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Legon Awakening

(Legon #1)

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Set in a world that is not our own, Legon Awakening takes you through an epic journey into a land full of wonderment, illusion, and innovation.

Legon is a simple young man in the small town of Salmont, a town in the center of the Empire that few know about and even fewer care about. All he wishes to do is to start his own butcher shop and take care of his adopte
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Paperback, 412 pages
Published August 23rd 2010 by Createspace (first published June 7th 2010)
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Meg
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book opens from the perspective of a “Senashow”. That’s not a character name, but a group of… things. What exactly is a Senashow? Well, they weren't particularly well-described in the beginning, but they hate people and have a serious superiority complex, so I imagined they look something like this:




At any rate, you should be very, very afraid of the Senashow, who hate humans so much they refer
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Joan
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I started this book on a Sunday night, I was sitting on my blue teal couch wearing stripped p-jay bottoms and a black sleeping tee. I read until I felt sleepy, then I got up and moved to my bed, which has a blue comforter on it. When I woke up the next day I didn't rush to the book right away. First I showered, then I got dressed in blue jeans and a yellow striped t-shirt, and then went about my day. Finally, at night before bed I picked the book up reluctantly and read till sleep took over. I r ...more
Daniel Bylsma
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-contest
I am thrilled that I was able to find a new book series that actually fit into the genre of Fantasy. With so many books out there with adult themes that I tend to stay away from, even though I am twenty years old, I found this series to be a fun, Fantasy filled story with excitement and a new plot line. There are dragons and elves and humans of course, but this Fantasy novel you are able to separate from the others because of the true uniqueness of it. I have read all three books in the series. ...more
Susie
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Ok. This story was good. Kind of Eragon/Lord of the Rings, fantasy, coming-of-age/Elfhood kind of thing. Good story, even if it's basically been done before.

However, I must agree with the other reviewers about the writing style. Other than the capitalization problems at the end of the book, I don't think it was so much grammar and spelling as it was the general style of writing. I've come to expect poor editing in free Kindle downloads, but mostly so far as spelling and formatting er
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Stephanie
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Great premise HORRIBLE dialog. I couldn't even get past the first 200 pages and I tried. The story is compelling but the dialog is childlike and painful. This author needs to learn to show instead of tell. Also, when writing in a fuedal setting he should learn to make his characters(his adult characters at least)speak less frequently in modern teen vernacular.
Greg
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it
A good hero awakening, prophecy to be fulfilled, young man learning about a hidden past and about he new powers, story.

There's Elves (good and bad ones), Dragons, magic, battles, suspense and more.

What I kind of liked was how "current" the conversations felt. No "thou" etc. or fake "fantasy" dialog attempts, instead the word choices, conversations felt like one I'd have today with people...

For example, "... she wasn't that close, retard..."

I liked
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Wow! As I write this review, this book currently stands as a 3.2 star rating on Amazon UK. I can't tell you how surprised I am at this as I LOVED it! This is a fantasy tale of epic proportion that was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. There are elves, both good and bad; dragons which are elves so good and bad; different levels of magic user, and even showers! I'll admit to this being one of the best parts of the book for me but for you to understand my reference, you will have to read i ...more
Nicola
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book truly took me by suurprise. I had not really expected much from it, however found myself enthralled nearly at page one! Taylor brought the characters to life in a way that made me feel like I had met a few new friends. He created a world that was unique and interesting. Legon and Sasha lived in a world complicated by rules and guidelines derived by a queen and enforced by her Iumeta army. Taylor was able to describe the situations and people with rich details and enabled the reader to ...more
Amy McK
DNF 1% inconsistent and incomplete formatting and tense. If the author can't be bothered with the first page to be perfect, then I can't be bothered to read it.
Joe
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
A review for the trilogy:

The first book was good at introducing the characters, the conflict and the system (of fighting and magic etc.). It had a slow start in my mind, the middle was a little faster (because he started to learn to use magic more) and the end was great.

The second book once again had a slow start and a little faster middle with a great end.

