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A Change of Rules

(The Missing Shield #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  37 reviews
In a realm on the brink of chaos, one guard must walk a dark path to protect her royal friend from a deadly foe…

Solancei Calverhana, handmaiden and childhood friend of Princess Iambre, is not just any ordinary servant. A highly skilled soldier, she is also Iambre’s sworn secret Shield, duty-bound to protect the princess in exchange for her own life if needs be.

And that’s j
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published August 2020 by L L Thomsen (first published March 30th 2018)
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Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 bright stars

for a brilliant and intricate high fantasy that may just become another one of my all time favorites.

Before I start, please note that this book and series are not for everyone. This is a complex and multilayered first class high fantasy, with an impressive wordbuilding, rich portrayals of both world and characters, as well as a deep insight into the characters' thoughts, reasoning and motivations.

The Missing Shield is for readers who love rich and vivid descriptions like those off
E.M.G. Wixley
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the more traditional method of storytelling through poetry. It is multi-layered, rich in description, characters and world-building. The manipulations, psychology, incentives and motivations of each character is described in detail. I enjoyed and was continuously impressed by the beautiful line by line poetry and imagery. Every sentence was a work of art.
This is not a ‘beach read’ more a completely immersive high fantasy world which is well worth the investment, commitment and
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent worldbuilding

L.L. Thomsen does an excellent job with building up this world where everything is changing. The book follows two story lines through three different point of views. First the Guardians, in which the POV changes between a few of them. Giving us insight into how the world and the rules are changing as well as bringing awareness to a bigger threat. Second Solancie, who is fighting in an illegal jackal fight, as well as a look into her past in the form of a memoir. Third Prin
NAN Labadens
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story

I don’t usually read this genre. But I liked it interesting and fresh to read. I would like to read more of this.
M.J. Moores
Prepare for a Deep Emersion into Another Realm

What initially drew me to this book was the fabulous promise of a fantastic new realm – a world in flux desperately in need of heroes.

A Change of Rules operates as an introduction to the world of Ostrava as it eases the reader into the serious matter at hand. With incredibly deep points of view, from a wide range of characters, I found myself submersed inside thoughts, emotions, and motivations. As a former high school teacher, I immediately picked u
Kayla Krantz
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the reader is introduced into the story, we see a Change of Rules unfolding which leaves all the characters in the opening scene uneasy. As the story advances, we are thrusted between the discussions of the Guardians and the memoirs of one of the characters named Solancei. Occasionally, we also see Solancei in real time. The constantly shifting viewpoint keeps the story sharp and interesting with every page. All the characters have their own unique backgrounds and while it seemed as if ther ...more
Cindy Smith
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solancei is the handmaiden and sworn protector of Princess Iambre. She has been trained to be a magnificent weapon. To hone her skills, she is disguised and takes part in contests with other warriors. Her current challenger has decided to change the rules! She needs to get back to the Princess but he will not allow the contest to end! Will she make it back to her friend and charge?

Meanwhile, the princess is getting worried. Some truths are revealed as she waits, like the fact that everyone consi
Amanda de Geus
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This epic fantasy left me wanting more! I'm not one who normally reads high fantasy as I sometimes have a harder time picturing myself in an unfamiliar world but I am so glad I took a chance on this. L.L. Thomsen did such an amazing job with world building, character development, and storytelling. It is easy flowing but not to be read to quickly! This is not the type of story you skim as you will miss too much. I found myself having to go back and reread sections because I'd get too excited and ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an episodic high fantasy where the synopsis sounded like my kind of book. The author throws into the story and you have to be patient as it unfolds. It is a slow burn of a story which picks up at the 60% mark. Unfortunately it took me a while to get into the literary style of writing, and that is unusual for me. I am willing to chalk it up to the format rather than the story. That being said, there are strong female characters in the plot so far. This includes Solancei, who seems to be a ...more
Richard Stephens
A great intro into a High fantasy world. A change of Rules was a great introduction to a world rife with colourful characters. I look forward to reading more.
Sep 18, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Ellie Midwood
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m usually not a big fantasy fan but I loved the premise of a synopsis and was immediately hooked from page one! I love stories with alternating timelines and points of view, and “A Change of Rules” was just a perfect choice in this case. I particularly enjoyed Solancei’s memoir (which was tragic at times but so very riveting!) which helped me better understand her present scenes and instantly connect with her as a heroine. The world building was really impressive; half of the time I wondered h ...more
J.B. Trepagnier
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a solid first entry to a larger series. The world building is established and the characterizations let you get to know main players. The plot flows smoothly and there is a lyricism to the writing and dialogue that makes it a quite enjoyable read. I do wonder where the rest of the series is going because the this book did pique my interest in the rest of the series. It's listed as Episode 1 instead of book 1, like it's intended to be a serial. I hope that means it will be a long serial b ...more
Holly Barbo
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are basically two plot lines (maybe 2.5) within this book. They are related but come at the story from different angles. The High Circle storyline didn’t captivate me though I could tell it was important. Precisely how it interwove with the Solancei story was unclear. I enjoyed this young woman’s tale (Solancei) and it was the reason I kept turning pages. An interesting beginning.
Jay Batista
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is the first introduction to the Nine Realms of Dallancea, the overseeing god-like Guardians that have been given mystical powers and extended lives near immortality to hold the “mad ones” and ensuing chaos at bay, Solancei, a bodyguard “shield” maiden in training, and the petulant and spoiled princess Iambre that our shield is dedicated to protect. The book builds a tapestry of nuanced description of guardian political machinations and provides insight into the tragedies of Solancei’ ...more
Dorothy Garino
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ahar
The novel, A Change of the Rules: The Missing Shield, Episode 1, by L.L. Thomsen is an Epic, High Fantasy. This fact is mirrored in the religious, social, cultural and political aspects of the world the author created. The tone of the book had a ring of high fantasy to it, even when describing a jackal fight. The diction was elaborate and flowing – though perhaps a bit too verbose as the reader also had to contend with the new world terminology. Overall, though, the intertwining narratives of th ...more
A.A. Abbott
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Missing Shield" is a gripping story of love, death, duty and magic. It's delivered in instalments, and is easy to follow, because each begins with a summary of the story so far. "A Change of Rules", the first episode sets the scene brilliantly.

