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Rise and Fall: Book One of the Blood and Tears Trilogy

by Joshua P. Simon

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The book starts quite sudden with a mage war. After that the focus shifts to other persons which makes the start of the story hard to follow. During the book there are three plot lines, one of Elyse who suddenly has become a queen, one about Tobin, the son of a warlord and Jonder who actually is the brother of Elyse. During the book the plot lines start to interweave in unexpected ways. The story itself is quite interesting but even more interesting is the character development.

If you like classic fantasy then this is definitely a book (or series) for you. ( )
  hydrografie | Aug 4, 2012 |
Definitely a good read & worth checking out with plenty of developments & twists across multiple story lines on separate continents. Some of the character developments & plot progressions were "classic" and somewhat expected but certainly not "wooden" by any means. This is perhaps more a reflection on the quantity of works in this genre that I've read than the story itself. The author's personal religion can be easily determined from references in the story to two major entities and their impact on some of the main characters. Meanwhile, the big "twist" at the end was suspected by about two thirds & the confirmation in the final paragraph added to the enjoyment of the book.

In short, I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to those who enjoy reading a good epic as it develops. I'm certainly looking forward to the second part in the series. ( )
  Falcon124 | Jan 29, 2012 |
Quite a good book. Keeps your interest from start to finish. This is an action packed book with some violence. It also has quite a bit of personal interaction, with many twists and turns along the way. It is the first in a series of books which judging from this one will keep your interest all the way through the series. There are two interconnected stories which develop toward the goals of numerous people which continues through the book.

At the end of the book is quite a surprise which will connect you all the way back to the front of the story.

If you enjoy action packed adventure from start to finish, this is the book for you, you will not be able to put it down. ( )
  roadway2000 | Jan 13, 2012 |
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