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Sora's Quest (The Cat's Eye Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

T. L. Shreffler , Linda Jay
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Sora Fallcrest always dreamed of adventure, but as a member of the nobility, she learned the ways of a Lady instead. Now seventeen, she is expected to choose a husband and marry. She plots to run away, but just as she is stepping out the door, she runs into a mysterious man--and is kidnapped.

Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won't let her go--not when her Cat's Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.

But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power--or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)

*Sora's Quest is a YA Fantasy adventure written in the spirit of Tamora Pierce, Sarah J. Maas and Maria V. Snyder. Enjoy this first book in the series for free!

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 382 pages
  • Editeur : Runaway Pen; Édition : 2nd (20 novembre 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007V5XND8
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 ok 21 juin 2014
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entertaining enough to want to read on.
not as bad as i was expecting. a happy surprise. to be recommended.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A Lot of Action for no Discernible Reason 21 juillet 2012
Par Bruce - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Sora doesn't want to go through with the marriage her noble father has arranged to a total stranger. So when dear old dad is murdered at the wedding feast and she is kidnapped by the assassins, she ends up traveling around with them as they undertake a dangerous journey across the countryside while being pursued by a vengeful mage.

The story is generally well-written, with a confident narration, smooth pacing and discernible character traits. While it has a couple of editing errors that seem to infect the self-publishing world, they are fewer than most and rarely distract. It's a recognizable sword and sorcery style tale, with a slightly different world and some non-traditional races (no elves or dwarfs, but wolfies and harpies.)

What "Sora's Quest" lacks is logic and motivation behind the "plot".

First off, Sora seems remarkably unconcerned that her father was murdered right in front of her. Perhaps they weren't the closest father and daughter, but the man did see her raised in luxury after dear old mom mysteriously abandoned them while Sora was still a baby, and Sora was his heir to the estate, so you'd think she'd feel something about his death (and perhaps some concern to all the servants and serfs she's abandoned.) Secondly, she's remarkably incurious about it: she never once asks the assassin why he killed father.

At some point (it's not clear when) Sora decides she'd like to find her mother (this is presumably the "quest" of the title, though it's not very clear.) Why she thinks so highly of the mother who abandoned her and so little of the father who actually raised her is a total mystery.

But then, there's no reason to any of what's going on. The trio of brigands she's fallen in with (fastest onset Stockholm Syndrome ever) never say where they're going, or why; and Sora never asks. Nor is it clear why they must take a especially dangerous route through accursed terrain. (It appears Sora's inherited magical Cat's Eye pendant may offer them some protection from this curse, which makes her useful to the brigands; but since they didn't know she had it when they abducted her, one wonders what their original plan was.)

I get that this is supposed to be a relatively light, young-adult story, but it still seems to me there should be some sense of purpose behind all the activity, and some believability to Sora's emotions.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sora's Quest 22 octobre 2012
Par Michelle@Book Briefs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I have to be honest, after reading the first few chapters of the book, I didn't think I was going to like it too much. Now thinking about it, that was way too early for me to even be thinking about writing off any book, let alone a review book. So I kept on reading, and from the moment Sora left the castle, I was riveted! I ended up enjoying Sora's Quest so much. It just had a bit of a slow start to me and then it really took off. The part I didn't enjoy at the beginning seems like only one speck of the story- and Sora's Quest is a great story.

Sora seems like a pretty sheltered girl at first but she certainly can rise to an occasion. This must have been so scary for her, being out in the world for the first time. It seemed a little crazy that she was so close to the guys in her group so fast considering the circumstances but her being so excited about being out in the world and the whole idea of an adventure didn't make her actions and emotions seem out of place. It kinda worked well.

The world building is the best part! I loved learning all about the different people and the magics. T.L. Shreffler does a great job of explaining everything. I would have liked to see a little bit more back story on Crash. I didn't really know what they were doing at the start of the book except that they were on the run from Volcrian. But I think that is coming in the next book, so I look forward to getting some answers. I really enjoyed the character growth I saw in Crash throughout the story. The whole fear thing was super cute! (you will know exactly what I mean when you read the story) Fans of fantasy will love the world created in T.L. Shreffler's first installment in the Cat's Eye series. The ending made me want to drop everything and start book 2 right then!

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. i didn't receive any compensation for my review.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lovely YA Fantasy 8 juillet 2012
Par Jenna - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Firstly, look at that amazing cover?! Just captivating. I love having a visual of the "Cat's Eye" on this cover. And although Sora has golden blonde hair, the strawberry tint is very attractive. Now to the gushy!

Sum it up:
Sora, tired of her simple and boring girl-in-the-manor life, plans to escape the night of her wedding, wanting nothing more than adventures like the "stories of old." She has no idea that her desire will be fulfilled via a kidnapping - by the very assassin who murdered her father, giving her the very opening to escape, and his two Wolfy companions. What begins as hatred, turns to timid trust and wary friendship between Sora and her captors.

