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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.
Jessica E. Subject
on July 12, 2010 :
Conflict on every page
Taking advice from Literary Agent and Author Donald Maass, fantasy Author Lorna Suzuki provides conflict on every page of Imago Book Two: Tales from the East.
Warning: This review contains spoilers if you have not read Imago Book One: Tales from the West.
Continuing from Imago Book One: Tales from the West, Lord Beyilzon has been defeated, but another evil force threatens the Elves and Mortals of Imago. In the East, the Regent has joined forces with the evil Wizard Eldred Firestaff to gain complete control over Orien with plans to expand their reign of terror across all of Imago.
The Order, after losing two knights and young Ewan Vatel in their defeat of Lord Beyilzon, must divide. Prince Arerys Wingfield, Prince Markus of Carcross, the wayward Wizard Lindras Weatherstone, and Valtar Briarwood as a representative from the East, depart for Mount Isa on the western edge of Imago to return the Stone of Salvation to the Three Sisters for safekeeping. Departing for the East, Nayla Treeborn leads her army back to Nagana along with Order member Lando Bayliss of Cedona, and her friend, the Steward of Nagana, Joval Stonecroft. They have plans to thwart Eldred Firestaff and the Regent’s attempt to gain control over Orien and place the true King, now of age, onto the throne.
While well-written battle scenes with a martial arts influence are still included in this book, the members of the Order experience more internal conflict and conflict within their group. With the action moving back and forth between the two sections of the Order, tension and suspense are built further.
With characters I enjoy investing my time in, and their well-described home of Imago, I became immersed in this book from the very beginning.
The other two books I read in this series were great, but I must admit Imago Book Two: Tales from the East is the best I’ve read yet. I do not recommend reading it though until you have read Imago Book One: Tales from the West.
And just as everything is wrapped up nicely at the end, and event occurs leaving me anxious to read Imago Book Four: The Tears of God.
(reviewed long after purchase)