Unbeknown to Afeclin and Wolflang however, the warlord, Moorlan and his confederate, a dark mage, are preparing to bring war to the peaceful Land of Marrapassa, putting their lives and those they care about, in danger. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Titanian Chronicles , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters.
Sort order. Feb 20, Amanda Deed rated it really liked it. While I don't have many fantasy novels on my shelves, I did want to read this one. And I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed Leisl's characters and the world she created in Titania. The story was fast paced and kept me turning pages. I even found myself thinking about the book when I was away from it. Congratulations on a great debut novel Leisl. However your soul and instincts are human. If I were to take a baby leopard and raise him with a flock of sheep he would become like the sheep.
He would be placid, maybe timid, would stay with the flock and perhaps eat grass but eventually he would feel the call of the wild and desire to wander away from the flock in pursuit of something more. It is only nature Afeclin, and there is no point in trying to deny it. Without trying to reinvent the wheel, Leisl Kaberry manages to emulate the great works of fantasy from the past both the recent and distant past without telling the same story twice. However, if you cut aside all the epic fantasy, fabulous beasts, and kings and warriors of legend, what you have it the most profound story of all: the story of a human looking for his place in the world.
Leisl Kaberry manages what all fantasy writers strive to do at the beginning of their tale, only to get lost in the thickets of their imagination: to create realistic, believable characters who are human beneath their fantastic names and powers. In essence, this is the story of a misplaced human, Afeclin, who is orphaned after a terrible tragedy and brought up as a favored son among the elves. Yet he has glimpses of his destiny at an early age, as faint rumblings of a magic gift come through dreams and portents. And Afeclin, for all his higher purpose, almost accepts All the other races of Titania refer to the war as the Human War but of course humans refer to it as the Great War.
Every name betrays a culture and a perspective: clearly the elves blames the human for the war, while other races see the larger scope, even if humans were to blame for starting it. Here Afeclin functions as a heroic Everyman, who like the reader has to learn to navigate the layers of culture and history in the world beyond.
Without giving any more of the plot away, or the numerous adventures—both epic and human—that Afeclin endures, I should only add that there are two types of epic fantasy: those of possibility and pretension. The latter are bombastic attempts to out-Tolkein Tolkein, as if cramming a narrative with pseudo-arcane folklore alone will make a story live and breathe. Luckily for us, Journey of Destiny follows the first path simply by avoiding the temptation to strike an epic pose.
The story flows smoothly from event to event and the numerous histories and characters that populate the story have their own satisfying logic. Simply, they exist because they need to exist, and have a distinct place in this world; in short, each one advances the story without betraying the seams. It lingers in the memory long after the story and we find ourselves questioning whether the story was something we read or dreamed. If I had to compare this work to any true precursor, I would choose the epic sword and sorcery works of Robert E.
Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian. Time for Book Two! View 2 comments. Nov 01, Kartik rated it really liked it. The Plot The story is true to the fantasy genre. There are elves, humans, dwarves , trolls and a few more new races thrown in. Kaberry displays a good knowledge of the genre as defined by the masters such as Tolkien, but she also displays great storytelling and imaginative ability as she adds her own touches.
The plot centres around the journey two friends, Afeclin and Wolfgang, set out on, to explore the world beyond their The Plot The story is true to the fantasy genre. The plot centres around the journey two friends, Afeclin and Wolfgang, set out on, to explore the world beyond their Elven kingdom.
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We follow the characters as they discover this new world which is alien to them and far harsher than the gentle Elven kingdom they are used to. Along the way we learn more about this wonderful and richly layered world Kaberry has created. We are introduced to more colourful characters good and bad which makes for a fast-paced adventure you get carried along with. The three friends eventually separate to follow their own destinies, allowing the reader to see a lot more of the land of Marrapassa. The Characters The three main characters are Afeclin, Wolflang and Lenna, with all the chapters following one of these characters.
I found all three of these characters quite likeable and believable. Afeclin for me was the most interesting as he is human but brought up as an elf. His past is pretty vague and finding out about his past is going to be the key to the story I suspect. Lenna is a strong female character in a genre which often tends to focus on the male characters more, I think we will see her grow a lot more over the series and become central to the story.
There is a lot of room for character development over the series as they follow their destiny and learn and grow. There are secrets hinted at and reveals to come about the characters, which will keep the reader entranced and waiting for the next book. I found the character of Nagrin quite fascinating despite him being one of the bad guys, he is quite threatening and softly menacing one minute with a softer side that is displayed the next.
