Imago now ranks as one of my all-time favorite epic fantasy series. And now, joy of all joys! Books 1,2 and 3 have been optioned for a major motion picture trilogy! Taking shelter from a freak blizzard, Nayla Treeborn, half elf, half human and not fully either, huddles next to the corpse of a dead soldier; using his body and the now un-needed cloaks of other dead soldiers to shelter her from the killing weather.
As she shelters there, she finds herself thinking about her life to that point; going back to a day when she had been a child the mental and physical equivalent of a mortal 12 year old, but was in reality 37 years of age. He has punished her for publicly disagreeing with him; nearly beating her to death. Joval Stonecroft discovers her, dreadfully mutilated and bloody and is horrified. Healing her as well as he can, he spirits her out of the elven city of Nagana to the human city of Anshen, home of the legendary Kagai Warriors. Taking the name of Takaro, the young girl embarks upon a lifetime of training, eventually becoming the only female Kagai Warrior ever accepted into the brotherhood.
When at long last she reaches womanhood, not only is Takaro fully trained in the manly arts of the warrior, but she is also a woman fully trained in the womanly arts as a spy, a courtesan and an assassin. In book 1 of the series the main antagonist is Eldred Firestaff, a sorcerer who combines the nicer qualities of Lord Voldemort Harry Potter with the personal charm of Ctuchik The Belgariad , and who is an immortal tool of evil, resurfacing every generation or so.
Each time he comes back, he uses the armies of the weak Emperor of East Orien as his power-base in his eternal quest to conquer the world of Imago. This book is concerned with fleshing out Nayla and really whets your appetite for the rest of the tale! Preview — A Warrior's Tale by L. A Warrior's Tale 4. Besieged by the enemy from the east and now immersed in war with soldiers of the Dark Army from the west, Nayla Treeborn and her people are about to engage in the next great war that will decide the fate of all mankind and El "Imago Chronicles: Besieged by the enemy from the east and now immersed in war with soldiers of the Dark Army from the west, Nayla Treeborn and her people are about to engage in the next great war that will decide the fate of all mankind and Elves in Imago.
In a desperate attempt to deliver word to the Elf king of Wyndwood andthose of the alliance for a call to arms, she is the last surviving messenger sent forth by her people. Now, trapped in a storm at the top of the world, she fights to survive the deadly elements in a strange land. Despised by Elves and shunned by mortals, she must now find the courage to make a place in this world, and the compassion to save those who keep her at arm's length.
This adventure recounts the defining moments in Nayla's life that had forged her into a deadly warrior, a great captain and a legend amongst the people of Imago. Paperback , pages. Published August 29th by L. Suzuki first published January 7th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Warrior's Tale , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Nov 18, Robin rated it really liked it. This was an excellent addition to the genre. The battles were well done, but it became formulaic. I felt like the battles were just repetitions of the same battle. Despite this however, I still enjoyed the book. This looks like a series that I'll follow. Mar 31, Darlene Foster rated it it was amazing. By creating the character of Nyla Treeborn, the author has introduced us to a woman of incredible strength and determination. After escaping her abusive father, she is determined to become a warrior.
She amazes everyone by her dedication, patience and perfection of the act of war. Nyla is the ultimate warrior but is also a woman with feelings, disappointments and a yearning for love. I loved this book, the first in the seri By creating the character of Nyla Treeborn, the author has introduced us to a woman of incredible strength and determination. Suzuki has skillfully painted a picture of another world, the world of Imago. Her own skill and knowledge in the martial arts is evident as she depicts colourful battles and realistic training scenes.
The writing is rich and powerful. Once you read Imago Chronicles: Book one, a Warriors Tale, you will be hooked. It is not surprising that the book is being made into a movie. I won this book in a giveaway. I don't usually read fantasy but thought it was time I tried a new genre and read an author I'm not familiar with.
Spreading my book wings, so to speak. Because of my reading problems from my brain injury, I still don't do well with stories that have grand themes or complex plots or many characters. With those caveats out of the way, here's my review. I liked this book because of its characters.
As I got lost trying to remember who was fighting whom and why never r I won this book in a giveaway. The interaction between the characters was relatable -- the irrational dislikes, the hidden attractions, the need to protect a person who has a need to be independent and to prove her prowess. I became interested in her life, in her struggles and her hurts. I began to waffle between which suitor I preferred and liked how she seemed to have chosen the one I liked best, though that was not spelled out for the reader, a plot point I appreciated.
