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But didn't you say that he would turn into a kind of half-dragon? That sounds awesome and original! When are we getting to that part? Book: Soon, soon. Patience is a virtue, you know. First, let's spend some hundred pages on angst and an astonishing lack of character growth! Oh, and why not throw in some women he can fall in low with! Me: "Fall in love with"?

It seems more like infatuation to me. And that random friendship with his sworn enemy was so out of the blue. Come on, book! Book: But look at his blonde hair! When is the character growth coming? People are dying! He is a ruler now, for Christ's sake! Stop moping around! Book: Hold on! You don't want to miss these three boring chapters about his mother! Me: Ugh. Please stop. Book: He is trying to find a cure, his life is terrible, his hair is blonde and the mysteries gather like thick fog, like breath on cold morning air, like-- Me: BAM!

Shut the fuck up! Book: B-but what are you doing? Don't you want to know how this epic battle against evil ends? Me: NO. Book: But-- Me: I said no. Leave me the fuck alone. The end. View all 5 comments. Nov 29, Nick T. Borrelli rated it really liked it. I love Sarah Ash. Now before you take that the wrong way, let me explain. Sarah has this rare ability to create this amazing story in her head and then actually succeed in pulling it off when she transmits that story to paper or laptop screen if you will. Many authors can do one or the other but there are very few who can do both well.

I'm happy to say that Sarah is one of them. The tears of Artamon series is set in an icy desolate Russia-like setting where dragons exist and can even manifest I love Sarah Ash. The tears of Artamon series is set in an icy desolate Russia-like setting where dragons exist and can even manifest themselves in human form. It's definitely an original take on the usual template of tropey fantasy. Quite refreshing to say the least. The setting is also perfect for a winter read while the prose is excellent and what I come to expect from Ms. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book and I plan on picking up the second one very very soon.

If you are looking for a "different" type of fantasy series, this one fits the bill. Check it out. Feb 15, Cay Evergreen rated it really liked it. People read different books for different reasons, and they look for different things. A lot of people read for plot and character, which is why most of the reviews are rather low. I don't dispute their claims. But I read with one criterion in mind, and one criterion only: style. If Sarah Ash has nothing else, it is style. Her description is beautiful and concise, and her settings are wonderful.

It's delightful to see non-Western-based worlds once in awhile, and her world is much more realistic a People read different books for different reasons, and they look for different things. It's delightful to see non-Western-based worlds once in awhile, and her world is much more realistic and varied than your generic sword and sorcery. I do wish she'd come up with something other than Drakhaoul, though.

Anything else, and the vampire overtones would have been significantly less noticeable. Jul 24, Tracey rated it did not like it Shelves: 1-star , abandoned , fantasy. Abandoned at about halfway point: repetitive, uninspired writing, uninteresting characters, weird juxtaposition of fantasy with reality, and altogether pretty predictable.


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And, as I recall, a level of sadism and torture porn that should have come with a warning label. View all 28 comments. Jul 26, Sarah Mac rated it it was ok Shelves: sheep-tsunami , soggy-beta-boner , read-regifted , android-cat-poetry , dnf-rubbish-flounce-goodbye , uber-disappointing , reviewed , zzz , zzzleftovers-completed , cover-me-white. But the writing is so And the characters are so Not to mention the way these protags sound like they stepped off a cheesy YA fic. Man Disappointing. Man the hell up. And Kiukiu, you're 18?

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As for Astasia, she's just like any other self-insert rebellious daughter of rich folks wanting to chart her own life path. Nov 25, Katie rated it it was ok. Some aspects of this book could have been redeeming some really good action scenes , but on the whole, I didn't like this novel. The characters were all too one-dimensional, and it's hard to become invested in their stories because they are thrown into the plot as quickly as the reader is.

And it's very disorienting and only serves to make the reader feel dispassionate toward the characters. I'd anticipated reading this novel for awhile, but I think other authors do a better job with some of the Some aspects of this book could have been redeeming some really good action scenes , but on the whole, I didn't like this novel.

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I'd anticipated reading this novel for awhile, but I think other authors do a better job with some of the same concepts. Feb 12, Servius Heiner rated it did not like it Shelves: crap-fantasy.

