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A Magic of Dawn: A Novel of the Nessantico Cycle Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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About the Author
S. L. Farrell is the pseudonym for a veteran author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels. He has published several short stories and has contributed to the Wild Cards series, edited by George R. R. Martin.
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In the third book, it still follows where the second book left off. Kraljica Allesandra has rebuilt Nessantico and kept what little remains of the Holdings in tact. However there are many threats which are seamlessly transferred from the other books to the present. If you've read the first two of the Nessantico Cycle, you will not be disappointed with this third.
Mother and daughter have negotiated since the last horde invasion, but so far that has proven futile. The Concenzia Faith has arisen seeking its once glorious position of power; they face strong opposition from within led by Nico ce'Morel, who though defrocked three years ago, leads a powerful following who demand a strict fundamentalist reshaping of the Faith and from the secular ruler and her Garde Kralji, who reject religious influence. As violence between the groups increases, the Tehuantin have regrouped and deployed ready to invade again. If Alessandra and Jan fail to come together, Nessantico will crumble again by the invading horde; if they come together the empire has a chance, but the religious-secular schism may prove too internally divisive and enervating to overcome anyway.
The third Nessantico Cycle political-military fantasy (see A Magic of Twilight and A Magic of Nightfall) is a great finish to a strong saga. Fast-paced and loaded with action, the characters and their divided loyalties make the Farrell mythos seem real. Readers will enjoy the exciting finish in spite of a late spin that some will relish and others question as too simplifying. Newcomers would be better suited reading the previous magical tales first to better appreciate the world S.L. Farrell has constructed as it begins and ends with the city of Nessantico.
All they are doing is costing the author much needed money...and angering Kindle owners who bought their units (or use their laptops) with the PROMISE that all books would be released in conjunction with any and all new releases of ANY FORMAT!!!
All this does is promotes "piracy" and I guarantee that this book will be available in ebook format on various websites well before the April 5th, 2011 release date because there are many, many scanners who simply don't want to wait this long to find out how the series plays out. And yet....the heads of department at every publishing house will be patting themselves on the back for such "forward thinking" because ebook sales will be low and they'll tell each other that every one of those sales would've taken away from each of their paperback sales....which is a crock!! Ebook readers ONLY want ebooks...NOT hardcovers or paperbacks. Move on, folks!! The Digital Age is here....and there are those of us who cannot afford to carry around a bunch of 2.5 pound books just because the publishers tell us it should be so...
I LOOOOVE the fact that I have, at any one time, 100s of books to choose from at my fingertips....and that I can open and read them on my device anytime I get 5-15 minutes of free time....whereas had I bought a "real" book, I'd first have to get the damn thing out of my bag/briefcase...then somehow find a place to read it so as not to call attention that I'm reading a book when I shouldn't be. Heck....half the time I'm reading a book, my colleagues think I'm checking reports or other "important" documents!!
Oh well...no sleep for the stupid. They'll be up all night thinking of new ways to decrease S.L. Farrell's book sales...and then explain to him that people "just don't want to read digital books yet!" It's all a conspiracy with the lumber companies who provide the pulp that make the paper for the bookbinder's union to utilize...thereby making a bunch of money for people who don't want to share and share alike... y'know...like we were taught when we were little tykes???
Other than that...what else can I say?? Oh yeah...YAHOO!! I am STILL glad that I'll be able to purchase this ebook in April...but it would've been nice had the publishers released it earlier. How do they sleep at night? Quite well, I'd imagine, huh?? Heh heh...