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on July 01, 2012 :
A really intriguing concept and some lovely world-building -there was a great depth of detail and the world felt three dimensional. It was at times a little wordy for me, but my main problem was with the main character Elanoria, who at times, and particularly at the beginning of the book, seemed a lot younger and more naive than her stated age. Overall, it was an interesting, original and enjoyable book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 19, 2012 :
The Colors of Passion and Love has a very unique and intriguing plot line. A young princess who is able to see her mates feelings through a colorful aura, set in a fantasy world with mystical creatures and dangerous enemies. When an unexpected takeover happens the protagonists are forced to set out on the lam.
Once I read the summary of the book I was excited to start. Fantasy novels have always held a special place in my heart and the promise of romance, epic battles and magic was right up my alley.
I found the story to start off a little on the slow side, with too much emphasis put on the description of the land and how the countries were laid out, I believe painting a picture for the audience is very important but this was a little bit of overkill. While the author did eventually delve into the characters backgrounds and developing the characters I found that I wasn’t really able to get to know the characters until the last few chapters.
I felt that the ending was a little rushed and darn it I was just getting into it! The relationship between Elly and Magesty was sweet, he was able to portray their passion for each other without turning it into a trashy romance novel. What I truly enjoyed the most was Elly and Daina’s friendship. He really nailed it with the sisterly love.
The writing had some noticeable grammatical errors, and while minor, I felt they still impacted the story some.
With some proper editing and minor tweaks I think this could be a great novel and the way the author left the ending open, an entertaining series.
The Colors of Passion and Love is definitely an original. Stan Morris brings the fantasy world of Magesty and Elly to life with vivid imagination and description. On a desperate journey to escape their enemies, the Master of Arete and the Princess of Quail marry, certain of their destiny together. Together with their friends, they travel through villages, cities and harsh countryside brimming with foes, until at last the final battle wages. I found the characters likeable and the plot intriguing. At times the depths of the detail tended to drag out the story, but overall, The Colors of Passion and Love was an enjoyable tale with a touch of magic.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)