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  1. says:

    I loved this book and I'm eagerly waiting to read all the books in this series Breath Of Aoles has a lot of things in store for a fantasy lover A great adventurous journey an intelligent and receptive lead character with a great sense of moral faithful companions bizarre animals and beasts and numerous magical elementsThis book has a a great narrative and a really strong storyline which makes you believe in it and fall in love with it Pelmen is a brilliant character that eventually grows on you and you start to accept and respect his view of the world he lives in You will feel the connection between you and Pelmen getting stronger with each chapter I absolutely loved Pelmen and was able to feel his emotions very well At times some of the names seem strange to pronounce but that really doesn't affect the overall magical effect of the bookI liked Xuven and Fekkar also and was able to connect with them easily All other people and beings introduced were also uite fascinatingI'll be cutting back on half a star because of above said difficult pronunciations and some grammatical and spelling mistakesI'll recommend it everyone who loves reading adventure and fantasy even suspense I've already read it twice and will be happy to read it againNOTE I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review You can also find this review at The Reading Bud


  2. says:

    I found this to be very difficult to get into at first as it seemed to jump from one thought to the next randomly Once I wrapped my head round Alan's style of writing it was much easier indeed it became positively enthralling and will be to many age ranges from teens to adults This could well grow in stature as a coming of age fantasy adventure that will consume the reader and spawn a whole new generation of fans that will breathe life into the territories and peoples that Alan has created magnificently The danger will be that it becomes so complex and convoluted a plot that the beauty of the tale will be obscured by mere wordsThe story is even better on the second readingI was originally given a free e copy in exchange for an honest review but I have since bought it


  3. says:

    I was asked to review this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First ReadsThe first thing that grabbed me about this book was the style of writing It reminds me a lot of my own and for that reason I admit I was immediately sucked in and found myself loving the story It has a very youthful sort of feel but it's not the kind you'd find in YA novels There's a good use of language with a wide range of words that makes it appealing to both young adults and those older Because of this I think Ardalia would be a good introduction to teens about the world of fantasy Speaking of fantasy this book edges right up close to the world of sci fi There's nothing explicitly sci fi about it aside from the alien creatures within the world Even so I think this would be a good introduction to the world of sci fi and imagining what different beings would look like Personally I kept picturing the hevelens as some kind of humanoid anteater species There's nothing specifically that says they have long snouts though they do have three nostrils but it's what I kept picturing in my headThe character development varied over the characters themselves Pelmen's development was fairly steady throughout the novel and in essence he is still familiar to the start which I think is good in a three part series The same can be said of his uncle It was the minor characters that struggled Their character development was a little rushed and I think this can come down to pacingPacing is the main reason I'm rating this book three stars instead of four I really enjoyed this book but it covers a huge amount of time The characters spend weeks and months walking and either very little happens or a lot happens and it's barely covered It becomes difficult to tell how much time has passed unless Spade deliberately says so While this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the novel it did make it hard at times to gauge how much time has passedOverall this is a good start to the series and I'd be interested in seeing where it goes from here There's a few things that could be fixed and made tighter in the upcoming books but there's no huge faults here that I could see


  4. says:

    This is the start a wonderfully original fantasy series that is full of surprises The main character is Pelmen a sixteen year old boy who – against his father’s wishes and family tradition – escapes from a life time of malodourous drudgery as a tanner’s assistant to go with his best friend Teleg and Teleg’s master carpenter family to seek a new life in the big city of Alveg as a Hunter Of course nothing goes to plan and soon both Pelmen and Teleg find their futures in jeopardyThere is mention of love interest bard’s tales of past heroic deeds against the “infernal hordes of Valshhyk” a highly structured and unfair medieval society So far normal for a fantasy novel And then you discover that the nidepoux that you had taken for a type of cow or horse are actually massive rodents and that Pelmen and his fellow Hevelen have three nostrils and an incredibly acute sense of smell They are not human at all Neither are the Malians who despite only having two nostrils tend to fuse together in four armed four legged pairs In fact there is nothing that is familiar here – not the two moons or the colour of the sky the types of magic the flora and fauna the godlike wind Aoles the weird bathing habits of the Malians The author has a phenomenal imagination and incorporates the abnormal into the story line with such subtlety that it takes you a wee while to grasp what you have just read There are not a lot of descriptions –the reader is encouraged to use their own imagination – and then finds that their preconceptions were misguided This may all sound bewildering but it is done with such skill that each new revelation is met with appreciation and wonder than confusion The pace of the story varies but it is never dull and never predictable All in all a hugely enjoyable and inventive new fantasy world that has a lot to comeI received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review


