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INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders (Inzared (Book One) 1) by [Leander, L.]
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  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FD5O1E
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In 1840, a lonely, young Appalachian girl jumps at the chance to join a traveling circus troupe. She immediately falls in love with the show's main attraction, an African elephant named Cecil. Cecil and his trainer, Paytre, quickly fall in love with her, too. Paytre renames the girl, Inzared. Riding high on Cecil's back, Inzared finds her niche among the gypsies. Although Inzared and Paytre's sweet love affair is endearing, their happiness is wrapped in a shroud of mysterious, reoccurring events. While Inzared polishes her act, she finds acceptance by most of the gypsy clan, but not all. Blinded by true love and determined to learn the gypsy way of life and make Paytre proud of her, she pushes away the nagging warning signs that tug at her heart. When tragedy strikes, she awaits the next act.

The author portrays a refreshing look at the lives of nineteenth century European immigrants and their hardships. Their superstitions combined with the struggle for survival lay out a path of intrigue that lingers on the pages and keeps the reader interested. I could see the vivid hues of the performers' costumes, hear the lion's roar and the cheering crowd under the Big Top. I could feel the passion of Inzared's love and the agony of her heartbreak. I look forward to hearing more from Queen of the Elephant Riders.
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Great historical fiction. I didn't want it to end. It captured me from the beginning and held me to the end. I was enchanted with all of the characters and could hear the laughter and applause of the circus.
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INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders by L Leander is a lovely book. It bubbles along emitting an enchantingly engaging story line that is both unique and suitable for all ages. Something quite unusual these days. This is a fine example of an historical family saga done well plus an equally worthy display of cleverly timed and skilfully crafted fiction. Quite rare and very, very satisfying, five stars.
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Wow! This excites both the senses and the emotions. I became one with the circus and Inzared and love the historical detail. This story of a courageous young girl is an inspiration as well as an exciting ride though the many turns in her life. Buy a ticket. You won't regret it.
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Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders is a wonderful debut release from L. Leander. The story follows Bertha Maude Anderson, a girl who grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the 1800s. She is unsure of her place in the world, feeling she wants more than her small town home in Appalachia. When a gypsy circus comes through her town, she falls in love with the lifestyle the gypsy troupe leads--as well as being intrigued by a young man named Paytre and his elephant, Cecil--and finds herself convinced to leave her home and family behind to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus as Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. The story is told from Inzared's point of view as she assimilates into they gypsy culture, finds love, uncovers a mystery that threatens the circus and the well-being of its performers and animals, and settles into her namesake as Queen of the Elephant Riders.

L.Leander has done an excellent job of accurately capturing the time period and the gypsy culture and you are truly pulled into the world of a travelling gypsy circus in the 1800s. The characters are very likable and realistic with dialogue that feels natural and fits the characters well. You really get to know the characters and connect with them. The story has a little bit of everything you could want in a book: romance, mystery, suspense, adventure, tragedy, and comedy. This is truly a book that can be enjoyed by just about anyone, no matter your typical genre preference.

This is L.Leander's debut novel, but from the quality of the writing, you would never guess it. Inzared is wonderfully written, plotted, and edited. Once I had started it, it was a challenge just to put it down. If this is only the beginning of what she has to offer, I can't wait to see what's next!
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This is a novel that transports you straight to 1843. You are part of the prejudices and the challenges that Inzared (Bertha) faces. The novel is written in regional dialect and beautifully constructed. The author is a master of imagery. I don't know anything about the gypsy culture of the time but the author led me to feel that she had researched it extensively. I couldn't put it down - just had to know what came next. Inzared is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it not only for those who like period fiction but for those who like fine literature.
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Unfortunately, my hopes were not fulfilled. The story sounded interesting and exciting, but it was difficult reading for me. I persevered because there were hints throughout of dramatic events to come. When the event occurred, a culmination of hints and events, it seemed anticlimactic.

It was hard for me to tell who the audience was. It seemed at time to be directed to a young adult audience, but some of the romantic scenes seemed inappropriate for that audience. The writing in those scenes seemed on the brink of bodice ripper romances, not what young adults would relate to, in my opinion. If the book was not intended for a young adult audience, the book was not equal to the audience.

Inzared's voice vacillated between "hillbilly" and not hillbilly. Her vocabulary did not match her grammar and sentence structure. Her voice did not seem to grow with the story and the amount of time the story represented.

No reference was made to any research the author did to construct her vision of the gypsy lifestyle, or the behind the scenes world of the circus of this time period. It would have helped me to know that the backdrop for the story was based in reality. If the ceremonies and customs described are indeed those practiced by the Roma people, that would have been interesting to know.

The misuse of "it's" included "its'," a new variation I had never seen before. Usage of "its" versus "it's" is a gauge I use, fairly or unfairly, to measure writing skill. This author did not pass muster.
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