miercuri, 24 aprilie 2013
Title: The Beholder
Author: Ivan Amberlake
Published: January 26th 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
No. pages: 186
Add it to: Goodreads
Purchase: Kindle * Paperback
Worlds of Light and Darkness are about to clash. And Jason will be in the thick of it.
In Asunción, Minsk and Sydney, people die under mysterious circumstances. Each branded with an arcane sign, they are pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When more people are missing, with similar signs appearing in and around their homes, Jason, an average New Yorker, realizes the victims are a riddle addressed to him.
He is the final piece.
Emily appears, the most beautiful woman with extraordinary powers and startling amber eyes, and tells Jason that powers dormant within him are about to wake. In the world of Light- and Darksighted, he is the only person who can prevent Darkness from enslaving the world. He is the Beholder whose advent has been awaited for many years.
Setting out on a journey with Emily, Jason discovers many improbable things like Sight, Soulfusion, the Hall of Refuge, but the greatest surprise arrives the moment he sees Emily and finds real love.(Goodreads)
His path lies through the valley of shadows
Where eleven souls are marked by the aura of the One.
Through Light and Darkness he will walk
Innocent blood he will save with knowledge only he possesses.
Emily was an artist; heaven was her canvas.
Darkness descends to eclipse the Light
Death will take the lives of many, sparing no one.
In deaths of the Doomed, Light shimmers:
The Light that will set the Beholder free.
First of all I'd like to thank Ivan for the book because it was exceptional. Is one of the greatest book received for review. I was a little bit lazy with the review because of school but now I can say my honest opinion about the book. It was an unusual read(in a good way) because the war Light vs Dark was different, the energy battle creating an amazing world. I really appreciate the well balanced description with the other elements,because I tend to get bored of too much of it. Here it wasn't the case because the fictional world created was breathless. Trying to imagine the world described, I let myself surrounded by colors and waves of energy,a truly beautiful spectacle.
The action started good,not too suddenly and slowly the reader gets captivated by the mystery that is around Jason and his friends, Debbie and Matt. The conflict between light and dark gets another perspective because of the power used to control the people and also the hidden world that they can't see because they are "unsightened". The fighting parts were so breath-taking, reading and reading to see who will win.
The bond between the characters was so strong and this made everything intense. I must say that even if Jason was the Beholder and the main character , the one that I liked the most was Emily because she was strong and hardly showed her emotions that were in her heart trying to protect the others. She managed to accept Jason fast and the love story was so nice,but the end of the book left me with no words. I just didn't know what to do after reading it. I can't wait for the next book! I need to know what will happen. I'm sure you'll truly love this book just like I did. Blame me if you don't!
An urban fantasy writer, an avid beta-reader, proofreader and editor who enjoys reading fantasy, crime and thriller books.
I love active protagonists who get into a lot of trouble on their way to the truth, and never give up whatever happens to them.
I love watching action movies like The Matrix, Harry Potters and have a soft spot for sitcoms like Friends and The Big Bang Theory.
"The Beholder" is my debut paranormal fantasy novel. This is what Joe Kovacs, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of "Ginger the Gangster Cat", said about it: 'THE BEHOLDER is a tight and fast-paced thriller combining the crawling claustrophobia of Stephen King's "It" and the exciting arcane symbol-hunting of Dan Brown's "Celestine Prophecy"'
A HarperCollins editor said in their review of The Beholder: "[Amberlake] shows a real passion for language in his descriptions."
Evan was so nice to accept to give an e-book for one lucky winner!
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In primul rand as vrea sa-i multumesc lui Ivan pentru carte deoarece a fost exceptionala. E una din cele mai bune carti primite pentru recenzie. Am intarziat un pic cam mult cu recenzia din cauza scolii, dar acum pot sa-mi spun opinia despre carte. A fost o lectura neobisnuita(in sensul pozitiv) deoarece razboiul Lumina vs Intuneric a fost diferit , batalia energiilor creand o lume deosebita. Apreciez balanta dintre descriere si celelalte elemente deoarece ma plictisesc repede daca e prea multa. Aici nu a fost cazul deoarece lumea fictionala creata m-a lasat fara cuvinte. Incercand sa-mi imaginez acel univers m-am lasat cuprinsa de culori, valuri de energie,un adevarat spectacol.
Actiunea a inceput bine,nu prea rapid si incet incet cititorul este cuprins de misterul din jurul lui Jason si al prietenilor lui, Matt si Debby. Conflictul dintre lumina si intuneric prinde o noua perspectiva din cauza puterii folosite sa conduca oamenii,dar si datorita lumii ascunse pe care ei nu o vad deoarece sunt "nevazatori". Scenele de lupta te tin in suspans si efectiv nu ma puteam opri din citit ca sa vad cine castiga
Legatura dintre personaje era asa de stransa,incat a facut totul mai intens. Trebuie sa admit ca desi Jason era personajul principal,cel mai mult mi-a placut Emily deoarece era puternica si rar isi arata emotiile din inima ei,incercand sa-i protejeze pe cei din jur. A reusit sa-l accepte pe Jason repede si povestea de dragoste a fost atat de frumoasa,dar sfarsitul m-a lasat masca. Pur si simplu nu stiam ce sa fac dupa ce am terminat-o. Abia astept urmatoarea carte! Trebuie sa stiu ce se va intampla. Sunt sigura ca o sa va placa cartea ca si mie. Daca nu,dati vina pe mine!
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