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All the World's Colors (The Queen of the Blue #1)

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Book one of a brand-new, epic fantasy series by master historical story-teller, James W. George.

Something inconceivable has happened, and all the world's colors are about to bleed...

Kellia. Kellia the Red. Pagan, seafaring warriors of ancient renown. They have sailed west, ever west, and have discovered an awe-inspiring, unknown land. Is it their salvation, or the seed of
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Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Amazon Services
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Renee
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Four very different kingdoms, all set to exploit a newly discovered land, each for their own purposes.

Part One is split between two cultures:
Kellia the Red, very Viking-esque, wants the timber to build their ships, because they cut down all their own (and somehow never thought to plant more?) They are the most interesting to me, as the Dark Ages and warrior cultures are my preferred writing jam. Fierce, loyal, and honorable within their system, they are looking for a missing colony in the New Wo
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Martin Talks
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is split into two parts with several sub-stories that do not overlap, except for being set in the same overall fantasy land. Each story is told well, with good pace and clearly defined characters. Each story sweeps you along in its own way.

I particularly liked Part One and in particular I liked the story of Olmar, Jarrow and company's exploration to a new land. The tensions of such an expedition resonated well and the mystery of the previous expedition's fate held me in suspense. The
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Scott Spotson
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This is more like an anthology of short stories of colourful characters inhabiting the same world but of different cultures, countries, and persuasions. There are two principal stories, alternating back and forth while completely different short-lived stories pop up near the middle and continuing until the end.

The matriarchal society of the Merovians was an interesting concept.

I sometimes found that the stories stretched incredulity. The fantasy of the story wasn't the problem; it was the beha
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Phillip Murrell
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It had so many unique elements. The characters were engaging, even when they were despicable *cough* Bromid *cough*. The only real complaint is how short this book is. It should have been at least twice as long. What we got was amazing, but ultimately just felt like a long prologue to setup the true adventure to come in the New World. Unfortunately, book 2 isn't ready. I'd love to immediately read it. Hit a fella up with a beta reader request! The rest of my review will contai ...more
Ally Swanson
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is such an interesting, intriguing, compelling, and fascinating historical fantasy book!!

This book is the perfect book for just dipping your toes into the historical fantasy world as it is a quick read of only 110 pages! As most fans of this genre know these books tend to run on the longer side. So, this was a nice change of pace and it allows for other readers new to the genre a chance to try it out without a long-time commitment.

I was intrigued by the author’s world-building and the
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Jenna Rideout
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was granted complimentary access to the audiobook edition of All the World's Colors by James W. George through Audiobookworm Promotions in exchange for an honest review as part of my participation in the blog tour for this title. Thank you to both James W. George and Audiobookworm Promotions for this opportunity. This has not swayed my opinion. My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.

Overall: 4 Stars
Story (Book): 3.5 Stars
Narrative Performance: 5 Stars

All the World's Colors is the stor
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Moná
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let's imagine that you were once of a royal family to have an unfortunate event occur, you've survived by a subordinate of a new world, how should one react? Experiencing a different way of life tends to be more common and happens more often than not. To be drifted from what you once knew in hopes of the opportunity to go back home is something one could ever look forward to.

In "All the World's Colors: The Queen of the Blue," author James W. George starts the story off by placing his readers in
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Book Reviewer
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
In his latest novel All The World’s Colors: The Queen of the Blue, James W. George deep dives into a fantastic world of magic and ancient feud. Our story opens as Jarrow Moncrief, mighty navigator of the Kelian, leads an expedition to recover missing colonists who had failed to report back to the homeland after supposedly founding a settlement in New Kelia. Joined by a company of soldiers the men venture off to the new and mysterious world in search of their missing brothers but upon their arriv ...more
LaceyC
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All the World's Colors: Queen of the Blue by James George is a historical fantasy primarily about 2 countries. The people of Kellia are a strong axe wielding nation that has felled their last tree and set out to discover a new world. They find a lush rich land, filled with hearty trees, and start a colony. After a year, the ships stop returning and Jarrow Moncrief sets sail with his nephew to figure out what happened.
Marcel Vallotten, a 10 year old prince of the Merovian monarchy, wants to join
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Sherrie Cronin
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
James W. George has created a fascinating and complex world sure to delight those who love his style of fantasy. I appreciated his deftness with words and his ability to evoke an emotional response with his characters. Descriptions are succinct yet effective, and the plot scampers along at a good pace.

