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Daniel Arenson is an author of fantasy fiction, from epic to dark and surreal. He began his career writing short stories. He sold his first story, "Worms Believe in God", in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various publications, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card's Strong Verse. Recently, Arenson's stories have appeared the anthologies A Land of Ash (edited by David Dalglish) and Devil Music (edited by David McAfee). Five Star Publishing, an imprint of Gale, published Arenson's fantasy novel Firefly Island in 2007. Since then, he's written the fantasy novels The Gods of Dream, Flaming Dove, Eye of the Wizard, Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons 1), and Tears of Requiem (Song of Dragons 2). Visit DanielArenson.com.


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47 internautes sur 51 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great book, deceptive cover and synopsis 5 février 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I am about 3/4 through the book and really enjoying it but find the cover and synopsis deceptive. It starts out as all serious and dramatic yet takes a turn early on in the book and becomes very tongue-in-cheek and loaded with great humor.
I went into this book thinking it was a serious, straight forward young adults kill bad guy and save the world type of fantasy and I am sure it will end up that way but its a very entertaining story along the way.

I love the humor in the book and even the bad guy is likeable and funny in a lot of ways when he isn't being totally evil (I love the scene where he sees Cobweb, the spiderling for the first time...made me laugh out loud). The main characters are all very distinguishable from one another, all have their great moments in the book (The poodle scene is great)and all the siblings in the book act like every group of siblings I have ever met in that they bicker and argue amongst themselves but come to each other's aid when necessary.

I read Firefly Island by Daniel Arenson and liked enough to pick this up but I am enjoying this one so much more and plan on adding this to my Kindle favorites folder for re-reading in the future.
If you are looking for an epic fantasy involving extensive world building and generation upon generation of noble deeds and god-like characters, look elsewhere but if you are looking for a fun read with loveable characters and an entertaining story at a great price, this is a book worth looking at.

For me to give 5 stars is rare but in this case I felt that the entertainment to cost ratio made it 5 star worthy.
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Reviewed for Red Adept Reviews - 4 Stars 10 mars 2011
Par Kyrie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Plot/Storyline: 4 Stars

The story is fairly standard fantasy: evil warlock must be defeated by small group of heroes. At the same time, it's done in such a charming way that I found myself really pulling for the group. Several times I'd find myself laughing out loud at something that was said or done, and the whole romp just never really took itself all that seriously, but in a good way. Think Alan Rickman's performance in Robin Hood.

Another thing that I found interesting was the setting. As near as I can tell, it takes place in England, probably in the 1600s. It's a fairly small world setting (or at least the part that we get to see) - a handful of villages and a couple of actual cities. The smallness works for the story, though, as does the pseudo-realistic medieval world.

Characters: 3 1/2 Stars

The characters... on the one hand, they annoyed the bejeezus out of me. It was, after all, a group of teens, written as teens - "Don't make me pull this book over!" On the other hand, they still managed to retain charm and likeability. Part of what had me giggling (in a good way) throughout the whole book was the absurdity of some of the character flaws. One of the group is a beautiful spiderling (elf) who's a picture of perfection until she opens her mouth. That lisp of hers tends to cause some problems. Then there's Romy, a beautiful, yet child-like demon who decorates her pitchfork with ribbons. Add to that the three Thistle siblings, and you have a troupe of misfits. None are overly complex characters, but yet they still hold appeal.

Writing Style: 4 1/2 Stars

Daniel Arenson has a very smooth writing style - for the most part, the writing fades to the background. In almost all cases, that's a good thing. An exception I can think of would be Marjorie Liu whose writing is almost lyrical, but not everyone can, or even should, write that way. Overly elaborate writing can get in the way of the story, but a good writer won't let that happen. Thankfully, Arenson is a good writer. His story-telling was very comfortable, like curling up in a quilt while you read.

That said, I am going to take a moment to rant about one thing that bugged the ever-living daylights out of me. Romy the demon. Romy had hair of flame, and that hair did not burn like fire would, but was, instead, soft and warm. That's not what irritated me, though. What burned me (har, har) was the fact that almost every time Romy was mentioned, so was her hair. And every time her hair was mentioned it was also said that her hair was made of fire. Oh, and the part about it not burning. ARRRGH! I got it. Truly, I do. For the record, I liked Romy, I just was ready to shave her bald by the end of the book.

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Eye of the Wizard is a quirky kind of book. There are a lot of "On the one hand..." type observations I have. Yet as a whole, it really comes together. If you're in the mood for a "serious" fantasy, I wouldn't suggest this. If, on the other hand, you want something fun and relaxing that will just let you kick back - grab this. I just finished up winter quarter at my university this week, and this was the book I chose to unwind with. It did not disappoint and was just a great, fun little romp.
15 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Fantasy run amok! 9 février 2011
Par Stuffeshead - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Danel Arenson's "Eye of the Wizard" turns traditional fantasy fiction on its head. The opening chapters appear to head down the obligatory paths of pulp novels, when Arenson begins weaving a tapestry of humor and absurdity worthy of Monty Python. At first blush, Romy (a befuddling demon) comes across trite and cliche. But after her introduction, the later chapters show how this imp fits neatly into the collective persona of the "Bullies for Bucks." But Romy isn't the only unique and entertaining character in this story. A jinxed warlock with an unfortunate habit of sprouting animal appendages, a brute who falls and squashes villains flat, an alluring elf-like creature with a speech impediment, and a waifish teenage girl trying to pass as a knight. And these are just the collective protagonist - the villians are worthy of a separate review! Perhaps the most interesting character is the collective "Bullies for Bucks", through which Arenson's carefully blended chemistry between the characters truly shines. Separately, each individual in the "good guys" team seems one- or two-dimensional. Upon merging as a team, the effect is... well... magical.

