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At River's End (English Edition) di [Axe, Lana]
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A vengeful sorcerer returns to threaten the peaceful lives of the elves.

After witnessing the murder of a dear friend, River realizes who is at fault. Master Ulda has returned, and he will stop at nothing to take over all of Nōl’Deron. After taking control of an island and forcing those who live there to serve him, Ulda has grown infinitely more powerful.

River concocts a plan to prevent his enemy from wreaking havoc across the land, but he soon finds himself too weak to perform the simplest of spells. Calling for the aid of the other elements, he is determined to stand against the evil that threatens his home, and put an end to Ulda’s scheming once and for all.

'At River's End' takes place 30 years after the events depicted in 'A Story of River'. Though the two books feature many of the same characters, they can easily be read as standalone novels.

L'autore

Lana Axe lives in the Missouri countryside surrounded by dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles. She spends most of her free time daydreaming about elves, magic, and faraway lands. For more information, please visit: lana-axe.com.

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  • Editore: AxeLord Publications (21 settembre 2015)
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  • ASIN: B0147MW8VK
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5.0 su 5 stelle Fantasy at its finest! 5 settembre 2015
Di Heather G - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile
I love Fantasy stories, from Tolkien to Lackey – and everyone in between! There is something about the genre that entrances even as it entertains, yet sometimes dancing on the sword can be tricky for some authors. Lana Axe has found her way across that blade in a truly epic fashion, creating a new world in her Tales from Nōl'Deron series.
Her newest novel, “At River’s End” takes place about 30 years after the end of “A Story of River” and while reading that one helps to introduce many of the characters, it is not necessary. Both stories are stand alone and full novels in and of themselves.
Master Ulda has taken over an island, leaving him in control of the souls there, which offers him the power to actually take over Nōl'Deron. The only thing standing in his way is River and the power of the First Ones.
Humans and Elves alike roam this strange land, creating a vast and entrancing world you’ll want to fall into – again and again.
3.0 su 5 stelle Too Short to Develop Wonderful, Epic Ideas. 26 aprile 2016
Di Leadville Laurel - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile
Wizards and elves and dwarfs bump heads and powers and egos in this fun story of the power of good prevailing over that of evil. River and Lenora’s idyllic love and land are threatened by a power-hungry wizard who has found a way to harness a fifth element to destroy the four basic ones, thereby controlling every soul on every land. He is a real jerk, and sadly, he possesses no redeeming qualities.

I enjoyed getting to know River’s family a little--his strong son, warrior daughter, and mischievous youngest girl--and getting to observe his pure, sweet relationship with his wife. Although we know from early on their time together is at risk, we can enjoy their fairy tale romance while it lasts.

The author takes epic ideas and lays them out in a short, fast-paced read, which presents some challenges. She takes ideas from well-known stories (a crystal ball orb, raising the dead, gemstones with special powers, and others) and presents them uniquely. I loved the battle scene in which Isandra, the warrior daughter, discovers the only way to stop the undead. The scene is positively icky and wonderful. If only other crucial scenes could pack such a punch, the story could be far more memorable.

The problem with brevity is that situations we expect to be complex end up being resolved far too easily. I wanted the son to be more rebellious, the earth elf to hang back more, the murderous fire elemental to actually pose a threat, and Isandra to be slightly less than perfect. Readers love to hate the bad guys, but tend to lose interest if they’re just waiting to see how the good guys will prevail.

