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Rook (Allie's War Book 1) by [Andrijeski, JC]
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Editorial Reviews

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“...a fascinating world and an action-packed story; a version of the battle of good versus evil.” ~ Diana Reed, Dreamstime Books
“[S]uch strong chemistry between Allie and her guide, Revik, that it takes your breath away.” ~ Literary R&R
“[O]ne of the most memorable, astonishing and original books currently out there.” ~ Majanka Verstraete, I <3 Reading
“[I]t sucked me in and sent me scampering off to get the second book the moment I was done reading.” ~ Eileen Wiedbrauk, New Myths
“If you are a fan of fantasy or paranormal romance, you must read this!” ~ Chrystle Woods, The Indie Bookshelf
“The sexual tension is scorching...” ~ The Muses Circle“The story is fast paced and exciting; leaving you wanting to keep reading.” ~ The Masquerade Crew
“The end of book one was so powerful and intense I was left shaking.” ~ The Cabin Goddess

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Series order:

Main Series Books:

Rook: Allie's War Book One ~ amazon.com/gp/product/B004TXR6FG
Shield: Allie's War Book Two ~ amazon.com/gp/product/B004TXR750/
Sword: Allie's War Book Three ~ amazon.com/gp/product/B004W48KXO/
Shadow: Allie's War Book Four ~ amazon.com/gp/product/B006L0XQX6/
Knight: Allie's War Book Five ~ amazon.com/gp/product/B008FKV59M/
War: Allie's War Book Six ~ amazon.com/gp/product/B00CGETSCE/
Bridge: Allie's War Book Seven ~ amazon.com/gp/product/B00FI2RLDE/
Prophet: Allie's War Book Eight ~ amazon.com/dp/B00NZ741XC
Dragon: Allie's War Book Nine ~ amazon.com/dp/B00VXH22O6
Sun: Allie's War Book Ten ~ COMING SOON!

Prequel books & set in this world:
New York ~ amazon.com/gp/product/B0063OY7HE/
Revik ~ amazon.com/gp/product/B00CR43UWM/
Terian ~ amazon.com/gp/product/B00IFE89SS/
Birth ~ amazon.com/dp/B00KHFPAYY
London ~ amazon.com/dp/B00TRD2H5M
Kirev's Door (also a prequel in the Quentin Black Mystery Series) ~ amazon.com/dp/B00WTGYV80

Product Details

  • File Size: 1720 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: White Sun Press; 3 edition (November 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TXR6FG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For concept and original race design of the seers--I'd rate a 4.5 if not an outright 5. The sense of the background mythology is also very strong. However, in terms of delivering that amazing creativity in a way I felt was completely accessible, I feel more of a 2. Rook was a surprisingly challenging read for me and most of that had to do with the way the seers are portrayed/explained. Or perhaps, more accurately, not explained. Andrijeski includes massive amounts of vivid detail regarding the Barrier--this sort of other dimension that seers have access to/half exist in--and how it connects everything, but on practical seer culture (for example just where/how women and men are valued in the society and what their rights/laws are) is painfully lacking. I could never tell where Allie stood in their culture, as a woman or as the Bridge and, for me, that was incredibly frustrating. I got the strong sense that it's all there--it doesn't feel like she left it out or the world is incomplete--but I do feel like neither the reader, nor Allie, really has any real insight or understanding to it. If that was the intent, it succeeded spectacularly. For me, however, it made the race feel very alien, like they didn't belong or weren't originally from Earth, even though seers predate humans. It's an odd juxtaposition when she works spends so much time explaining how seer lights interact and how things work in the Barrier (and why humans will never really get it) to have the mundane things so neglected.

Andrijeski's character building was also odd. On one hand, Jon and Cass really interest me, I'm curious about Revik and his past, and Allie I liked a lot at first, but less as it went on. With Revik, I got to the point where I just wanted to shake him for being such a tight-lipped jerk.
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Read. This. Book. It's Avatar to the 200th degree. Maybe better.

I rarely give 5 star reviews, but JC Andrijeski spins one hell of a stellar story. Why this book isn't sitting on a NY Times bestseller list, I have no idea. I've read The Help. I've read the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, I've read the whole agonizing Twilight thing - and I say Rook should be right up there on the big lists with the big 6 in publishing.

It's the kind of book that's hard to put down even for a minute, and hell to have to put down to go do something like, ugh, 8 hours of a day job. I've been preoccupied with this story for days, and finding time to just immerse myself in it is like waking up on the morning of my birthday.

Allie sucked me in on page 1 - and the story just keeps building. The sexual tension between Allie and Revik is... mmmm, something else again. And the bad guys, oooh, they are bad, and there are a lot of them. Some of them even look like friends a while, until the shocking moment of betrayal.

If you buy this book during the Indie Book Blowout, Dec 12 - 24, it will be the most satisfying 99 cents you'll spend this holiday season. And if you miss the blowout, you ought to buy it anyway, at full price. You won't be sorry.
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This book - and series - pretty much blew me away. I am entranced by Andrijeski's world building ability, admire her writing ability, and am in love with her characters. The attention to detail and intricacy regarding the Seer culture, the mesh between human and seer culture, and everything in between, is incredible. She built an incredible world here, one that I can actually feel myself in the middle of.

Her writing is complex and elegant, and this does lend itself to long sections of description and explanation on the character's end. Somehow this doesn't end up being intrusive, though it can get lengthy. And her characters... well, be prepared to be frustrated with the characters choices, as they are complex and flawed and very real - and again with the amazing way Andrijesky creates an authentic world; they are not necessarily choices humans would make, yet they feel all the more real (and alien) because of it. Also, kudos for Andrijeski for creating a male hero who is very flawed but you can't help but love.

The only warning I would give is that the plot is long and complicated, so this is not a book to quickly zip through. Take your time and enjoy it. There are many books after this too - and it somehow only gets better.
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I received this book as a prize in a giveaway. I was tempted to give this a lower rating, but in all fairness, I'm not a huge Sci-fi fan, so I didn't want to downgrade the book because I am biased against the genre. I also was not fond of the way the PoVs switched around, as I lost track of what was going on in the story- add this confusion to the surreal action of the story, and I was just plain confused sometimes. So, you're asking, why rate it a 4-star review? The base story was good, in fact, I'd say brilliant. PoV aside, the plot moved with calculated precision that kept me reading, and struggling thru the dual reality/barrier descriptions (hence my classifying this as sci-fi, rather than PNR). Good story, but one I found hard to follow at times.
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This book is fantastic. I've never read anything like it and it is constructed in such a way that it surrounds your imagination. I will admit, there was a brief period of time where I considered not finishing the book. The first ten or so chapters were so confusing I had a hard time convincing myself to finish. Much like with learning a new language, the more you read - the more everything drops into place and makes sense. I urge you to continue on even if it feels discombobulating. I warn you that this is not a light relaxing read, as it does take a pretty significant amount of thought process throughout. It's definitely worth it. The woven intricacies and originality of this book makes it one of my new favorites. I'm sure I will be devouring this series.
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