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Salinor: The Beginnings Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Be warned, it's not a light read, and took me longer than I care to admit to finish given my distracted nature. However, it was well worth it and I'm glad I stayed to the end. And honestly, I personally don't care to invest my time in short stories if I can avoid it. I love stories that take their time and develop characters and their environment, and given Samuel's detail oriented writing style I got just that.
A must buy for a true fantasy reader.
There are two parts of the story, that of Leo and Danais, which you could say is present day, and the story of 1000 years earlier which has an important role in the journey that Leo and Danais undertake many years later.
The author did a great job in weaving together not only the development of the characters, but also their history and world building upon which many aspects of the book rely upon.
Leo and Danais struggle through adversity, aided along by their friends, and follow the path of the prophecy which can disrupt the power of the Tyrant.
The story is well over 700 pages and will give even an avid readers hours upon hours of reading enjoyment. With the story being so long, both parts of the story (the past and present) could be standalone portions and be edited into two separate novels.
There are some typos and misspellings in the book, not so much that they distract from reading, but the average reader will spot them.
4 out of 5 Stars
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an epic fantasy tale full of history and world building with well-developed characters.
I found myself drawn into a world where good and evil are not as clearly defined as some might like, and where characters have shades of gray in their personalities. You will find a world filled with magic, love and sacrifices.
If I had one complaint, it would be that the plot took a little longer to get going than I usually like, but there were some really magical moments that made the wait worth while.
10/10 would definitely recommend
I am also attracted to the character Mai'n because of her humanness. Elements of strength and vulnerability are attractive qualities, which made me care for her. Who she is, what she is doing, what is it she wants. There is a profound truth about the human soul and emotion and our images of who we are in these characters. Each passage a road to self-discovery, each challenge revealing to us more and more. There is a lot of love, thought and lessons to be learned. There is also suspense and heart pounding moments. The battle scenes are vivid and clear. It had me rooting and ready to do battle with Leo and Dinais against their enemies. In many cases it was detailed and action packed.
This is also a book about warriors and gods. The book reminds me that the forces of love and hate, good and evil are steadily at war. It is an epic adventure packed with many punches and surprises. It takes you to many different places. Deep within are buried truths and philosophies that are gently delivered through the actions of the characters. In the end, it is a book of triumph.