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Anumal Empire: Lazarball

4.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  23 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Awarded the "Flamingnet Top Choice Award"

"Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Ayres have created a story so engrossing that you just can’t help but get lost in it for hours, and during that time, you truly believe that this world exists. " - Night Owl Reviews

"The Hunger Games meets The Lion King... Anumal Empire is one of the best fantasy novels that I have ever read. Haunting, terrifyin
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published April 19th 2012 by Lazarball LTD
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Apr 02, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it
Recommended to Richard by: Darren Jacobs
Review copy kindly provided by co-author and GR friend, Darren Jacobs.

This novel is set in a distant post-apocalyptic future in which Anumals (a genetic mix of human and animal) are the species at the top of the social ladder (if not the food chain) and human beings, now a race extinct, are little more than a myth.

Clinton Narfell, a lion whose father is a whiz at Lazarball (the national sport), is unable to live up to his father's reputation. Though he's about as good at the game as his dad, o
Sep 06, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from 1 of the authors, Darren Jacobs, for an honest review.

I really liked this book. It is well written, with characters you can easily relate to. Its a quick and easy read too.
Its really atmospheric and detailed, making it really easy to imagine the characters, scenery and all the action.
The pace of the story is perfect, as it doesn't seem to drag in places and it doesn't feel rushed, compared to some books in this genre.
I really liked Clinton as a character. He f
M.A. Bronson
Oct 05, 2012 M.A. Bronson rated it it was amazing
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Anumal Empire: Lazarball is unlike any other book I have ever read.

The book takes place in a futuristic Earth, only the humans are extinct and Anumals are the reigning species. The story follows Clinton Narfell, a lion, as he fights for survival in this harsh world.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The fantasy world that the authors have created is very vivid and distinct. There were a lot of mysteries, the biggest, probably being Dallas' hatred of
Heather Alexander
Sep 18, 2012 Heather Alexander rated it really liked it
I was given this book in return for an honest review. When they decided to splice animal and human DNA, perhaps they should have thought again. The experiment was a great success. Think of any animal, but with the human DNA as well, intelligent, able to speak, propensity for violence. Exactly!!! The hybrids kill off all the humans and thus the world is changed and now belongs to the Anumals. They aren't all good or bad, same as humans. Atwon, a lion, human hybrid, is a shining example of the goo ...more
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Sep 07, 2012 Jackie Kluyts - Kiwibooknerd rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book!!!!

When I first received this book from one of the authors to review, I was slightly sceptical as it seemed to be quite out of my comfort zone (which lately has been paranormal and contemporary romance) However I totally fell in love with it.

It is well written and the main character of Clinton is a likeable, strong, morally great guy who fights for what he believes in.

I now totally look forward to the sequel, plus I have happily discovered that is is a good thing to w
Leanne Maala
May 19, 2012 Leanne Maala rated it it was amazing
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Overall, Anumal Empire was one of the best fantasy novels that I have ever read. Haunting, terrifying, and dangerous; never a boring moment. That, and gorgeous writing, a brilliant unique plot, nicely paced, and the most diverse set of characters. Read full review here
Jun 23, 2012 Terri rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!!! I thought the story was great!! I thought the characters were great!!! I actually was able to visualize everything I was reading!! The only I was nearing the end, I found myself wishing there were more pages left!!! I can't wait for the sequel!!!
Sep 14, 2012 Lily rated it really liked it
I first came across this novel on a fellow blogger's site, The Selkie Reads Stories. I absolutely LOVED the cover, enjoyed the review, added this to my ever growing 'to read' list, and left an excited comment on their post.

David, one of the writers of this novel contacted me asking if I would like to read and review their novel! Heck Ya!!!

I only got to it this month unfortunately, but so glad when I finally did.
This book is a smorgasbord of AWESOMENESS!

I loved that the story didn't really focus
Feb 04, 2013 Autumn rated it it was amazing

I received this book from Darren Jacobs to give an honest review.
This book is set in a very distant post-apocalyptic future, where man-kind are now known as anumal's (yes that is how it is spelled) I thought maybe I had read it wrong but nope. Who are made up of human and animal DNA, they have some human characteristics but are more animal looking.
This book was well-written and you can find yourself really liking or hating the characters,. I can say this book is a very different read than I hav
Kyle Wright
Aug 28, 2013 Kyle Wright rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kyle by: Darren Jacobs
An interesting concept and lots of fun, but unfortunately weighed down by an ending that didn't feel like an ending as well as a few ideas that felt unfinished. A 3.5 star book that I rounded up to 4 stars.

Perhaps I'm just partial to anthropomorphized animals (big Usagi Yojimbo fan here), but I really enjoyed the concept of humans being evolutionarily supplanted by intelligent animals. The mythology of this book is fun and engaging, with interesting characters as well as imaginative "monsters".
Dec 04, 2012 Opal rated it really liked it
Clinton and his brother have been orphaned and turned out of their homes. The Narfell name is dirt. Clinton is doing all he can to feed the two of them. Yet still he dreams of not only restoring the family name by winning the Lazaraball tournament but winning the prize money.

I was surprised by this book. I thought it would be quite juvenile with animal figures in it and it was a little, but it was much better then I thought it would be. The writing is engaging and smooth. Clinton is easy to like
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This is probably the best way to sum me up. I was born in Ashford, Middlesex, but moved up to Bradford, West Yorkshire at an early age. I have pretty much stayed here since. I have two gorgeous children, and possibly the most amazing and patient wife a man could wish for.

I am one of the authors of Lazarball, which is book one of the Anumal Empire series. Further books
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