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Salinor: The Beginnings Kindle Edition
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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.
Two separate adventures, taking place 1000 years apart, are mysteriously tied together, against a background of mythological history. First, Leo and Danais are introduced, along with an eclectic cast of supporting characters. Upon meeting, the pair is immediately drawn to one another. Very soon they realize that their relationship is a catalyst moving them toward the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy about which they know nothing. Life as they know it begins to unravel at the seams as they are thrust into a dangerous life-changing journey. Despite many uncertainties, they put their trust in the cause, hoping that their questions will be answered and the risks will be worthwhile.
Next, the reader is taken back in time to 1000 years in the past. A whole new set of characters is introduced; in particular a brother and sister pair, a teacher, and three special young students. This group, much like Leo and Danais, is brought together by fate to fulfill a prophecy. However, this prophecy, to which they ultimately dedicate their lives, will take centuries to fulfill. In fact, could it be that it is the very same prophecy that brings Leo and Danais to their quest?
While Salinor has a lot of potential, it is exceedingly long – over 700 pages of tiny print on an e-reader – and is so vast in its concept that it is often difficult to follow. The characters and places have unfamiliar names and are not easy to keep straight. Frequent misspellings, including the names of main characters, compound the issue. A character guide and map at the beginning would make very useful additions, while paring the book down and condensing the story would make for a smoother reading experience.
That said, my overall experience with Salinor was an enjoyable one. Romance, adventure, and fantasy meld together in this book, culminating in a tantalizing cliffhanger, opening wide the expectation for a sequel.
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.
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.