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Wildflowers Part I: Allaha of the Mountain (Wildflowers Saga, #1)

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Allaha is a knight of the Order of Aisha, Fallen of the Mountain. She – like her fellows – is stoic and reserved, trained to fight against demons and their ilk. When she triggers a vision that kills a renown oracle, she is set on a quest to complete the prophecy.

She becomes the protector of those mentioned in the prophecy.

Tamara is a young woman of the Menori – a migrant p
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Paperback, 524 pages
Published January 24th 2017 (first published January 2017)
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C. S.
DNF at 3%.

The whole conceit and writing style of this one just didn't work for me.

The narrative starts off with a sort of meta-textual prologue - already a hard thing to pull off - where the main character is being interrogated and ostensibly giving her last testament. This failed to hook me, as it was literally all tell and no show. Even when this short section ended and the real story began, the writing just didn't grab me. We were introduced to four or five characters in quick succession and
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Ela The Queer Bookish
I loved books like this when I was younger.

And I thought I still do, but... somehow I don't anymore. Which is sad, really. But I will try my best to give a good review anyway.

There are a lot of different characters in this story and I had some trouble because of this. It took way too long for me to be able to know that person a's name is this and their background is that... (that may be a personal problem though!). I would have needed some kind of glossar to be honest.

Anyway, once I did know who
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Bea Wright
In general, I very much enjoyed reading this book. The author has created an incredibly interesting world with very likeable characters and (for lack of a better term) creatures. The story and setting played like a Miyazaki movie in my head while I read the book and I really could see this being a fun anime show.

Some of the reasons I did not rate it higher:
-There were quite a few typos/errors.
-I felt like the "romantic" aspects of the book were very out of place and seemed to have been include
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Rachel (Rustling Reads)
In many ways, Allaha of the Mountain feels like the end of a series. Or perhaps a penultimate book. So much has gone on before we meet this characters that it’s a difficult novel to get into – not least because, even on kindle, I was aware of how long it was. All of our main characters have suffered tragedies, and travelled a significant way both together and apart before we even meet them. So it’s difficult to shake the idea that we’ve joined them mid-adventure. Given the interesting two-time s ...more
Victoria
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I recently read this book, as NetGalley had this book up for review and reading the synopsis, it sounded like a book totally my thing - and in moments this book truly was. The story of Allaha, told in reverse, Wildflowers Part I, certainly is an interesting start to a saga.

I feel this first book focuses on the world building and that's no bad thing. An intricate display of scenes and places weaves through this book brilliantly and really allows you to see the world Allaha is in and it makes for
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AJ Deane
An interesting take on the familiar 'quest' Fantasy trope, Thornton's 'Wildflowers, Part 1: Allaha of the Mountain' has some strong characterisation and very capable world-building. There are lots of good ideas here, including fresh takes on the humanised animal races theme, and there is much scope for investing both in the characters and storyline.
There are times when the description of buildings, architecture, clothing, or different races can seem a little forced or even unnecessary; however,
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Elizabeth
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq
I received a free arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars

I really wanted to like this -- I was intrigued by the cover and plot summary, but like others have mentioned, I found it difficult to get through. The writing is very tediously detailed, which makes it for rather slow, dry reading. Sometimes I do love books with lots of description, but this just didn't work for me. And, also, this may just be a personal thing, but I truly don't like phonetic spelling to mimic accen
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Ashley
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I always enjoy a good lady knight/warrior in a book and I feel that this book did a good job portraying this concept. However, the writing was a bit stilted for me. There were a lot of characters I felt were introduced too quickly that I would have liked to have been introduced a bit more slowly. The cultures were very interesting and I felt that the author could have utilized these with the characters they introduced more and would have made a very different and perhaps better book. I am glad t ...more
Ashley
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy a good lady knight/warrior in a book and I feel that this book did a good job portraying this concept. However, the writing was a bit stilted for me. There were a lot of characters I felt were introduced too quickly that I would have liked to have been introduced a bit more slowly. The cultures were very interesting and I felt that the author could have utilized these with the characters they introduced more and would have made a very different and perhaps better book. I am glad t ...more
Marie
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, giveaways
I really enjoyed this book. It started off a little confusing feeling more like the second book in the series rather than the first but as you continue reading you get some of the missing story through Allaha's testimony. There are still a few things that I'm confused about (what spell did Hibu do that ended up with Tamara having scars and Karej blind in one eye? Why did he have to do the spell?). There are a few issues with switching from third person to first person especially in the final cha ...more
Ginger
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you

It was hard to get oi into this story. There are many characters with a lot of backstory to learn and remember. I felt lost in keeping track of everyone and their place in the plot.

I was tempted to skim a lot to get through sub plots.

The one thing I did enjoy was the world building. The detail is great.
Camille
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Phew. It took me A WHILE but not to be mistaken! I loved this book! I'm not usually a fan of fantasy, especially high fantasy but I was amazingly surprised by how quick i got into Wildflowers. Other works of fantasy with a universe as complete as this one might put me off. I loved all the main characters but my favorite has to be Alistair although I was saddened that he only was a side character. I hope to find him in the sequel that I will purchase in a hurry!
Vicki
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like many others who tried to get through this book I just couldn't. This book had great potential with the plot and the description for this book, but everything drags on an on. The dialogue feels stilted to me with much of it being unnecessary in the first place. If you can slog through a really dull beginning to may enjoy this book at some point, but reading this book felt like pulling teeth. I need a hook or something interesting and there wasn't.
Stine Hopsdal
*free copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

DNF. I just couldn't with the writing style. I'm really sad about that, because the story has everything I usually like. I'll therefore put it in my ''try again at another mindset''-shelf, in hopes of some day wanting to read it.
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