Arenson's writing is well-paced, clever and efficient. The humor is delivered with absolute precision (no small feat), and Arenson easily changes tone when a heavier one is required for the more dramatic sequences. One would be hard-pressed to make a critical comment about the book. If forced, a reader may quibble about the seemingly juvenile themes and dialog. Such critiques may be on point, but this reviewer feels that the childish tone is the writer's intentional method of making the characters more humorous and, at times, ridiculous. After all, the characters are young (the youngest is fifteen years), and the satirical prose only works on that level. All in all, readers should probably realize that the youthful exuberance (and occasional silliness) is part of the comedic effort and enjoy the ride.

"Eye of the Wizard" offers a delightful opportunty to get lost in an hilarious world where the reader's expectations of fantasy novels fade and are replaced with chuckles and giggles. Arenson displays consummate skills and timing from chapter to chapter, without fail. Five stars is a perfect rating for this work, and I was disappointed that my numerous clicks on the page failed to make a sixth star appear.
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A KindleObsessed Review 1 décembre 2011
Par Misty Baker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I don't think that in all my years of reading, (or reviewing for that matter) I have ever knowingly pinned the words "fantasy" and "humorous" together. Fantasy has always been "Epic," "Creative," "Beautiful" but never...funny. The tales and journeys that make up the fantasy genre usually come with heart-shattering consequences, or at the very least some mind-bending self actualization, but, as a I flipped my Kindle closed on Daniel Arenson's latest novel "Eye of the Wizard" the only coherent thought I could form was, "What the hell was that!?" (Eloquent right? LOL) The fact of the matter was...I was NOT expecting to laugh while reading this book. Don't buy that? Here, lets take a look at the synopsis:

"On the longest night of the year, a dark wizard murders a knight and his wife. The knight's children survive and swear revenge. Sam and Jamie vow to become knights like their father. Neev, the middle child, vows to become a wizard. Five years later, things look grim. Sam is useless with the sword. Jamie is denied knighthood because she's a girl. Neev cannot cast a spell without growing donkey ears, a monkey tail, or an elephant trunk. The siblings feel like failures. That's when the dark wizard strikes again. Are the siblings powerful enough to defeat him? Or will they too die at his hands?"

Doesn't exactly scream "chuckle-fest" does it?

All of my preconceived notions and lofty expectations aside however, the story was wildly entertaining.

One of the best things about Daniel's writing is his ability to build stories within themselves. Was there one major plot? Of course, (evil warlock wants revenge-so does a group of kids-chaos ensues,) but it's the back stories he creates for his characters that make his books come alive. For example, if we didn't know that Romy was a demon who used to spend all of her free time torturing sinners with a pitchfork, then her irrational fear of baby ducklings wouldn't #1. make sense or #2. be as cackle worthy as it was. But...since we were offered up a past, present, and her inner dialogue as a glimpse into the future, we are able to enjoy all of the quirkiness needed to make a book (like this one) and the people residing inside of it successful.

Now, the narrative found in the pages of "Eye of the Wizard", (and this is important) require your full attention. One of Daniel's signature "traits" is to make his novels multi-narrative. This particular book boast (at one point) up to 8 different points of view. (I'll give you a second to let that sink it.....ok) With so many different thoughts coming from a gazillion different directions, the chances of you "not knowing what the sam hell is going on," are pretty high up there, (that means don't read this book when you SHOULD be sleeping.) Just pay close attention to the words in front of you and you should be just fine.

As for the funny bits, (because that's what really caught my attention) you can expect them to come at you in many different shapes and sizes, (ironic, slap stick, and on several occasions the absolutely absurd.) Taking the jokes for what they are, and not over-analyzing them is what makes the whole experience worth the while. For instance, who hasn't had this thought before:

"Will you villains never learn?"

"Never spend so much time explaining your plans."

Funny Right?

All in all it was a fun ride, with a band full of outcasts and misfits, who...despite their best efforts, always seem to find themselves a couple of fries short of a Happy Meal.

Not my favorite of Daniel's books, but on par with the quality work I have grown to expect from him.

Happy Reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: If you are going to dabble in love potions, make sure the correct person drinks it. There is nothing worse than a burly bartender chasing you down for a goodnight kiss.
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Loved this book 24 avril 2012
Par Sharon Flood - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
First of all let me tell you that I love fantasy. This story started out in a rush, it grabbed me immediately and didn't let go until I finished it and even then I wanted more. It is the story of a family and what happened to them while dealing with the wizarding world they were a part of. It had everything, adventure, battles, and even unusual love stories. If you like Fantasy stories you shouldn't miss this or any other stories written by Daniel Arenson, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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