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Aetherium, Book 6: Curse of the Golden Dragon (English Edition) di [Lewis, Joseph Robert]
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As a child, Asha was poisoned by a dragon and began to hear the souls of all living things. Decades later, she uses her strange gift and her training as an herbalist to care for people possessed by ghosts, poisoned by legendary beasts, and tortured by the cruel doctors from the east.

For years she has traveled alone, but a chance encounter in the forest gives her two companions, a blind nun named Priya and a sleepy mongoose called Jagdish. Together they heal the sick, save the lost, and solve ancient riddles. But when she journeys into the west, Asha discovers that there are fates worse than death and there are human monsters that can only be defeated by a woman with the strength of a dragon.

Welcome to the world of AETHERIUM, where wondrous machines sail the seas and the skies, enormous beasts roam the earth, and the restless dead whisper to the living. Similar to our own world in the sixteenth century, AETHERIUM explores a reality in which many of the megafauna did not die out, including terror birds and saber-toothed cats, and where a devastating Ice Age continues to ravage Europe while African queens rule over the most advanced nations in the world. But strangest of all may be the science of controlling the souls of the dead using a golden metal with many names: sunsteel, orichalcum, and... AETHERIUM!

Amazon Categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Steampunk, Paranormal, Thriller, Mystery, Action and Adventure

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  • Editore: Copper Crow Books (21 novembre 2013)
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5.0 su 5 stelle Steampunk fantasy in a unique world 21 maggio 2014
Di Kristen S. Walker - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Wow, this was one of the most original fantasy novels I've read in a long time. I loved the way that the author blended Hindu, Buddhist, Persian, and other myths with original ideas to create a world full of magic on an epic scale. The steam punk elements were surprising when they showed up later in the book, but they also fit into the whole world created here. Alternate history is also woven into the core of the story for a rich, complex tapestry that's still beautifully done. Makes it look easy!

And I have a new favorite character: Asha, the herbalist with a unique ability. She struggles with rage, sorrow, and even love, while showing compassion for others. She has a wonderful friendship with the nun, Priya, who tries to balance Asha's rash anger with calm patience. I loved following their adventures through different lands and predicaments.

But after many smaller episodes, the book holds a deeper plot that slowly emerges, until Asha has to face more deadly enemies and larger scale problems than helping one family or village. What starts small and slow becomes a very epic story by the end. I definitely look forward to reading more of this series and finding out what happens to Asha in Alexandria. ( I hope she goes to the Library!)

I highly recommend this book for all lovers of fantasy who want something new with diverse characters and cultures. No generic Western European castles and dragons here!
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4.0 su 5 stelle Treat Yourself To This Unusual Delight 24 agosto 2012
Di Heather Bannon - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
Throw your history book out the window, because Joseph Robert Lewis has rewritten it with fantastical magic and superb prose!

Asha, the kick ass heroine!
In this book we meet the most awesome character, Asha, sort of like Cain from the TV show Kung Fu but only if he were tougher, still in the Orient and a chick! We meet Asha as she wanders through the land, helping those she can, but seemingly directionless in her wanderings. She comes upon a sort of Buddhist nun, asleep in and literally enmeshed with the secluded forest around her. When she frees the nun, Asha gains a traveling companion and an interesting counter point to her dark and brooding nature.

As we learn more about Asha and her past, we realize she's traveling with a purpose, to avenge herself on the evil man who calls himself a healer but is little more than a mad scientist spreading destruction and death in his wake.

The World As We Know It
I adored the world building in this book! Starting off with the premise of Earth and then taking a sort of alternate reality view of it, Joseph Robert Lewis crafts a world unlike one I've ever read. Part mythology, part fantasy, with even a hint of Steampunk, the Other Earth saga is set in a richly conceived and lushly described landscape. I loved the allusions, in both name and story, that Lewis weaves into Asha's story and those of the people she meets. With hints of Homer's Odyssey and the Bhagavad Gita juxtaposed against early technology and elements of fantasy, Lewis makes this unusual mix work. It's ornate and absolutely fascinating.

First Things Last
My only complaint is that I picked this series up near the end. While this book does stand on it's own, I'm the sort of reader who enjoys knowing all the back history and to do that, I really would have needed to the previous six books. It's a great introduction to the world, but for those, like me, who enjoy following the linear arc of a storyline, you may prefer to do yourself the favor of starting with The Burning Sky, Book One of the Halcyon Series, the first of three series in the Other Earth saga.

