- File Size: 4379 KB
- Print Length: 323 pages
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- Publisher: AD Starrling; 3 edition (February 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06VWPDZS7
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Origins (A Seventeen Series Novel Book 5) Kindle Edition
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This story is a special one for the series... its the genesis story, both figuratively and literally. Origins literally provides us with the history of the Crovir and Bastian races, starting with the father of Crovir and Bastian himself; and figuratively you will notice some correlation to the biblical Genesis story. Set during biblical times, you will recognize minor religious references with a story heavily inspired by ancient Sumerian civilization. I cannot imagine the level of research this story required to generate this amount of fascinating detail... but I urge you to read all the way to the end of the book where Ms. Starrling discusses what is fact and fiction with this tale. It definitely had me googling some interesting items like the Weld-Blundell Prism and the Epic of Gilgamesh. If you are new to the Seventeen series, it would be fine for you to start with this book as Origins is a prequel of sorts. If you are not new to the series, Origins offers background on all of the immortal heroes and heroines that we have met thus far - and when I say background, I mean past lives type of background.
The story is broken into three parts, starting with Romerus, father of Crovir and Bastian, as he is crossing the desert in a desperate search for a cure to combat the plague that has afflicted his village and family. This is where you will find some biblical references (these are minor for those who don't care to read about religion), which I found to be fascinating and an intriguing way to begin the immortal's saga. Following that, we move on to the rise of an empire - with both Bastian and Crovir sitting as the conquering kings, while their twelve children carry out battle orders. Then we end with a major war that threatens to topple the empire entirely.
The main focus of the story will be on these children, some more than others. I will warn you that it gets a little confusing here because, in keeping with the times, all of the children are married to a half-sibling (the blood must remain pure). In addition, those who were born to Crovir or Bastian and their half-sister are elevated, and have special supernatural powers. I had to make a chart to keep everyone straight in the beginning... Starrling did provide a family tree, but my Kindle would not let me enlarge it. If you are starting with Origins, I urge you to pay attention to all of the children as they are important for later books. Now that I have read this prequel, I really want to go back and read the other books again so I can say AH HA! That's where that came from!
Mila really steals the show of the book, and she was arguably the main focus. The youngest of Crovir's children, she is also the most beautiful and the most powerful. With an indomitable spirit and extraordinary warrior abilities, Mila was an excellent heroine. I have to say that I was super excited reading about her character because I was able to make comparisons to a later heroine in the series (who just happens to be my favorite character). Starrling always has exceptional character development in her books, but I felt like Mila had more depth than usual. I was embroiled in her struggle between family and morality, and I totally got caught up in the love story. Yes, all you romance fans, there is a little something in here for you as well. The love story between Mila and a certain character who shall remain unnamed was on an epic scale, even though it wasn't the main focus of the saga.
If I had to sum up this book in one word - I would say that it's RICH. Full of historical details and aspects, political intrigue, war, cunning, action, family strife, oppressed peoples... it's all packed in there. Many times as I sat reading this tale, I broke out in goosebumps. That is definitely the sign of a good story! I have said it in the past, and I will say it again, that I could see any one of these books translating very well to the big screen. I recommend this book/series to male and female readers alike, those who like action, history, and kickash characters.
I would recommend this book for those interested in a great twist of fiction and imagination!
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I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the books and novellas in the Seventeen Series, and they just keep on going from strength to strength. Origins is very different in that it takes the reader right back to the start of the immortal races. The beginning of the book has an almost biblical feel to it. AD Starrling has a real gift for convincing you of the possibility of these hidden immortals, and you can almost believe that this could have been in the original religious writings, but that it was taken out to keep the immortal races hidden from us mere mortals. After explaining the origin of the immortal races the book goes on to explain how an abuse of power leads to the first immortal war. Beautifully written, heart rending, exciting and harrowing I would definitely recommend this to others who love the series. I suppose it could be read as a standalone novel, but I feel it would be a far more satisfying read if you have read the other books in the series first. Highly recommended
Pure genius ...
Origins is a great prequel that sets up the characters from her past 4 books and had me hooked from the beginning. It's a fantastic tale of how the great war between the Bastians and the Crovirs came to be that was only hinted at in past novels.
The only issue I have with this book is the fact I finished it on the day of release and now have to wait for the next one to be written.