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    First of all I'd like to thank Mr Alan Spade for giving me an electronic copy of this book to read I'm sorry that my review of the book was so long in coming and now I'd like to express my thoughtsThe book was a very satisfying read In my opinion the magic system of the shamans and magicians was fairly well developed and it helped build up both the characters who had recourse to the powers as well as those who did not And speaking of the characters they were realistic to the point that it was easy to feel human emotion towards them something that not all books make easy to do The main character Pelmen in particular was easy to support and very well written The plot was very well imagined and the world building was indeed very satisfying While this book isn't filled to the brim with action or combat anyone who is a fan of a good story should be able to get behind MrSpade's believable characters and original plot In that sense I'm glad to own a copy of this book and I'd recommend it to fans of fantasy and good literature in general An excellent first book and I'll be waiting eagerly for the next oneSo to anyone who hasn't picked this up you should It's well written well developed and it's story should give you a new book to talk about and maybe pass along My verdict is simple Read this and you should be satisfied


  6. says:

    An extraordinary book I'm not uite finished reading but I can already give this one 5 stars Imagine if Tolkien had been born and raised in British India This book is what he might have written It contains a rich uniue world the likes of which I have never readA young man Pelmen escapes from his father's tannery shop fleeing to a big city built on the side of a canyon wall Along the way he encounters an evil shamen In the city he meets friends from his village He goes to work for his uncleThat is about as much detail as I want to give After this Pelmen goes on a long trek and encounters incredibly detailed cultures


  7. says:

    Meet the people of Ardalia Hevelens Krongos and Malians Fascinating to learn about their lives and cultures And to read about the adventures of some of them Well written At first I had a little trouble with all the strange names and words But when you get used to those it is a wonderful book I can't wait to start part 2I got this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you Alan Spade for giving me a chance to read this I really enjoyed it


  8. says:

