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The Book of the Forsaken (The Game, #1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Yannis Karatsioris

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In the words of an ancient demi-god, we follow the modern tale of three unique individuals:
Igor Rubinstein, a dark trickster with shadowy desires.
Robert Cassidy, an outspoken ex-convict with a passion for nicknames.
Daniel Maladie, a bibliophile with the extraordinary ability to be afraid of everything.

A mysterious plot woven by the ancient demi-god brings these three together, and forces their lives in a whirlwind of events surrounding the Book of the Forsaken. Who are the Forsaken races? And why does the sinister Game that takes place on the dark side of the moon between the Forsaken and the Magi concern the three aforementioned outcasts? They will travel all around Europe without having choice, learning that myths and legends of the old world are real... more real than their imagination would have them believe.

"The writing is of a very high standard, the text is engaging and the story is highly original. By introducing chapters/sections with quotations from ‘The Emerald Tablet’, the guiding principles of the alternate universe the author creates are ever present, hinting at the greater significance of events and making us want to read on to find out more."
-HarperCollins UK

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 491 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 306 pages
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  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008H7XUX2
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Book of the Forsaken 5 juillet 2012
Par turnerpage - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I first came across The Book of the Forsaken on a critiquing website and it made a strong impression on me then. That you've been able to convince a reader who knows and cares so little about the fantasy genre that the last (and probably only) fantasy novel I read was Lord of the Rings is a testament to your accomplishment as a writer. Slick and sophisticated, witty and highly imaginative. I look forward to reading the next book from this writer.
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fast-paced supernatural dark comedy 3 août 2012
Par Mary Fan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The Book of the Forsaken is written on the intriguing premise that the storyteller himself is a character. That is, the words on the page, the words that you and I, the readers, are seeing, were put there by a narrator who mischievously refuses to identify himself. The brief prologue hints that this narrator is a demi-god of some kind, one with the power to manipulate the destinies of the people he calls his "puppets."

The first three chapters of the book introduce us to these puppets: Robert Cassidy, Daniel Maladie, and Igor Rubinstein. Each has individually discovered that he has a supernatural ability, a fact that binds their destinies. Cassidy, the most entertaining of the three, is a trash-talking Irishman with a penchant for nicknaming people whose names he doesn't know. The more sympathetic Daniel, who at the beginning of the story is a bookstore assistant in Paris, is mocked by the narrator as being a coward and an idiot. But although he is meek and insecure, he nevertheless accepts an assignment to steal an ancient book. And then there's Igor, a somewhat psychopathic Russian magician who moonlights as an assassin.

The book that Daniel was instructed to steal turns out to be the Book of the Forsaken, a magical tome with great and unknown powers. It is the pursuit of this book that brings him together with Cassidy and Igor. Driven together by extraordinary coincidences and paranormal circumstances, the three are forced to work together as they encounter enigmatic figures who are after the Book, tangling with supernatural beings, ancient truths, and even time travel.

What makes The Book of the Forsaken unique is the narrator's role in the story. The bulk of the book appears to be written in third person omniscient, peering into the minds of all three men, but it is actually, on a higher level, a first person narrative. The narrator routinely interrupts the action to insert his own brand of humor through sarcastic commentary, sometimes in the form of footnotes. Karatsioris' experimental style can be confusing in some places and brilliant in others. I must give him kudos for thinking outside the box and daring to try something that challenges conventional ideas about storytelling. He keeps his writing crisp and to-the-point, wasting no words on flowery descriptions or lengthy monologues. The sparseness of the sentences coupled with the vividly imagined fantastical elements makes The Book of the Forsaken an exciting and fast-paced read.

[This is a condensed version of a full review on my blog, Zigzag Timeline.]
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intriguing 19 août 2013
Par Sally Goodall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I was gifted this book in return for an honest review and it had me hooked from beginning to end it is written in an unusual but distinctive style. It is a book that you cannot put down until you have finished I would definatly recommend it I am now waiting for book 2 am hoping that the author is working on that
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Paranormal with horror elements 14 août 2013
Par Brian Bigelow - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This book opened with a hook that was quite intriguing for me. It's a set of case files that were created about the main protagonists. I'll admit it's something that might put off some but it sure didn't put off me.
Throughout the book, it has an interesting take on other world mythological creatures that I don't think I've seen elsewhere. Probably even more interesting than that aspect is the way angels of death are written. This book is definitely a different take on the paranormal. While it isn't horror I think it would appeal to any horror reader.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 The fantasy world seems promising, and the plot is enjoyable 27 novembre 2012
Par A Book Obsession.. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
"An Irishman, a Frenchman, and a Russian trickster walk into a party with hidden agendas," this from The Book of the Forsaken, by Yannis Karatsioris, which is the first book of 'The Game' series.

Its plot centers around three men who learn that they have supernatural powers. While the narrator can be assumed to be a character in the story, they don't identify themselves, and instead prefer to use black humor and clever turns of phrase to tell the story. Whether the narrator is a god, or some other powerful being, the main characters are no more than `pawns' or `game pieces' that are moved to suit a larger design.

The book is fast-paced, and readers will find the plot moves along at such a pace that they've finished it very quickly. The three men, Daniel, Robert, and Igor aren't friends, and were it not for this story and the powers they learn they have, none of them would have met.

The narrator doesn't favor the `good guy' Daniel over Cassidy, who embodies every stereotype of the Irishman, and Igor, the magician's antics get equal time in the story.

Of course, even the most meek characters have to do one thing that sets them apart if they're going to drive a story, and Daniel steals a magical book, and its through this book that he crosses paths with Igor and Cassidy. As usually happens with the sudden apparenace of supernatural abilities, there are others interested in the Book of the Forsaken, powerful beings, and a little bit of time travel. All of this combined with these three characters trying to reconcile the changes in their lives, and figure out their next best move.

The narrator is noteworthy for the great amount of control it has, and indeed, much of its role is revelling in just how little the characters can do to change their lives. In this way, at times it feels like a deity or other omniscient individual has a hand in this, at others the narrator is inviting the audience to enjoy holding some knowledge over Igor, Daniel, and Cassidy's heads.

Overall, the book's unusual style is enjoyable to read, although there are a small number of typos, and there are characters whose dialect is written out, the fantasy world seems promising, and the plot is enjoyable (although the characters might disagree).

(Reviewed for A Book Obsession..)
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