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Not only are the characters flat, their flimsy flat. I keep trying to understand their motives for their actions and it just doesn't happen. Clan a attacks clan b breaking into the castle and killing woman and children. Clan b repels clan a and counter attacks wiping out all but one of the clan a blood line. But clan b is portrayed as the "bad" guys. Then there Not only are the characters flat, their flimsy flat. Then there are friendships that just appear; out of enemies.

As it stands I am sad to say I don't have anything else to read at the moment so I am going to force myself to read the next two books Somebody hold my hand. Jul 29, Crazy Uncle Ryan rated it really liked it Shelves: random-library-or-bookstore-finds. I was in the library looking for a book to read and came across this series. I had never heard of it but it had a cool enough looking cover so I got it. I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of really interesting and likable characters and a very clever and exciting storyline.

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I really liked the way it ended and look fo I was in the library looking for a book to read and came across this series. I really liked the way it ended and look forward to starting the next book. Nov 24, Althea Ann rated it really liked it. I bought this book just 'cause of the pretty cover art. I wasn't familiar with the author at all. About half way through the book, I ordered the two sequels, and just today I bought another book from the author.

So - she's won me over! This is very enjoyable epic fantasy. Yes, the characterizations and politics are a bit simplistic - but I thought it worked, in the context of a I bought this book just 'cause of the pretty cover art. Yes, the characterizations and politics are a bit simplistic - but I thought it worked, in the context of a fable. I enjoyed both the two main plot threads - first, the story of Gavril - a young artist whose mother has shielded him from knowledge of his father's heritage: possession by a dragon-like spirit which gives great power, but only at the cost of ones humanity.

Second - the story of Kiukiu, a girl who, similarly has had her heritage hidden. Her father was a magician who, through music, could cross the boundaries of life and death, and she also has unknowingly inherited powers. Recommended for fans of Robin Hobb, Carol Berg, etc. Mar 07, Rosu Aquabutts rated it really liked it Shelves: interesting-worlds. This book is excellent.

It's extremely unique and when you've read as much fantasy as I have, unique counts for a lot. The primary political factors in the book revolve around the rise of potential communism in the nation of Muscobar and th I am too lazy to write a legit review for this right now which I know I'll regret later when I want to come back to read my thoughts on it but WHATEVER.

The primary political factors in the book revolve around the rise of potential communism in the nation of Muscobar and the prince who wants to bring the sundered nation of Rossiya back to its former united glory. The primary magical one involves the main character, Gavril Nagarian, having been possessed by the "Drakhaoul," a spirit-monster that turns him into a creature part demon, part dragon, and part vampire.

There's a whole lot of fantasy potential untapped in Slavic roots. The Dracula-esque Drakhaon was unique and interesting, while the political unrest framed a great backround. I loved the Guslyars, an extremely unique order of magician that's part bard, part shaman, and part necromancer. Sarah Ash focuses more on the wonder of magic than the rules that govern it, something that I appreciate now more than even in this post-Mistborn age. I love and respect and appreciate complex, tightly woven magic systems I really liked all the characters, major and minor both.

Ash was just comfortable enough killing characters that I feared for everybody the entire time. I really appreciated the different mix of characters. There's no prevalent archetype here, and the nature of this story let us have all sorts of different character types. I didn't find either the barbaric Azhkendi or the more civilized southerners were intended to be seen as more "right" than the other, which is something I ALWAYS really appreciate. I prefer my fantasy balanced, yo. While there are a few problems picturing the scene -- she leaves out key transitions and I need to adjust my mental picture when I realize we've moved further than I thought -- she turns a beautiful phrase, especially the descriptions of the Drakhaoul's magic and of the ways beyond.

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My one complaint about this book is one that I'm not sure is really a complaint, but damn. The pacing in this thing is bizarre and strange. Conflicts arise and are resolved so quickly and seemingly irrelevantly that it made my head spin a few times. I mean, almost pages dedicated to the ghost of Volkh, and the solution was so anticlimatic? Or what about the werewolves? Or the revolution in Muscobar? It's not a bad thing, neccessarily, but it was There was also the problem that some things developed a little more quickly than they seemed they should.

