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Erekos Paperback – September 20, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
This is one of the most original fantasies I've read in quite a while. The world seems to be influenced in equal parts by more traditional medieval European fantasy, Greek mythology, and African religion and folklore, and that makes for a fascinating, fresh take on the epic fantasy genre. I'm a fan of the more traditional medieval-style fantasy, but it's definitely refreshing to read something that brings in other cultural influences. I also love the heavily earth-based spirituality and magic of Erekos; Tuomala brings it to life with very evocative imagery. It's easy to get sucked into dark, flooded swamps where life is sustained by the blessings of the alligator palm goddess.
The plot is a bit slow-paced... perhaps deliberate would be a more accurate way to describe it. Tuomala takes her time setting up the war between Erekos and Weigenland and carefully blends in each of a large cast of characters and their seemingly unrelated storylines into a compelling read. The widely varying points of view, which change with each chapter, give the reader a nice variety of motivations-who do you sympathize with the most, the swamp witch, her zombi sister, the desperate king, the transplanted scholar? The narration is occasionally stiff and formal, which sometimes doesn't fit with the point of view in certain chapters, but that's a fairly minor complaint.
Erekos is a breath of fresh air in the fantasy genre, and if Candlemark and Gleam keeps publishing works of this caliber, they are definitely an e-publisher to watch.
Erekos is a fantasy novel written in language that could be described as a literary prose. This sounded quite appealing, however, I discovered that this style of writing is not for me. The descriptions were often long, flowing, and felt too drawn out. I kept getting lost in the character descriptions (which were not very thorough) and the story line was unclear for a large part of the book. I couldn't tell where the story was going, because I could hardly understand where the story stood. The story jumped to various points of view with irregularity. Throughout the book, I was confused and pretty much bored, and found myself skipping full paragraphs, and skimming through pages at a time.
I was tempted to put the book down many times, but I kept with it and finished the book. Basically the book is about a fantasy people, their fantasy gods, and a war that will forever change the way the people will live. The story had potential, however, I felt that the story was poorly executed. The plight of the sisters was just very odd to me. Achane did not want to let her dead sister go, and she wound up creating and falling into trouble and battle. The entire scenario was just sad, and i didn't see any redeeming qualities to this tragedy.
I will say that there was some beautiful language in the book. Some of the settings were very unique, and I can appreciate the creativity of the world created. I am very sorry to say it, and even sorrier to write it, but I just did not like this book.Read more ›
This book gets a solid 3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes for great descriptive language, intriguing characters and well though out world building.
The cover draws you right in and makes you want to investigate this book, it has a mysterious yet creepy vibe.
I personally could have gone without all the pronunciation stuff in the beginning I prefer stuff like that to be at the end of the book or be a lot shorter.
This story caught my attention with the way that it's told. It has a lot of points of view so you get to experience just about every character's story. There are gods, men, women, magic and even a zombi.
The story opens with Achane using magic to bring her sister Shabane back to life and it works. Sadly though she doesn't come all the way back and is stuck as a zombi with a soul. Achane's goal is to get her sister brought fully back to life so her and Shabane head out to Terichone's temple. While there she is spotted by King Milaus who is a little too interested in her and her zombi raising abilities so he basically kidnaps her and leaves Shabane flailing in a mud puddle.
The story them picks up through the very interesting eyes of Shabane's character and Gamela the priestess who escorts her in the attempt to go after her sister. I wish there would have been more chapters or parts that included Shabane and Gamela.
The story also shows the views of Jeiger and Erlen. Jeiger's a hunter and Erlen's a scholar, they have quite the relationship. They have an unspoken bond that makes you want to know what happened to them before this story started and what the future has in store for them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have finally broken the YA spell (for now) and I'm finally moving on to something a bit darker and more adult. Erekos is the debut novel from A.M. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Ryan
Opening with the creation of a zombie and the eventual kidnapping of the main character, Achane, readers will easily be drawn into this unique story. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by A Book Vacation
The book opens with the swamp witch Achane raising her beloved sister from the dead. But all doesn't go as planned, and while her sister's spirit dwells in the body, it is a... Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by kbirdlincoln
I'm simply at a loss of words over this masterpiece of fantasy that A.M. Tuomala has created. The creation and time put into the world that this revolves around instantly pulled me... Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Angelscryhavoc
This is a book that I'm not really sure about still. I like the story line and the characters, it just didn't draw me in like I was expecting. Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I have to admit that I'm still getting used to reading e-books. I don't have a reader yet, and so read on my laptop. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by M. Fenn
When I settled in to read Erekos, I wasn't exactly sure what kind of story awaited me. What I discovered was something quite unique and fascinating. Read morePublished on October 4, 2010 by DMS