    When I first started this book I didn't know how to feel At first I was confused then irritated then confused again and the sentiments went back and forth for at least 3 chapters until I finally decided how I felt about this read In four simple words?I DIDN'T LIKE ITAs much as I wanted to like it being that I am a lover of Sci Fi and Fantasy I simply could not There are so many things about this book that left me feeling and thinking that it could have been so much betterAllow me to start with the premise firstPelmen who is the main character hates being a tanner which is the given profession and living status of the hevelens due to some cultural order system Basically he finds his life mundane and uneventful and longs to be an archer which was something that was introduced to him by a man called Master GalnHowever somewhere along the line his good friend Teleg—whose sister Pelmen has a crush on—disappears later on becoming a prisoner of Nylevs Pelmen escapes his family and the life he's always known to get away for two reasons; to pursue his dream of being an archer but most of all to find his friend TelegHaving down the line found his uncle he then trains to compete in the upcoming world renowned archery competitionIn the interim Pelmen meets many many people including a Shaman that can control The Breath of Aoles which means the wind along with some other nifty stuffHere are my thoughts on this book I will try really hard to keep my thoughts relevant and factual to the story line syntax character development and the like I don't think it will be necessary to categorize them in the form of pros and cons as most of my thoughts are generalPlotStory LineThe Breath of Aoles is a book that has potential That much can be said Yet it reuires a massive reworking in my opinionI feel as though the delivery of the story as a whole was lackluster confusing and un engaging I found myself struggling just to stay awake long enough to read it thus having to read it in small portions at a time There were of course some increments when I said to myself I'm just going to gobble up as much of this book as I can simply to get through it but unfortunately that never lasted long So I found myself going back and forth between reading small portions then longer bitsMany times over the narrative fell stale as though the author was just pecking away at the keys simply to elongate the story without any real thought as to how excessive wordiness can impact the story as a whole Particularly when said wordiness was humdrum andor blaséI hate to say it but the narrative was needlessly word heavyThe story did progress and move forward but at an extremely slow pace Especially during the first 3 or 4 chapters which I thought just drew the story out much than it needed to be and conseuently attributed to the fact that the book took forever to get to the pointThis was made worse by the length of the chapters which I will get into soonThere was advancement but it came at a snail like paceAnother very peculiar thing was at the very beginning of the story There are some intervals where there was a switch in narrative style and with that came entire scenes that were dealt in italics The problem with these scenes was that there was no indication as to what they were Were they memories dreams thoughts? What the heck were they? Yet with the switch of narrative style it only made it much harder to decipherNot only was the narrative style hard to follow particularly after commencing the story in another but it didn't seem to do anything to move the story along I found them confusing and awkwardChapter LengthThis bullet will be short and to the point THE CHAPTER WERE HELL'A LONG I mean to the point were I eventually began counting how many pages were left in each chapter before they came to an end There is nothing that bugs me in a book than trivially long chaptersCharactersMost of the characters were believable that much is true Yet that still did not take away from the fact that much of the dialogue in which they engaged was not I will tell you about the dialogue laterWhile Pelmen was the main character I did not take a real liking to him I though he made too many bad decisions Of course he is only 16 so that does explain a lot of it Regardless of that he just wasn't my favorite characterMy overall favorite character was Lanthe I thought she had gumption and was fairly entertaining I did also think that uncle Xuven was a real bad ass to be honest Loved himNamesWhile I realize that the author wanted to keep the name authentic to the genreplot I have got to say that most of them I couldn't pronounce for the life of me They were complicated without cause Some of them dare I say were just ridiculous I don't mind uniue names for characters as a matter of fact I typically condone it Yet when the names cannot even be pronounced then there is a problemDialogue vs NarrativeThe narrative as I said above was pretty excessive It was just soooooo long Let me try to show an example if you would permit me for a moment Here is just one sentenceThey climbed the steps of the staircase in the entrance hall went through rooms carved out of the rock where Pelmen scarcely noticed the magnificence of the woodwork and strode along interminable corridors to end up turning into a isolated yet sumptuously decorated roomThe above is just one sentence Now if you would image the innumerable amount of long drawn out sentences like the above one on a back to back basis then you could image the extent of unnecessary narrative The above example could have easily been cut in half by excluding some unnecessary wordsHere is one exampleThe driver of the vehicle to the rear whose features he could not make out because of the glare hard seen him however he must have thought him conseuential for her contented himself with shaking his head to show his disapprovalJust so longThis brings us to the dialogueIn the dialogue one thing that truly frustrated me was the ENORMOUS amount of ellipsesThis is just ONE example of page after page of dialogue laden with ellipses The problem with this is that they are being erroneously utilized Ellipses are used for an incomplete thought As you can see in the example above these thoughts HAVE been completedSo if the characters isare stuttering or having trouble expressing something then these divisions should have been indicated with Short Dashes or in narrative If done in narrative then said characters' form of expression should have been notedThen there is the fact that conversation wise it was just so dry and unbelievable Every conversation between the characters was monotone Truthfully it bored me half to deathThen there was the situation with misused punctuation Here is an exampleI'll make you one—it's the least I can doThe EM Dash also known as the Long Dash is not used correctly This could have easily been two sentences Like so I'll make you one It's the least I can doWhy implement a Long Dash without needing to? That doesn't make any sense to meFantasy vs RealityOne major problem that I had with this story was the presentation of Fantasy vs Reality There are a couple of reasons for thisFirst let's look at the genreWith this book I could not tell for the life of me if we were talking about a Sci Fi or a Fantasy or a Mash up of both If the Mash up is true I really truly think that a Prologue andor Introduction was have went a LONG way The story right off the bat dives into the lives of the characters without any real introduction as to what type of thing we are reading Even the blurb gives no real indicationNext thing you know you're being introduced to a Hierarchy of government and people that leaves you with no idea as to what's going on Terms as in verbiage were used that gave the story a Sci Fi feel yet narrative was being used that gave it a Native American Fantasy feel As in Native American folk loreThis honestly drove me crazy because I couldn't tell my head from my butt hole as to what was whatWe met things like ptats one in particular named Mils which was Pelmen's pet this was apparently some sort of rat Yet the reader doesn't find this out until a while after it's presented Then there were this world's horses called nidepoux and an entire slew of other native things Yet are the fey or are the made upSci fi? One simply cannot tellHere is the kickerOne of the passages reads as such Once again this is one of manyThe excuse was nidepoux shit of courseLet me explain my problem with the above phraseIf we are talking about another world with an completely alternate vocabulary including and not limited to their names for animals and people which are helevens—this is their word for human I assume then WHY is shit called shit?Wouldn't it stand to reason that shit would be called something else—something native?This same logic applies to many other times when the verbiage was not true to what could have been it's classification Another example is the followingHis gestures were slow and marked with weariness but his complexion was less jaundiced and he could stand upMy dispute with that phrase is that jaundice is a human condition In this story we are talking about helevens not humans So wouldn't it make sense if the author had conjured up another word for jaundice?Maybe it's just meCulminationDisclaimer Tiny spoiler hereThe ending wasn't too bad I dug the idea of them striding away on their horses or nidepoux unto the horizon in victory albeit demonstrating the pain of the undertaking It had some closure while leaving some things that were mentioned in the story open to uestion— a lead of course to the next installmentI can't hate the ending too much