Because the characters were so strong, it didn't matter to me that I never really followed the plot.
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According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, a romance is "a prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious. Sure, it is a fantasy with characters who can do supernatural things, but at its heart it is a romance. And best, the author doesn't get lazy and bury this kind of romance under a simple and simplistic love affair. There are many fighting scenes, and it's clear Suzuki knows her martial arts. The details come across as authentic and make the chaos and gruesomeness of the battles pulse in the imagination.
It is also a long book, and it ends where it begins, which fits with the words Nayla recalls at the beginning of her tale. In fact, if it wasn't so difficult to navigate back to the beginning and then back to where I was reading, I would've gone back to reread Imagine, Prologue, and Chapter 1, then finished reading Chapter 18 so as to see that scene more clearly. Since it took me a long time to read this book, the first scene was hazy in my memory. Still, the ending worked for me, the kind of ending that's not really an ending but a beginning into the next book.
I had received the PDF ebook. In short, it's a pain to read.
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I experimented which platform would work best. When I bought my Kindle Paperwhite, I finished reading it on that, mostly because I had the Kindle with me on my way to appointments. I am sure they could create an ePub with all the software that is out there now for the amateur, one that could include some of the graphic elements that make the PDF a pleasure to look at.
Also, within this well-edited book, there were only a couple of editing issues. What is it with editors using semi-colons like commas? Only between independent clauses, people! Still, the story rose above the format and physical-reading issues to hold me. A Warrior's Tale is the first book in a series, and so the tale continues into the next book.
Would I buy the next book? I am curious as to what happens with Nayla. But I have a stack of books I'm supposed to be reading, and that more than anything is what is holding me back right now. If not for my reading issues and for that stack, I probably would. Apr 30, Dannie Hill rated it it was amazing. In my opinion, her book is one of the best Fantasy books to come out in a long while.
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Fantasy today seems to be caught up in intricate explanations of magic, unpronounceable languages and long descriptive passages. Lorna Suzuki has created a world that rivals Middle Earth. Elves and Kagai warriors battle alongside each other to save their lands from destruction by the Emperor of East Orient.
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Imago is a beautiful world and I felt like I was there with the stalwart people in their struggle to decide their own destiny. Nayla, a half Elf, half mortal is destined to suffer a life of pain and persecution until she is given a second chance while living with the Kagai warriors—the most skilled and feared fighters in all of Imago. Come along as Nayla trains and is made ready for war and leadership. Lorna Suzuki is trained in tactics and martial arts and it comes through in this tale.
I would recommend this book and the series to any reader who wants to be captured in words and deeds of a fearless young woman as she searches for acceptance and even love from the Elves and mortals who call her half-cast.
Along with intense battles you will learn about the lives and loves of these wonderful people of Imago. Oct 01, J.
McLean rated it it was amazing. Spectacular Battle Scenes I came to know the author through her blog, and then connected with her through Twitter where I learned that her Imago books had been optioned for a feature-length movie.
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Intrigued, and a fan of epic fantasy, I read the first book. Under his tutelage, she learns the art of war and proves herself a formidable warrior. As with all epic fantasies set in alternative worlds, the first few chapters require the reader to learn the geography and the basic tenants of the culture.
The landscape is described in lush detail and the characters come alive with narrative that reveals their flaws and strengths. The pace is fast and spans decades. The training and battle scenes are spectacular and I found myself rooting for Nayla and her companions as I raced through the book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy. Nov 15, Debra rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her mother, a mortal, is dead and her father Dahlon, a high Elf, despises her. Under the guidance of Master Saibon, Takaro learns to the ways of the highly regarded and feared Kagai warriors; a long, arduous journey that will change her life forever.
Suzuki has created an amazing world filled with conflict, compassion, and love. The battle scenes are so vividly described I felt I was there, and the pacing was terrific. Jul 26, Eden Baylee rated it it was amazing. There's a reason Ms. Suzuki has generated so much buzz with her books, and why her story is being made into a full-feature film. As someone who rarely reads fantasy, I found the world-building in this book brilliant. The characters jumped off the pages and the details of the battle scenes were so well-written.
Even if you are not a reader of the fantasy genre, A Warrior's Tale explores human themes of friendship and love in a way everyone will be able to relate to. Now, trapped in a storm at the top of the world, she fights to survive the deadly elements in a strange land. This adventure recounts the defining moments in her life that had forged her into a deadly warrior, a great captain and a legend amongst the people of Imago.
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