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‘Anbatar – Legacy of the Blood Gaurd’ by Anne Dolleri review

Anbatar – Legacy of the blood guard
by Anne Dolleri
488 pages
ebook/ .mobi (Print is not out yet)
Genre: fantasy (less magic and dragons, more personal quest)
Release date september 14th, 2019


Zessalon’s war with the Northern Kingdom has ended, their enemy once more defeated. But Nareth—ruthless Samerier warrior and half-brother to the Southern king—can find no rest behind the battered walls of the Golden City. Craving unity after centuries of bloodshed, he rides north to initiate peace talks with his kingdom’s lifelong enemies. There, he discovers the Northerners’ hatred of him and his people runs far deeper than he suspected. In the dark alleys of Anbatar, Nareth encounters a fierce enemy, turning his quest into a battle of life and death.

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As if it had a mind of its own, his hand moved to his belt to grab his knife. Something, or someone, was out there. Although he heard nothing, the prickling sensation on the back of his neck told him he had company. His gaze wandered upward to survey the few rooftops that still remained, but all he saw were the sharp silhouettes of fireplaces and bay windows.

Slowly he walked on, preparing himself for any eventuality. He didn’t want to give whoever was following him the impression he would be scared off so easily. By the time he came to a cast-iron gate in the wall separating the North Quarter from the rest of the city, the uneasy feeling of being followed had diminished.

Once again, he looked back, and. A movement from above caught his eye. As Nareth’s gaze homed in on the spot, the shadow on the rooftop rose, its dark cloak billowing silently in the light east wind. A hood covered the figure’s head—its shadow hiding their face—and a scarf concealed their mouth and nose.

The hunter and hunted stared challengingly at each other. It was almost as if the figure whispered to him, I’ll remember your face, stranger. Next time, you won’t get away unscathed.

Then the figure turned and disappeared into the shadows as if it had never existed.

The slightly unusual pen name Anne Dolleri is an anagram of my real name, which not even my german followers can pronounce at first try.
I grew up between the lines of hundreds of different stories. I fell asleep to the comforting scent of book pages and woke up with the sound of untold stories. They made me who I am today. An incurable dreamer, writer and reader. If you dare to follow, I’ll show you my worlds …

Anbatar: Legacy of the Blood GuardAnbatar: Legacy of the Blood Guard by Anne Dolleri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this arc from the author and between my deadline to read things I read this one – Yeah.. IT took longer then expected but I did reread it before writing my review! Which is a first for me… Oh, Yeah.. I don’t reread things before I write the review as I normally write the review as I go or take notes. This helps me!

This novel has it all and no need to buy into more books to finish one story. Lovely! When the author reached out to me she came with such silly german humor that I wanted to reach outside my comfort zone and dabble into my D&D roots. I know. Shoosh.

Now there ARE so many characters in this book. Like I lost who some where at one point but they all played a very important part through the story. There was a couple different characters that I absolutely loved but I wont go into them too much because I may go into it deep and give away secrets!! Don’t want to spoil the novel. Among them I would love to see a book about Illion and Keni. Because the friendship between Nareth and Keni was so wonderful that I feel this would make for another great read with a different story. Maybe Keni is older now? and with the enjoyment I got from Illion the sheer… ugh.. Yeah give me more haha.

The writing.. Oh my goodness the writing. Perfect. Absolutely perfect. I always tend to look for editing flaws or writing flaws in novels. Its a pet peeve and I know my blog is gross with formatting but its me. Like this writing.. So perfect. I love how the author put you in the POV with different characters sending you into what they were experiencing. I was trapped many times when I picked it up and could. not. put. it. down. This caused some issues haha.

This was so complex. Like the synopsis did not do it justice. How the author worked through missions, the risk involved and so well thought out. Narrated beautifully throughout scenery or with the battle scenes with such detail you are trapped. I mention this right? TRAPPED! The author had so much detail that stories including the blood guard or anything else that was feed to you in tiny bits throughout. You can FEEL what the characters are effected by and how everything connects to their current situation. It was CRAZY. Anabatar was as vivid as watching the LOTR movies with mental imagery. It was so goooood.

This will keep you turning the page, rereading it for years to come with twist and turns. Perfect for the highly fantasy lover with attitude. You will end the book smiling as I did with a perfect ending where your foreshadowing will fail. Yes it will. You will not be expecting things but BOOM! ok.. I stop talking now – perrrfect five stars. Here, take it ❤ Now write more things for me to read. ok. Thanks!

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