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The Hand of Andulain

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  8 reviews
For most young men raised in a quiet rural village, a hunting trip is rarely something to cause excitement. But when Bran Somnerson encounters a mysterious being, mortally wounded and running for its life, all hope of a normal afternoon fades away.

This being, one of the legendary Eki, is a messenger who has traveled far from home to deliver a plain metal arm band on a mi
Kindle Edition, 436 pages
Published (first published March 24th 2011)
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Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
I really liked the plot and characters in this book. Its a classic "greatness thrust upon" story with interesting themes throughout. The villains are truly despicable and the hero is likeable. The magic system is interesting and I'm looking forward to more description of its workings. The setting is varied enough to keep things fresh. Excellent description has you feeling like you're traveling alongside the characters.

My only complaint (and reason for the minus .5 star) is that my copy
Jeremiah Johnson
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fun fantasy novel. The characters are very well done and quite likable.
I really like that this is the first book of a series, but is a great stand alone novel in itself.
Looking forward to the next one!
Tess Ailshire
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Formulaic fantasy - boy/man thrust into a role he is unprepared for and must save the world. Those who should have taught him earlier now "helping" him find his way.

Even formulaic, it could have been a good read. Sophomoric sentence structure and egregious word misuse relegate it to the bottom of the "must read" list. I won't be following up with the next volume(s)
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
(from my Amazon review):
You're always taking a bit of a risk when you read an author's first book--especially in a genre as full of amateur attempts as the fantasy genre. This, however, is no amateur hack at a fantasy novel; it's a great read which was painfully difficult to set down, and I'm very anxious for the rest of the series. It was endlessly worth what I paid for it--a great and exciting read, with enough variety chapter-by-chapter that I couldn't even tell myself to set it down "just at
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I got about a third of the way through this book and then abandoned it. This is the first book in a series (I think there are two that are currently published) and I just wasn't enthralled enough to feel like I would continue with the next book. I'm not a big heroic fantasy fan and I guess I just couldn't get into the story and characters. Anyone who enjoys heroic fantasy would like this book.
Jason Zimdars
Dec 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Quit this one about 1/3 of the way through.

It just never grabbed me. The fantasy setting and story are trite and there is almost no character development. I pushed through a lot more of this book than it deserved hoping for something to pull me in, but I'm giving up.
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Rated this on accident and can't get it to delete unformed the iPhone app. Haven't read it yet!
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