The Harpy Chronicles - The Namari Book I

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Kirin, the elfish daughter of an exiled priestess, befriends an enigmatic trader with a secret and a harpy on a quest to save her people from an ancient curse. Goddess-touched, Kirin's gift is a commodity in a war between two goddesses, in a world of magic and slavery. Harpies and elves must learn to stand together to triumph in a war that threatens to destroy the entire realm.

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About Aneza Lee

Born in the shadow of beautiful Table Mountain, Aneza Lee's passion for writing led her to become not only a published fantasy author, but an editor too. As a child she believed each glittering dewdrop was a fairy diamond, and the stars were divine guardians who guided her along her path.

She has a great love for the written word and believes there is much to learn, and to teach, through this medium about human nature and the world we share. There is a magic in the air of the wild land called Africa where she was born and she tries to suffuse her writing with it.

She lives in a leafy suburb of Brackenfell in the beautiful Cape of Good Hope and she is currently working on the second novel in the Harpy Chronicles, The Namari Book II, before its final edit and publication. Her poem, Dancing with Gypsies, was published in the Forever Spoken Collection by the International Library of Poetry and samples of her poetry are available on Writer's Cafe (http://www.writerscafe.org/SylvanHuntress).

Aside from writing fantasy and poetry, some of her interests and hobbies include knitting, counted cross stitch, gardening, and all things gothic. She shares her life with her fiancée, her loving family and an assortment of furry creatures.

**Please note that she uses UK spelling in her novels, which differs slightly from US spelling.**

Reviews

Review by: Laura Meads on Oct. 29, 2013 : star star star star star
I love the detailed, descriptive way the book is written... It really transports you right into that mystical world of the elves... When I read the book it almost felt as if I was watching a movie... In fact I can easily picture this book becoming a movie... Honestly, for me it's right up there with the great fantasy novelists like Tolkien, Philip Pullman, etc!.. Get cracking on that second book! :)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: John Arthur Betts on Aug. 15, 2013 : star star star star star
I thought I would just have a quick read of the first chapter, I couldn't put it down and finished the whole book, great read, I was with them all the way, book two is now a must have.
(review of free book)

Review by: Leslie Kelly on Oct. 10, 2012 : (no rating)
I absolutely loved Book one of the The Harpy Chronicles - The Namari Book I. Its only recently that I've started reading this kind of genre - I'm usually more a psychological thriller kind of girl. But in recent months I've felt the need to lose myself in different worlds and in some ways it feels as though it was all leading up to this book.

Aneza has created a truly enthralling world that I easily lost myself in. With vivid descriptions and well-rounded, likeable characters it was easy to emerse myself in this book and let my imagination run riot. I could actually hear the knock at the door at the end and was devastated to reach that last page. I can't wait for book two!

What has made reading this book even more special for me is that I went to school with Aneza and what I will always remember about her is that, despite all the high school peer pressure, she always stood out as a true individual determined to put her own special mark on the world. And with this book she really has. I am so pleased for her that her dreams have come to fruition in the Harpy Chronicles. Expect great things from this girl!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Isabella Skillington on Aug. 19, 2012 : star star star star star
I must say, I am not a big reader, most books bore me to tears after the first five pages, but not so here.

The Harpy Chronicles, by Aneza-Lee, is one that will stand out from the crowd. This book grabs you by the eyes and draws you into the story from the first page, with a style of writing that is easy to read and so descriptive that you can picture the story unfolding in your mind as you read, almost loosing yourself in this new world.

And as with most good things, book 1 ends all too suddenly, leaving you lusting to know what happens next....

Can't wait for book 2 to be released....
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ilona Zager on July 25, 2012 : star star star star
The Namari, book one of the Harpy Chronicles, is the debut book of writer Aneza Lee and it definitely speaks of good things to come! It is always good to find a new fantasy writer with an original world, flowing story and a beatifully descriptive way of writing.

The Namari dives from page one into the plot of two warring goddesses and Kirin, the elfin princess that is thrust into the centre of the conflict. The pace is fast yet steady, the writing is smooth and easy, the plot is interesting and quite novel, and the characters are by turns endearing, sympathetic, irritating and mysterious - just as they should be!

Of course all the elves are beautiful, the dark elves show delicious hints of evil and frankly, I have no idea which goddess to route for yet! Our heroine Kirin, is young yet maturing rapidly, easy going but with hidden depths and vast powers only hinted at so far. And of course romance is not far off!

A delicious book to curl up with and easily race through. We are waiting for the sequel in anticipation!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Vanessa Finaughty on March 15, 2012 : star star star star star
Aneza Lee’s debut novel, The Namari, is the first book in The Harpy Chronicles series, and a definite must read for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy story. I was astounded by this first-time author’s flowing writing style, intense imagination, excellent command of the English language and characters I found realistic and intriguing, giving her book an air of being written by an accomplished writer, which I am convinced is exactly what she will soon be.

The main protagonist, a young elf called Kirin, is a Namari, a rare persona with the gift of foresight, able to disguise her appearance and find anyone merely by thinking of them. A past previously unknown to Kirin leads her into the service of the goddess Alorana, who helps her to discover and learn how to use her gifts. Alorana tells Kirin that her biological father, a man she hadn’t known existed, has asked to see her, and commands the handsome trader, Kherilon, to escort her to her father. However, Kherilon is not who he seems. Who is Kherilon really, and why does he hide who he truly is?

Other interesting characters join Kirin and Kherilon along the way, including a harpy and an elf who turns lycan on the full moon, each with their own story. Things turn ugly when they realise that the evil goddess Olunagh wants Kirin dead or serving her, and Kherilon vows to do whatever it takes to protect his ward and discover why the goddess is trying to kill her.

There are usually a handful of things I don’t like about any given book, however minor they may be, but my only complaint about The Namari is that it ended too abruptly, as many authors tend to do with a series, and I desperately wanted to read more! I recommend this book to anyone who loves original fantasy with a few common fantasy elements thrown in for good measure, characters you can relate to and feel for, and an easy read that came from hard writing. I can’t imagine that anyone will read this book and not want to pick up Book 2.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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