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Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

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Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

Post Number:#1 by kandscreeley
» 18 Apr 2017, 14:01

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Twilight Saint" by Jessica Penot.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot is a book about life. In it we learn of the rise and fall of empires, of war and peace, of love and betrayal, and so much more. This is a work of science fiction, but there are many lessons to be learned from this tale.

Ailive is the main character in this story. We meet her when she is still a young girl. She is a karake, a warrior of the tribe of Xender. She was raised to defend her people; she was raised to be a killer. She excels in this, but she wants more. She prays for a reprieve. All she wants is a short time at the University so that she can be normal for just a time. Ailive gets her wish and attends the University. There she meets a man named Cahir. He teaches her the way of the Storm, and she learns how to follow the wind before returning home to Xender. Change is in the air, however, and we learn that nothing lasts forever.

The Twilight Saint is about so much more than I can go into in this short review. It chronicles the life of Ailive, but hers is no ordinary life. Ms. Penot has done well at making Ailive a truly relatable character. She was born into a world filled only with death. She thinks that is all she is good for, yet she wants to be normal. She wants peace and longs for justice. She loves deeply, and she loses greatly. At every turn, I felt what Ailive felt. I lived vicariously through her, and it was a wonderful journey.

Ailive is certainly one of the best parts of this novel. However, I also loved the many cultures and peoples that the author created within this book. Each is unique in its own way. Some embrace technology while others abhor it. Some are warriors while others are lovers of peace. Each tribe is well-thought-out and well-planned. Ms. Penot has created a whole world where readers can immerse themselves. I applaud the author as I can only imagine the amount of work it took to create each individual tribe with as much detail as she has.

As I stated above, this story is about life. Life is not always neat and rarely simple. In an effort to be as realistic as possible the author includes graphic scenes in this book, but they are handled with care. These scenes are not added arbitrarily but always have a point. However, there are some scenes which are not meant for children or those with an especially weak nature.

I enjoyed every minute of this book as there was a balanced rhythm to the flow of the story; never too fast and never too slow. There were a few errors in this book, but they were minor. Overall, I rate The Twilight Saint a 4 out of 4 stars as it was a well-written book. I would highly recommend it not only to lovers of science fiction but also to anyone who enjoys a good story with different cultures and loveable characters.

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Re: Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

Post Number:#2 by Amagine
» 19 Apr 2017, 07:15

I like the correlation between Ailive's name and the fact the book is about life. Her name almost looked like, "alive" and I'm sure that was done intentionally. She sounds like a strong girl and in general, an amazing character. I'm hooked.

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Re: Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 19 Apr 2017, 08:52

Thanks! She is a strong woman and a great character. I admire her.
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Re: Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

Post Number:#4 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 19 Apr 2017, 09:22

Amagine wrote:I like the correlation between Ailive's name and the fact the book is about life. Her name almost looked like, "alive" and I'm sure that was done intentionally. She sounds like a strong girl and in general, an amazing character. I'm hooked.

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Post Number:#5 by Sarah G
» 19 Apr 2017, 12:05

I love a book were the author goes that little bit further with the world-building. It really makes all the difference. It makes it easier to fall into the world and get lost in the story :romance-hearteyes: . After reading this review, definitely one to add to the reading list.
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Re: Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

Post Number:#6 by kandscreeley
» 19 Apr 2017, 12:12

Thanks Sarah G. If you do read it, I'm sure you'll love it. You'll have to look for the Rwans. They were one of my favorite parts. I won't say anything more than that though.
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Post Number:#7 by MarisaRose
» 19 Apr 2017, 15:25

Wow this one sounds like a really captivating read. I love when an author successfully builds a complete world and creates good characters. Excellent review :)
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Re: Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

Post Number:#8 by kandscreeley
» 19 Apr 2017, 15:31

Thanks Marisa. I know it must take a lot of work to build an entire world, but this author does it fantastically!
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Re: Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

Post Number:#9 by Vickyoreo86
» 19 Apr 2017, 17:40

This is such a good review and the book sounds very interesting and full of detail! Very intriguing
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Re: Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

Post Number:#10 by kandscreeley
» 19 Apr 2017, 17:53

Thanks Vicky! It is worth a read. I loved the different cultures. Lots of interesting things in this book.
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Post Number:#11 by Vickyoreo86
» 19 Apr 2017, 18:06

I love books like this where there are layers of meaning and depth... Recently I've been reading some not so great books lol. I may check this out
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Re: Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

Post Number:#12 by Gingerbo0ks
» 19 Apr 2017, 18:40

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:
Amagine wrote:I like the correlation between Ailive's name and the fact the book is about life. Her name almost looked like, "alive" and I'm sure that was done intentionally. She sounds like a strong girl and in general, an amazing character. I'm hooked.

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Seconded, and I like that.

World building and character building needs to be done well to have the effect of captivating the reader and drawing them in, without slowing down the plot. I sometimes don't get into these stories as well as others. It sounds like this book really moved you though which is good. I might read up on this one a bit more.
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Post Number:#13 by Kitkat3
» 19 Apr 2017, 18:53

This sounds like a story I'd really enjoy with round characters. I'll check it out. Thanks for the review!
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Post Number:#14 by kimmyschemy06
» 21 Apr 2017, 09:30

Sounds like a great read with very interesting and admirable character. It seems like the author was able to create her very own world. Good job on the review. Congratulations to Jessica Penot on such an obviously well written book.
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Re: Official Review: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

Post Number:#15 by kandscreeley
» 21 Apr 2017, 09:52

The author is quite talented. I loved the way she crafted the worlds, but she somehow did it in a way that didn't slow down the story. It was perfect.
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