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  • By cypressgreen1
    Aug 25, 2011
    The Three Faces of Zembeth is a self published first novel, and as such I expected some bumps in the proverbial road. The first I hit was type size. “Holy moley!” I said, “is that ever small! Amazingly small!” I always wear reading glasses, but those of you who prefer a larger type, be aware. In addition, there are numerous typos. Occasionally, Ms. Canterbury uses a turn of phrase that loses me and I have to re-read to get her meaning. Nevertheless, these issues are small. This book I would classify sci-fi fantasy. I found the Prologue with it's heavier sci-fi content too slow, but the book rapidly became more engaging as I swung into the chapters. I do not know if the author wrote that part before finding her groove. The opening characters and setting are not well described enough to suit me. (Later characters and settings are given in much detail.) The point of the Prologue seems to be to describe the political structure of the worlds in question and the current military conflict,... More > but I found the “inner” and “outer” rim worlds, who ran what, etc. to be a bit confusing. I would have liked to know what Dom, Miguel, and their taverns looked like so I could picture them. Being a very visually oriented person, I become easily frustrated with books that fail to describe surroundings and people. I was concerned. However, that all changed with chapter one, and as the book progressed, I found it hard to put down. The story has great momentum. On first hearing, I was bothered that the main character is an "elf princess.” Don't we have plenty of those in the literature already? However, from the start it was made clear that this was not the character I expected! Princess Meriden is introduced to the readers...on her chamber pot. Yup. That's what I said! And she's not Miss Perfection, either. Although she is a powerful magic user and kindhearted, she is timid, easily cowed by the Queen, and does not relate well to her fellow elves. Plus, she’s not a great “Disney Princess” beauty - an albino, she's described as having "skeletal knees," hands like "a cage of bones held together by paper and thin purple thread," and her blue lipped face is "that of a depressed famine survivor." Since she is the character pictured on the cover, I expected the book to be mainly about her. But the action and character development mainly focus on Captain Britteny Devarelle, a human inexplicably marooned on Zembeth and given over to Princess Meredith as a slave. Perhaps the focus will shift with books 2 & 3. Ms. Canterbury also does a lovely job describing palace interiors and the wild outdoors. Non-human and non-elf characters are also well described, and the storyline has a liberal dose of humor throughout! This is no stuffy tale. A couple of examples of her detail: "The dark palace at Kloter Mass Arosa boasted black onyx walls polished to a mirror finish, carved with magick to show fighting dragons...And so it was their hall was dripped with scarlet and deep purple, embellished with detailed iron works, their floor a macabre spiral of magical symbols constructed to maintain balance within the darker surges that dwell in all." "The gnome pissed on Britt's feet in fear. She dropped the woman and started hopping from one foot to the other in disgust. 'Son of a bitch!' She danced around frantically trying to get to the tub to rinse the urine off her feet." "The tree still had the telltale skin textured white bark. The leaves were copper colored, red and gold, and glinted with a metallic reflective effect." Ms. Canterbury also manages to slip in some unexpected surprise twists and has some very clever and original settings and props. Captain Britt’s fighting gauntlets, for example, have surprising capabilities (sorry - no spoiler!). Interesting details and explanations are paced well. If you like sci-fi fantasy, try this book. Do not judge the book by its cover (I hated the cover art!). I mean, how could you pass up a book with chapter titles like “Corpse Spelunking” and “Bi-Polar Fey?” Finally, a full disclosure: The author, Rowan Canterbury, is an old friend. However, I purchased this book myself thru Lulu, and did not get a free copy, nor does the author demand reviews of her friends. I told the author that after I read the book I planned to review it, but *only if I liked it.* I assure those reading these words that the best kindness I could do for a friend was to *not review her book* if I thought it totally sucked, and, if I did like it, to do an honest job of it. She said she expected no more or less. Seriously, I was secretly worried that I’d hate it, and have to tell the author that I was unimpressed. Just because you know someone is clever and wicked funny, it doesn’t mean they can write! LOL I address these issues because I have seen/been involved in far too many spats on Amazon (where I normally review) where reviewers are accused of being the author of that book themselves or standing to gain from its success.< Less
  • By almill10
    Aug 3, 2011
    By Patricia Miller I am an avid reader of all genres, and I just love this book! The author really has a way with words. The way she described the characters made me love so many of them. I had a very hard time putting the book down! I can't wait to find out what happens next. Please hurry with the next book!
  • By Rowan Canterbury
    Jul 12, 2011
    By Kathy McClung I am not a fan of sci-fi, fan­tasy books, but after read­ing Book One of the Three Faces Of Zem­beth, I’m hooked. The char­ac­ter of Sara of Sid O’Sala is prob­a­bly my favorite, but, the entire book is writ­ten to cap­ture you and take you to the planet of Zem­beth, and leave you want­ing to know what will hap­pen next. Hurry with Book 2.
  • By jeep0471
    Jun 8, 2011
    A breath of fresh air blows into the sci-fi/fantasy genre with The Three Faces of Zembeth. A quick read with all of my favorite aspects: magic, fighting, sassy women telling each other like it is, romance, sex and jewelry!
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August 6, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.01 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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