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Exile's Redemption: Book One of the Chronicles of Shadow (Volume 1) Paperback – June 17, 2014
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About the Author
Lee Dunning has written stories in one form or another since grade school. Lured into the realm of fantasy by her mother who read "The Last Unicorn" to her, Lee has never escaped the pull of magical worlds and mystic creatures. Her sixth grade teacher, Dixie Gaisford, introduced her to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and from this came Lee's obsession with elves. Introduction to Dungeons and Dragons in high school ended any hope that Lee would escape and live a normal, boring life spent in the pursuit of a six-digit pay check and an early grave. Today she lives in the hellish desert with four siamese and one horrified orange tabby. The Pacific Northwest is calling and she hopes to relocate there soon.
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The Author starts you off with a very artfully drawn map of the elfish homeland, and there are many wonderful designs, and the whole layout is very clean. The book has a perfect cover. The look of the book is impeccable.
The characters are complex, and the reader will identify with them almost immediately. The main character is named Raven, and she is an example of the Shadow Elf variety. She is young, not even one hundred yet, and she still believes in an ideal world. The other characters vary from the usual human riffraff, to an Elf that is literally thousands of years old.
Early on, Raven is subjected to watching as a demonic horde swarms the Elven city, killing everyone they meet with glee. They saw Raven as tender meat, which was their mistake. The horror and the death transform the young elf into the most powerful that the world had ever seen. The growth of her latent powers came at just the right instant to allow her to dismember the demons and their master in short order. I must say that I got a little choked up when I read this part, but that may just be my Celtic blood talking.
I think the Author was channeling J.R.R. Tolkien, the Silmarillion years in the writing of this book. The interactions of the various factions in the book reminded me of the series Game of Thrones. It was a great read, and you need to get a copy.
Get the physical paperback if you can, it's a beauty to behold. Thick study paper and the cover art is fantastic.. and really, there is no replacement for the feel of a real book in your hands.
Which isn't to say it was perfect; there were a few grammatical errors (usually extra or missing words, but not vast #s), and I have read better, but it's way above average, even discounting that it's a first novel. I'd give it a solid 4.5 stars, rounded up to five for Amazon. 4.8 stars for enjoyment.
It does end more or less in a cliff hanger, and it definitely left me eager to read the sequel.
As stated in the above review, this may be the author's first book, and it may be self-published, but the quality of the book is great, and I can't recommend strongly enough that you buy it and read it. You won't be disappointed!!
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