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Vaetra Unveiled (The Vaetra Chronicles Book 1) by [Marvello, Daniel R.]
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Bored with his life as an innkeeper, Jaylan Forester takes a promising mercenary contract. The adventure goes out of control when he discovers that his client is being pursued by Sulana Delano, an intriguing Sword Sorceress from an enclave of sorcerers known as The Archives. Taught from birth to shun sorcerers, Jaylan must overcome his distrust of magic when an unexpected turn of events embroils Jaylan in Sulana's mission to recover a stolen mysterious artifact. Along the way, Jaylan learns that he too has the capacity to become a sorcerer. He must decide if he wants to explore his newfound abilities or resume the comfortable life he has always known. Fate has its own ideas about what path he should take.

"Vaetra Unveiled" is a swords & sorcery fantasy adventure of approximately 75,000 words/300 printed pages.

About the Author

Daniel R. Marvello writes fantasy adventure stories from his log home on forty acres of forested land in the North Idaho panhandle. The setting for his Vaetra Chronicles book series was inspired by the scenic beauty of his surroundings. Daniel shares his home with his loving wife of 20 years and several wonderful animals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 688 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magic Fur Press; 1 edition (Nov. 25 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070PJ810
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e867b0) out of 5 stars Stirring Fantasy Adventure March 1 2012
By Christopher Kellen - Published on
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Vaetra Unveiled is the story of Jaylan, a former guardsman and current mercenary who gets himself tangled up in events beyond his control. He doesn't want to get married or be an innkeeper, but he has a sense of obligation.

As it turns out, the mercenary contract he accepts just to delay his seemingly-inevitable marriage a bit longer shoves him head-over-heels into the path of a sorceress from the mysterious place known as the Archives, and things just get more complicated from there.

The first-person perspective in Vaetra Unveiled is not something you see often in fantasy novels, usually being reserved for more of a snarky, urban fantasy tone. Vaetra Unveiled definitely does not have that feeling - it's straight-up fantasy all the way, and actually switches between 1st and 3rd person POVs depending on the character.

It's interesting to note that while I sometimes wondered if the story might have been better served entirely in 3rd person, I came to the conclusion that Jaylan's POV works quite well in 1st person, given the nature of the changes that are happening to him.

The world-building is strong, with a good core concept and several interesting ideas that I hadn't encountered before. In general, I did not get as clear a sense of place as I might have liked; the villages and towns visited by the characters seemed almost interchangeable. Some additional character of place, I think, could have helped those be stronger and sharper.

The plot moves quickly, with good and tight descriptions. The chain of events is not only believable, but well thought-out and with a logical flow. It did seem at times that more description could have been added, particularly in describing the progression of the burgeoning romance. There is a large cast of characters; it's always a good sign when I can remember their names several days after finishing the book. The ending leaves several plot threads open, but of course this is intended to be a series, which means that we will be expecting to see more from this author down the line.

I had zero editing complaints - Mr. Marvello has done an excellent and highly professional job on his first outing, for which he must be lauded. I can't even remember coming across a typo, which is a rare sight indeed!

Vaetra Unveiled is a well-plotted, strikingly well-edited fantasy adventure, in which I would have liked to see a bit more grounding of setting and either a strengthening of or an elimination of the romantic sub-plot. Overall, very fine work, especially for a first-time independent author. If you're a fan of the fantasy genre, you should read this book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e869fc) out of 5 stars A simple sword and sorcery fantasy Aug. 2 2013
By K. Maxwell - Published on
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I would have to say I enjoyed this novel, but at the same time found it rather simple and straight forward and stiff. It's full of polite well spoken characters and for me at least, unrealistic somewhat wooden dialogue. This is a simple story of sorcery in a mostly peaceful empire which mostly hates sorcerers with a main character who finds he has talent for sorcery. As long as you don't expect too much you'll probably enjoy this novel. I'll read the rest of the series I suspect but am not expecting it to turn into a favorite.
HASH(0x99e869c0) out of 5 stars sword and sorcery tale Aug. 27 2013
By Waymil. - Published on
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At last, a full grown man, not a teen, who has an opportunity to find his sorcery talent. Jaelan was a captain in the King's guards until he caught a high noble in a dishonest act and lost his job. Turning to mercenary work, he meets sword sorceress, Sulana, on one of his assignments. There is a mutual attraction and Sulana notes sorcerer capabilities in Jaelan and, after they work together successfully to free a small village from a powerful sorcerer, invites him to return to the school of sorcery with her to develop his talent. Good story, well written, keeps your attention wanting more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e86cb4) out of 5 stars Entertaining Start to a New Fantasy Trilogy July 8 2012
By Mike - Published on
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Good start to a new fantasy series. This standalone novel acts primarily as an introduction to the world and characters of the Vaetra Chronicles through a very entertaining fantasy adventure story to stop an unprincipled sorcerer from taking advantage of mundanes (no-sorcerers). Author has laid the foundation for the rules and limitations of magic, or Vaetra, in a world which has no trust for sorcerers since the end of the Wizard Wars. Unfortunately mundanes are not able to police sorcerer ethics so the potential for mischief is ripe. Overall, a fun fantasy adventure story - engaging characters, interesting setting and rousing plot - that is very entertaining to read. First book is not an epic fantasy but series might possibly develop in that direction in future volumes. I would not characterize this as a Young Adult fantasy but it can be enjoyed by most ages (teen and up).

Vaetra Unveiled is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy, The Vaetra Chronicles. Although part of a series, this novel stands well on its own as a fantasy quest to introduce the characters and world. Series website indicates timing for second volume is mid-2012 and timing for the third volume is early 2013. I appreciate that the author has laid out intended length of series and approximate timing of next volumes.

No major editing or writing issues were noted. Vaetra Unveiled is 3,721 Kindle locations long which I consider to be shorter than standard novels. Standard length "paperback" novels seem to run in the 4,500 to 7,000 plus Kindle location range. Long novels can range from 15,000 to 20,000 plus Kindle locations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e86d14) out of 5 stars Well thought out page turner July 8 2012
By Amanda Wamsley - Published on
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I truly enjoyed the story line of this book. I was drawn in and felt that the universe was well thought out and introduced. There is a believe-ability to the story within the universe as well as the way that magic works.

My criticisms of this book are few. I felt that the tie together of the first part of the book and the second part of the book were shaky. We did not see what Lord Thoron wanted with the ring nor why he was making his medallions. Maybe we'll see in a future book, but I feel a bigger hint would have been nice. Is he just trying to take over the world? My second criticism is that only Sulana and Jaylan have any depth. The other characters are merely introduced and I think I could like (or hate, depending) several of them if there was more background. Finally, I do feel that the discussions of magic are a little lecture like. It works to a point when Sulana is giving Jaylan information, but I feel it does not work when Jaylan is explaining to the us.

In the end, though, I feel that this book was definitely worth reading and I look forward to the rest of the trilogy. I liked the way Marvello went from one scene to the next for the most part. He has an amazing way of setting stuff up so that an event isn't just a blunt, slap-you-in-the-face scene. I think he set up an amazing world.