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Amaskan's Blood (Boahim Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Product Details

  • File Size: 4128 KB
  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990815706
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grey Sun Press (January 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00P2ZSGUE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Raven Oak is the author of the bestselling epic fantasy novel Amaskan's Blood and science fiction space operas Class-M Exile and The Eldest Silence. She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet.

When she's not writing, she's getting her game on with tabletop and console games, indulging in cartography, or staring at the ocean. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.

Raven is currently at work on Amaskan's War and The Eldest Traitor.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OpenBookSociety dot com on March 18, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
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As fantasy novels go, there isn’t much unique about Amaskan’s Blood. It follows the trope almost to the letter and there are very few deviations from the norm. The assassin guarding an estranged father’s younger daughter against assassination plots seems to wear thin after a while (insofar as it crosses genres and media). That being said, there is still a fair amount of intrigue and complications that make this a quick, light read.

As befitting a post-Tolkienesque novel, world building is at the forefront of the work. A map is provided, laid out with the kingdoms, territories, and cities of note, which will probably lay the groundwork out for the future novels in this series. A lot of work has obviously been done in order to make this a sensible, functioning world, and it’s from this that we see how the plots, and political intrigue play out.

The characters are definitely memorable, each having their own distinct personalities, and traits. From Adelei, the assassin-protector, to King Leon who requests her aid, each persona, no matter how small, has something to remember them by. It’s this smooth integration of character and character action/reaction into a fantasy world, that really gives this novel it’s gusto.

The pacing is fairly straightforward although, at times, you feel like you’re being railroaded into getting to the next plot point, or crisis leading up to the finale. It is brisk when it needs to be, slow in order to build tension, and explosive during high-fantasy action when required. There is no fault here, and the descriptive prose is partially responsible for this.

The prose itself is probably a cut above the rest as Raven Oak playfully dances with the reader.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Trotter on March 31, 2015
Format: Paperback
I am, as a rule, sick to death of fantasy...especially epic fantasy. I've been reading fantasy my whole life. So why am I writing this review? This book isn't a standard fantasy book. This book is a story rich in characters and with a plot that stands out from most of its peers by failing to be your standard epic fantasy fiction. No one is trying to save the world, in fact no one is threatening the world. This is a story that takes place in a fairly limited scope and without dragging in the standard staples you expect from fantasy. Magic gets a back seat and barely makes it into the story at all. The only monsters you'll be finding are of the human verity, and forget grand adventures, this book is about babysitting a princess.

That actually sounds kind of boring doesn't it? Well its not. The characters are the center piece of the story. Not the world, not the nifty new magic system, not even the "quest". The characters are everything here. This is one of the big things about this book, the characters and their development and growth are everything. What about the world? I'm not a giant fan of the art of world building, its ancillary. If its done right you won't realize its happening till you think back on it. This book does it right. There is a world here, with history and intrigue, but its not displayed to you in the dog and pony show. It is the backdrop of the play, it doesn't get in the way of the story, but it is well crafted and pleasing to look at in its own right.

I'm not a fan of fantasy much anymore, but if I were to describe the type of fantasy book I'd be willing to read, this would fit all my criteria. Don't miss this, its well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurel on January 4, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Adelei was the best trainee the Amazkans had ever had, trained to protect and kill in the name of justice. Amaskans are however, assassins and she has been trained and adopted by a high ranking member of the order who has raised her as a father would. He sends Adelei on a mission the Kingdom of Alexander to play body double to Princess Margeret, and protect her until her wedding day. She is also cast out of the Order as she is sent into a country where being an Amaskan is a death sentence. But Margaret's marriage to Prince Gamun of the kingdom of Shad seals the peace between two Kingdoms. The Prince though is known as "the Monster" with unsavory rumours of unspeakable crimes and tastes that don't bear scrutiny. Adeliei's escort to Alexander reveals Adelei's true birth identity as Iliana, the other princess of Alexander, unsettling her professional outlook and forcing her to confront her memories and reassess her past. Her skills are needed to protect a vulnerable princess but emotion also gets involved. Her father, King Leon is slowly dying of poison inflicted over decades by a villainous trusted advisor and his world has been shattered by the discovery that his tiny twin daughter was not dead but has become a professional murderer.

The epic fantasy unwinds with sorcery, secrets and convoluted layers of plot. The story is set in the Little Dozen Kingdoms and perhaps future episodes will give us more detail about its past, values and geography. The story has a few grammatical glitches and incongruities but the characters are compelling and I look forward to the next book of the saga.
This book was free in return for an honest review.
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