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  • By Matthew Chivers
    Aug 31, 2013
    The story starts off with an interesting prologue, which certainly plays its part later on in the conspiracy. This fantasy-adventure mainly follows the young manservant, Estean. Estean witnesses the murder of an important Knight in the lands of Alendeortor. He is soon on the run for his life - at least until he has a plan to settle the score of why the Knight, whom he serves, was killed in cold blood. The lands of Alendeortor are best described as rich, ranging from bio-luminescent creatures to fungal and other plant life on the outskirts, which are beautifully described, to the other side of Alendeortor that has been heavily mined for the raw mineral, Obsidian - the Castle City's only real resource that provides it any wealth. Once out of the Castle City, Estean soon encounters the two female protagonists of the tale. Arashi and Ame, both of who are twin sisters - a most welcome twist when it comes to a lead role(s). Arashi can be counted as the true female lead, with short hair and... More > full of spunk, whereas her sister, Ame, is best described as bright and intelligent - but unable to speak due to a form of disability. After some soul searching during the tale, followed by some proper action and adventure, and after some assistance from Estean in the form of helping the twin protagonists, the trio make a hazardous journey back to the Castle City in order to infiltrate it - to finally unearth the conspiracy in which Estean was framed. Later during the tale, Estean has some secrets of his own, related to his past, which I won't spoil here - but it definitely cements the end of the book - to some extent. In all, I thought the Queen of Alendeortor is well-written, filled with many colourful characters (thankfully not a million - a sensible number of characters so you don't forget and lose track. A mistake, I think, that too many authors do by trying to take on so much at once - QoA isn't the case) and, certainly, a real treat to read to those who want to escape to a colourful world and, so much so, that I count it as one of my favorites. There is enough room at the end of the novel to truly begin a series if, of course, the author so wishes to go in that direction. Even if it remains as a stand-alone novel, the world is strong enough to hold its own without a series to follow. A definite read for all fantasy fans, and I hope to see more of Estean, Arashi and Ame. Especially Ame. I developed a soft spot for her and her ditzy ways. Give it a read!< Less

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First Edition
August 15, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.82 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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