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eBook å Curse of The Bond Riders ì Karen Brooks On the edge of a mystical border called the Limen close to a beautiful canal laced city a humble candlemaker rescues a child whom he raises as his apprentice Years pass and the child’s unusual talents are re There’s been uite a bit of buzz in the Australian spec fic scene lately over the recent release of Tallow the first book in Karen Brooks’ new fantasy series The Curse of the Bond RidersBrooks is known in Australia as an academic cultural commentator and young adult fantasy author Tallow is her latest offering and the first of her work I’ve readSet in a city very much like Renaissance Venice the novel tells the story of Tallow an orphaned child raised by a lowly candle maker hence the child’s name who also happens to be the last surviving member of a mystical race long ago banished from the canal cityThe child becomes a teenager and latent talents are revealed watched from the shadows by men and women who each need the child’s talents for their own ambiguous endsThe candle maker and his freuently violent mother go to suffocating lengths to hide Tallow’s true identity with the resultant conseuences often frustrating But those conseuences also create the ever present tension that continues to build throughout the novelThe key drivers of the plot aren’t particularly original – an abused and isolated orphan with hidden talents; an ancient mystical religion suppressed by a patriarchal religion; confusion caused by hidden identities – but Brooks manages to deliver them in a fresh and new wayAnd while the historical elements and add texture to the story it’s the fantasy world that provides the hookBrooks has a clear talent for weaving elements of traditional Venetian society and politics with the dark multi layered fantasy world she’s created The writing is solid the storytelling rich with interesting twists and the mythology is cleverly influenced by not only history but also the Italian language itselfBrooks offers several points of view from various narrative characters which helps keep track of the increasingly layered plot Although Tallow’s changing point of view is occasionally distracting – sometimes first person sometimes thirdBy the end of the first book Tallow’s world has been turned upside down and a series of clever twists makes it hard for the young orphan to tell friend from foeMuch happens in this first book which ends with a twist that sets the scene for an intriguing second book assumedly due out this year

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Download ePub ´ Tallow Curse of The Bond Riders í Curse of The Bond Riders ✓ On the edge of a mystical border called the Limen close to a beautiful canal laced city a humble candlemaker rescues a child whom he raises as his apprentice Years pass and the child’s unusual talents are revealed the The Morte WhisperersThey hunger after the child’s ancient magic and will do anything to control it betray lie manipulate Even murderA story of intrigue deadly magic and a love so deep it transcends life itse I persevered and unfortunately it wasn't that great It clearly states that it is a part of a series but it didn't offer any resolutions or any great progress in the story whatsoever Several characters motivations weren't really made clear and so I couldn't really get in to the story line Not a series I will be continuing with and thats saying someething

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Tallow Curse of The Bond Riders #1Vealed the gentle art of candlemaking slowly transforming into something far sinisterLingering in the shadows enemies watch and wait a vengeful aristocrat an exotic ueen and the lethal creatures known only as I give props to Karen Brooks’s imagination I love the idea of candlewax imbued with magic which is released when lit The book is set in Serenissima or old world Venice and it’s always refreshing to read a fantasy novel with an unusual setting It’s a world of artisans political intrigues and superstitions into which Brooks weaves a story of magic prophesies and immortal beingsI know this is my personal reading bias coming through but by the end of the book I felt that Brooks laid on a little anguish than was necessary for Tallow It could be that forthcoming books will provide balance but I was left very much unsatisfied by Tallow’s ending The book is first in a series and there isn’t much of an attempt to tie up loose endsTallow is one of those books I find very difficult to evaluate I struggled to keep my interest for most of the first half of the book yet I couldn’t put it down from page 200 onwards Brooks shows flashes of the kind of lyrical prose I love in my fantasy novels and the world of Serenissima was something new and exciting for me I think some of the issues I had with Brooks’s writing stem from being an adult reading a book targeted towards children and young adults who I think may well be enchanted by this new seriesFor a detailed review see Book Thingo