2011; 293 pages. New Author? : Yes. . Book 1 (out of 8) in the Guardians of the Word series. Genre : Epic Fantasy. Overall Rating : 7*/10.
and Dynan are a pretty special pair of brothers. For starters, they’re twins. And telepaths. And princes.
And the ones that prophecy says will save or doom the world.
But they’re only 16 years old.
And they have normal teenage priorities.
Like girls and archaeology. One
of those interests is going to get them in a lot of trouble. We’ll let you guess which one.
What’s To Like...
of Robert Jordan’s WoT series (like me) might get a feeling a déjà
vu. The Ultimate Evil is about to break free
after 1,000 years of being contained.
There is a “taint” to deal with, and there’s even a Lews Therin-type of
character flitting around. I kept
waiting for one of the girls to start tugging on her braid every couple pages.
Chosen quickly goes its own way. There is a religious presence here, where
there is none in WoT. And a lot of the
book is spent in an “other world”, which I really enjoyed. To boot, you won’t have to wait 20+ years for
the series to be completed. Jolea M.
Harrison has just published the eighth, and final, book.
weapons repertoire is unique. There are
swords, knives, and arrows; but also laser rifles and transport pods. There is magic (which is not the same as religion),
and well-developed medical technology.
You will meet a slew of characters, so you
might want to make a list. Mine had 30
names on it by the end of the book. A lot of these play only
minor roles, but I suspect they'll have bigger parts as the series progresses. So I'm thinking it’s prudent to get them sorted out
don’t think I’d call this a YA novel, even though one hero takes a vow of
purity to abstain from, well, you-know-what.
Sarah Palin would be proud. There
are some bloody parts, and the f-word gets dropped a couple times. Still, I think teenage fantasy readers will
enjoy Chosen just as much as adults
watched the service, Maralt questioned again if he believed the things he’d
been told nearly the whole of his life.
The idea that their worlds, all of humanity, were locked in some sort of
time loop wasn’t an easy concept to accept.
It would continue until a specific set of events happened, or were
prevented as the case may be, breaking the cycle and restoring the true
Gods. Maralt wasn’t so sure he believed
in the Gods. (loc. 769)
“Alurn Telaerin is a ghost?”
The High Bishop pulled in a sharp breath,
reminding Maralt to be careful of his choice of words. Being called a ghost was nearly as bad as
being called a wraith.
“Soul spirit is the preferred term,” Gradyn
said with an arched brow. (loc. 1009)
is a free Kindle download at Amazon. ANAICT,
it is always free. The rest of the books
in the series range from $2.99 to $5.99, and increase in page count up to 700+ pages. You'll get your money's worth.
“The land of the damned isn’t for the living.”
The storyline drags a bit in the middle (at the hospital
and at the temple), as talking steals the spotlight from the
action. But this is not the same as “telling instead
of showing”; the characters just get the yabbers. I only had one WTF moment – when the
“second” rescue gets carried out with jaw-dropping ease.
But the ending more
than makes up for these quibbles. While Chosen is Part One of an 8-volume epic, the
basic plotline here is wrapped up nicely, and you can read it as a standalone.
found Chosen to be enjoyable, but not compelling. The writing and
storyline piqued my interest, but didn’t pull me in the way some epic fantasies
have. Then again, keeping in mind that this
was Jolea M. Harrison’s debut novel, maybe I've yet to see her best stuff.
Book 2, Myth, sits on my Kindle,
waiting to be read. 7 Stars. Rating subject to change, pending further reading of the series.