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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Book Review with Giveaway Link: Itineras (The Samsara Chronicles Book 4)

This book continues to define the lines of good and evil as action heats up for Aislinn and Dylan.

Itineras (The Samsara Chronicles Book 4)  
by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley
  • File Size: 144 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: eXtasy Books (May 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086FP8US
Genre:  Science Fiction
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: May 25, 2012
Fleeing increasing danger after acquiring the skull, Aislinn and Dylan begin their journey by visiting her parents and meeting Aislinn’s soul sister Angelica.

No longer safe in Burnaby, Aislinn and Dylan are directed to visit her parents on Boxing Day where they meet an Italian orphan, Angelica. Aislinn recognizes her soul sister from her home world, Nirvana. Guided by an escort in the guise of an eagle, Aislinn and Dylan continue their quest to gather the talismans.

Once again this book picks up shortly after Book 3 with the expectation that the prior books have been read. This episode seems to have a few cliches in the writing, including the stereotyping of a Mandarin Chinese contact who has another artifact to give Aislinn. They didn’t bother me but I did note their existence knowing that might bother some people.

When Dylan and Aislinn meet with Li, as directed by the guiding voices, they are interrupted by five young thugs who are clearly looking for trouble. More than trouble, they are surrounded by the green aura of the Ellemental enemy and their goal is to attack Aislinn and Dylan.  Aislinn’s anger morphs into a strange trance under which she is extremely powerful - able to melt guns and throw bodies with just a gaze.

There is a second attack on Aislinn at Dylan’s apartment by men that are his partners and he thought were his friends. Again Aislinn morphs to a defensive ‘weapon’ leaving carnage in her wake.

Aislinn and Dylan flee town and return to her parent’s farm as directed by the Antiquitas’ bubbles.  There they meet the innocent child, Angelica, from Italy, who appears almost as an angel. She stirs ‘deja vu’ memories in Aislinn and Dylan, in addition to giving Aislinn another talisman for her mission. Once leaving

I enjoyed the scene at the parents farm and the implications of the society’s dichotomy of either selfish hoarding or generous sharing. Once leaving the farm Aislinn and Dylan are led to the next encounter where Aislinn receives a fifth tool for the journey.  It is clear that each gift is important although the purpose of the items s has not yet been explained.

I believe the authors are trying to show the depth and growth of evil influences in both attack groups. The language becomes offensive and the actions are lewd and bordering on pandering.

I spotted what seemed inconsistencies in the actions, i.e. Dylan cuffed faced down on the floor yet the next paragraph has the cuffs in front of him.  I think I would pass over this sort of detail when reviewing a full length book but it seems easier to key in on errors when it is a shorter work.

I am still enjoying the action, the growing relationship between Aislinn and Dylan and the developing story. I am becoming more curious about the myths or mysticism that seems attached to the talismans that are being gathered.
An nice turn of phrase:
“Humanity’s frozen tears,” she said, gazing at the leaden flakes drifting from the sky.  Location 484.
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1 comment:

  1. I read this story and it doesn't say if Dylan is cuffed in front or back. So I disagree with that comment. And what's with the comment about a cliche about the Chinese man? So, she's directed to his little shop. What is so stereotyped? Obviously, from reading the other books, Aislinn needs to have contact with people from various ethnic backgrounds. I think people should refrain from such comments unless you've read more.


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