Bottom Line
Amazing fantasy and historical fiction rolled up into one, The Dragon and the Lotus is a treat not to be missed!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Review of The Dragon and The Lotus 15 ottobre 2011
Di AimeeKay - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Yay!! Another novel in the "Other Earth" series!!! The Dragon and The Lotus follows a slightly different path than the previous Other Earth books. First, instead of the story taking place over a few days, it takes place over years. Second, instead of taking place in and around the more technologically oriented areas, such as Marrakesh, it takes place far to the East. So far away that the railroads haven't even reached yet. However the mysterious sun steal has. But in the land of Ming, and in the hands of Asha especially, it has become a tool for healing instead of a weapon for stealing men's souls.
Okay, sorry started sounding like the back of a book for a minute. Even though I could go on like that for pages, cause it really is that good.
I really liked this one. The Dragon and The Lotus is different from the Halcyon novels. Less tech more magic. The story takes place over years not days and as I said before it is set in the far east of his world instead of the more western area near southern Europe and northern Africa. ***spoiler alert*** Although Lewis certainly has no problem introducing the Eastern edge of his world to it's Western counterparts. And while I didn't get to see Bastet again, (*SIGH*), I did get to see some who I am assuming are some of her "relatives". Which was almost as interesting as Bastet herself. (Sorry I just have a soft spot for a girl with her own personal cat army)***End Spoiler alert***
Plus the way the chapters were set up was quite interesting. Each chapter is basically it's own mini-story. But the book still flows smoothly through all of them. Each chapter being a continuation in the lives and adventures of Asha and Priya. ***spoiler alert***Each chapter slowly revealing how their friendship develops, and how that friendship is what makes all the difference when not only lives but Asha's sanity and soul are on the line as well. ***end spoiler alert***
While this isn't exactly the same style he used for his previous novels. Lewis's descriptions of the country that they travel through is breathtaking. Making the land just as much a character as the actual people that inhabit it. Also since the time period during the book is longer, while there are still great action scenes, the book has more of a laid back feel to it. But don't make any mistake it is still a page turner. I didn't want it to end and I am eagerly looking forward to the next book about Asha and Priya.
This book is easily a stand alone novel. If you haven't read his previous works in the "Other Earth" series you won't feel lost. It is just as easily a great introduction to Lewis's Other Earth and I highly recommend it.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Fine read 17 novembre 2011
Di Julius Butcher - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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This book takes us to interesting places, interesting time, and interesting alternative reality. For people sitting at home (I mean the country we leave in) almost all the time, Asia itself is an exotic location. I like to learn about foreign cultures and people. This version of the alternative Asia even more exciting.

The book consists of separate stories about Asha and Priya wandering through the land to heal people. First I was not comfortable with reading the separate stories, they seemed not connected, except that they were adventures of the two women, of course. But later there came the connections, references to experiences in the previous chapters, memories of past events, returning characters. And finally the book became a complete story.

Dragons are always compelling. They are big, dangerous (at least most of the time), dreadful, it seems impossible to defeat them. It is also the case with the one in this story, and the way it is defeated is very interesting.

This whole soul-hearing thing is amazing. The way Asha hears the "sound" of living souls is well worked out. During their journey, the two women met with people with very strange illnesses, and Asha had to find cures unheard of.

There is one thing I should mention what I didn't like: I found the dangerous acts short. The reader usually eager to get to the point, and to know what happens, yes. But before the climax, the reader loves to be delayed, and bite the nails in suspense what happens next. So I would like to fidget a little more before the victory comes.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Nice Collection of Other Earth stories 7 gennaio 2012
Di Arador - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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free e-book received in exchange for a review

I enjoyed this collection of short stories. Half of the stories I had read previously in Lewis' other collections "Tales of Asha" volumes 1 and 2. The main characters are Asha the healer and Priya the blind nun. Asha's unnatural gift of a splinter of a dragon's soul has aided her in helping people. Most of the stories follow their journey across Other Earth, as they deal with mysterious illnesses, ghosts, and other inexplicable things.

The second half of the book adds new characters and plot twists. Swords that steal souls, airships, steam trains, and other cross-over elements from Lewis' other stories and books. In the end Asha encounters the dragon which bit her as a child and she is dramatically transformed.

I enjoyed this book, I like Lewis' style and his alternate world. Look forward to reading more of his stories and novels. If you've not read the other Asha Tales I would recommend getting this volume as it includes both earlier volumes.
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