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Jahrra is a full grown woman now going to college getting in to politics a bit. She makes new friends has a few adventures but nothing like the first and second books. This book was a page turner but for a different reason as the other two. The first two were exciting and I couldn't wait to get to the next page and the next chapter to see what happens next. Book three was a page turner in the sense that I was looking for something to happen thinking any minute now something is going to pop out and it will get amazing but it just never happend. Don't get me wrong the story is amazing and the authors ability to tell a story is flawless but the action was missing in book 3. She made a ring, she trained after class, she dealt with bad rumors, she went to a few parties but just never got very exciting to me. The story itself though was so good I still give it 4 out of 5 stars. Had I of written it I would have went with less self reflection and more training to be a warrior, less of the boo hoo and a little more woo hoo, you feel me? I totally loved it when she got her sword for here birthday but was totally bummed when she never once used it not even to practice with it. She is suppose to be the savior, they have been training her since she was a child to fight and book 3 barely expands on this part of her at all other than a few sparring matches with friends after school. I would have hooked her up with a bad ass Zena style armor to go with her sword and then spent at least one solid chapter on her using it and showing her new skills but there were no new skills in this book 3 ......I really felt let down after reading it. It builds up to book 4 really well though but I am worried there will be no action there either. Please tell me there will be action in book 4.
As other reviewers have stated, the first book in the series is not "action packed" but it does a really good job of introducing the characters and setting the stage for the rest of the series, which I immediately purchased and read back to back. I am a woman in my 50s and enjoy the YA paranormal books, but so many of them have too much teen age angst and drama that I can't really relate. Love fantasy, quests and dragons and it was fun to see Jaharra start to grow up and mature- and what a wonderful guardian - a dragon several hundred years old. I enjoyed the other characters too, several of which appear in the other books as well. The second two books in the series (The Beginning & The Awakening) and the short story collection Tales of Oescienne were great. I want more of Jaharra and Raejaaxorix - the sooner the better. I liked The Beginning even better than The Finding and The Awakening even better than that. Now Jaharra and Jaxx have set off on a journey and I want more! Soon!
I'm enjoying this series, enough that it's in my "check for sequels" folder on my kindle. Very old school fantasy in some ways, with a slower pace and more back story than you'd usually find in YA, so be warned ye of short attention span. I found it quite enchanting, delving into a fantasy world that is actually epic fantasy, rather than the cop out urban and paranormal fantasy that abounds at the moment (yes, I read and can enjoy both those genres, but you have to admit, epic fantasy deserves more credit). Before coming across this series, I was in an epic fantasy slump, hasn't found anything that interested me in some time, but this series reawakened my love of a good fantasy world and reminded me why I love the genre.
A lot more happens in this book than the previous 2. Big changes and revelations. Jahrra as a character still has moments of "why is a 16 year old acting 8?" but not enough to ruin my enjoyment. She acts much more age appropriate in this book and I do enjoy the...volatile...relationship she and Jaax share. It's amusing seeing them pushing each other's buttons.
There's new characters and storylines introduced in this installment, and some old storylines linked together. There are mysteries slowly being pieced together in that enjoyingly agonising way that makes you think you might have figured it out, but you're just - not - sure *sigh*.
Very glad I picked up book 3 and will continue to check for a book 4.
I've gotten more involved with this story with each successive book. Jharra has grown into her own and has become a young woman. She's not so impulsive now and tries her best to handle situations maturely. She and Jaxx have had to flee the city as the Crimson Kings men close in. What does life hold next for our duo ????
The life of our heroine continues. Will she ever find peace, will it be lasting? The Arthur continues to grow our heroine as well as her story. Adding new characters, new mysteries, and growth of friendships and character. Good to see more development of of the characters personalities as well is a the storyline.
I was entertained throughout the Awakening so I continued for all three books of the Legend of Oescienne and even wrote the author to find out there will be two more books coming out in the series. The fourth book hopefully this fall.........The author has a vivid imagination and the idea of a human living with a dragon alone is exciting. She creates an atmosphere of knowing so you can relate to centaurs and dragons and elves as if you are there. Her descriptions of the landscape and places you visit are so clearly shown you can see it with your own imagination..................If you like fantasy, this one will grab you right from the first page and carry you to the end.................totally entertaining and would love to see it in fantasy in the theater..............
Aaand YES!!! This book is just as good as the first two. Jahrra is beginning to mature and take her place in the world....well sort of, she has a bit of time though. On the run again....AND there's an inkling in my brain pan as to the identity of Raejaaxorix (Jaax). Some of the baddies are beginning to show their true colors and some of those who once had the appearance of evil aren't nearly so bad after all. Hmmm, this continues to be interesting. Very much looking forward to the next installment of this saga. I'll be recommending this one happily.
One of the things I really appreciate about this series is that it's clean reading and I have no hesitation in recommending it to youngsters. Great reading for all ages.
A respite for our young human girl turning 18 in this book #3. Living with the most powerful dragon as guardian, making new friends with different races, spending a year full of teenager antics, which consist, in this story, of going to University, riding her own horse, sparring with her best friends, practicing archery, learning to behave in society and wearing dresses! The tomboy is turning into a mighty fine young woman...
Ms. Johnson's gift for writing a precious tale slowly unravels page after page, allowing us to enter a world of magic full of oh so human traits such as love, friendship, treason, greed, ambition, guilt, the desire for redemption and so much more. Can't wait to read #4 in this beautiful series!
And oh, love, love, love the covers, accurately describing the enchanted world of these books.
The story is great, the author is extremely detailed in her writing, but the same little things keep popping up for me- the "letting out a breath she didn't know she was holding", or memory loss every time a character wakes up from sleeping, and the main character constantly puts her thoughts away for another time. It gets redundant, but otherwise I really do like the overall story.