  9. says:

    Asked to be read by Author in exchange for ReviewThe author was kind enough to send me a copy of the ebook after I failed to win his giveaway There are some things I uite liked but a few things that stopped me from being completely invested in the story and the characters The story is uite good but a little bit over stocked with criss crossing themes We have elemental magic we have strange beasts we have a Lord of the Rings style journey It almost seems too much though and I think the Author may have been trying to set up such a massive trilogy or series that he ends up overloading the first book I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I didn't like this one Felt the cover of a 60's romance novel in painting style and the little oddities like the mainly having three nostrils but no nipples was confusing as I'm thinking Okay where the hell are we?? Our main character is likeable but not loveable and the supporting are well written but I found Perlman interesting enough to want to know where his journey goes I was actually enjoying his initial journey when as told in the summary he goes off on another mission We are also a few times led to expect something like Perlmans uest to compete in a competition to be a hunter only to have it skipped or never happen I wanted to see that competitionI think this is a good start for the author and shows real promise If you like Fantasy and Adventure you should get a kick out of it I think with practice writing in the English language Spade should be able to smooth out his writing style as currently the names and places don't uite have an English feel to them which sometimes makes saying them in your head difficult


  10. says:

    Note This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewI have mixed feelings about this bookOn one hand I liked the story and felt that Pelmen grew and broadened his horizons uite well throughout I enjoyed it enough to look forward to the second bookOn the other hand I felt lost without proper descriptions of the peoples of the world From the beginning I had to wonder what the term hevelen meant and once I'd worked out that it referred to Pelmen's race I still had next to no idea what they should look like except that they had 3 nostrils grew hair on their heads and the disinherited class' heads were typically shavedI had an easier time imagining the krongos race as they were different enough from hevelens that the narrative from Pelmen's point of view reuired detailed descriptionI can't remember any description at all for some of the animals hunted by Pelmen so their names are just easily forgotten blurs and the sparse physical description of the malians only really pointed out the differences between Pelmen's preconceptions of them and the realityI feel a glossary andor a foreword describing the races fauna and flora of the world would have increased my enjoyment of this book immensely


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review ¸ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ò Alan Spade