The tale operates on two levels. In the bigger picture, the land of Ostravah has known peace for 1,000 years. Before that, the Chaos Wars invoked heavy bloodshed, but the mystical Guardians of the Veils were finally able to vanquish the evil gods and
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is not for the faint hearted, it is a weighty read that is meticulously and poetically written. Readers who love high fantasy and stories where the world has been intricately drawn will appreciate this book. It is not a quick read and, as this it just the first episode of eleven, it promises to become a vast epic that hardened fantasy readers can totally submerge themselves in.
Sybrina Durant
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Missing Shield by L.L. Thomsen is a multi-episode fantasy series full of strange mystery and adventure - all exquisitely braided together with magically lyrical prose. I just finished reading Book 1 – A Change of Rules which introduced me to some fascinating demi-gods who are on the verge of losing their omniscience. I also became intimately acquainted with some fearless mortals who seem to have forgotten that their immortal Guardians were ever real. I want to know more about all of these me ...more
Andreea Pryde
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Change of Rules – episode 1 is a fast read, but perhaps not as light as I’d expect it to be for Fantasy. With different timelines, alternating between Solancei’s memories and present time, it requires quite a bit of attention, so you won’t get lost in this new universe.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ahar
Get ready to be fully immersed in this new world. The attention to detail is splendid. Everything from characterization and world building, to pacing and word flow was perfect. There really are some beautiful passages with a lovely tempo. Either there was a great deal of attention to word choice or this author just has a natural ear for beautiful prose. Overall it was a joy to read. The shining parts for me were in the action/fighting scenes. The tempo was perfect and tense and thrilling. Charac ...more
Beth Hodgson
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book quite entertaining and very intriguing. The way the author laid out the story for the reader is definitely unique - it jumps between the characters in a third-person POV (which I love), but also includes a first-person POV in the manner of a diary/memoir of the main character, which gave me more personal insight into the character. I especially adored the Princess Iambre. She was by far my favorite! I look forward to reading the next book!
I was drawn to this book because the plot sounded like something I would really enjoy; a world that is recovering from a disaster that took place 1000 years ago that leave the Protectors of the Veils vulnerable and their power not enough to crush the Gods.
However, this book just did not click with me. I liked the levels of politics and variety of characters, especially the strong female character in Solancei. But I just found the plot was too slow for me and it all happened in the second half o
Louise Jackson
A brilliant start to what is clearly going to be an epic series. The story jumps right in and gathers pace throughout. There's a bit of everything in this book. A princess, a hero, spellweavers, and a fabulous quest. There's nothing not to like in this otherworldly read.

The descriptions are as fabulous as the concept of the book and the characters grow at a really nice pace, giving the reader time to get to know them. Going to enjoy reading the rest of the series.
C.A. King
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and unusual mix using some chapters for memories and others for events as they happen. This novel, however is not for easy reading. This is high-fantasy lovers. I admit I prefer low-fantasy tales, but this one managed to hold my interest in the way it was written. It is also one the first of many books in the series.

The descriptions and writing style flow beautifully making an enjoyable read.
Felicia Faye Leibenguth

Talk about an in-depth, fascinating read! There is a lot going on in this story, and it makes you slow down and enjoy every bit of it! Each character has their own back story and the way the characters intertwine is flawless.
I highly recommend this novel! Its like nothing like I have read before! I look forward to the next!
Jordan Leger
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Change of Rules: The Missing Shield was a different book then what I would usually read. Nevertheless, a good one as the story line unfolded. The author has a unique way of writing and created a very enjoyable book.

If you're looking for a read to take along with you this weekend, you may want to look at this book.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Missing Shield is the first episode in L.L. Thomsen’s saga, A Change of Rules. And make no mistake — this is a high fantasy saga with this first episode being the introduction to the intricate world Thomsen has created.

While this is Solancei’s story — the missing shield in the episode’s title — it’s way more than that. There are three different plots running as the story starts, with a fourth thread featuring the realm’s princess, and Solancei’s best friend/cousin, Iambre. As the episode dra
M.L. Tompsett
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Change of Rules: The Missing Shield, Episode 1 is basically a multi-point of view story-line from different characters from different realms.
In a world beyond the Veils that protect the Realms of Dallancea against the return of Mad Gods, the Maker’s chosen Avatars - all-powerful Guardians, have awoken to face the lingering repercussions of a betrayal. Guardian and Spell-weaver of the highest tier, Malandar is not prepared to surrender the Realms to the old Enemy of Life without a fight, he mu
Amy Proebstel
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Losing Sight of the Future

A Change of Rules drops the reader into an already moving story following several storylines simultaneously. The first is the demi-gods who have been given charge of the world’s magic and the impossible position they have found themselves in as one of their members have died and they have lost their Sight of future events. Even as they work toward figuring out how to mend the tear in their fabric, the dissention in their numbers keeps them from solving any real issues b
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