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The Last Incarnation (Volume 1) Paperback – September 1, 2011
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About the Author
J.A. Giunta was born in Brooklyn, New York, in November of 1969. Though he spent most of his childhood growing up on Long Island, he has been living in Arizona for more than twenty-five years. Joe started writing stories at an early age, creating adventures for his pen and paper Dungeons & Dragons campaigns on a Commodore 64. Spooled from a dot-matrix printer, that first stapled manuscript has not survived, but it has evolved over the years to form The Ascension trilogy. His first Fantasy novel, The Last Incarnation, was published in February of 2005. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Arizona State University, he is both an avid reader and gamer. He currently writes full-time. He currently lives with his wife, Lori, and six-year old daughter, Ada Rose, in the perpetual summer that is central Arizona. He credits all of his work to the advent of air-conditioning.
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When his adoptive father is killed by an unnaturally big wolf, Barr, the main character, is found by elves and taken to their tree city. Here Tuvrin becomes his new father and his training as a sage begins. As Barr gets visions from past lives, he has to learn how to control them but also to use the knowledge from those past lives to aid him in his quest. I found the way in which the author slips these visions into the storyline very informative about where Barr got his powers from and what exactly they are.
The story is full of action and adventure which builds up gradually towards a very exciting and dramatic ending. Although there are many antagonists or just simply dodgy characters in the book, the author successfully keeps the real villain hidden in plain sight up to the end. Of course, as in all great fantasies, there is a prophecy. A prophecy which those who now live in the Guilding Mists would like to interfere with - something which the higher powers would not allow as a prophecy must run its course.
As "The Last Incarnation" is the first book in the Ascension trilogy, the author takes his time to build the fantasy world which will be used in future books. I found the descriptions and characteristics of this realm and it's people very original. Mr Giunta integrates known paranormal theories like lei lines, magical artifacts and psychic visions with his own extremely creative theories.
I highly recommend this book as a very enjoyable read for all ages. "The Last Incarnation" will definitely make you look forward to reading the rest of the Ascension trilogy and any other books written by J.A. Giunta. (Ellen Fritz)
Author: J.A. Giunta
Published By: Brick Cave Media
Age Recommended: 14 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5
Review: If I had to choose an Indie Author that even remotely comes close to the writing style of the greats, such as Tolkien and C.S. Lewis I would choose J.A. Giunta. From beginning to end this book was a masterpiece. Every character had unique personalities, interesting back stories, and amazing individuality. The words flowed from the page making the story jump to life inside your mind.
You were there when Barr was found by the elf Tuvrin, you could smell the winter pines and feel the sting of cold upon your cheek. You watched Barr grow from child to man and the process was flawless and unrushed. J.A. Giunta is a master of fantasy, a weaver of storytelling magnificence. I only hope I will be lucky enough to coerce him to send me the rest of the trilogy, because I honestly do not believe I'll be able to sleep a wink until I know how the story of Barr and his wonderful friends ends.
There is so much magic in this book that I can easily see it attracting both the young and old, so much amazing imagery and enticing adventure awaits you simply must pick up a copy of this book!
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