Pelmen hates being a tanner but that’s all he would ever be thanks to the rigid caste system amongst his people the hevelens Then he meets Master Galn Boisencroix and his family The master carpenter opens up the world of archery to young Pelmen who excels at his newfound skill But Pelmen’s intractable father would have none of it and tries I was asked to review this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First ReadsThe first thing that grabbed me about this book was the style of writing It reminds me a lot of my own and for that reason I admit I was immediately sucked in and found myself loving the story It has a very youthful sort of feel but it's not the kind you'd find in YA novels There's a good use of language with a wide range of words that makes it appealing to both young adults and those older Because of this I think Ardalia would be a good introduction to teens about the world of fantasy Speaking of fantasy this book edges right up close to the world of sci fi There's nothing explicitly sci fi about it aside from the alien creatures within the world Even so I think this would be a good introduction to the world of sci fi and imagining what different beings would look like Personally I kept picturing the hevelens as some kind of humanoid anteater species There's nothing specifically that says they have long snouts though they do have three nostrils but it's what I kept picturing in my headThe character development varied over the characters themselves Pelmen's development was fairly steady throughout the novel and in essence he is still familiar to the start which I think is good in a three part series The same can be said of his uncle It was the minor characters that struggled Their character development was a little rushed and I think this can come down to pacingPacing is the main reason I'm rating this book three stars instead of four I really enjoyed this book but it covers a huge amount of time The characters spend weeks and months walking and either very little happens or a lot happens and it's barely covered It becomes difficult to tell how much time has passed unless Spade deliberately says so While this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the novel it did make it hard at times to gauge how much time has passedOverall this is a good start to the series and I'd be interested in seeing where it goes from here There's a few things that could be fixed and made tighter in the upcoming books but there's no huge faults here that I could see Laid for the Grade 3 young Pelmen who excels at his newfound skill But Pelmen’s intractable father would have none of it and tries I was asked to review this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First ReadsThe first thing that grabbed me about this book was the style of writing It reminds me a lot of my own and for that reason I admit I was immediately sucked in and found myself loving the story It has a very Plague Harvest youthful sort of feel but it's not the kind How Not to F*** Them Up you'd find in YA novels There's a good use of language with a wide range of words that makes it appealing to both Darkland young adults and those older Because of this I think Ardalia would be a good introduction to teens about the world of fantasy Speaking of fantasy this book edges right up close to the world of sci fi There's nothing explicitly sci fi about it aside from the alien creatures within the world Even so I think this would be a good introduction to the world of sci fi and imagining what different beings would look like Personally I kept picturing the hevelens as some kind of humanoid anteater species There's nothing specifically that says they have long snouts though they do have three nostrils but it's what I kept picturing in my headThe character development varied over the characters themselves Pelmen's development was fairly steady throughout the novel and in essence he is still familiar to the start which I think is good in a three part series The same can be said of his uncle It was the minor characters that struggled Their character development was a little rushed and I think this can come down to pacingPacing is the main reason I'm rating this book three stars instead of four I really enjoyed this book but it covers a huge amount of time The characters spend weeks and months walking and either very little happens or a lot happens and it's barely covered It becomes difficult to tell how much time has passed unless Spade deliberately says so While this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the novel it did make it hard at times to gauge how much time has passedOverall this is a good start to the series and I'd be interested in seeing where it goes from here There's a few things that could be fixed and made tighter in the upcoming books but there's no huge faults here that I could see

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The Breath of Aoles

To force Pelmen to stay in the tanneryOne day however Pelmen’s best friend and Master Galn's son Teleg disappears Lured away by the prospect of untold riches through mining amberrock the most precious substance in the world Teleg finds himself a prisoner of the Nylevs fierce fire wielding worshippers of the god of destructionNow Pelmen must First of all I'd like to thank Mr Alan Spade for giving me an electronic copy of this book to read I'm sorry that my review of the book was so long in coming and now I'd like to express my thoughtsThe book was a very satisfying read In my opinion the magic system of the shamans and magicians was fairly well developed and it helped build up both the characters who had recourse to the powers as well as those who did not And speaking of the characters they were realistic to the point that it was easy to feel human emotion towards them something that not all books make easy to do The main character Pelmen in particular was easy to support and very well written The plot was very well imagined and the world building was indeed very satisfying While this book isn't filled to the brim with action or combat anyone who is a fan of a good story should be able to get behind MrSpade's believable characters and original plot In that sense I'm glad to own a copy of this book and I'd recommend it to fans of fantasy and good literature in general An excellent first book and I'll be waiting eagerly for the next oneSo to anyone who hasn't picked this up you should It's well written well developed and it's story should give you a new book to talk about and maybe pass along My verdict is simple Read this and you should be satisfied Plague Harvest you should It's well written well developed and it's story should give How Not to F*** Them Up you a new book to talk about and maybe pass along My verdict is simple Read this and Darkland you should be satisfied

review ¸ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ò Alan Spade

Leave all he knows behind overcome his fears and travel across the land in search of his childhood friend Along the way he will ally himself with strange and fantastic beings a shaman who controls the Breath of Aoles or the power of the wind a krongos a creature of the mineral realm who can become living rock and a malian adept at water magic Meet the people of Ardalia Hevelens Krongos and Malians Fascinating to learn about their lives and cultures And to read about the adventures of some of them Well written At first I had a little trouble with all the strange names and words But when you get used to those it is a wonderful book I can't wait to start part 2I got this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you Alan Spade for giving me a chance to read this I really enjoyed it