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Blood of Fallen Crowns: Blades of Vengeance: (A Historical Fantasy…

by Jasmine Bowen, Zhu Hsia (Author)

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Blood of Fallen Crowns: Blade of Vengeance is a debut novel by Zhu Hsia and Jasmine Bowen . I personally had never heard of Zhu Hsia but now that I have I shall remember this name. Jasmine Bowen on the other hand is a well known name to me. She is an actress and novelist. I had read some of her romance a while back and had mixed feeling with the book.

The authors gives us a story that is somewhere between sci-fi, fantasy, and historical fiction. I was unsure of what genre to place it in and best of all it does not matter. The story is solid, the conceptualization of this world is awe inspiring, and the characters are complete and are written in a style that evokes great emotions and passion. I could feel my heart race at times during the story as I got caught up in the moment and felt like I was actually in the world I was reading about.

The story centers on the Captain of the Guard in the City of of Dundeen. He is young, passionate, and ultimately a war monger. He desires war above all us but his people have not been in a war for well over a thousand years. Think about that for a moment. 1000 years without war. That alone is a true fantasy for this world we live in and it was the only point in the story that bugged me. I always find it difficult to accept things in a story that I cannot equate to something in my life or the history of the world I live in. This little problem was a minor road bump when the rest of the story unfolds. Jater is a great character that we can all learn from. He seems to remain in a state of joy no matter how bad things get. He finds humor in nearly everything and I couldn't help but root for him through each of his trials and tribulations.

The story is an exotic blend of wonderment. The characters are so well made that you will instantly feel a connection with them. In the pages of this book you will discover passion, war, intrigue, and everything that you have come to expect of a great novel. As the story unfolds you will not be able to put down the book. If you are like me you will stay up all night long and finish the book in a single night and then go off to work wondering why it had to end. The book sets up the possibility of a great sequel and I truly hope to see many more books by this pair of authors.

If I had any real complaints about the book it would be the editing. Many many many mistakes and they did take something away from the whole. Furthermore it seemed like some of the scenes were left hanging. In a couple of scenes I felt like I had missed something and am not sure what that was. Even with these complaints the story was solid. I really could see this one going onto become a great series. ( )
  SteveWollett | Aug 13, 2014 |
One of life’s gifts, true friends, sometimes develops through shared challenges. In Blood of Fallen Crowns: Blades of Vengeance, Jasmine Bowen and Zhu Hsia use a world of fantasy to show how elves and humans can share similar circumstances and form long-lasting bonds of friendship to see them through life’s challenges. We are introduced to Jater, a young elf with great responsibility as Captain of the Guards in the city of Dundeen, along with Princes Lance (elf of Mitopia) and Frances (human of Gregor). Both princes have great battles to face and little detail is provided about either. At times it felt like this must be the second in a series as there was much to infer about both the characters and the events. There is some lack of continuity, incomplete scenes and no clean ending. I was definitely left wanting to know more. ( )
  Kathy_Dyer | Aug 13, 2014 |
I received this book as part of the monthly giveaways. I enjoyed reading the book, but I felt it could have been better. The book is written along the line of The Lord of the Rings with the main characters being Human and Elf, but Dwarves and Hobbits are mentioned as other races in this world. If done properly this could be a series. However, there were some problems with the proofreading and editing. The biggest problem I had with the story was with the lack of continuity and scenes not being fully completed and fleshed out. Additionally, the story just seems to stop, not really a clean ending. My one suggestion to the authors is, this is a good start to a story now go finish it. ( )
  keith2237 | Aug 9, 2014 |
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