Axe’s writing style flows well and is quite lovely in many places. The prologue is gorgeous and reminiscent of mythical gods impregnating mortal women, though when I got to the epilogue, I could not make a connection with the characters in the prologue that made any sense. Perhaps it’s an issue with reading only one book in what might be a series. I liked this story, but felt it deserved more true conflict.
3.0 su 5 stelle imaginative 23 marzo 2016
Di angeline brown - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
Ulda is an evil wizard who has taken over the island of Ral’nassa and craves power so intends on taking on everywhere else as well. He has learned the power of the 5th element and can steal the souls of those he wishes to conquer, keeping them in his collection of gem stones. He also has a nasty hybrid army as he has spliced some souls with animals.
Under the pretence of it being a gift from someone else, he sends a stone to king Aelryk, who dies shortly after opening the cursed package. The king’s wife and son call for aid from some old allies who rush to their sides. The elves, River and Lenora, in doing so, leave their own land in jeopardy which is attacked by Ulda as well.
The river in their vale is poisoned and its spirit dies which affects River the elf as he is tied to it. They realise that to defeat Ulda they must unite the four elements to fight him.
The first five chapters of this book were quite hard going and there are so many invented names for characters and places that it was a little confusing at times. The fantasy world in this book is described beautifully but I found that most of the characters were hard to connect with and lacking in personality.
Things became a bit more interesting from chapter six with the introduction of Alyra, the youngest daughter of River and Lenora. She’s a bit mischievous and rebellious and was the one character I looked forward to reading about. The author tries to inject some humour and personality with Mel but I felt that his wit and humour were used at the wrong times, like at the bedside of his ill friend.
I also found that any suggestions or questions were answered too quickly with no thought from the characters. E.g. the new king’s mother wants him to stay behind while his men ride to the vale, he agrees immediately without argument when just seconds before he was adamant that he left with his men as quickly as possible and when his representatives suggest an alliance to march on Ulda, the elves agree immediately without discussion or any consulting with each other.
Although I could not get really immersed into this book, it was a very imaginative tale and there’s definitely some escapism to be had within its pages for fantasy fans.
I received a free electronic copy of this book for an impartial review
3.0 su 5 stelle Quick and wholesome fantasy 19 marzo 2016
Di Melanie A. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
“At River’s End” is the latest installment in Lana Axe’s series about the elf River, and his battle against the evil wizard Ulda. After thirty years of scheming in his laboratory, the evil Ulda is about to launch an attack that will bring humans, elves, and dwarves alike under his control. He has not only figured out how to trap the essences of other wizards and absorb their magic for himself, but has also learned how to combine them with various animals to build his army of hybrid monsters.

When Ulda kills the human king Aelryk from afar, River goes to aid his friend, leaving his own elf kingdom open to attack from Ulda. The humans and River must join forces and unite four elementals (earth, fire, air, and water) in order to have a chance of defeating Ulda.

Lana Axe writes in a classical, wholesome style. The magic is actually reminiscent of classic Asian martial arts movies, with colored lights and force fields and balls of energy shooting from hands. The plot is classic good vs. evil, and the world is complex. This is a fast read, though some errors (“leaches” instead of “leeches”, “main of hair” instead of “mane of hair”) do exist, and I had a little confusion at the prologue and ending, as well as the exact rules of the magic system. Characters are a bit one dimensional (generally either beautiful and good, or ugly and evil), with the exception of Mel the Earth elemental, who adds some refreshing humor to the cast.

Overall a quick and wholesome fantasy read that can be read either in sequence or on its own.

I was given a free copy for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
3.0 su 5 stelle An enjoyable YA book with lots of magic, elves, dwarves, and wizards! 2 maggio 2016
Di JEB - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile
At River's End is an enjoyable tale of good versus evil. In terms of depth and complexity, it's geared more towards the younger YA audience, although there are some scary and violent scenes in the final battle against the evil wizard Ulda which may not be appropriate for that age group.

The story is fast paced, and the world created by the author is quite vivid and enjoyable. There are many imaginative elements explored by Ms. Axe, although a bit too hastily. The characters are, for the most part, unique but need further development. I really enjoyed Alyra's character and wished there was more of her in the story. Mel also added a refreshing touch of humor to the adventure.

For the more mature reader, the story lacks development and tension. We are told way too much (even obvious things), which takes away from the tension buildup in the story. There really is no conflict and all challenges are resolved quite easily. These was never a moment that I doubted the ending. I also fail to see how the epilogue connects with the prologue.

I recommend this book to the younger YA reader.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest non-reciprocal review.
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