Summary and Rating I have given this book 4 stars. Overall I really enjoyed this book and found myself getting through this pretty quickly. This book is true to the fantasy genre with a lot of originality, so if you like fantasy books you will most likely really enjoy this. Another nice feature of the book was some great illustrations sprinkled throughout the book. I suspect my kindle does not do them full justice, but it is nice to see some visual representations of things described in the book.
Sep 24, Rabid Readers Reviews rated it really liked it. Kaberry built a legit fantasy world replete with elements that call back to the feel of the legends of King Arthur combined with the work of Tolkien. The author takes the unique step of infusing humanity into her world with the mythical races in a way that is seamless and complimentary. Afeclin is one with his environment. Not safe zones per say but boundaries.
She gives us a perfect introduction to the story with a scene in which two characters interact. One is a powerful and dangerous man and the other is an innkeeper working for him. The innkeeper asks the man how he plans to staff his establishments. What follows is a standoff in which the dangerous man gets what he wants. This is a world without rules. Lenna is clearly very strongly traditional. When she finds herself in the world outside of what she knows she feels she must find Wolfgang to survive.
Fans of strong characters may roll their eyes as they read this but while Lenna is traditional, she is not weak. The character is a prime example that could translate to life that few people are only one dimensional.
Just because she has opinions readers might not share and sound like your great-grandmother, there is still a wisdom, vibrancy and value. Kaberry is a native of Australia so may use different idioms than typically used in American English. Apr 27, Kasper rated it really liked it. In her debut novel, fantasy writer Leisl Kaberry has delivered a grand tale of adventure and intrigue, with a promise of more excitement to come.
Her adventure begins in the elven kingdom, where two friends one an elf - Wolflang, and one a human adopted by elves - Afeclin decide to abandon their comfortable lives and go in search of the human's mysterious origins.
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He was found as a baby, the sole survivor in a destroyed village. Their departure is complicated by Wolflang's elf fiancee - Lenna f In her debut novel, fantasy writer Leisl Kaberry has delivered a grand tale of adventure and intrigue, with a promise of more excitement to come. Their departure is complicated by Wolflang's elf fiancee - Lenna following them in jilted pursuit. She is also loved by Afeclin and seems in a hurry to marry the reluctant Wolflang, which makes for an interesting love triangle. The human, Afelclin, is found to have magical powers and wishes to find a wizard to study under.
He searches for the most powerful wizard in the land and leaves his friends to pursue his own quest. Wolflang wants to join the Scorpius Legion, and poor Lenna meets with trouble. I thought it a bit unfortunate that the three main characters separate and each has their own completely different storyline.
I suspect that their stories will intertwine over the series, but for this novel, they are not related. Kaberry writes with a very descriptive style and I found myself immersed in her wonderful fantasy world of Titania. I love her descriptions of the scenery, although sometimes it did slow the pace of the novel.
There are some wonderful ideas introduced in the book including the lawfabex, habatchiees, shemalks, Afeclin's gem, and a pretty darn cool ship. Leisl's Twitter hashtag is Lawfabex and I suspect this is her favourite creature. It has the front half of a bear and back half of a wolf, with a horn on its forehead. I thought these fierce creatures a great original concept and hope they will feature in future episodes. The story started a little slowly, but turns into an exciting adventure, where you never know what will happen next.
The ending leaves you wanting more, so hopefully the next installment will be out sometime soon.
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I pray much love and success to you all! Hello all my wonderful visitors! I ask that you please add each of these books to your TBR list and actually, get around to purchasing a copy of ea, even if in e-book form and reading and posting a review of each. The stories are set throughout history, but two take place after the final events of the monthly series. It was written by Gaiman and featured a different illustrator for each story. These include the manga -style book Death: At Death's Door , one of DC's best selling books of ,  set during the events of Season of Mists , and The Little Endless Storybook , a children's book using childlike versions of the Endless.
To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Sandman , Gaiman wrote a new tale involving the battle that had exhausted Morpheus prior to the beginning of the original story. Williams III , Overture tells the previously hinted story of Dream's adventure prior to Preludes and Nocturnes , which had exhausted him so much that it made Burgess' actions capable of capturing him.
The limited series had six issues. It started in August At the start of the series, Morpheus is captured by an occult ritual and held prisoner for 70 years.
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Morpheus escapes in the modern day and, after avenging himself upon his captors, sets about rebuilding his kingdom, which has fallen into disrepair in his absence. Later, the series evolves into an elaborate fantasy series, incorporating elements of classical and contemporary mythology, ultimately placing its protagonist in the role of a tragic hero. The storylines primarily take place in the Dreaming , Morpheus's realm, and the waking world, with occasional visits to other domains, such as Hell , Faerie , Asgard , and the domains of the other Endless.
