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- Print Length: 490 pages
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- Publisher: The Northern Range; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005BQWSQW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,042 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The authorities have be trying to destroy the last remain magess (witch) and have appeared to have finally succeeded. However they fail to capture her talented daughter, Alisia. Ardin Vitalis is a teenage boy whose family was killed when the authorities destroyed his village while attempting to find the daughter. By a quirk of fate he was present when her mother was terminated but before she died she passes on to Ardin special powers (powers that should have gone to her daughter) with the proviso that he seek Alisia out and protect her from the forces trying to hunt her down. This then is their story of there budding relationship, their attempts of survival against all odds and through the most precarious of circumstances.
Some thoughts on "The Vitalis Chronicles"...
1.) an intriguing story, well told.
2.) some strong character development. Giving the read a sense of attachment to more that one individual.
3.) lots of action, chases, battles (both individual and larger groups), betrayals and some unexpected twists and turns.
4.) important characters can be seriously injured or die. Making for a tale that has some realism and a sense of believablity.
5.) a good map
6.) a superb ending making the next book a must read
7.) cover art... quite beautiful and stunning. Easily catching the prospective reader's eye.
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It has a moderately slow start, but picks up pace to a comfortable clip. The chapters changeover a bit roughly, but the plot clips along and the fantastical elements are introduced in such a way that even readers new to the genre can feel included.
Is this ground-breaking Fantasy? No, it is not. There are plot structures and devices in play that have been used before. However, it is a solid (first?) attempt at world-building, with believable characters and a very enjoyable story. I am looking forward to Tomb of the Relequim and will be sure to buy it when it comes out for Kindle.
In White Shores, we are introduced to Arden Vitalis and his world as it is suddenly destroyed. Through the events of destruction, escape, and rebuilding, Arden's world is revealed as a much more complex place than the book description would have us initially believe. While the description of the book seems simple and the story-line straightforward, Swanson is able to expose broad, sweeping philosophical issues of race, class, philosophy, and society through his storyline, as he interweaves the lived realities and back-stories of the characters he creates.
The results of Swanson's efforts in White Shores are a story that can be read and experienced in a multitude of ways: as a simple, straightforward adventure novel or as a philosophical examination of society at large. While the second reading of this novel is less likely for most than the first, it is nonetheless important to acknowledge Swanson's accomplishment in this respect.
The single issue that I encountered with the novel was pacing. Swanson often uses the perspective of multiple characters, jumping back and forth in time, in a seeming effort to provide multiple perspectives on the same story. However, this device sometimes halts the otherwise interesting flow of the story and causes some confusion during reading.
Overall, I recommend this book for teenage readers through adults, as the story is, in general, entertaining yet appropriate for younger readers, while providing the thought material to engage older readers who like fantasy novels.
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