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- Book 1 of 2 in The Aylosian Chronicles
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From the Author
Michael's story and the world of Aylosia had replayed themselves hundreds of times in my head before I decided to write it down. It started with the image of a young man, sitting alone in a dilapidated flat. And the thought came to me, "But he's so much more than that." And so came the unwinding of his story to me.
Readers have commented on the world-building, on the unique magic and the strange creatures in my Aylosia series. But apart form that, this isn't your traditional Let's have loads of battle scenes sort of epic fantasy. In this first book, Dreams and Shadows, you'll we get an intimate view of Michael: his thoughts and feelings. The second book in the series, Woven Peril, expands that a little, but otherwise follows a similar pattern.
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- ASIN : B00WWWYN16
- Publisher : Aelurus Publishing (June 5, 2015)
- Publication date : June 5, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2465 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,493 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Michael, a young man who works in a library is more than he seems. He has always felt that he didn’t belong but doesn’t know why he feels that way. He was given to foster parents as an infant and his foster mother passed away early in his life. His foster father paid no attention to him aside from giving him a place to live and food to eat. We find him working in a library and using his situation to look for a strange symbol he spotted on his way to work.
His curiosity brings him to spot he has passed many times, but this time is different. He experiences a dream where he sees a sword with unusual symbols and hears a woman speaking to him. A loud thunder crack brings him back to his present. Then he saves the life of an unknown woman who is about to be shot. Michael experiences another strange event as someone tries to kill him. All of these situations confuse Michael, but nothing shakes him as much as going through a time warp of some sort and winding up in a land he does not know. Now his trials really begin.
Dreams and Shadows is a great story with lots of interesting peoples and situations. Throughout his adventures, Michael seeks the mother who abandoned him and whom he feels is alive somewhere still loving him. His need for his mother drives a lot of his decisions and leads him into danger as those he trust betray him.
It took me a few pages to get in sync with Collyer's tone and cadence, but when it happened, I was sailing along quite enjoyably. I also struggled with keeping some of the characters separate in my mind. This is an issue I have just in my brain, so it isn't something that surprising to me. If you are like me though, you may find yourself flipping back a couple of times to remind yourself of who did or said what.
The beginning of each chapter features an excerpt from The Wisdom of Ashael - an ancient text created by the writer to facilitate the story. Here's the thing: It's so authentic feeling that I actually looked it up to see if it was real of if he made it up. It's not unusual in epic fantasy to have a text like this, but most of the time you can tell that it is of the author's own creation. Collyer even has quotes on beautiful pictures in his website from The Wisdom of Ashael.
Now, is this a book for kids? Yes and no. It's not dirty. But it also doesn't read like a children's book. I've passed it on to my 11 year old daughter who enjoys magic and fantasy.
I will say young adults with high reading levels and vocabularies would adore this book, although they will need to have some patience getting through some parts. Epic Fantasy YA/NA books with a male lead are hard to find right now, so this series fills a gap in most libraries. New adults and adults will be able to dig in and fully enjoy themselves.
Book two in the series recently came out. I've purchased it and can't wait to see what happens next!
I would love to hear this book in audio format.
I would also like to see Collyer and C.E. Wilson collaborate on a book or short story together. They would bring out the best in each other and make an exciting duo!
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This did not bias my opinion at all. Just ask the two nurses and one anesthesiologist who I was telling about it in the hospital!
For years, Michael has lived with the feeling that he doesn't quite belong. Then, one day, he is transported to the land of Aylosia, a land fraught with dangers that seem to follow him wherever he goes. Caught in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between two tribes, Michael discovers not only that he is suspected of being more than he says he is - more, indeed, than even he knows, but that things in this land are not quite what they seem.
I won't lie to you - it took me a long time to get through this book. To call Michael's journey "epic" is an understatement, and we take every step of that journey with him. Unfortunately, when combined with the many instances of introspection, self-doubt and constant guilt, made the pace of the story very slow. I am happy to report, however, that the ending was very satisfying and entertaining, so I still give it my recommendation.
Top reviews from other countries
A really strong book one, looking forward to the next!