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Jewel of Shaylar

(Kingdoms of Chandra #1)

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Archaeologist David Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in his father's journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.
Convinced his father may still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a way home. Along the
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Paperback, 408 pages
Published April 22nd 2013
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Michael Offutt
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Laura Eno's "The Jewel of Shaylar" is an exciting entry in the portal fiction genre. Much in the same way as kids discovering Narnia, Ms. Eno takes us on a journey (this time through a cave) into a magical land populated by wizards, satyrs, dryads who want to suck your blood, humanoids with snouts that look like the ones on a pig, and other such magical beasts (but she never cops out and goes with elves!) The originality is refreshing. Even George R.R. Martin uses elves (he just calls them "Chil ...more
Christine Rains
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
David Alexander gets an offer for an archaeological dig that he cannot pass up. It might also help him find his father who has been missing for seven years. Exploring the cave, David is thrown into another world where all the crazy fantastical things his father talked about were real. He meets an odd group of friends on his quest to find his father, and on the way, discovers he is the heir to the lost ancient kingdom of Shaylar. All David wants to do is find his father and go home, but the land ...more
Ron Fritsch
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jewel of Shaylar is the first novel in Laura Eno’s new fantasy series, “Kingdoms of Chandra.” I greatly enjoyed reading this book. Eno has once again created a compelling alternate world.

Humans as well as other intelligent but exotic characters inhabit this one. Some of the humans have fallen into Chandra from earth. One of those is a 25-year-old archaeology student, David Alexander, who steps into a cave he suspects will take him there.

He’s on a quest to find his father, who’s been missing for
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Sheila
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
With hints of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, crossed with Game of Thrones perhaps, Laura Eno’s The Jewel of Shaylar introduces readers to a beautifully imagined magical world, where women weave powers for men to wield, and satyrs are just one of the strange creatures yet to be met.

Shaylar itself is a fallen kingdom, its jewel and its magic long lost. The kingdoms of men strive to keep the magic going, while neighboring realms waver between wanting more power for themselves and wanting bala
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K.C. Rivers
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I happened to win an e-copy of this book through a contest on a friend’s blog, and I found it to be a very enjoyable fantasy. I liked the characters and the world they inhabited. While there was a *little* more sexual content than I usually read, it wasn’t enough to detract from the storyline, in my opinion. (And since I tend to be a prude, I’m sure most readers would consider it mild.)

There were multiple conflicts that created a good plot pace without feeling overwhelming, and I liked the under
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Pam
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspence, fantasy
Laura has done it again. In 'Jewel of Shaylar', she has created a new world of magic and magical creatures. The story is very well done, with well developed characters. Make sure you have plenty of time to read because you will not want to put this book down until the end...and not even then. The only negative thing I could say is I wanted to read the next book in the series now. I will be waiting with baited breath for the next installment of this fascinating story. If you haven't gotten the bo ...more
Alysa H.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The writing isn't too bad but the character and plot aren't particularly interesting. This is also one of those books where the opening sections rush very fast, nonsensically fast, into the Big Plot. Meh.
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Laura Eno lives in Florida with three skulking cats and two absurdly happy dogs. After spending years immersed in college but never figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up, she now writes novels late at night with the help of muses from the underworld. And, no, she still hasn't grown up but that's okay. Please visit her strange imagination at Laura Eno and follow her on Twitter at laur ...more