The Ballard Chronicles is the sequel of The Aielund Saga books written by creator and artist Stephen Nowland. They comply with the adventures of Aislin Ballard and companions as they monitor a robust villain. Aislin Ballard and her companions journey south in pursuit of the man behind the assault on her dwelling city. Together, they should cross harmful desert lands, brave bizarre magic, and avoid clashing armies as they journey to the legendary mountain metropolis of Aurumgaard. The Ballard Chronicles observes the occasions of the Aielund Saga. However, it is not necessary to learn these with a view to properly take pleasure in this sequence.
It calls to the actions and deeds of the Saga as backstory and fills in only what you’ll want to know to understand events in this one. Aislin Ballard is one in every of my favorite characters in any of the thousands of books I’ve read. She’s robust for a 13yr outdated lady, however not unrealistically so.
There may be exceptional depth of character with the optimism and vulnerability of a young girl. I think the writer nailed the struggle of her youth in an adventuring social gathering perfectly. One of many things I liked about this book is how Stephen Nowland highlighted the resiliency and determination of the human spirit even in the worst of instances.
One of the writer’s strengths, which I’ve famous in earlier critiques is that he allows the girls to be strong, but not lose their femininity. The girls sometimes need saving, however not more than the males. If something, the men need extra saving than the women. Once, character I’d actually prefer to see more of Jaz. She’s a superior character, my favorite in this sequence I think, but it felt like her personality wasn’t allowed to blossom and show by fairly as much in this book.
She did lots of things, but it surely appeared largely within the background. Everyone else in the group shone, particularly Madelyn. I really like the steampunk really feel of the Kurhain civilization, particularly with the muttonchops and mustaches. Major Maximilian Strauss is an excellent character who brings a new dimension to the story. Switching back and forth between him and Aislin was an ideal touch.
It was hard to root for him when his country was the one causing so much hassle for Aislin’s group! I am unable to wait to see the place this group goes. The hints Stephen Nowland put ahead for future books are maddening. I do know the Blue Man is going to come again, however will he deliver his group with him?
With most Indie Authors, it’s a must to look ahead to spelling and grammar points. Not so with these books. They’re an expert quality and properly edited. There are not any wasted words or scenes. Everything advances the story in a manner that you simply stop hearing the writer’s voice. Book three is due out quickly and I’ll assessment it shortly thereafter!
I was a type of kids who daydreamed his manner through school. All the little adventures I’d concocted in my mind have been far more interesting than math or tests or sport. Somehow, I handed the important bits (art and English), and moved on, but always with a creative perspective to my life. It was around 1992 when the magic of reading really sunk into me, for it was then I discovered fantasy novels.
Feist, Salvatore & Eddings confirmed me worlds that fired my imagination, and from that time on I knew I wished to put in writing the stories that flitted across the recesses of my imagination. Unfortunately, I spent most of the subsequent fifteen years dealing with poor well being, together with resultant chronic fatigue syndrome which interfered with my life immeasurably, but gave me ample time for thought. An abortive attempt to create a story happened round 1996, however I look back on such things as stepping stones on the street to where I needed to be.