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Kurintor Nyusi
Fantasy March 16, 2018
"powerful saga"
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Is the book engaging / enticing? 
 
5.0
Can you relate to the characters and/or subject matter? 
 
5.0
Can you easily follow the scenes/chapters? Are they descriptive enough? 
 
5.0
Would you recommend this book? 
 
5.0

"Many epic fantasy reads hold the same familiar trappings: destiny redirects a young life, heritage dictates its obstacles, the protagonist either rebels against or struggles to achieve his birthright, and new abilities come into play to change everything. Kurintor Nyusi takes a different approach, adopting a focus on protagonist choices in the face of changing circumstances and emphasizing these changing options at different points during the tale. The battles aren't just physical confrontations, and they don't always take place in the arena of a physical world, either. That's just one powerful piece in a story that winds through threats and arrogance, strong female characters who wield swords and defy death, and one savvy girl's devotion to her Da and herself. One strength to note in the course of these events is the language Aaron-Michael Hall employs to describe scenes and characters: "Druehox was a smug churl who wouldn't have given her the time of day had she wanted his attention. Since the opposite was true, his advances bordered on stalking.Every night, he appeared to have a different woman's company. They doted and sniffed behind him as if he was the ruler of the twelve kingdoms." An attention to atmosphere and psychological insights is just one of the strengths that lend a touch of the fantastic to even ordinary scenes and descriptions. Another strength lies in the story line's emphasis on developing mental as well as physical prowess. The descriptions of training and battles are well done, as are the explorations of how such training occurs on different levels. These insights influence into other kinds of preparations for survival against all odds: "You have to be aware of your battlefield, Damali," he lectured, using his cover to mask his position. "There's more to combat than speed and brute force. Use your mind and harness your true abilities." From the loss of parents and the desire to carry on their teachings to unexpected new beginnings "Once the gate closed, Alyelu grinned. "I've shattered the mirror,Father, and buried the past. With your death, I'll truly begin to live." Kurintor Nyusi is replete with subplots that cover various forms of choice and transformation. Wind these elements into an epic fantasy filled with satisfying battles, confrontations with self and others, and changing ties between present, past, and future for a powerful saga especially recommended for epic fantasy fans who like their action-packed stories seasoned with examinations of personal power and how that is cultivated."

MidwestBook Review -
D. Donovan
http://donovansliteraryservices.com/april-2018-issue.html#kn

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