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Nature Abhors a Vacuum (The Aielund Saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 28, 2016
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None of them are perfect role models, but they all band together to help out several communities and settlements. They are tasked with adventures that should be done with proper authorities and more experience. But they prevail in their adventures and get the job done.
Along the way they discover a lot about each other and themselves. Pushing the limits of their skills and their consciences is what this novel is all about.
For us who have played his mod, this gives more background info on the characters and their insights and thoughts. Nicely written and cohesive in telling the tales. Read as the characters grow and suffer loses as well as truimphs.
Now onto purchasing the rest of the series.
Aielund is a land stuck in medieval times. The story follows the adventures of a young man named Aiden who must solve a childhood mystery that has left him with nightmares for most of his life. Starting out with his friend Pace, he quickly finds himself in over his head, being chased by wolves, bandits, and even well-armed mercaneries. Little does he know he's become unwittingly involved in a plot to kidnap the Princess and overthrow the King of Aielund. He gets help from a beautiful but mysterious priestess, a forest ranger, and a quirky sorceress who has powers not seen in the kingdom in over 100 years.
Will all this be enough to help Aiden solve the mystery identity of the kidnappers, save the Princess, and defend the crown from those who would see it replaced? Probably. :)
For those of us who played the modules, we will be transported back in time to long nights of madly pressing keys, loading and reloading after losing challenging fights, and a story so good that we found ourselves crying when ... well, I won't tell you when. For those of you that haven't played the modules, you'll read a story with well-developed characters that have multiple facets to their personalities and lots of grey situations where the answers aren't easy and often unsatisfying - but very compelling!
Not unlike the first module, Stephen's writing is a little stilted in this first book, but he's a quick learner - it becomes much better in the second book, and I expect by the time we're done with book three it will be world-class, just like his modules. Don't let this minor point stop you from reading - for the price you pay, there is no better buy available on Amazon!
It did have a bit of a D&D flavor at times, which I enjoyed but others might not. I literally laughed out loud at that thought when they decided to help someone investigate noises in their bedroom. Or when finished dealing with a particular issue someone always seemed to get a bit of gear upgrade.
There was character development, but it was a bit slow and I hope there is a bit more in the next book. But, considering how much action there was.
If you like a lot of action, this is definitely a book for you. Can't wait for the sequel.
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The title?. Obscure, or maybe too deep for me.Read more