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- File size : 2353 KB
- Publication date : July 30, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 376 pages
- ASIN : B00E8WUD5S
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #239,417 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As it has been two years since I read Beginning Of A Hero, I really should have read it again to refresh my memory as I vaguely remember some details but it’s very hazy and I was a little bit lost with some things. Surprisingly the author doesn’t waste any time doing the “big recap” that so many books do where they basically give a summary of the previous book at the beginning of the next book. I found this both good and bad. It’s great because if you’ve just read the previous book, it really is a waste of time and it’s almost like it’s bringing up to speed any readers who haven’t read the previous book (which unless it’s by accident, why wouldn’t you start at the beginning?) however it’s also bad because if it’s been a bit of time between books, it’s nice to have a bit of recapping to help jog your memory. However in my case, it’s been long enough that I really should have reread Beginning Of A Hero.
Again, I really loved the characters. Luke continues to grow and mature and although he can be stubborn and reckless, he’s definitely not as annoying as the first book. It was interesting to read and learn more about Nimby, Fritz and Aedyn. Without spoiling anything, I was surprised at who I started to like more and the flaws that appeared in some of the others. Fizzle was as adorable as ever and I really enjoyed getting to know the new characters.
There were a lot of action scenes and sequences throughout this book involving both sword play and casting of spells. I really enjoyed reading how the characters interacted with one another while fighting and using their strengths together to help defeat their enemies.
There were quite a few twists throughout and I really didn’t see any of them coming! It was quite refreshing to be able to read a book and really go along for the ride without knowing what was coming next.
There was a lot going on in this book, not too much that it felt too busy, just a lot that it kept you absorbed in the story and keeping up really kept you on your toes. Interestingly enough, the book is fairly medium paced so although there is a heck of a lot going on, it doesn’t feel rushed at all and isn’t too slow that it bores you.
I’d also like to point out that in my review of Beginning Of A Hero, I mentioned there were quite a few grammatical errors throughout and the book could have been edited a bit more closely. I’m happy to say that this book was not like that at all. On that note, the author has definitely improved and this book was really well written (not that the first book was terrible, however it was the author’s debut and it’s good to see improvement – it gives credit to the author and the series). I’m really looking forward to reading the next book.
Overall I would definitely recommend this book, and this series. You really need to start with the first book in the series though, Beginning Of A Hero. Like I said in my previous review, it has all the things a great fantasy should have: strong characters, both good and evil; a quest; mythical creatures; battle scenes; and even some romance. I am really looking forward to continuing the series!
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. Firstly, I love Fizzle. Everyone should have a Fizzle in their life. He is the kind of character that adds a bit of goofy humour right when the book needs it the most. He is also a valuable character which I truly appreciate because often times the side character that is responsible for comic relief is useless in nearly every other way. I love you Fizzle. Really.
Next, There is a pretty decent amount of action in this story. The varied personalities of the characters all tend to work around the character Nyx, who is very strong in and of herself. I thought she was a good heroine to lead a major part of this story. She is interesting, has a lengthy history that the author can expand upon and is a formidable enemy to face. She is still tough even when things do not go her way and she finds herself somewhat limited. Her emerging relationship with Luke is a little strained and kind of awkward and this adds another dimension of tension to the atmosphere of the story. It will be interesting to see where that goes, although I somehow can't really see them together.
I personally am not as excited about the relationship between Luke and Kira. This could just be me, but I don't see it lasting forever, yet another secret that the author holds in his mind that us readers will have to wait to discover in future books. It isn't that I don't think they work well together, it just seems like the meeting between them was too easy and that it doesn't have the flair and drama I would expect between two characters that are destined to be together. This could just be my penchant for reading romance novels way too often drifting across the lines of genre.
Hands down, my favourite part of this book is the showdown between Luke and a demon in the city square. It was not at all what I was expecting, and I felt it really worked well for a relief of some very tense scenes that had happened right before. Often, it is these unexpected scenes that make or break a book for me and this one was classic.