The Yum:
Crash, the assassin, is mysterious up until the last page in Sora's Quest. Sexy, scary, and quiet are the three words best used to describe the man who seems to be running from his past. Ms. Shreffler has an interesting way of making her characters super sexy without being overt about their physical prowess or bragging about their beautiful features. Crash just is. Yum! ;)

Dorian, a mage Wolfy, is an effeminate creature with a biting sarcastic and endearing quality about him. I liked Dorian immediately - especially because he called Sora out on her irritating princessy qualities.

Burn is a large burly mercenary Wolfy that I just wanted to squeeze. He is the most open and kind of the three but still hosts his own unexplored demons.

There was plenty of awareness occurring in Sora's Quest and I was waiting for a romance to unfold - but it seems like I have to wait until Viper's Creed (Book 2) to *hopefully* see some woo-age occur.

Sora was a typical teenager and certainly irritated me throughout the book, but looking back, I love how the voice of Sora's voice ages from beginning to end.

The antagonist was a clever one, coming up with evil and interesting ways to follow, capture, and manipulate his prey. I enjoyed Volcrian, and the sympathy the reader had for him from chapter one.

So why the missing star, you ask?

There were a LOT of unanswered questions: Who is Crash? Why are Crash, Burn, and Dorian together? Why did Crash murder Volcrian's twin and Sora's dad? What is a "protector" and is that what Crash is to Sora?

After the entire book, I still am confused about our main characters. But I managed to really connect to them too.

I can't WAIT until Book 2 - released in winter of 2012. Grab your copy and tell me what you think! :)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not quite as good as I remembered 12 septembre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I first read this book years and years ago on Fictionpress, I think, and then on the author's website. I remember it being such a compelling story with an amazing romance. Well, years later, I remembered the name of the story and decided to look for it here on Amazon, where I was happy to find it as an e-book. Unfortunately, the book isn't quite as amazing as I had remembered.

First of all, the positives: the story is very readable. The author has worked to flesh out characters, create convincing dialogue, etc. There's no doubt that the author is a good writer. The two main characters both have some development over the course of the book. I like the romance between them still, because it is subtle, and it is just budding in this first book.

The negatives: I dislike reading books where the hero or heroine doesn't ask questions. Even the best books have this downfall sometimes. I can understand why Sora wouldn't ask questions at the beginning, because Crash is pretty scary, but within a few days she's at home with them, and still doesn't ask them anything. We have no idea where they are going. Why didn't Crash just kill her when he first ran into her? The reason given, that she had seen him, so he had to bring her, is really weak. Also, they know she's the daughter of the man killed, even though she's dressed like a peasant and never tells them. And only days into their journey, they arm her and teach her out to fight. That just doesn't really jive. Is she a prisoner, or isn't she? Sora wonders this once or twice, but once again, doesn't ask questions. And anytime she snaps and asks questions, someone laughs heartily and admires her spirit. Really?

I agree with another reviewer that the world-building is a bit weak. Now, I know some of the secrets, because when I first read this book, some scenes were in different places, and I'm pretty sure I got to read most of the story, even parts not included in this book. But I think to someone completely unfamiliar with the book, that part would feel a bit weak.

Another thing that bothers me is that 16 seems way too young an age for Sora. Maybe that's just me, but if you're going to have a main character who falls in love with an assassin, it just seems a bit easier to swallow if she's not practically a child.

Will I keep reading? Probably, out of sentimentality--I remember really loving this story, and I am interested in continuing to find out what happens.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good story but some editing needed 10 juin 2013
Par AvidReader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This story exceeded my expectations. I read a lot and am frequently disappointed by the kindle offerings, particularly in the "free" category. This story was a bit predictable, but there were things about it that I really liked. Primarily, I enjoyed the character of the assassin. I think it is always difficult to write about somebody who is very cold and very reserved while still maintaining a reader's interest in that character. The author did a good job of that. Our protagonist, Sora, managed not to become so whiny and angry that I had to put the book down. Again, that's a win. Also, the interaction between the main characters was mostly believable and natural. While some of the secondary character development was a little bit strange, I thought the writer did a pretty good job.

Now for the bad stuff. The character of Lord Gracen Seabourne felt like he was added after the fact. We had no real explanation for his stubborn refusal to use logic or even listen at all. He was sort of robotic and not very believable, more like a caricature than a real person. I think the writer could have come up with a better mechanism for driving the heroes into the swamp. Although I recognize that Lord Seabourne was necessary in order to separate Sora from her old life and convince her to stop trying to escape, it still would have been nice if he had been drawn up with a little bit more complexity.

The editing, while not as bad as in many books I have read, was still pretty bad. There were many instances where words were missing or sentences were chopped up or tended to run on. The writer's use of language was not always spot on either. One particular criticism I have is the writer's improper conjugation of the verb "run." Every time I read that somebody "had ran," it was like a toothpick jammed in my eye. I probably would have given this book 4 stars if not for the editing problems. Unfortunately they seriously detracted from the flow of the story.
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