- File Size: 1983 KB
- Print Length: 360 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ediciones Proust; 3 edition (December 6, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 6, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: Spanish
- ASIN: B01924JKOG
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
La invasión de los sombríos: Linderiun Tesarien Racem (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition
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While I found the excessive prologue to be more boring than useful, the story begins where two attractive teenage female sorcerors make a blood pact Harry Potter style for some unknown motive in a desolate forest. Little do they know that a hobbit watched it without knowing what it meant. Fast forward a few years later, the same hobbit Bellamir who is a close friend of the human kingdom's attractive prince Syriel is present when in the first chapter he is being "encouraged" to marry the princess of the orcs in order to stop the bitter human-orc war. I think the author lost a chance for humor here because the plot could have begun where Syriel contemplates suicide by throwing himself from the tower of his bedroom. Because let's be serious, who would marry an orc? Those stinky, fugly creatures that have become the stormtroopers of fantasy lore? Instead, the plot begins where he quietly ponders with his teacher, an elf mage named Baldrich.
The first meeting was however good. First comes King Gulrath, expectedly homely looking but deep down he's smart and an all-around awesome guy. Next comes a really homely looking female orc named Baldia (offering a great please don't be my fiancee! gasp from Syriel), and finally, a young and... hot(?) orc lady named Lilireth. Syriel's initial qualms of marrying an orc vanish upon first sight. They exchange a valuable magical object and at least seem to initially fake they are in love to maintain the fragile alliance.
Their mission? They must set for a perilous journey for some faraway mountains to master the wills of some dragons for the upcoming war with the sombríos that outnumber them. Now, call me crazy, but I still don't really know what a sombrío is. The appendix states they are a race of elves that traded immortality for the knowledge of the dark arts and many of them are cunning and cruel. However, we don't really know what they look like. I've seen on the net some fanart of Princess Elenir (the nemesis of this tale) and she looks like an elf-batgirl. I guess that will do.
The plot initially goes at a weird speed and I don't initially get to know (or care) about the initial cast. Everyone seems to be so powerful in magic, it just seems like their mission is so easy. And then some side stories that seemed like superman showed up to save the day sort of silly. I was giving up on the book until Syriel meets a wise elf wizard named Fariel who gives him a diary to read invlolving the magical jewels that adorn his sword and a magical necklace Lilireth gave to him. Lest to say, the flashbacks at first made me wonder if this was Sailor Moon season 1 (find the 7 rainbow crystals to make the silver crystal to save the day!). However, the story of the first pupil Esporiel literally blew me away.
Whereas I was kind of iffy about the main plot, I couldn't get enough of the stories of the 7 ill-fated pupils that were hired by a powerful magician named Mazorik a long time ago to help him create interracial peace in the continent (doesn't take much brainpower to know Mazorik is a bad guy). He each gives one of his 7 pupils from the 7 different races a crystallized dragon heart and they live in their respective home cities for 7 years to infuse each stone with the good and bad traits of their race. Some pupils have a mostly uneventful time whereas others seem to have a really bad time (poor Esporiel, Maluak and Marlen get the worst experiences). Something big happens when the pupils return with their teacher that will probably be hugely important if any sequel books are ever released.
As the orc-human allianace becomes stronger where Lilireth and Syriel show genuine feelings, we get to know Lilireth's adoptive brother Turgarok better. He's definitely awesome, I surely like the quiet characters. Elenir is all sorts of wacko-crazy but the moments where she teases Lilireth are sort of funny. The ending to the story is just... what???!!!! Huh???!!! It's definitely a good, totally unexpected cliffhanger sort of ending, but now I'm left scratching my head wondering what did I miss?
Given this first book took the author at least 6 years to make, it may take a while for a sequel to come out. Hopefully in the meantime, it could be translated to english in order to reach a larger audience. It would be great to read more about what happens for the Mazorik pupils and the ahem! bizarre ending.