The Legend of Oescienne: The Finding Paperback – June 30, 2009
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Paperback : 506 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1449952356
- ISBN-13 : 978-1449952358
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 30, 2009)
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.27 x 8.5 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #497,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jahrra, a young human girl, is going to become the heroine who overthrows an evil ruler (who doesn't actually appear in this book). She is trained by a dragon and an elven couple, who are sort of supervised by another dragon. Her humanness is a secret, so far, even to her.
Some quibbles. First, the author has a knack for using unpronounceable names. (See the subtitle and the heroine's name.) There is a pronunciation guide, but I didn't find it until the end.
Second, the book should have had one or more maps.
Third, Jahrra seems to travel a few hours each way, to be tutored by the elves, and perhaps even to get to her regular school. This seems unrealistic. So does dragons writing letters. How could a dragon hold a pen, or a quill?
Fourth, the author doesn't use enough commas. For example, "Oh no Nida, I was just startled awake is all!" When sentences are of the form "Jahrra, you stink," they are generally actually written as "Jahrra you stink," which is, if you will excuse the expression, jarring. (I made up the sentence.)
I'm not going to read the next three volumes, although I'm not sorry to have read this one.
This would be a great book/series for a teen/young adult reader. There are all types of mystical creatures throughout the book. There are dragons, elves, dwarves, stories of lake monstes and other various creatures.
The lead female character is Jahrra. She is found in a sacred oak tree just a few hours old. A blonde haired blue eyed baby girl. Only humans can have blue eyes, but there hasn't been a human around for hundreds of years. Where did she come from, and could she be the child the prophecy speaks of? She is taken to a Nesnan family to be raised. Her adoptive parents are wonderful people who love her very much. She also has the ancient Korli dragon Hoombramantu guiding her.
This book is quite detailed in Jahrra's upbringing. How she got her start in life, up through her pre-teen years. While she may be raised to think she is an average Nesnan, she is anything but.
I can't wait to read the next book to see what will happen next. For those of you who have read the author's Otherworld Series, this is completely different. I highly recommend the book/series, and think it would be best appreciated by a younger audience.
I mean, once you've already described the orchid the main character lives at, you really shouldn't go back constantly and give more description just using different words making it seem like you went searching through a thesaurus.
Now for the actual story.
The premise is a very good idea! In this world lives dragons, elves, magic, and it's all coming to rely on the shoulders of one little human girl.
Once long ago human ruled Oescienne and lived among the dragons and elves. However, centuries before a god called Ciarrohn had rebelled against his family and turned their own creations (elves and other races) against them to fight and try to rise to power. But once he was defeated he didn't lie dormant for long and eventually the rise of the Crimson King occurred and he cast a spell against the last of the human race turning them into the Tanaan dragon race.
Now, the prophecy that is constantly referenced in this story is vague and I wish we could've been told the entire prophecy. I'm not quite sure how Jahrra (the human girl) is suppose to defeat the Crimson King and restore peace to the world, but hopefully as we read more into the series the prophecy will be more in depth and explain more.
The Finding follows along Jahrra's life from birth until about 12 years of age. She learns a lot about the world with her training from her master dragon and learns about the little things from her "parents". There also comes a time when Jaxx, the dragon who finds her, returns back to her life to begin her training to prepare her for a time in her life that is still a mystery to Jahrra.
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Overall I found the book written with care: I found no apparent typos or mistakes (sadly these happen more and more these days). Unfortunately that's the only positive aspect I can find about the book.
The lore is extremely rich and interesting, but fails to deliver its promises and is often drowned by overly long descriptions. I usually think descriptions are important, especially to let the reader's imagination set the scene, but not in certain parts of this book. Flagrant example is the prologue, which is just pages of the main dragon meditating whether the call he received about a human baby was possible or not. This could have been a nice introduction to the story, but the use of specific vocabulary for which no definition is given (took me a good while to understand the difference between Resai and Nesnan) and the lack of a world map didn't help the immersion in the story.
I was promised an Eragon-like story. But one of the first things in the Eragon series is its map. True, I read the Kindle edition of The Legend of Oescienne, and I really hope the paper edition is better. The first book of Eragon is much of traveling (the *epic* part right?) and learning, the first book of The Legend of Oescienne mainly takes place at the main characters' house and at school (yes on learning a lot, not so much traveling). In the first book of Eragon and Harry Potter, the hero comes face to face with a minion of the great evil and defeats it but at a cost. In the first book of The Legend of Oescienne, the heroine might have come face to face with a dangerous figure (?) and walks away from it with more knowledge of part of the lore (and mushrooms).
The book is far from being action packed. We're following the journey of a little girl (mainly between her 6 and 12 birthdays) discovering life: bullying at school, the loss of relatives. Really, without the presence of dragons I don't see how this could be classified as epic fantasy.
Important questions are set aside, such as: why did the mad king turn humans into dragons? Are dragons easier to kill than humans? Did he just want to sleep for 500 years after he equipped his enemies with claws and fire?
I also cannot really understand how she kept a grudge against someone for nearly 3 years if I recall correctly, but that grudge disappeared literally in the blink of an eye (she was indeed a child, but I find it hard to believe).
Needless to say, that’s a stop for me and this series. I just wish marketing people would stop labelling a book as “for fans of Eragon” just because it happens to have dragons in it.
This first book in the trilogy is about the experiences of a growing child in difficult circumstances. She is derided at school by bullies who pick on her because of her poor circumstances and also her ethnicity. She does have two very loyal friends who help her get through.
No combat yet, though this is likely to change as she matures, no magic either. Jahrra is brave and adventurous but on the down side, there are some very long descriptive sections that are well written but not to my taste. I skimmed over a few of these to get to the action.
Hint. There is a section at the end of the book about pronunciation of the rather interesting names. Wish I had found it earlier as inventing my own sometimes spoiled the flow!
Cons: why on why did no one teach this author about pacing?
This book is good but it feels like it drags FOREVER. It documents the entire childhood of our protagonist, Jahrra. And let me tell you, I physically groaned when I realised I had reached 75% and NOTHING HAPPENED! This book has no plot. It hints at something bigger but it's not yet, we have to wait until Jahrra is older. So why can't we skip all this pointless childhood idiocy?
I'll read the next book, mostly out of obligation to see SOMETHING happen. If the author ever reads this, please for the love of god, work on your narrative pacing!