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Infinity Blade: Awakening (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Brandon Sanderson , Peter Ahlstrom , Simon Hurley , Geremy Mustard , Donald Mustard
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Trained from birth in swordplay and combat, a young knight named Siris has journeyed to the Dark Citadel with a single purpose: fight through the army of Titans to face the tyrannical God King in one-on-one combat. This was his father’s sacred mission, and his father’s before him, going back countless generations in an effort to free their people from enslavement. But when Siris somehow succeeds where all those from his bloodline previously have failed, he finds himself cast into a much larger world, filled with warriors and thieves, ancient feuds and shifting alliances, Deathless immortals and would-be kings. His quest for freedom will take him on an epic journey in search of the mythical figure known as the Worker of Secrets – the one being in the world who can unravel the secrets of the Infinity Blade.

Based on the bestselling video game from ChAIR Entertainment and Epic Games, this all-new adventure from acclaimed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson digs deeper into the fantastical world of Infinity Blade, a world of mystery and intrigue where magic and technology are indistinguishable, and even life and death are not what they seem.

Brandon Sanderson has published six solo novels with Tor Books—Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings—as well as four books in the middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series from Scholastic. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s long-running Wheel of Time series, to which he added 2009's The Gathering Storm and 2010's Towers of Midnight, as well as the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, scheduled for release in 2012. Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1884 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 128 pages
  • Editeur : ChAIR Entertainment Group, LLC; Édition : 1 (3 octobre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005SFRJ6K
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Très cinématique de jeu ! 12 mai 2012
Par Piment coloré TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
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Les joueurs de RPG ou de Hack'n'slash (à quelques jours de la sortie de Diablo III) trouveront un écho certain de leurs jeux favoris dans Infinity Blade. Il y a tout, les personnages ayant des capacités particulières, des objets magiques, des salles avec des mécanismes à activer, des salles de résurrection, un mélange anachronique et malin entre le moyen-âge de la fantasy et la technologie moderne (il y a des références au langage informatique usuel), et une histoire qui fait penser aux cinématiques 3D qui ponctuent les différentes étapes d'un jeu vidéo moderne, vous aurez forcément en tête les excellentes cinématiques de Diablo II, avec une intensité sympathique qui ne se dément pas pendant toute cette courte lecture.
Quand on connaît bien les écrits de Sanderson, on reste un peu sur notre faim, mais l'on passe tout de même un bon moment, et la chute est inattendue - d'ailleurs, la seconde partie de cette nouvelle est bien plus intéressante que le début en lui-même, le personnage de TEL fait assez penser à C3PO dans Star Wars, un personnage un peu dégingandé, mécaniquement nerveux, poli et malin... il m'a bien plu !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un bon petit en-cas... 14 novembre 2011
Par Guinea Pig VOIX VINE
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Ce très court récit a une origine inhabituelle : il a été écrit sur commande, pour accompagner un jeu vidéo (Infinity Blade). BS a d'abord refusé, puis accepté et explique s'être bien amusé à se soumettre à cet exercice. Voici un extrait de ses propos sur le sujet (dans la rubrique "Upcoming and Current Releases" du site de l'auteur) :
"You might be asking, "Brandon, you are a big bestselling author. Why are you writing a video game adaptation?" My answer is simple: I can do it because I'm a big bestselling author."

Si je n'ai pas retrouvé la richesse des thèmes traités habituellement par l'auteur, j'ai trouvé cette nouvelle très agréable à lire. Et s'il est facile, en faisant un petit effort d'imagination, de deviner l'allure du jeu vidéo correspondant, ma lecture n'en a aucunement pâti.
Les points forts sont nombreux, à commencer par les personnages, rendus en 3D : le héros a de bonnes raisons de l'être, la jeune fille est mystérieuse et talentueuse à souhait, les personnages secondaires bien esquissés (j'ai beaucoup aimé la malice du troisième personnage, TEL). Le thème est celui de la quête, très classique, mais le dénouement m'a agréablement surprise (ce ne sera sans doute pas le cas des lecteurs plus aguerris du genre). La narration est fluide, l'histoire se lit sans peine.
La fin n'en est pas tout à fait une, se faisant l'écho du titre.

Une petite chose à lire par curiosité, que vous aimiez BS ou pas, son style s'effaçant devant les obligations de l'exercice.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good for what it is 6 octobre 2011
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Before I begin I must point out that I have never played the Infinity Blade game and I probably never will. As of this writing I do not own any device that can run the program. As such, some of my observations may be based on an incomplete understanding of the Infinity Blade universe.

The novella follows Siris (the protagonist from the game) and picks up after he had killed the God King. He returns home from what he and everyone else assumed was going to be a suicide mission. He starts out hoping to live a quiet life farming and eating pie when he is told that he has too many enemies and to protect those he loves he must go into exile. The remainder of the novella follows Siris as he tries to stay hidden from his enemies and find a way to fight back.

As an honest reviewer I must point out that this is not Sanderson's best work. Actually Sanderson himself pointed out that it was "not intended to be the end-all of [his] career". It is just too insubstantial, it has only a few characters that are a little too blank to be engaging (probably to keep the characters consistent with the game), a setting that a little too much like the generic fantasy setting, and a plot that feels like the middle section of a book. I realize that these are all problems that were inherited from the source material. The game's plot consists almost entirely (as far as I can tell from game reviews and the Wikipedia article) to "Kill the God King".

