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The Holder's Dominion Paperback – March 1, 2013
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''The Holder’s Dominion is a heartfelt, fast-paced thrill ride that will appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike.”
--Micky Neilson, New York Times-bestselling author
''Genese Davis is astonishingly deft at creating believable characters with a few sentences. You fall at once into Kaylie's world, thinking you're in for one story, and Davis sneakily takes you on another ride altogether. It will keep you turning the pages.''
--Christie Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi—Ascension and World of Warcraft: Arthas—Rise of the Lich King
''The Holder’s Dominion is a must-read for gamers. Davis has created an unusual and gripping college experience that highlights how video games can actually help people deal with issues in their real lives. My secret hope is that her strong heroine’s experiences in such a rich video game world inspires more women to enter the game industry and make a game that can be this immersive and life-changing.''
--Billy Cain, vice-chairman, International Game Developers Association – Austin
''Davis creates both an everyday world and a world of adventure, then she laces them together and pulls tightly. If anyone implemented Edannair, I’d certainly want to play it!''
--Richard A. Bartle, PhD, Professor of Game Design, University of Essex
''A complex and inventive tale, The Holder’s Dominion reveals the world of online gaming through revolutionary characters. Gaming has never looked more intriguing . . . or inviting.''
--Kristian Nairn, actor
''Genese Davis is an author to watch.''
--James Waugh, senior developer and entertainment executive
''An imaginative outing. Davis gives a post-modern take on a classic fantasy journey as a young woman steps away from a broken family and faces a larger world.''
--Alan Kistler, author and host of Crazy Sexy Geeks Podcast
''The Holder’s Dominion was a very good read, and really makes one look forward to the further development and potential of the author. In particular, her ability to start a story and launch the reader into a fast moving plot is really exceptional. The intensity and intricacies in the dynamics of a family struggling to cope with loss, and the echoes and reverberation of loss were expressed very well. I personally found The Holder's Dominion to be very eye opening. It revealed a way of experiencing a unique set of circumstances such that they became constituent parts of an alchemical sort of formulation that blended loss, hope, rebirth, fantasy, frustration and wanting to take positive action and make things right, combined with the humility to admit one does not always see everything around them perfectly the first time. It's wonderful food for thought for a run afterwards, or a long walk.''
--Timothy Mitchell, highly ranked World of Warcraft player
''The Holder’s Dominion is a captivating adventure, a struggle through personal pain paralleled by the challenge to take on a mysterious leader, entirely real and curiously mystical. Each scene builds towards the next and Davis draws in the reader with human emotions and relatable characters, enhanced by a vivid fantasy realm.''
--Jacob Horning, musician and video game expert
''With its climatic chapters, I can’t remember the last time a book kept me in such suspense like The Holder’s Dominion.''
—Sarah Cypher, CEO, The Threepenny Editor
About the Author
Genese Davis is a thought-leader in video game culture and its social development. Through her passion for the art community, she demonstrates how team-based video games like MMORPGs affect our lives and the new place video games have in fiction and other forms of media.
Her current favorite video games include Final Fantasy, Assassin's Creed, The Elder Scrolls, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and any beta she can get her hands on.
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Top customer reviews
Kaylie Ames and her family have fallen to pieces after the death of her father. To cope, she leaves home and heads to Texas for college. There, amidst studying and simply existing, Kaylie is pulled into a virtual gaming world beyond her imagination.
Kaylie and her family were understandable to me. Having lost my brother in 2000, I could relate. Grief and loss aren't easy to deal with. In their situation, their loved one's remains were never returned to them so that's an extra layer of drama for them. While there are readers who might not understand their actions and Kaylie's character arc, I did. Kaylie grew by finding a purpose, which morphed into a better purpose. She started out just diving into school; however, having something that gave her a sense of belonging was what she needed to aid in her grieving.
Holder was a complex character. Holder is definitely not a cookie-cutter antagonist. Genese's ability to weave such dynamic and multi-layered characteristics into Holder is exceptional. I began paying attention to the real world quests he sent people on and realized his true intentions. While a bit off-kilter, Holder is a great antagonist.
The level of world building in the game made me want to play it. Genese's experience in playing World of Warcraft has given her an insider's perspective on such elegant and involved MMORPG's. The amount of imagination and detail, as well as the arena battles was inspired.
Genese took the real world and a fantasy one and melded them flawlessly.
I look forward to more works by Genese Davis in the future.
On the up side this book is well written and action packed... I'm not much of a reader. I bought this book for its intended purpose stated above but while reading it I found myself needing to get to the next page. So kudos for that.
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