Author: M.L. Hamilton
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (June 22, 2012)
Book Source: Provided by Author
Synopsis from GoodReads:
The Seven Protectorates have enjoyed years of peace under Tav's leadership, but a growing worry has surfaced. What about the land beyond Loden's border? Where once there had been overtures of trade, now there is nothing. Tav decides to send a diplomatic expedition to re-establish contact, but who should go?
Adventure runs in the blood of Tash's children, especially in his head-strong daughter, Shara. Shara wants nothing more than to be part of the expedition to Nevaisser, but her father will never agree. He fears for her safety, but a rash decision on his part takes the choice out of his hands and sets up a chain of events that will have far reaching consequences. Nevaisser is a land teeming with conflict and at the heart of it is a mysterious stranger, hiding secrets that will test the alliance of the Seven Protectorates. A journey begun to protect Loden may result in tearing it apart.
Continue the adventure with the third installment in the World of Samar series. . . . more
About the Author from GoodReads:
ML Hamilton has been teaching high school English and journalism in Central California for the last 19 years. Teaching students to appreciate literature has made her career rewarding; however, she always dreamed of publishing her own novel.
In 2010, the dream came true. Her first novel, Emerald, was published by Wild Wolf Publishing. The sequel to Emerald, The Heirs of Eldon, followed the next year.
In addition to teaching and writing, she has three sons, three dogs, and two cats. If she isn’t writing, you can find her at a band concert, a baseball game, or running an agility course with her beautiful Golden Retriever Cricket.
My Take:Certainly I have mentioned by now that I love a good fat book I can delve into and lose myself in the process. Back in the day (last month) when I read three books a week, I tingled at the prospect of taking on not only Star of Eldon but Emerald and The Heirs of Eldon, the first and second installments of the World of Samar trilogy.
1900 pages? Forget about it. I've read fourteen volumes of The Wheel of Time and all six of the original Dune Chronicles series. When Tourz de Codex asked me to review the book, I jumped at the chance.
That was then, when I could stay awake beyond ten o'clock at night and finish 80,000 words at dawn the next morning. Someday those days may come again, but, sadly, they are not now. The tantalizing trilogy languishes on my Kindle, virtual bookends to the huge stack growing cobwebs in my to-review pile.
Ms. Hamilton writes prolifically, and six out of the seven titles listed on both GoodReads.com and Amazon.com, six have either a four- or five-star rating, with the last unrated. For lovers of long, epic fantasies, the World of Samar series will probably satisfy.
Emerald Synopsis from GoodReads:
In one terrible instant, Kai is thrown from his privileged life and plunged into a conflict that began before he was born. Worse yet, he learns that the one man who can help him is his enemy.The Heirs of Eldon Synopsis from GoodReads:
Kiameron is the crown prince of DiNolfol. He is torn between two destinies - assuming the crown upon his father’s death or answering the call of his non-Human traits, abilities associated with the mysterious Stravad.
The decision is made for him with the destruction of everything he holds dear. Armed with his burgeoning powers and a mysterious talisman that he does not know how to use, Kai strikes back at Gava, the despot who destroyed his life.
Crippled by self-doubt and fear, he falters in his quest, until he meets a man who forces him to take action. However, his new ally is hiding secrets, secrets that will rob Kai of everything he holds sacred. . . . more
Tav and Tash might have been born twins, but they both want something different from life. Tav would love to study with the great scholars in Voltarian, while Tash wants to follow in his father’s footsteps, becoming a hero. Neither is prepared for what fate has in store for them.
With Loden once more facing war, an upstart king decides he has the answer. Unite the seven protectorates under one flag. Can he accomplish his dream? Can the sons of Kiameron keep him alive long enough to find out?
Continue the adventure with the second installment in the World of Samar series. . . . more
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