Namely, the relationships between Kiukiu, Gavril, and Jaromir. I think there was a large chunk of time at the abbey that I would have liekd to have actually seen onscreen, exciting or not, because I felt it hard to really believe that Jaro and Gavril had become as close as the book told me they had. So since this is a lazy review I don't need to come up with a nice conclusion for it. I loved this book and I'm definitely getting the next one asap.

Sep 20, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: s , dark-fantasy. Not exactly a good day, but it gets worse from there. Most of these people live up to that challenge and come out the other side stronger and better people for it, despite the fact that easy exits are provided for them along the way and they are provided with every motivation to quit. I was really looking forward to this book for a couple of really foolish reasons — but every girl can be a little foolish once in a while without hurting anything.

I really liked this cover. From the standpoint of looking at this cover, it just looked like an amazing book, and I was excited about it. I really think it was unfair to class this as epic fantasy. I also feel like the plot was a little neglected at times, considering that it could have been so much better, in favor of rushing off to do one thing or another. Considering that I also think that the characters were neglected, I sort of want to blame an overzealous editor who wanted to keep the book small. This could have been done in a much better way.

I will definitely not be reading the follow-up novels. Mar 12, Heather rated it it was amazing. She has created a rich world of varied cultures and a diverse and sympathetic cast of characters. I particularly enjoyed the character development and look forward to seeing them evolve further in the next two books. I highly recommend this book.

If he uses the powers inherent in his blood, the dark creature inside him will slowly take over, growing more powerful with every use, until, finally, he turns from human to dragon for good. But that is not all. When he uses his power, he becomes incredibly thirsty, and though his will manages to keep him drinking only water, he knows that blood is the true thing that will quench it.

How long can he keep from using his powers when there is an enemy determined to use the most ruthless means possible to kill him and conquer his lands? His only friend is Kiukiu, the lowliest of servants. Orphaned, she has only the rough love of her aunt and her devotion to Gavril. When she sees Lord Volkh in the mirror, he forces her to use powers she never knew she had to bring him through. She is determined to make things right, but it is not until she is betrayed and thrown out of the Kastel that she is finally set on the path to learning how.

Meanwhile, his mother has left her home, determined to get her son back, but is the spymaster who helps her doing so out of kindness, or is he manipulating her for his own ends? This darkly delicious novel takes elements from Eastern European folklore and combines them with vampirism, dragons and politics to create an unusual and rich new landscape. But his innocence is about to be shattered. The man who ruled the wintry kingdom of Azhkendir, a man infused with the burning blood of the dragon-warrior known as Drakhaoul, has been murdered by his enemies.

It is his fiery, chameleonlike blood that pulses through Gavril's veins. The news is Gavril's first taste of death--but it will not be his last. For blood is the liquid that seals his fate. Expected by clan warriors from the north to avenge his father's murder--and still his unquiet ghost--Gavril is kidnapped. He soon learns that becoming Drakhaon means not only ascending to the throne of Azhkendir but changing, in subtle ways at first, into a being of extraordinary power and might.

A being that must be replenished with the blood of innocentsin order to survive. Ensconced in Kastel Drakhaon with no means of escape from the icebound kingdom, and carefully watched by neighboring rulers waiting to move against him, the untested Gavril must fight to retain his human heart and soul in the face of impending war--and the dark instincts that threaten to overpower him.

Man and beast, spymaster and insurgent, nature and the netherworld--all collide inphenomenal twists and turns. A masterwork of adventure fantasy, Lord of Snow and Shadows will leave you stunned--and longing for more. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Spectra, Condition: New. Seller Inventory More information about this seller Contact this seller. Book Description Penguin Random House. Brand New. Book Description Spectra Books, Australia, Language: English. Brand new Book.

Combining the best of fantasy traditions with her own unique vision, Sarah Ash brings us a new saga filled with epic adventure and unforgettable characters--set in a world teeming with political intrigue, astonishing magic, and passions both dark and light. But now the man who ruled the wintry kingdom of Azhkendir, a man infused with the burning blood of the dragon-warrior known as Drakhaoul--has been murdered by his enemies.

Expected to avenge his father's death--and still his unquiet ghost--Gavril soon learns that becoming Drakhaon means not only ascending to the throne of Azhkendir but slowly changing into a being of extraordinary power and might.