds begin to form.Read more ›
Meet Kade-the young apprentice training to be one of the Chosen who are able to use the power of the divine to achieve feats of magic. Taken from his family at an early age, Kade has a soul destined for one of either extreme poles-become the greatest Chosen or be their ruin. When tragedy strikes the bond of master and apprentice, Kade must use what he has learnt to begin the vengeful journey he must take. An unexpected relationship is formed between him and a dragon, who is thought to be a creature of myth. Helped by an Essence Guardian, Kade's parents and a loyal little animal, Chance, Kade must stretch himself to learn and develop more of his talents to fight all manner of beasts and find the evil one who wants him destroyed.
The storyline itself is very interesting but the execution very stiff. Kade as a character is a little underwhelming, but his interactions with the other characters serve to flesh him out more solidly. I enjoyed the growing mind bond with Rayden the dragon, and as for Chance-I am interested to find out more about what he is and his full connection to the story. Our introduction to Darcienna, the Essence Guardian, is one of a feisty, good-hearted woman who will make a very suitable partner for Kade in both heart and adventure. Her son Marcole seemed a bit of a waste of space in the book. He had no dialogue and was just used as a "crying distraction" in dangerous scenes. Maybe all will be revealed in subsequent books. We only briefly meet Kade's parents but his mother's character is beautifully and gently written. I enjoyed meeting the monsters that Kade must battle and learning about the different types of callings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't finish this. Everything the lead character does takes a dozen pages. Even if he is lighting a fire, each and every step is described, ad nauseum.Published 5 days ago by Craig S. Parker
I was really drawn into this tale..I love the characters, and found them believable and well developed...looking forward to the next book..recommend this highly!Published 1 month ago by david tornatta
I gave this book a five-star rating because this book did not interest me. I often go to books such as this to get away from reading romance books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This is just a teaser volume and I really really dislike those. Adding another author to my ignore list unless that changes. Really wish Amazon would flag these.Published 6 months ago by Geezette
Exciting adventure that kept me reading. In front of my eyes a young boy is growing into his full potential and learning to follow advice from a mentor taken too early from his... Read morePublished 6 months ago by maebelle
My wife got me reading this book to break the monotonous streak I was in with reading the same books over and over until I was bored. I was hooked after just a few pages. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brandon Gaither
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I was immersed into the story and I'll be honest, at times I wished I could slap the main character. Ha! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michelle L Miller
It's a good story... I enjoy the way u draw ppl in at the start, build up and then conclude the book with just enough uncovered to leave us begging for more. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Angela G.