The Three Faces of Zembeth
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Earth was once the home of many magical races. There came a time when they felt it necessary to get out while the getting was good. Zembeth became their new home, only a few dimensions away. Earth was once the home of Captain Britteny Eden Devarelle. During her young life, there came a time that an alien race decided they needed to get her out while the getting was good before the destruction of her home planet. Now Zembeth's superior race of Elvish people are in a peril that they are completely unaware of. As our Captain is thrown into a world full of elves, dragons and ogres, she is called upon to not only save a planet, without the help of technology and her fellow pirates, but also saddled with the task of saving it's bipolar princess who has been accused of the murder of her mother the Queen of Elves and stripped of her magical abilities. The Three Faces of Zembeth takes you from one universe to another in a mad race against time, worm hole closure, magic and fate.
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Aug 25, 2011The 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
Aug 3, 2011By 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!
Jul 12, 2011By 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.
Jun 8, 2011A 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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- Rowan Canterbury (Standard Copyright License)
- August 6, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.01 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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