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Official Review: Book of Immortals: Disciple

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Official Review: Book of Immortals: Disciple

Post Number:#1 by Norma_Rudolph
» 05 Sep 2014, 20:30

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Book of Immortals: Disciple" by Kassandra Lynn.]

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I found the premise of the fantasy Book of Immortals: Disciple original and intriguing. It caught my interest right away which is why I signed on to read and review it.

A woman, soon introduced as Shann in this world, finds herself in the body of a baby, a baby that grows quickly and unnaturally into an immortal being. She is cared for and taught as if she is a child, but she still has memories of being an adult in a different world. She has nothing in the way of interaction with other children at home and only meets her so called mother once or maybe twice before she is sent to school, a school for immortals.

As time goes on, she forgets her old self except for fleeting moments that haunt her. But soon after she is sent away she acquires a powerful mirror which restores her memories. She also realizes then that one of the other students is a man who is also from her world. They were both pulled into this other realm when their plane crashed while they were reading The Book of Immortals which appeared on their reading devices and would not go away.

In this Book of Immortals Shann is the villain and is killed early on. Her quest becomes to change the story and not die but to either return to her old world or to become completely immortal and be the heroine instead of the evil villain. She is helped in this quest by Lloyd, the man from her world. However she also has feelings for one of her instructors which complicate matters as well.

At school she finds that the only way she can change the outcome of the book is to advance quickly and stop what happens. However, it seems that no matter what she does she is still in jeopardy and the protagonist will win in the end and she will die the villain. She continues to do what she feels is right but circumstances are against her. Without spoilers I can’t tell you how she ends up but I will say that there is a lead into a sequel.

I love the world that Kasandra Lynn creates in this book. The magic is sound and believable. The artifacts that enhance magic are varied and fresh. There are plenty of surprises along the way as we learn along with Shann how things work.

I was kept interested all along wondering how it would all turn out. Would she change the outcome of the Book of Immortals or was she stuck as the antagonist? Could she go from evil to hero? And would she end up with Llyod or with Aaron the instructor who cares more than he should?

The only complaint I had about this book is that it moved a little fast toward the end, skimming over things while Shann was progressing on her own. There was little interaction with others for the many years which were skipped that were never fully filled in for me. Part of that is due to the plot because Shann shuts herself off from others in her obsession to advance and due to the fact that immortals often go into seclusion for years, but I still felt the author being a little lazy, sort of like painting a portrait with grass over someone’s feet because you really don’t like to paint feet. The result being it moved so fast I had trouble really caring about Shann. She became very shallow to me in the end because I really didn’t know her anymore.

I’m tempted to give this book four stars but I’m saving that for the book that I can’t find anything wrong with. I award The Book of Immortals: Disciple a very high 3 out of 4 stars.

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Re: Official Review: Book of Immortals: Disciple

Post Number:#2 by Kappy
» 16 Mar 2015, 20:21

Excellent, thorough review. I seldom read fantasy novels, but the plot of this book, along with the "sound and believable" magic, makes it sound quite captivating.
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Re: Official Review: Book of Immortals: Disciple

Post Number:#3 by Norma_Rudolph
» 16 Mar 2015, 22:01

Thank you. I recently read the sequel and it is also very good. The concept is quite original and intriguing.

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