On the other hand I have to point out that the book does have merit. Several of the gameplay mechanics have been worked into the story in such a way that they now make sense. For example it is established that the reason none of the enemies you face use the healing objects they carry around is because they are not physically able to use them. The dialogue is genuine and occasionally witty. The characters are far more complex then they really have any right to be, given the source. And the plot has a couple of real twists in it. It was clear that Sanderson had fun writing it and I enjoyed it enough that reading through it did not feel like a chore.

To use an analogy, this book is like the fine chief that opened a fast food restaurant. The food may be the best of any burger joint you have ever been to, and therefore it lords over all the other fast food restaurants, but at the end of the day you realize that the food is not as good as the four star restaurant that does not work under the restrictions of time and cost. The restaurant may be the best at what it does, but if you want truly quality food you would go to a different restaurant.

I have never been sold on the idea of a book based on a video game, and this book all but illustrates why. None of the problems I find with the book can really be laid at the feet of the author. But I still can not bring myself to call it a good book because of the problems that arise out of the source material.

The quote from Brandon Sanderson comes from his blog:
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A new kind of entertainment 6 octobre 2011
Par T. Chen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed all of Brandon Sanderson's novels- some more than others, but something that he excels in is writing in a medium with interesting restraints. A magic system where all the characters have to eat metal? That sounds weird, but he thrived on it and made the fascinating trilogy called Mistborn. Step into a beloved, but sadly deceased, author's shoes, both adapting and creating on the foundation of a dozen prior books? He excelled at that as well, and his additional books in the Wheel of Time have been widely lauded.

This novella is another story with interesting restraints. It needs to be based on a bestselling iPhone game, expanding the world, explaining the magic system; it needs to have an interesting story with good characters and plot twists; it needs to be understandable to people who have never played the video game, yet set up the sequel video game in a compelling fashion; it cannot be too long, taking up Brandon's valuable time that is spent working on the Wheel of Time and his own landmark series, the Stormlight Archive.

Well, I think he succeeded. I had never played the game before, but I enjoyed the story, and it made me curious enough to buy the game to play on my iPhone. Is it ground breaking, a revelation, award winning? No, probably not. However, it is entertaining and fun, and I think that's all that Brandon wanted to accomplish.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant transition from IPad game to book. 7 octobre 2011
Par R. Nicholson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Infinity Blade: Awakening" is a short fantasy tale by author Brandon Sanderson. It is based of the IPad game 'Infinity Blade'. This is a 251 Kb download and is price at $2.99.

You could read this book without ever having experienced the game, however if you've played "Infinity Blade", then some discussions and happenings in the book will be more understandable to you.

The Game:
"Infinity Blade" is a simple 'beat-em-up', but there is a visceral, rewarding sensation with each victory. You begin outside a castle and proceed to fight all the dark servants until you reach the 'God-King'. If you die, you start over; if you beat the 'God-King' you start over, but fight tougher opponents (worth more rewards etc.) with each successive round. And so it continues, ad infinitum.

The Book:
I was very skeptical about the idea of creating a book around such an unvarying and linear game. However it only took a few paragraphs to realize that author Sanderson did a masterful job in writing this brief tale and at the same time retaining the essence of the game. It has an intriguing plot, some historical background that sheds some light on the game, some surprisingly good character development (even thought the book is quite short) and even some subtle touches of humor that gave me the odd chuckle.

In addition, the cover art while not flashy, was quite appealing.

I hope there's more to come in this storyline. 5 Stars

Ray Nicholson
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 More than just a video game... 12 octobre 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am not much of a video gamer (especially on a platform such as mobile phones), but am a fan of Brandon Sanderson's works, so was intrigued to learn that he had written a new story, and snapped it up on Amazon. I felt that not having played the game was not an impediment to enjoying Infinity Blade: Awakening, rather that it made the story more enjoyable by having a new world to explore, albeit briefly.

Despite the narrow parameters of a short story format in a prefabricated fantasy setting, Mr. Sanderson created a entertaining story with epic themes, plot twists, relatable characters, and his trademark humorous banter (which made me stop reading due to me laughing to tears at least once), that left me wanting more when I reached the end. Hint, hint to write more of Siris and co! I especially liked the self-awareness that Siris the swordsman/hero hinted at (off to kill the big boss, I mean the God King, again...).

Well done!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ebookwyrm 8 octobre 2011
Par Andy Angel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This novella shows why Brandon Sanderson is one of the best storytellers of his day and will be for many years to come.
The story is a "filler" between two video games but, most importantly, you don't need to have played the game to be able to enjoy the story.
Set in a fantasy setting with strong science links, it is the story of Siris, trained from childhood for only one purpose - to be the sacrifice who will travel to the dark citadel to fight the immortal God King. It begins with the unthinkable - Siris returns to his village after killing the God King and taking his sword. His people are not willing to accept their freedom so send him away and Siris sets off on a quest for the answers, starting with a return to the Dark Citadel.
The characters are well written and interact well together, the banter is good and the author draws a vivid picture with his words.
My only downer on this is that it is only going to be a one off - I really didn't want this to end and would love to go back and find out more about Siris and Isa (and the quite amazing TEL - what a creation he is)
Well done again Mr Sanderson
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