I enjoy novels with multiple points of view and commend this author for effectively interweaving at least five distinct stories while introducing two would-be heroes to the reader. There is no ques
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Balroop Singh
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘All the world’s Colors’ is a metaphor for all those people who were allured by the new land – the land of the majestic sequoias – and came to explore it in the hope of settling there. On a broad canvas, with an exquisite style, James W. George tells the story of two worlds entirely different from each other – the strugglers and the powerful, the underlings and the masters, patriarchal and matriarchal societies. The book doesn’t mention any timeline and appears vague in the beginning, as it does ...more
the-librarian
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One does not often associate epic fantasy with succinct writing. However, this quick 166 page novel is every bit the epic fantasy that fantasy fans could hope for.

There is a large world and cast of characters introduced in this short work. However, it never feels rushed or too confusing. Like nearly all epic fantasy novels, you have to just dig in and learn as the world is revealed to you through circumstances, plot, and character development. Despite being short, there is plenty of world-buildi
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M.T. DeSantis
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Read an excerpt and follow the Goddess Fish book tour here.
This story’s concept intrigued me. I love fantasy books that do interesting things with color and power schemes. Throughout, I found the structure to work in neat ways, but by the end, I just hadn’t gotten into this as much as I hoped.
I felt a bit distanced from the story. There were a few different POVs, and they didn’t seem unique enough in tone/voice for me
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Lucretia
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘It was the most appalling, disappointing minute she could have imagined.’

Hahaha… very near the end, you have to read to find the context for that one, but I was seriously thankful I wasn't drinking anything at the moment. I laughed so hard.

This was a really interesting take on a matriarchic world. Even though there were a lot of things I had to figure out, as is always the case in fantasy world-building, I was pleasantly surprised that the story had a cracking pace right from the start. It’s a
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X. Culletto
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For me, this book was a bit slow to start, but then it hooked me, and I couldn't believe it was over so quickly. Really enjoyed it.

It jumps around to different 'kingdoms', but the main story line takes place in the Court of Blue, a strong matriarchy. Luckily, there are females enough to carry on the line, though that doesn't stop the family drama--or maybe adds to it. I didn't find any of them particularly likable, but I did like reading their squabbles. Prince Marcel was the most relatable char
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Kathy
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a huge fantasy story in a noticeably short book. I used the word “story” and I think that’s a good way to describe it. I was amazed at the amount of story it contained. One would normally think you could never plot out such a big epic story of two worlds in these 100+ pages but the author has managed. Another thing I was completely surprised about was that the big cast of characters didn’t cause confusion. I think this has to do with each character having his or her own personality.

This
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Sarah John
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. The book starts what promises to be an amazingly interesting fantasy series by showing the reader tantalizing glimpses of mysteries and the political ties that bind that fantastical world together. And, with tension pulling on each thread of yarn, it leaves the reader waiting expectantly for the next book in the series to see how the entire map is torn asunder and woven anew.
Meaghan Hurn
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
All The World's Colors dives deep into a fantastical world of magic and ancient feuds. It's split into two and is brimming with colorful characters of different cultures, countries, and persuasions. 

James W. George's fantasy writing is succinct and epic. I had only one wish....that there had been more than 166 pages in this book!
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James George
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
One of the many things I love about goodreads.com is it affords authors the opportunity to review their own work. Many authors ignore this opportunity or merely award themselves five stars with a wry remark, but I think all authors should engage in a self-review. It is a great opportunity to convey what the author was trying to accomplish, and whether or not they believe they succeeded.

"All the World's Colors" is a brand-new fantasy series, inspired by the history of the sixteenth century (or th
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James W. George is a lover of history and historical fiction. He is a graduate of Boston University and a military veteran. He is currently residing in Virginia with his wife and children.

He published his critically-acclaimed debut novel, "My Father’s Kingdom," in January 2017. The novel, set in 1671 New England, depicted the prelude to King Philip’s War. The Indie View gave it five stars: “This i
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