The DC Universe was the official setting of the series, but well-known DC characters and places were rarely featured after Most of the storylines take place in modern times, but many short stories are set in the past, taking advantage of the immortal nature of many of the characters, and deal with historical individuals and events such as in the short story "Men of Good Fortune.
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The Sandman comic book series falls within the dark fantasy genre, albeit in a more contemporary and modern setting. Critic Marc Buxton described the book as a "masterful tale that created a movement of mature dark fantasy" which were largely unseen in previous fantasy works before it. Later, the series would reference the DCU less often, while continuing to exist in the same universe. Critic Hilary Goldstein described the comic book as "about the concept of dreams more so than the act of dreaming.
The story is structured not as a series of unconnected events nor as an incoherent dream, but by having each panel have a specific purpose in the flow of the story. Many Vertigo books since, such as Transmetropolitan and Y: The Last Man , have adopted this kind of format in their writing, creating a traditional prose only seen in the imprint. The Sandman was initially published as a monthly serial, in page comic books with some exceptions to this pattern.
The stories within were usually 24 pages long, with eight exceptions within the main story arc: issue 1, "Sleep of the Just" 40 pages ; issue 14, "Collectors" 38 pages ; issue 32, "Slaughter on Fifth Avenue" 25 pages ; issue 33, "Lullabies of Broadway" 23 pages ; issue 36, "Over the Sea to Sky" 39 pages ; issue 50, "Distant Mirrors—Ramadan" 32 pages ; issue 52, "Cluracan's Tale" 25 pages ; issue 75, "The Tempest" 38 pages.
Death's debut story, "The Sound of Her Wings" from issue 8, appeared both at the beginning of early editions of The Doll's House and at the end of Preludes and Nocturnes , creating overlap between the first two volumes. A total of ten trade paperbacks contain the full run of the series and have all been kept in print. In , Vertigo began releasing a new edition of Sandman books, featuring the new coloring from the Absolute Editions. The Sandman , written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by J. Williams III , returned in October as a limited series.
The six-part prequel, Overture , tells the previously untold story that led to Morpheus' capture by Roderick Burgess in the first issue of the monthly series. The DC Comics Absolute Edition series are large 8" by 12" prints of a considerably higher quality and price than the library edition, and include a leather-like cover and a slipcase.
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The volume features a copy of the original series outline and other bonus features, such as a new introduction by the president of DC Comics, a new afterword, and a reproduction of the original comic draft and notes for " A Midsummer Night's Dream ". While initially hesitant about releasing annotated editions, Gaiman eventually changed his mind when he forgot a reference when asked about it by a reader.
The task of annotating the series was undertaken by Gaiman's friend Leslie S. The first volume of The Annotated Sandman was published by DC Comics in January as a large 12" by 12" black-and-white book with an introduction by Gaiman and included issues 1— The annotations are presented on a page-by-page, panel-by-panel basis, with quoted sections from Gaiman's scripts and insight into the various historical, mythological and DC Universe references included in the comic. The second volume annotating issues 21—39 was released in November The Sandman Omnibus , a massive two-volume hardcover edition, was released in to commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Sandman.
Volume 1 collects issues 1—37 and The Sandman Special No. Both volumes are printed with the Absolute edition recoloring, feature a leather-like cover in black and red, and have over pages. A special Silver version of The Sandman Omnibus was released as well. Limited to copies and autographed by Gaiman, the Silver edition includes both volumes with a slipcase, silver-like finish and a numbered page with Gaiman's signature.
The Sandman No. Craig Russell. Hillary Goldstein of IGN praised the comic book, saying that it "is truly the cream of the crop when it comes to Vertigo books. Neil Gaiman's work on the series is considered legendary for a reason. This story, in its entirety, is every bit as good as Watchmen and of equal if not greater literary merit. Were I to list the best single comic-book issues I have ever read, three would come from this collection.
Whether you have read The Sandman before or are a first timer, this is the one book you need to buy this fall. The stories within are magnificent and the care taken in reproducing Gaiman's work is the same you'd expect for any great work of literature. Throughout the late s, a film adaptation of the comic was periodically planned by Warner Bros. Roger Avary was originally attached to direct after the success of Pulp Fiction , collaborating with Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio in on a revision of their first script draft, which merged the "Preludes and Nocturnes" storyline with that of "The Doll's House.