"Amulet" by Nancy Lee Parish
A different kind of fantasy adventure.
When Tristan finds an
amulet, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. When his
amulet awakens the evil of another amulet, long thought lost, it is all
of Ranaria that hangs on the brink. The black crystal has stirred.
There are those who seek its power and there are those who seek its destruction. There are also those who know its secrets.
Even with dragons on his side, is there enough time for Tristan and his companions to stop that which has been unleashed?
With many twists and turns, a story unfolds that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Expect the unexpected.
You can get it at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Amulet-DragonBlade-ebook/dp/B0066HCK9K
First let me say that I got this book because I loved the cover. It's simple but powerful and elegant. The gold over blue catches the eye and the artwork of the dragon amulet is perfect. :)
Amulet is a fast-paced book. This story captures interest from the very beginning. From there, the story unfolds with interesting characters and settings. It took me a little while to get used to the shifting viewpoints where one paragraph would be from inside one character's head and the next from another's. The chapters are very short based largely upon switching locations, but I enjoyed this aspect.
The story is based around a young man named Tristan, but every character in the book is a vital part. I like that it's not a one person save the world story. An unusual character named Bub is one of the highlights of the story.
The best part is the dragons. They each have their own unique personalities and strengths. The first appearance is filled with mystery and then you get to know them well. My favorite is the big dragon at the end that's afraid of flying.
The humor and wordplay is a strength in the book with well written dialogue. I enjoyed the characters, even the bad guys who were much more complex than just good vs. evil.
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy, especially with dragons.
About the Author
Nancy Lee Parish, former matriarch of a tenting community, was appointed "Supreme Ruler" of all Canada Geese. Fiercely protected by her loyal followers, she was often heard asking the perplexing question, "Are we out of bread again?"
Now her endeavors include granting life or death at whim to the likes of dragons, bossy dachshunds and the occasional annoying bad guy.
Although the geese play a lesser role these days, they remain in the wings, so to speak, ready to protect their Supreme Ruler if need be.
I have decided to review books that I enjoy. I am an
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Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, Alan Dean Foster and Piers Anthony (my favorite
authors) already have enough reviews, but Indies could always use a few more.
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