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Official Review: The Elder Scrolls by A. L. Zuniga

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Elder Scrolls" by A. L. Zuniga.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Zaneta had just arrived in Narsis on a mission to find her children who were stolen, along with twenty-two other children by someone unknown. Zaneta was a Khajiit, and she was taller than most men, and many were taken aback when they saw her. Besides her size, she also had a living shield that could do special powers, and it did not take long for some uncooperative people to realize her strength. Zaneta had known the general direction the abductors had been heading, but now that she was in Narsis, she did not know which way they took the children from there as Narsis is a large city with many roads leading off to other destinations. However, almost everyone she questioned was forthcoming with whatever information they knew. After buying a horse and supplies for her journey, Zaneta set off alone in her search, not knowing the obstacles she would meet along the way or if she could find her children. Can she trust those whom she meets along the way? Do they know more than they are telling her?

The sci-fi/fantasy novel The Elder Scrolls: Zaneta’s Chronicles - Part Two: Edge of Oblivion by A. L. Zuniga is the second book in this series. Zuniga paints a picture of a desperate mother determined to get her children back no matter the cost. The story takes Zaneta’s search step by step through unknown territory, where she meets various characters. Throughout the book, there are illustrations that give the reader a clear picture of why some of those who meet Zaneta are overawed by her appearance, which is that of a large female with catlike features who towers over them and fights through any obstacle that gets in her way. At the beginning of the book, a large map shows the towns Zaneta visits and the massive area she travels in search of her children.

I loved Zaneta’s character; I liked the grit and determination she displayed in searching for her children. Her love for her children is more significant than any obstacle she encounters. I also liked the illustrations in the book and the map at the beginning. It helps the reader follow along with Zaneta from city to city.

My only disappointment with the book was the development of the secondary characters. I found some lackluster and others overly helpful, and their actions did not ring true for their specific roles in the story. The book appeared to have professional editing, as I did not find any errors. There were very mild cursing and no erotic scenes. There were some mildly violent scenes, but nothing too disturbing. You can read this book as a stand-alone; however, I wish I had read the first book in the series, as this one left me with unanswered questions.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Elder Scrolls: Zaneta's Chronicles - Part Two: Edge of Oblivion by A. L. Zuniga, and I am looking forward to reading the first and next book in this series. For the excellent editing and the development of Zaneta’s character, the illustrations, and the reference map, I am giving this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to sci-fi/fantasy fans from early teens through adults. However, I suggest reading the first book in the series before reading this one. I don’t recommend it to anyone under the age of thirteen because of the mild profanity and violence.

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This seems like an engaging novel in which I can imagine the tension given by the abduction of children. I'll look into this series. Thank you for your great review!
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I love reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, and this one sounds intriguing. I feel I could relate to Zaneta's character, being a fellow mom. I also would let nothing stand in my way if I were trying to find my missing children. Thank you for your great review; I'll add it to my want-to-read shelf!
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Another book that reminds me of Skyrim! I would love to read this. Considering the positives, I want to read this even more.
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NetMassimo wrote: 20 Mar 2021, 06:00 This seems like an engaging novel in which I can imagine the tension given by the abduction of children. I'll look into this series. Thank you for your great review!
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Smmwallace wrote: 20 Mar 2021, 07:15 I love reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, and this one sounds intriguing. I feel I could relate to Zaneta's character, being a fellow mom. I also would let nothing stand in my way if I were trying to find my missing children. Thank you for your great review; I'll add it to my want-to-read shelf!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! It was an interesting book. I am getting ready to read book three.
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RayRuff wrote: 24 Mar 2021, 06:22 Another book that reminds me of Skyrim! I would love to read this. Considering the positives, I want to read this even more.
It was an interesting book I wish I had read book one first, though. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
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I am a beginner when it comes to the Elder Scrolls videogames, as I have only played the MMORPG: The Elder Scrolls Online, and there's a ton of the game's story I haven't seen yet. With that being said, though, I've become familiarized with the setting and know very well what a Khajiit is, and the other sentient races that inhabit that world.

To now find out there are novels that have compelling stories like this is great. It would be lovely to see Zaneta show up as a non-player character in a game (if she hasn't already!). I'll be interested to read the book too, because I'm curious to see if she speaks in the signature Khajiit manner: referring to herself in the third person and constantly using "this one" to refer to herself.

Thanks for the review! This looks like a worthy read.
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KhaidenTajigen wrote: 24 Mar 2021, 20:00 I am a beginner when it comes to the Elder Scrolls videogames, as I have only played the MMORPG: The Elder Scrolls Online, and there's a ton of the game's story I haven't seen yet. With that being said, though, I've become familiarized with the setting and know very well what a Khajiit is, and the other sentient races that inhabit that world.

To now find out there are novels that have compelling stories like this is great. It would be lovely to see Zaneta show up as a non-player character in a game (if she hasn't already!). I'll be interested to read the book too, because I'm curious to see if she speaks in the signature Khajiit manner: referring to herself in the third person and constantly using "this one" to refer to herself.

Thanks for the review! This looks like a worthy read.
I am not a fantasy fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have just finished book 3! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
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