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A fan of swashbuckling adventure novels by Alexandre Dumas of 'The Three Musketeers' and 'The Count of Monte Cristo' fame, Lorna Suzuki had noticed that it was always the men going off on great adventures and enjoying the camaraderie of a brotherhood. Most often, the women were portrayed as the damsels-in-distress.
In writing the Imago Chronicles fantasy series, by adding a female protagonist, one that is reluctantly accepted into this brotherhood, the author drew on some of her own experiences as a woman in a once male-dominated field of law enforcement and martial arts to bring Nayla Treeborn the female warrior to life.
With over twenty-five years experience in various forms of martial arts, Suzuki is a 5th-dan Shidoshi (senior instructor) of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, a martial arts system incorporating six traditional samurai schools and three schools of ninjutsu under Japanese Soke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. Although Budo Taijutsu has a very long and rich history in Japan and is steeped in tradition, is only now growing in popularity. Practitioners of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu do not compete in the sports arena as the techniques incorporated into this system are used strictly for self-defense, never as a sport. To learn more about Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, please visit Shihan Phillip Legare's website @ www.shinkentaijutsu.com
When Suzuki is not writing the next instalment of the Imago series or her new Young Adult Fantasy Series, 'The Dream Merchant Saga', she is a scriptwriter for audio/video life-stories customized for clients, as well as biographic documentaries for TV. Suzuki is also currently a consultant on the PBS TV series ‘West Coast Adventures’.
She resides in the suburbs outside of Vancouver, BC with her husband, Scott White, a talented videographer and Bujinkan Shidoshi, and their charming, young daughter, Nia.
Imago Chronicles: Books One, Two and Three have been optioned to produce a major motion picture trilogy.
on July 24, 2013 :
Lorna Suzuki has created a fantastic narrative with vivid world building, realistic action and witty dialogue. Nayla Treeborn's story was one that I could identify with. This protagonist faces the challenge of being a woman in patriarchal societies as she deals with the fact that she is caught between two worlds, unable to truly belong in either. Her disappointments are heart-breaking, but her strength and defiance are inspiring.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on May 30, 2013 :
A grand epic fantasy with sweeping world building and dynamic characters, starting with the most unlikeliest of heros.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on April 22, 2012 :
By creating the character of Nyla Treeborn, the author has introduced us to a woman of incredible strength and determination. Nyla is both human and elf and feels she doesn’t belong in either world. After escaping her abusive father, she is determined to become a warrior. She amazes everyone by her dedication, patience and perfection of the act of war. Nyla is the ultimate warrior but is also a woman with feelings, disappointments and a yearning for love. I loved this book, the first in the series, because of Nyla and her ability to succeed against all odds in a man’s world. Ms. Suzuki has skillfully painted a picture of another world, the world of Imago. Her own skill and knowledge in the martial arts is evident as she depicts colourful battles and realistic training scenes. The writing is rich and powerful. Once you read Imago Chronicles: Book one, a Warriors Tale, you will be hooked. It is not surprising that the book is being made into a movie.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Jessica E. Subject
on May 08, 2010 :
A Warrior's Tale is the story of Nayla, a half-Elf, half-mortal, who is shunned by both cultures including her own father, Lord Treeborn. With help, she flees from the brutal beatings of her father and finds herself in the lands of the Kagai Warriors. Struggling to find her place, she serves the Warrior leaders and when old enough, she trains amongst the men. Proving herself in every battle, she becomes a legend among the Kagai. After many years, she returns to her homeland, no longer a child to face her father.
While reading this book, I became emotionally involved in it. Several times, I found myself holding back tears as Nayla struggled to find her place. A Warrior's Tale is a wonderful read, and I am anxious to read the rest of the Imago series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 11, 2010 :
Imago: A Warrior’s Tale by Lorna Suzuki has, at first glance, a slight feel of Tolkien. Suzuki has borrowed some terms from the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy, but A Warrior’s Tale is her own creation. She has written an original work in a very poetic style.
Suzuki has developed the storyline and the characters in detail and as the story moves along, the reader easily empathizes with the characters and their feelings of fear, love, loneliness, and despair. There is some violence, but it is neither gratuitous, nor unnecessarily graphic.
Lorna Suzuki has done an excellent job creating a very believable fantasy world and I look forward to reading other books in the series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 11, 2010 :
Book Review - By Michelle Duncan
Title of book: A Warrior’s Tale - Imago Book Three
The plot: “This prequel to Imago Book One, Tales from the West, begins at the height of the turmoil that shall determine if indeed there will be a Third Age of Peace. Besieged by the enemy from the East and now immersed in war with soldiers of the Dark Army from the West, Nayla Treeborn and her people are about to engage in the next great war that will decide the fate of all Mankind and Elves in Imago.
In a desperate attempt to deliver word to the Elf King of Wyndwood and those of the Alliance for a call to arms, she is the last surviving messenger sent forth by her people. Now, trapped in a storm at the top of the World, she fights to survive the deadly elements in a strange land.
Despised by Elves and shunned by Mortals, she must now find the courage to make a place in this world, and the compassion to save those who keep her at arms length. This adventure recounts the defining moments in her life that had forged her into a deadly warrior, a great Captain and a legend amongst the people of Imago. This is Nayla Treeborn’s story; This is her Warrior’s Tale”.(Taken from prologue)
The setting: Eastern Imago, a beautiful country of mixed terrain.
The characters: Nayla Treeborn takes the name Takaro Bansho when she is rescued by the Elf Joval Stonecroft and Valtar Briarwood, Joval’s reluctant accomplice, from the clutches of her violent father Dahlon Treeborn and is taken to live with her Mother’s people the Kagai, a fearsome warrior race. With the aid of Kagai warriors’ an elderly Chusai Saibon and his son Yaruke Saibon, Nayla is accepted into their way of life. There are a whole host of other characters of whom I am loathe to give too much information as I feel it would give away far too much. You’ll have to read the book to find out more….
Highlights: The battles! These were brilliantly described, incredibly believable and beautifully written. I was transported to the midst of mud, blood, guts and gore with the occasional act of heroism thrown in for good measure.
Any weak bits? Occasionally I felt that Nayla was a little cold. I just didn’t identify on an intimate/personal level. Thankfully these moments were far and few between.
Unputdownable? In a nutshell, YES! I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover!
Your rating: I give a strong 9 out 10 and only because I felt slightly indifferent to Nayla/Takaro on occasion, which of course is an entirely personal thing. Anyone else reading this might wonder what on earth I’m talking about.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in this genre and even those who aren’t as I feel it would be enjoyed immensely by anyone who picks it up. I know I did!
(reviewed the day of purchase)