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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Storms of Destiny

I would like to take a minute to talk about A.C. Crispin. As many of you may (or may not) know, she is one of the co-founders of Writer Beware. The work she and Victoria Strauss have done to protect writers from scam artists is beyond commendable. She personally helped prevent me from taking a major fleecing from a particularly smooth scam agent a few years ago. Yeah, not one of my prouder moments. I don’t know of anyone that thinks they are gullible enough to fall for a scam, but I nearly took the bait, hook, line and sinker.

Her prowess as scam hunter is not what I want to talk to you about today, however. She is also the author of over 20 novels. Yes, she has been a very busy lady and she has a new book on the stands even as we speak. Storms of Destiny is a fantasy adventure from the word go. In retrospect I would say that it was a mix of Dragonlance and Planet of the Apes. A strange mix, you say? It won’t seem quite as strange once you read the book. More than likely, you will probably read it and think to yourself, I can think of way better analogies to describe this story. Well, good for you. This is my blog and I chose to compare the story to these two! Just kidding, I would actually be very interested in hearing from anyone else that has read this story to see what they thought of it.

Storms of Destiny is the first book in the Exiles of Boq’urain.
"In a world at peril, five exiles must band together to stop a god.

Banished from their former lives, an unlikely group of comrades -- a warrior disgraced, a disillusioned priestess, a fiery revolutionary, a mysterious non-human healer, and an enslaved prince -- are drawn together in a desperate race to stop an invading army. But they soon discover the danger is infinitely greater, for their true enemy is none other than a malevolent, vengeful god who has destroyed many worlds..."

There are five primary characters (for the forces of good):

The Exiles of Boq'urain: Storms of Destiny is the first book in a trilogy about five adventurers who must defeat the demon Boq'urak. The story begins with the warrior-priest Jezzil infiltrating an enemy fortress. It goes horribly wrong and his comrades quickly find themselves outnumbered. His training tells him that he should fight to the death, but he wants to live. He flees for his life, instantly marking him as an outcast to the Pen Jav Dal

Thia is a 19-year-old novice priestess. A wrong turn in a forbidden tunnel, reveals the true nature of the god she worships; Boq'urak. She flees the temple, barely escaping with her life. She finds herself lost, not only in a world that she has never known existed outside the temple, but also in her spiritual direction. She had spent her life in the service of a monster and now has no one to pray to for help.

Khith is a generless, furred creature that lives in the jungles that surround the city of the ancients. He, er “it” is a sorcerer, healer and scholar. His thirst for knowledge about the ancients eventually gets him the boot from his community.

Prince Eregard is the youngest of the King’s sons. The Crown Prince Salesin (his oldest brother) is an overpowering, greedy, manipulative tyrant and he isn’t even the king yet. Even his own father (the King) fears him. In an effort to stop an uprising the King asks Eregard to sail to Katal to discover the source of the unrest (I bet you couldn’t guess that Salesin’s greed has a lot to do with it). On the long journey, the ship is captured by pirates (I love pirates) and Eregard is forced into slavery.

Talis Aloro hates men, plain and simple. She was savagely raped by her uncle and her father did nothing to set things right. She also happens to be the right hand…er, woman to the man who is plotting against Eregard's kingdom.
The story moves between the points of view of these characters, showing the reader the world through many different eyes.

There are a few places that seem to drag as she sets the stage, but they are few and far between. The first book of a trilogy always has the hardest duty; setting up the world and characters for the rest of the books to run with. She did a remarkable job of getting all of the pertinent information across without just spelling everything out for you. The story ends with several unanswered questions, setting us up to dive right into the next book the moment it is released.

Ann Crispin has wove an incredible story here. She fleshes out her characters to the point that they are almost tangible. Her battle scenes are brilliantly laid out; you can almost smell the blood on the battlefield. Swordplay, revolutionaries, magic, strange creatures (both good and bad), not one but two formidable enemies and an underlying moral about freedom (with it’s many levels) and the cost of keeping it, this book has it all. If you enjoy fantasy at all, you will love this book. It was a fun read.

I can’t wait to pick up the next one.


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At 7:09 AM, Blogger Breazy said...

It sounds like a good read so I will have to check it out ! Thanks :)

At 8:22 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

It was fun to step out of the horror/thriller stage and into the world of pure fantasy for a while.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

Oh I bet ! I am always flipping from one to the other . I read anything from Romance to Hauntings . My favorite is historical romance with a little vampiric , paranormal happening all at once . LOL! I am currently reading a book by Nicholas Sparks called "The Rescue" . So far it is really good ! :)


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