The third book moved at a constant pace forward but the fights didn't really seem to change much. It was like... Ok the dragons
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Cherese A. Vines
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I received this as a free kindle download. This is the story of Legon and his sister Sasha who are forced from their small mountain village into a world of magic and dragons. I would not recommend this to readers with weak stomachs because of the detailed violence. People are not just killed, their demise is medically detailed with amounts of blood and which tendons are involved. It sounded slightly clinical in the details. Like someone who had medical training wrote those parts.
That said,
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Scott Wozniak
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I've read my fair share of YA fiction and I love it as a genre. Those books are simpler than adult themed books. The characters are often simpler as well. I'm okay with that if done well. This book was too simple in both respects.

The plot is actually the strongest aspect, but that's not saying much. Boy from a remote village is adopted, discovers he has magic powers and is the prophesied one. He has to leave when they come for him and finds his neighbor has been a secret mentor all along. His f
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Bob
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very fun read, and I highly recommend this to fans of this genre.

Some others have been put off by the use of recent earth sayings, but up front we are told this is not Earth. For some reason, the use of modern American phraseology didn't really bother me.

Elves in this universe are much different than the more familiar types (you know, pretty, petty and arrogant). The modern majority opinion of elves is broken into two seperate "races", the I'll...some
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Judith-Victoria Douglas
I choose the book because of the beautiful cover, but the story, while a good story, was not a very good story, and certainly not excellent. There are too many places where serious editing was overlooked, as if the author didn't care enough to clean it up. The explanations drag on instead of being worked into the story, while there is that third race we are never given a description of. The inconsistencies in the character's behaviors and expressions were distracting and a little irritating, aga ...more
Rhiannon H Morris
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a random recommendations from Goodreads. When I saw it was free and part of a series I thought 'What the hell!' and got it.

I must confess: I had a lot of difficulty getting it this. The book is fully of 'Character began to to do X...' making it sound like something was about the happen, but it did not.

this went on for the first third of the book and I almost gave up more than once, but something, maybe the character or the prologue, kept me coming back. At around
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Turtle
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Turtle by: My Nook
The characters are flat and completely without flaws. I couldn't find myself liking or relating to any of them. They were like aliens. Like prequel Star Wars characters.

The violence is excessive and grossly exagerrated. Limbs and heads are flying off in every fight. It reads like a video game where nothing feels at stake. Half the time intense fight scenes were comical just because of the sheer degree of excessive violence. I couldn't involve myself in anything that was happening bec
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Queeniejo
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, nook-books
I'll admit it took me forever to actually read this book. Every day for about two years I would pass by this book on my Nook Shop, hardly even giving it a second glance. Well, what can I say? I thought the cover looked boring (Hey! Give me some slack here! My Nook showed grey and white instead of actual color. It wasn't my fault I couldn't see its true potential). But then yesterday as I was about to pass this book for the umpteenth time, I actually looked at it. And read reviews about it. And l ...more
Justyn Simon
This was a somewhat interesting read, it was an Eragon type book where the main character is a butcher's son, and has an epileptic sister, Legon also has an awesome friend, and a resourceful mentor. So anyways, this book follows the the hero's journey cliche very well, which is a cliche I like in books. There were some grammar errors, but they were somewhat funny, as there was a person who was eaten, then was totally ok in the next sentence that mentioned them. In the Legon universe dragons are ...more
Férial
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
2nd read

I had not realized how many "problems" one could find in this book on my 1st read : bad spelling, missing words, double words (I was was...), where for were, awkward sentences, use of 20th century expressions, etc, etc, etc...In all honesty, I should even lower my 1st rating from 3 stars to 2. But...Ah. No. I won't *sigh*

Despite all this, I still like this book and I do not understand why.

Onto Legon Ascension

1st read

Well, surprisingly (and if we don't count the numerous/>1st
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Erin
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-free
I'll start off by saying that this book has a lot of problems that could be fixed if it got the attention of a good editor, but other than that I enjoyed it. After it got going the plot moved along fairly quickly and although different portions of it reminded me of other things I've read, I felt like the plot was unique enough to hold my attention. I have to give Taylor some serious credit for one particular part of the book (which I won't describe so I don't spoil it for everyone); he was willi ...more
Jesslyn
I liked the overall premise of the book, but the modern day expressions really ruined it for me. This was written to be in a pre-industial world and as such, my brain totally rejected ideas such as taking someone out on a date to a restaurant (and talk of who was going to pay), terming women as 'hot', etc.

