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A very deep, enriching read... 13 mars 2009
Par Cherie Barstow - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Modern Civilization has disintegrated and the technological advances of mankind have been suppressed for centuries. Society has regressed to a medieval state, and an ancient ocarina imbued with faery magic is the only thing standing between a civilized society and one overrun with demons. Unfortunately, the secret of society's past is known only to a select few, most of them belonging to a group of radicals known as the Ordi who would very much like to see society brought back to it's technologically enhanced roots, no matter what the consequences.

Damewood is just one of the many kingdoms in the area currently under siege, presumably by the Ordi or another group with a similar agenda. The "bandits" have stolen the magical ocarina, which has been protecting the lands, from the nearby Pearl Isles Kingdom where it was under guard. If it cannot be recovered, and it's magic renewed, then all the demons which have been held in check for the last 400 years may suddenly be unleashed upon the world!

Nadia, the eldest princess of Damewood, has been sent into hiding while her lands are under attack. But being the skilled demon fighter she is, she knows that she'd rather be on the front lines fighting for her kingdom and her people, instead of being tucked safely away doing nothing. Disguising herself as a Knight in full armor, she joins the group of men from the nearby kingdoms on a rescue mission to recover the magical ocarina. But Nadia's got more than one secret to keep. For no one else knows that the big, black, beautiful stallion with the strange, light eyes that she's had since she was a young girl is actually a demon himself! A Kelpie to be exact, who can shapeshift between man and horse. But no matter what Vestro knows (or doesn't know), Nadia's convinced he's not like the other demons. And keeping both of their identities a secret on this mission is going to be as challenging as the road to Ferrington Pass.

This was a fascinating and spell-binding debut novel from new author Erin Durante which I found difficult to put down. I was actually a wee bit disappointed at the end since there wasn't yet a sequel I could pick up immediately and start reading. Though the author has a few short stories to her credit, this is actually her first full length novel, though you'd not know it since she writes with such a seasoned pen.

The pacing of the story was just right, neither rushing along nor dragging things out. I often found time slipping away while reading as I was totally immersed in the world that is Damewood. The lush and vivid descriptions transported me right into the middle of the action and I didn't want to leave.

Though all of the story's major plot lines got wrapped up by the end of the book, things truly come around full circle. And by the time you get to the epilogue, you've got a new twist to look forward to in the sequel. I don't want to give too much away, but suffice to say, the author knew exactly how much to let out, and when to pull back in the telling of this story. And at the end, I was left with my tongue hanging out, panting for more! LOL

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Killer Debut! 19 décembre 2008
Par P. Lolohea - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Nadia is just your ordinary princess...except for the fact that she secretly hunts demons in the surrounding areas of Damewood. Oh yah, and her horse, Vestro is actually a Kelpie; a demon who is able to shift back and forth between human and horse form. He's also her best friend.

When her home in Damewood is attacked by demons in an attempt at killing the off royal lines, she is sent into hiding. Instead, she sneaks off to join forces with representatives from each of the surrounding kingdoms, disguised as a knight who--by some mysterious magic--looks and talks like Vestro in human form.

The group is sent on a mission: to find the ocarina called Whisper, and take it to Ferrington Pass, where there are said to be terrifying, monstrous demons locked away behind the mountains. They only have a few days to get there and use Whisper to renew the spell and keep the demons locked away.

With their mission off to a rocky start, it only gets worse as the obstacles the group encounters start having dire consequences. And with a huge secret about their world's past looming over the group, Nadia begins to realize that she must find out who she can and can't trust.

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Although I enjoyed Nadia's character in the book, I sometimes found myself questioning whether I was reading the about the same princess throughout the book. Most of the time, Nadia was very heoric; at times standing up to Andrew, Vestro, and even demons without a second thought. At other times, I felt as if her character was a bit immature; sometimes acting childish, and even sticking out her tongue. Aside from that, I found Nadia's character to be brave, yet womanly; a wonderful combination.

I pretty much lost track of time while reading this book. It was a quick read, but I was entertained with every page. The scenery and landscapes were detailed very well, and I found it easy to imagine myself inside the book. The characters were witty and well-written. I especially enjoyed the depth of Vestro's character, and how vivid descriptions of him were.

The ending took me by complete surprise. There were parts of the ending that I had already guessed, but I was definitely taken away with the last few pages.

This book is a must-read, and I am in great anticipation for the next book in the series! My compliments go out to Erin Durante, for such a killer debut!
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Pretty good story. 10 mars 2009
Par Codi79 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Ths is the story about a princess named Nadia in a future earth where it seems technology receded instead of advanced. Nadia and the other main charactors head out on a journey to stop the advancement of the so-called "demons." Beyond that, at the heart of the adventure, is Nadia's romance and choice between new King Andrew or Vestro her Kelpie best friend.

All in all I enjoyed the story. My only problems with it were the fact that some charactors did and said things that didn't fit with their earlier personalities. Also the middle part of the book lagged a bit for me.

Ultimately, I look forward the reading the sequels and I think that says it all.
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Entertaining, Well-written, and provocative fantasy 3 mai 2011
Par Sy Lee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Demons of the Past (Damewood) Erin Durante

Nadia is a princess who spends much of her time seeking adventure and defying her father/king in pursuing these adventures. She escapes a direct assault on the castle and begins her greatest adventure so far--posing as a knight in a man's world in order to avenge the assault on her family. She is a 23 year old girl who doesn't take life or her responsibilities very seriously, but in the pursuit of the attackers, she grows into a more mature person who sees the consequences of actions and inactions.

There is a panoply of supporting characters that adds a richness to the story. The kelpie, the heir-apparent of another kingdom, the crown prince, the twin sisters, the wizards, the demon hunter, and many more--all contribute to the fabric of the plot.

The plot is fairly straight-forward, but the twists of the characters held my attention. The emotional aftermath of the sex scenes added depth to Nadia's persona. At the end of the book, I finally realized that the title was very appropriate.

Erin Durante does a nice job of laying a trail of clues that make the conclusion a logical culmination of the story--not like mysteries that pull the murderer out of thin air leaving the reader frustrated with the author. So, reader, watch for them and ponder them, though you will probably still be surprised.

If more fantasy was of this quality, I might read it more often.
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Absolutely Awesome Read 26 avril 2011
Par FrankTwin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I must say this book is very entertaining, I enjoyed the fantasy and fiction in conjunction with a nicely written plot. The blend of science mixed in with the story and the characters were very well described and written, I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes to read sci-fi books and fiction.
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