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The Lost Tales of Power is a sci-fi fantasy cross over series written by Vincent Trigili. Vincent is a graduate student at Liberty University, and presently holds undergraduate degrees in Math and Computer Science. Currently, he is working as a senior software developer at Liberty University.
Vincent owns and runs the highly popular astronomy forums, Our Dark Skies, and also maintains the associated Facebook page. He has published several astronomy journals, calendars, blog articles, poetry, and photo books over the years and now turns his hand to fiction.
The worlds described in The Lost Tales of Power series were born out of Vincent’s long history of creating role playing games in the old pen and paper tradition. He uses the rich history of those worlds he created to imagine an entirely new world for this series. Vincent uses his exposure and history with science and technology to keep the stories in the realm of the possible while balancing that with an eye for fantasy.
The early books in the series take place in a futuristic universe that has recently been discovered by a medieval realm; later books in the series will take place in either realm, or perhaps a realm that has yet to be discovered.
All of the books are intended to be roughly equivalent to the movie rating PG. This means any teenager or adult should be comfortable reading them, but some of the material, themes and descriptions may be unsuitable for smaller children. Parents are advised to read the books themselves before deciding if their child should be exposed to the contents of the novels.
on June 11, 2013 :
The Academy continues to build the great universe (well, multiverse) created in The Enemy of an Enemy (Lost Tales of Power), but expands the point of view to involve multiple characters, which creates a much smoother flow of information; some of the constant sense of urgency may be lost, but the author intentionally brings it back at perfect points in the story. He expands on the details created in the first book, introducing new depths and limitations that will clearly play a huge role as the series continues.
The heroes we're introduced to in the first book had almost insane levels of power that could have made future books centering on them difficult to plan without resorting to unnatural reverse deus ex machina to give them a challenge that would be interesting to the reader. In The Academy, these heroes are involved in what are no doubt powerful schemes, but on such a grand scale that they are too busy to do much beyond provide guidance to our new characters. As they grow in power (and responsibilities), we really get to enjoy watching the author's characters struggle with what they want to do, what they know they should do, and how to best resolve both in their limited scope.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on Aug. 04, 2012 :
It's a while since I read book one of this series and it didn't refresh my memory (which is normally pretty good with books). As is mentioned below that's because it is set some time after. Once I got going I found it very readable and because of the July discount I had taken a chance and bought book three also. At the end I was pleased that I had and was looking forward to reading that too.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on Oct. 28, 2011 :
One of the most difficult things to do is to write in the first person when the first-person character keeps changing. Yet Trigili pulls this off without a problem. In this case, use of the first person narrative enhances the story. The characters are well-developed and the story interesting. There are a few very minor grammar errors, but they are so insignificant as almost to be not worth mentioning. I look forward to the next volume in the series.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Oct. 01, 2011 :
I enjoyed this volume, which picked up 10 years after the first volume. The Academy introduces a few new characters, and we see very little of the characters from volume one. Though they do play a role, they take a back seat to the new characters. The story is well-told and kept my attention (not an easy thing, I've got several books that are bookmarked half-way!). No fifth star on this one because it did not resolve the "loose ends" left from volume one, and left some loose ends of its own. I am, however, looking forward to the third installment!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Sep. 20, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book although it should be called a chapter , since it did not follow the normal layout of a book, the ending leaves the reader hanging. it also does not give the reader information about the next chapter.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Aug. 17, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book even more than Volume One: The Enemy of an Enemy. It's fast-paced and scene changes are handled nicely. I like the mix of tech and magic so far in this series and am really looking forward to the next one coming out.
Nicely formatted and typo-free.
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)
on June 28, 2011 :
Good follow on from the first book. It seems to jump between character stories a lot in places. I couldn't put it down though once I started, I had to read it in a day.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)