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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The Four Part Land simmers with discontent, as old rivalries and ancient grudges bubble to the surface. The great kingdoms plot and scheme against one another, looking to use treachery to gain an advantage in the upcoming conflict. Some will succeed, and some will fail, but each kingdom dares against all comers. Into this cauldron of malice is thrust a young mage named Tar ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published July 10th 2011 by Deepwood Publishing (first published May 2011)
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Alex Laybourne
I was gifted this book by a very good friend of my. The super talent author L.M Stull

Epic Fantasy is not normally a genre I read, but ever since I have started becoming serious about my writing, I have promised myself to expand my knowledge base in as many areas as I can, and the first thing I wanted to do was to expand my reading interests.

Tarranau was the perfect book to get me started, because to summarize for all of those who do not have the time to read this but would still like to hear a f
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Krista Wayment
Jan 19, 2013 Krista Wayment rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Krista by: Epic Fantasy fans that like series.
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This is the first book in a series and it shows. It ends at kind of an awkward place. I wanted to pick up the next book right away but it is not available yet. If you like fantasy books that spend time showing you a new world, than you will like this book. I warn you though – this is not a light read.

Another warning, you have to make it through the first half of the book before it really starts to get interesting. The first part is long and slow, though it does contain inte
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Lisa Gott
Tarranau is the first book of a series by debut novelist, James Tallett. Epic fantasy is not a genre I read often, but I found the author did a good job of creating a story line that drew me in and kept me turning the page until the very end. His descriptions were eloquent and rich, and his characters entertaining. I very much look forward to his forthcoming books and continuing my journey through The Four Part Land.
Morgan Shamy

Tarranau is a true story of adventure. I was completely immersed into Tarranau's world from the first page. James Tallett is a master world-builder. I loved the time he took to create each civilization, making them all unique in their own respects.I feel like books today, fantasy in particular, shy away from truly building a world, making us feel like we're on the outside looking in. Not here. I was right there with Tarranau and his travels, experiencing everything with him.

Such a clever concept
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Jason
Tarranau is an epic tale whose hero, Tarranau, battles his own imperfections in addition to the dangers and treachory of the world around him (the author has informed me that the name Tarranau is from the Welsh meaning "thunder"). Tarranau is born to a modest family of mussel farmers on an island, Bohortha Eilan, famous for its ships and knowledge of water. Tarranau studies to become a watermage so that he might make his family proud and earn a good living for himself. Things, however, don't wor ...more
Terry Reid
If you like fantasy epics and tales of magic and characters with long, unpronounceable names, (sorry James) then this week’s review will be right up your street as we take a look at Tarranau by James Tallett.

Tarranau is the name of the protagonist from which the book gets its title. The novel, which is the first in a series, tells the tale of Tarranau the water mage. The eighteen-year-old can control the movement of water and bend it to his will, hence his title. His talent also means that he ha
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Krista Wayment
This is the first book in a series and it shows. It ends at kind of an awkward place. I wanted to pick up the next book right away but it is not available yet. If you like fantasy books that spend time showing you a new world, than you will like this book. I warn you though - this is not a light read.

Another warning, you have to make it through the first half of the book before it really starts to get interesting. The first part is long and slow, though it does contain interesting descriptions o
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Sara
Tarranau is the first book in an epic fantasy series by James Tallett. It was my first epic fantasy experience, and I would have to say it was splendid. Tarranau is a tale of an amazing journey with fine attention to detail and unexpected turns that kept me reading until the end. The author created a world I could easily lose myself in. Can't wait to see what happens next.
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