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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Cortero Publishing (Nov. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611791901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611791907
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #497,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Jorre de St. Jorre on Jan. 17 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a reader who generally does not enjoy fiction. I would usually rather read one of my engineering textbooks than a 200 page novel, and when I do read fiction it takes me weeks to to get through a book. I picked up Astreya on a Sunday night and finished the last page in the wee hours of Thursday morning, having been unable to stop after Astreya meets Gar and Lindey. I loved it as a sailor, I loved it as fan of the fine arts and I loved it as a traveller. Seymour Hamilton managed to create engaging characters that you feel like you know by the end; without ever dwindling in awkward descriptions which is where most fiction loses me. I can't wait to read the sequel!!
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The voyage begins Nov. 21 2011
By Spider Robinson - Published on
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I have known Seymour Hamilton for over thirty years, and am only surprised that it took this long for Astreya to reach the marketplace. I guess he's been busy with other things. It is a work of great power, insight, and ferocious imagination, and like its creator it is almost impossible to dislike. I had the honour and pleasure of reading it in manuscript, and am overjoyed that it has finally taken up residence in my Kindle. I recommend it unreservedly. Mr. Hamilton understands people, and has an intuitive grasp of story I envy.
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When's the next volume? Hurry Dec 5 2011
By Robert Bott - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is not one of my usual genres, but the seafaring stuff in the early chapters sucked me in and I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the alternate landscape and history Hamilton has created. In this first volume, he has wisely introduced only one "magical" element, a bracelet with strange properties (and perhaps powers), and for the most part the landscape and seascape are comfortably medieval. The plot moves along nicely, and the prose is well crafted. The most important test is that I finished with a great hunger for the next volume.
A really satisfying trilogy Aug. 29 2013
By Alex Morton - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Rarely have I read something that combines a love of sailing and the sea with such a great story. The instant I finished Book 1 I had to have a copy of Book 2 and after that, Book three. Even if I didn't share the author's interest in the sea, I would have been enthralled by the story. The books are beautifully written, exciting and fun. I'm desperately hoping for a Book 4.

I'm a reader and go through two or three books a week and when I find something like this, it's like striking gold.
Great character, fantastic story Aug. 10 2013
By Ms Janet Cameron - Published on
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I loved spending time in the world of Astreya. Before this, I hadn't read a fantasy novel in years, and I was surprised at the level of realism and the way Seymour Hamilton trusts his characters to carry the story without a lot of magic swords and mythological bombast. There is an air of mystery in the background - is this the past or some post-apocalyptic future? And what's the meaning of the coded messages Astreya's been left by his father? But these questions remain intriguingly in the background and don't overwhelm the story. Instead we see our hero grow up, deal with bullies, fall in love and decide he'd like to be an artist, as well as the other adventures and action you'd expect from good fantasy. I look forward to the rest of the series.
Absorbing and compelling fantasy March 18 2013
By Tinney S. Heath - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, for its rich worldbuilding, deft characterization, and originality. I found it pleasantly unpredictable. It's one sign of a good book when the characters stay with the reader, still vivid long after the last page is read, and this is such a book. On to the next one...

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