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Portents of Chaos (The Drinnglennin Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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" Portents of Chaos is very much in the tradition of other stories that blend sword and sorcery, romance, wizardry, and high fantasy--up to and including Game of Thrones. But it never seems derivative of other works; the imaginary-world fantasy carries enough seeming verisimilitude that at moments it reads like a solid historical novel.
Julius's prose style is well suited to the story she tells. It has the comfortable, old-fashioned feel of the narrative and dialogue of many other historical fantasies involving royals, warriors, wizards, and vassals. It never feels forced or mannered.
Julius's characters are well developed and believable, especially her female characters, Maura and Halla, who are determined, resourceful, and independent, even though they move through a male-dominated patriarchal society. Her other characters--especially Leif, with his previous unknown elven heritage, and Master Morgan, his mentor and the wizard whose actions carefully bring all of the subplots together--offer the story great diversity and depth." BookLife Prize
"I was absolutely enthralled with this book. The mystery of what happens in prologue carried all the way through to the end. I fell in love with every character and loved how they were woven together as you read further into the book. Truly, I can say I am excited for the next book to come to see what transpires next! There be dragons here, magic undiscovered, and friendships forged. Never quite sure what truths are real or what lies are to be believed." Robin Tipton, ARC reader--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B083589YRT
- Publisher : Frenchaven Press; 1st edition (25 December 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2116 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 360 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 3948458006
- Best Sellers Rank: 169,118 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The realm of Drinnglennin trembles on the edge of chaos, the King is ill and yet to name an heir. We feel the force of evil building and know not all can be trusted. The author does a skill full job bringing the characters and settings alive; her writing style is easy to read and delights the reader with its detailed descriptions and imagery that stimulates all senses.
I was so engrossed in the stories of each character, the world they live in and how their lives intersect I could not put this book down and was so upset when the story finished. How will the characters we have grown to love fare as the tension builds, prophesies are revealed and the dragons roused. I cant wait for the next book in the series.
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All elements familiar to readers of fantasy series. And all given a refreshing new outing in Portents of Chaos, the first in the Drinnglennin Chronicles by K C Julius. The writing flows beautifully and makes for an easy read. But the level of detail points to a huge amount of planning and research. I was struck by the high numbers of subsidiary characters, each one named and with one or two facts from their back story.
There are four books in the series, and compared to some of the classics in the genre, this opening volume is relatively short. I am a (very) mature adult, and thoroughly enjoyed it. But it would also make a great introduction to fantasy for younger readers. If you are a fan of writers like JRR Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, or George RR Martin, then you will love the writing of K C Julius. Highly recommended.
Dragons and wizards, court intrigue and subterfuge, adventurous journeys, tournaments and impending warfare: all the elements of a great fantasy epic are here. There are also rich characters (including, refreshingly, some strong women) and intriguing details that make this a really rewarding story. I am eagerly looking forward to the next instalment!