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Talon - epic fantasy novel (The Astor Chronicles Book 1) by [Greenslade, Amanda]
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With a newly awakened icetiger for his companion, Talon is finally learning the magic of the Kriite people, including telepathy and shape-changing. After his home town Jaria is attacked by Zeikas he embarks on a mission to seek help.

Before Talon even understands the power within him, there are demon summoners after him. He is horrified to learn that the Zeika leader plans to use Talon’s body and mind to further his ambition for power. Bal Harar is on a god-given mission to enslave or kill all Kriites.

Talon represents both the greatest threat and the greatest opportunity to the Zeikas—his actions and faith will make all the difference between the two.

~~~~~~Talon is Amanda Greenslade's debut novel and is the first in a series of epic fantasy adventure novels for a new adult audience.~~~~~~

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3621 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Australian eBook Publisher; 1 edition (1 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BOGSCM6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

The Good
Revolving around an amazing world and a brilliant magical system, this was the start of an awesome adventure series. The world was rich in its development and its history. I also liked the fact that the main characters were often around members of those they were trying to escape. The tension between the Kriites and the Zeikas in places where they were forced to accept one another without disturbing the peace was interesting and well-captured throughout the book.

The Bad
I felt like there was a lot of info-dumping, and there were several times I had to wade back through what I had just read because it went over my head in complexity thanks to similar names/ideas between various things. It was one of those books probably best read in paperback form (especially for someone like me who looks back and forth to maps while reading) rather than eBook form.

In a way, this book read like a history book rather than an fantasy adventure, which could work sometimes, but I didn’t really like it for this book.

The Review
It was not a bad book by any stretch of the imagination. However, the feeling of info-dumping while on the run from Zeikas followed by strained moments while in the presence of Zeika who may or may not have been there to capture Talon drew me out of the story.
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At the beginning of the book the scene is set in a really nice way and I would have liked that first page to be a bit more descriptive. While I enjoyed the fast pace of the novel some things seemed to happen way to fast. For one, Talon met Rekala in the first two pages of the novel before we’d even had the chance to figure out what Rada and Rada-kin was.

Thus leading to the second issue I had with this book, nearly everything was left to the reader to self interpret the words. While there was a glossary at the back I don’t think that makes up for the fact that I spent most of this book thoroughly confused over some foreign words and having to reread sections of the book to interpret what was going on. Personally the writing style was a bit annoying for me. I feel that if Talon had not known all he had it might have made it easier for the reader to relate with him because they would be learning alongside him, not constantly getting dumped with words and few to no explanations.

While I loved Talon as a character I felt that he almost seemed to have it too good too fast. Now I know that he got separated from Rekala multiple times throughout the book but the fact that he managed to bond with an ice tiger and then also bond with Tiaro in a matter of chapters seemed a bit unbelievable and I think that that could have been handled better.

Despite these flaws I loved the characters and the idea behind the Rada-kin. Being an animal lover I really loved the connection between the Rada and their animals.

Sarlice took a bit of time for me to warm up to and I really wish that we could have seen some parts of the story from her point of view. I would have loved to learn more about her weapon bond. In the end she turned out to be one of my favorite characters!
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By A Customer on 17 December 2016
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Talon is a book that draws you in more with each page read. Amanda has done an absolute terrific job on this book especially how she paints the scene so vibrantly and detailed in her words that you can see it all happening in your mind.
Thank you for creating this amazing book for me and everyone to read.
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