Author: Alan Spade Release Date: February, 2014 Series: Ardalia #1 Genre: Fantasy, Adventure Edition: e-book (epub) Pages: 337 Publisher: Self-published Interest: Requested by author Source: Author (Thanks, Alan!) Buy: Amazon
Pelmen hates being a tanner, but that’s all he would ever be, thanks to the rigid caste system amongst his people, the hevelens. Then he meets Master Galn Boisencroix and his family. The master carpenter opens up the world of archery to young Pelmen, who excels at his new-found skill. But Pelmen’s intractable father would have none of it, and tries to force Pelmen to stay in the tannery.
One day, however, Pelmen’s best friend and Master Galn’s son, Teleg, disappears. Lured away by the prospect of untold riches through mining amberrock, the most precious substance in the world, Teleg finds himself a prisoner of the Nylevs, fierce fire-wielding worshippers of the god of destruction.
Now Pelmen must leave all he knows behind, overcome his fears and travel across the land, in search of his childhood friend. Along the way, he will ally himself with strange and fantastic beings: a shaman who controls the Breath of Aoles, or the power of the wind, a krongos, a creature of the mineral realm who can become living rock, and a malian, adept at water magic.
I loved this book and I’m eagerly waiting to read all the books in this series. Breath Of Aoles has a lot of things in store for a fantasy-lover. A great adventurous journey, an intelligent and receptive lead character with a great sense of moral, faithful companions, bizarre animals and beasts and numerous magical elements.
This book has a a great narrative and a really strong storyline which makes you believe in it and fall in love with it. Pelmen is a brilliant character, that eventually grows on you, and you start to accept and respect his view of the world he lives in. You will feel the connection between you and Pelmen getting stronger with each chapter. I absolutely loved Pelmen and was able to feel his emotions very-well. At times some of the names seem strange to pronounce, but that really doesn’t affect the overall magical effect of the book.
I liked Xuven and Fekkar also, and was able to connect with them easily. All other people and beings introduced, were also quite fascinating.
I’ll be cutting back on half a star because of above said difficult pronunciations and some grammatical and spelling mistakes.
I’ll recommend it everyone who loves reading adventure and fantasy, even suspense! I’ve already read it twice and will be happy to read it again 🙂
Opening Line: ‘It was hot in tannery even though the doors and windows allowed constant airflow.’
Highlights: Strong and well-developed characterisation.
Low-lights: Printing errors.
Final Thoughts: A must read.