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A professor's thoughts on Elven Jewel 'Fantasy in the Grand Tradition.' @JoshuaGrasso #FSFNet #fantasy
'I think she bridges the world of adult fantasy and YA fantasy quite well with this story, and it would be a great intro to a younger reader first venturing into the wilds of the fantasy genre. That said, a seasoned reader would appreciate her attention to detail and the small twists she introduces to the traditional lore. It's a fast-moving, well-written excerpt, the kind of writing you like to curl up in a bed with on a long winter's night. So glad she found her way to Inkitt!'
Overall Rating 5 star
Plot 5 star
Writing Style 5 star
Punctuation 5 star
Critique by Joshua Grasso
Inkitt review: http://www.inkitt.com/stories/20964/reviews
Elven Jewel is book one of the Hunters of Reloria trilogy and has been well-received by readers from age 10 to almost 100. Please take the time to read and offer your opinions as well.
Elven Jewel on Amazon
quest to warn others of the impending invasion about to overtake their lush and peaceful land. Hoards of Vergai, reptilian warriors from the land of Vergash are pouring into their quiet world through a portal in the shield which protects them from invaders. They are caught up in the rush to assemble an army to fight the invaders and rescue the kidnapped Elven princess, Shari-Rose. Along the way they are able to enlist the help of a motely assemblage of Relorias varied inhabitants. Once mortal enemies forge alliances to save their land. Human Knights fight alongside Dwarves and Goblins. The mysterious Mountain Man, Asher Grey leads the Hunters of Reloria to a bloody encounter with over one thousand Vergai on the plains. The battle is ultimately won but not without great cost and the princess remains captive beyond the portal in Vergash.
I believe the author achieved this in the clever way he introduced the characters along the way.
The story is one that produces and action packed saga while bringing different people with different beliefs together for the common goal of safety from a cold blooded reptilian race that has destroyed their own resources and are now out to simply take away from others. There was also a love triangle of small proportion in the beginning that kept readers interested as well and we all waited to see which boy the huntress was actually interested in. I found the huntress to be the most fascinating character in this story and enjoyed how much dedication the author put into her backstory and showing her multifaceted personality.
It was also nice to see the message that some of the characters turned out to be nothing like the rest of their race was considered to be like and how people should be given a chance to prove themselves different. There was a brilliant mixture of opposite type characters and things were kept peaceful by just that-the peaceful ones, and the while the egotistical meat headed knights and mountain man called a verbal truce; it was still interesting to see the tension between them still bubble to the surface.
The book ended with a wonderful conclusion that was loose enough that it left you wondering what happened to the princess and I look forward to reading the second one in this trilogy to find out! Overall I have given this book a 4 star rating. You can follow the link below to allow this book to infiltrate your mind as well.
Until Our Next Adventure, By PrincessPenelope - See all my reviews
Will I make a sea change or tree change and move somewhere quiet? Nah, I hate moving, but maybe I'll be a bit quieter within myself. 'Calm the farm' as my good friend, This Charming Mum would say (yes she said that in her blog the other day and I'm so stealing it while poking out my tongue). After all, being incredibly witty is one of those things I've never mastered, so I might as well quit that habit as well.
So what is realistically achievable in my quest to downsize? Hmmm ... I guess I'd better keep on raising the halflings, no cutting corners on that one. Next, I suppose I should keep one job to pay a few of the bills. Maybe I'll spend less money so I don't need to earn as much ... aha that could be a winner! Quitting post-graduate Uni ... yep not for this little black duck at the moment. They say study is a lifelong pursuit, so what's the rush eh? I'll get back to it eventually.
I was offered the position of Head Fundraiser at our local school. Thanks, but no, I'm downsizing this year. Just let me know when you want a cake stall and I'll be there with bells on.
This may come as a bit of a shock and you may giggle into your hipster beard when I say that I resolve to do a bit less social media and more writing. Yes, I said it. Candy Crush Saga and various other nefarious FB games are a major time drain, so I will try very hard to resist your temptations. Of course Dragon City is more like research than an actual game, so I can't give that one up. (Yes I can hear your chuckling all the way from over here. Ok, it is not remotely educational but so very addictive and I can't wait to hatch my first Hot Metal Dragon egg).