Something I find unique about this fantasy novel that I don't often find in others, is that the hero, Luke Callindor is rather of the unlucky variety. He does not get everything he asks for, he stumbles, falls, gets knocked down (literally)and taught lessons as he goes. This is helping him to grow into the hero that was promised in the first book. He is learning new things with every adventure and his flaws are they type that all good main characters should have. He has already changed a lot from when we met him in Beginning of a Hero, where I rather thought of him as a spoiled prat for the first half of the story. It is nice to see an author take growth of his characters seriously.
The Lich is another character that is high on my list of reasons to love this book. He is evil, and yet respectful in a way of the endurance his enemies have. I think this gives him more personality that a lot of the other hellbent characters I have seen in many books. He can step back and send in people to do what he would like to have done, or he can take matters into his own hands and you are never sure what he is going to do. Also, he seems to really enjoy evil. I do too.
The group of individuals that Charles Yallowitz has chosen travel together are unusual, fun and work off of one another as a real group of friends would. It is easy to feel like you are one of them whilst reading his work. Plus there are griffons. Who doesn't love griffons?
The world of Windemere is being shaken up by evil forces and there are so many different things happening in the various places that only time will tell how it is all going to end. I am happy that I have been able to be with these characters from the start and looking forward to seeing what they do next.
Visually, I felt this book was much more detailed than the first. You get a real sense of what the layout of the lands are like and it is a much more sensory-filled experience than previously. I especially enjoyed the scene with Bessaria and Fritz on the ship. I love it when an unlikely hero saves the day and in this case, I did not see what happens coming at all. It is the unlikeliness of the group in general that makes this story so much fun.
I would recommend this book to those who like fantasy/adventure stories where they can come to know a group of characters and stay with them throughout the duration of their adventures. This book is a lot of fun and long enough to keep you reading for hours of enjoyment. Pick up your copy as soon as you can.
This book may be even better than the already great first installment. Where to start, where to start...
First off, there's the addition of another to Luke Callindor's group. And she helps to highlight one of the strong points of Mr. Yallowitz's characterization: strong female characters in addition to the males. His ladies are able to hold their own amongst the men, while still remaining uniquely female. Also being added into the equation is another antagonist. Another wonderfully written female character.
Also of note, this book is much darker than its predecessor. How dark? One character dies (won't say who), another turns on the others (again, will not say who), and those are only two aspects of the story. You find that all kinds of characters have things they'd hidden for a while, here. It leaves you wondering just what book three will hold for these characters.
Now, just because it's darker than part one does NOT, by any means, mean that it's lacking in humor. On the contrary, there are a great many parts that had me cracking up. Particularly one sequence in one of the first chapters. The only hint I will give as to which scene is this: "It was a pleasant night." If you've read the book, you'll probably know what part I'm referring to. If not, and you're curious, then go for it. Buy a copy.
Also, the fight scenes just get better here. The action flows smoothly and vividly in the mind.
Highly recommend this one, and really looking forward to book 3.
Top reviews from other countries
The depth of the story is nothing short of amazing, and there is never a dull moment within its entirety... It has to be one of the most action-packed fantasies I've ever read. It has a good level of humour which reminded me somewhat of Terry Brooks' Landover series. And, there are some rather clever twists.
Yallowitz is way up there among my fantasy favourites now. I will most certainly be reading more of, The Legends of Windermere.
This second book in the Windemere series is richer, deeper, darker... and funnier. The world develops in detail and scope, the characters, already vivid and alive, take on a greater breadth and complexity... and the plot, of course, thickens, leaving a third book eagerly awaited.
It is somewhat unusual to find such strongly drawn female characters in a male-led fantasy. They are not simply warrior women in bikinis, nor soft, helpless maidens, but deep and complicated participants in the web of relationships and adventures.
You are likely to laugh, you may shed a tear... but you will be drawn in.
I have gone onto the third novel as I have bought the second when I finished the first and the third when I finished the second.
If you want to recapture the thrill of the original fantasy tale please buy all the books in this series and read them back to back - a wonderful refreshing new author - thank you Charles E Yallowitz