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.
The Elder Scrolls
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