I have made a start on three new writing projects: The Tales of Fandri ( a prequel to the Hunters trilogy); a short story about Sienna which I am writing with Kyla, a young fan; and a new trilogy. What I will write first is anybody's guess, but the short story sounds like the quickest one, so it might get my vote while I'm still in editing mode.
New 5 star review for Elven Jewel 'Get swept away in a magical land' by Claire Rees: Girl Who Reads Reviews
Here starts the Halflings journey to save Reloria. Along the way they discover that the elven jewel is not what is seems. They meet some magical creatures and form unlikely bonds, and even in all of this danger they still manage to have some fun adventures. They become known as the ‘hunters of Reloria’ and they make some great new allies but also some very dangerous enemies. I loved the book and quickly became enamoured with this magical world of fairies, dragons, centaurs and many of mythical beasts/beings and I enjoyed travelling through the many different and wonderful places that make up Reloria. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves magical worlds with mythical beings and lots of adventure and action.
5 stars Get swept away in a magical land, September 26, 2014 By Claire Rees - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Elven Jewel (Hunters of Reloria trilogy Book 1) (Kindle Edition) Amazon link
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I’ve read countless stories about elves, halflings, dwarves, and dragons, and I can safely say that ‘Elven Jewel’ is a cut above its contemporaries for its imaginative creation of the world of Reloria and the depiction of a motley crew of hunters who intend to save the continent from barbaric invaders.
This is book 1 of the series so a set up is necessary to introduce the main characters as well as the immediate conflict. I find the pacing just right to immerse the reader into a new world where different races and creatures band together to achieve a common goal. I like how the characters have unique personalities with flaws and all, so there’s no confusion who’s saying what. This is something that I appreciate when reading a book with a host of characters.
The narrative style fits the genre and it presents the drama, humor, and the action at precisely the right time. It’s truly an enjoyable read.
'4 stars A great start to a new Fantasy trilogy...' Elven Jewel review by @CharlineRatclif from Blog Critics
In retrospect, I’m happy that I did because Elven Jewel turned out to be a good read. It was interesting, entertaining, and easily able to capture my imagination, plus the storyline became more engrossing as I continued further into the tale. That’s about the only “downside,” so to speak, of multiple book stories – the sometimes longish introductions to the various characters and the multiple plot lines. This was really the only area where Beaumont’s newness to the writing world actually showed. However, as Elven Jewel progressed, Beaumont seemed to grow more confident in his writing ability and more at ease within the world he was creating.
Elven Jewel is set on a world called Zumar, in a land known as Reloria. It’s a beautiful place; magically protected but sadly, over the course of time, its inhabitants have drifted apart. Some of this drift can be attributed to continental distance, some due to the evolution of their race’s intelligence, and some … because of chosen isolation; believing that they had been betrayed. Wherever, and however, these various races each chose to live though, life was still good.
Yet the same cannot be said for Vergash, the home continent on Zumar for the reptilian race known as the Vergai. Because of the cruel, warmongering nature of these cold-blooded people, their lands are dying. Barren, dry, and desolate, Vergash can no longer support their needs. However, the Vergai are well aware of the bounty Reloria holds; having previously attempted to conquer it, but without a favorable outcome.
Upon the successful defeat of the Vergai army, the elves of Reloria immediately created a magical shield designed to protect the entire continent. Neither man nor weapon could penetrate this barrier … until now, that is.
This is where readers will begin their journey; with the discovery that this impervious barrier has just been breached via a dimensional portal created by sorcerers; prisoners of the Vergai. And those are the only details with which I will provide you… (Awww)!
Rest assured though, if you’re a fan of fantasy literature, you will enjoy reading Elven Jewel. It’s a good book; full of intrigue, surprises and unique plot twists. Beaumont has done a great job of laying the trilogy’s foundation. Of course, upon reaching the end of this first volume, I was quite disappointed to realize that I was, in fact, at the end. But wait! There isn’t any more?!
Overall, Elven Jewel is a great start to the Hunters of Reloria, and I’m certainly looking forward to reading the second installment!