Also used was - "This stuff is kind of freaking me out a bit." and "Told me it was a great ‘pre-owned horse." Really?!

I may be nitpicking, but can't get beyond that stuf
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Nicole
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read more people should read it. I really like the feeling this book gave me, the whole time I was reading I was enjoying it. Plus legon Awakening has elves, and dragons. Legon Awakening has a hint of Eragon.
The characters are good Taylor makes you care for them. I really like Legon he is strong and loyal. I love the relationship between Legon and his sister, Sasha. Sasha has these episodes that make her a outcast from the town. Legon being the great brother protects her from anyone
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Virginia Gill
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was lent to me by a friend and I have very mixed feelings about it. Had I been reading from a physical copy that I'd purchased I'd have been sending a very annoyed letter to the publisher right now. However I've no idea if all the grammer, punctuation, and spelling mistakes in the ebook version were also in the printed version. The strength of the characters and story telling are the only reasons I continued to read when the editing mistakes became a constant distraction. Somewhere at ...more
Gerold Whittaker
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Legon and his sister Sasha grow up in a small town. Legon is well liked, but Sasha is thought to be evil because she has seizures. When the Queen's soldiers visit their town looking for someone with a tatoo on his back, things get out of hand forcing Legon, Sasha and a few friends to leave town in a hurry. As they seek refuge elsewhere it becomes apparent that Legon, who was adopted as a child, is not quite the normal boy he thought he was.....

I read a free e-book, downloaded from Smashwords
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JanaMarga
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I came across this book on the Amazon free list. I read it in record time. If any of you has read Eragon (by Chris Paolini) this is the same thing, poorly done. Too similar, too much of the same thing!
I couldn't enjoy the book because of this. I kept unconsciously comparing them, this book was too slow, too descriptive and sometimes, too gory. But I managed to finish it and to read the next ones.
On the good side, it has every possible theme: drama, comedy, romance, tragedy, gore.
I think it is
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Chloé Davies
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't expect too much from this book but it is pleasantly surprising. It's a standard coming of age fantasy epic. The basic plot isn't particularly unique and the writing style isn't particularly special but it's an interesting fantasy world and very true to the genre. The main characters whilst fairly standard at this point have some interesting relationships. I think there is a lot of potential for the next book to explore this world and it's characters in more depth. Overall a light read t ...more
Maryellen Worrell
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I started reading this book and I liked it, a lot. Then as I continued to read it, I felt like the authors passion was no longer in the story. After chapter five or six, it seemed to loose its luster. Now Iam reading out of commitment to myself, I almost never just stop reading a book, whether I really like it or not. Sometimes its as though the author has too much description on things that are not relevant. I do hope it gets better. I am more than halfway finished, and hope not to have an anti ...more
Cindy Jeffers
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I liked the story, when I was able to stay in the story. Unfortunately, the book wasn't even run through a basic grammar check prior to publication, let alone any editing. It's a shame the author cannot afford software that has grammar checking capabilities, and has no friends with basic English skills to edit for him. I've read reviews of the second and third books saying the editing is terrible/nonexistent in them as well. I'm not sure if the story is worth the pain, so probably won't read the ...more
Theodore Minick
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book sat in my "to read" collection on my Kindle for months. I now regret that deeply. I should have read it immediately. It follows a fairly typical "hero's journey" plotline, with the protagonist starting out an unknown in some obscure village, and rising to great power, but the story is anything but typical.

Unique world-building, and excellent characterization make this a must-read. I cant wait to read the rest of the books.
Brett Hennigan
I very much enjoyed the story, and will likely read more in the series.

The problems I had with this book are that sometimes it seemed that you jumped from one person's mind to the next between paragraphs without any warning, making it difficult at times trying to figure out whose perspective we were currently seeing from. And towards the end of the book there wasn't much in the way of capitalization.
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