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The Quest of the Unaligned The Quest of the Unaligned A.L Phillips A complex fantasy story with a large cast of characters The pronunciation guide does help and at the end of the book there was a glossary and a list of discussion question This book is for the serious fantasy reader, it is a bit hard to follow, but the plot was good and the characters were likable.Alaric the city of Tonzimmel, and words as a security guard One day a stranger appears from the city of Cadaeren, and tells Aldric of a quest, and mentions The Quest of the Unaligned A.L Phillips A complex fantasy story with a large cast of characters The pronunciation guide does help and at the end of the book there was a glossary and a list of discussion question This book is for the serious fantasy reader, it is a bit hard to follow, but the plot was good and the characters were likable.Alaric the city of Tonzimmel, and words as a security guard One day a stranger appears from the city of Cadaeren, and tells Aldric of a quest, and mentions magic and a lost Prince Soon he finds himself being trained to go on the Quest of the Unaligned Laeshana, a woman from Cadaeren accompanies him on his journey.Along the way he comes across friends and foes, magic, dragons, fire spiders and other dangerous creatures Aldric must accept his fate as he takes on the journey of a lifetime 2.5 out of 5 starsI thought this book started off a little shaky, but definitely picked itself up in the middle As the story opens, we meet Alaric, a level 9 security officer who has been raised all his life in Tonzimmel Tonzimmel supports a Gesellschaft culture where each person fights for themselves in order to move up the social ladder When we meet Alaric, he seems rigid and unimpressionable, similar to the masses in his black uniform and boots He was extremely bland until he meets Ruahki 2.5 out of 5 starsI thought this book started off a little shaky, but definitely picked itself up in the middle As the story opens, we meet Alaric, a level 9 security officer who has been raised all his life in Tonzimmel Tonzimmel supports a Gesellschaft culture where each person fights for themselves in order to move up the social ladder When we meet Alaric, he seems rigid and unimpressionable, similar to the masses in his black uniform and boots He was extremely bland until he meets Ruahkini, an air mage from Cadaeren who declares he s the missing prince and heir to Cadaeren Hearing this news, Alaric is both disgusted and amused as Cadaeren is depicted as a crazy place outside the walls of Tonzimmel While Tonzimmel boasts hard work and science, Cadaeren encapsulates the ideas of a Gemeinschaft culture where your birth determines your status Not only that, but the mage declares that he has magic, which Alaric almost laughs himself unconscious at Ruahkini convinces Alaric to take on a wager with knife throwing Alaric s best skill If Alaric won, his bar tab would be pre paid for a month, but if he lost, he has to attempt the Quest of the Unaligned This is a quest that the prince of Cadaeren must go on before their coronation ceremony Of course Alaric takes on the wager as he considers himself the best knife thrower in Tonzimmel and of course he loses And from there, we follow him as he leaves Tonzimmel and journeys to Cadaeren to begin his quest On his way to Cadaeren, he is accompanied by Laeshana, a friend who he had believed was a mechanic engineer back in Tonzimmel, but was in fact an aesh a mage aligned with fire At this point, Alaric s personality was really annoying and rubbed at me in all the wrong places He was condescending and ignorant, which I knew was intentional Because of his Tonzemmialian traits, he almost gets both he and Laeshana killed when he declares that he would take the mountain path, even after she warns him of a dragon lurking there Of course, as a person of science, he scoffs at the idea fair enough and declares that will do whatever he wants even though Laeshana was there to be his guide He s a level 9 security officer, of course he knows best Sarcastic Not surprisingly, they meet the dragon which made for a very exciting read However, it was pretty unbelievable as I kept wondering why the dragon didn t bother to use fire to incinerate them And Alaric definitely defeated it too easily Following that encounter, we see a little bit of change within Alaric, he becomes less sceptical of magic and of Cadaeren being as insane as he first thought While he still exhibits many Tonzimmelian traits, his character was changing After a while, they arrive at the Temple where the King s Crown is held, but alas, it s stolen The second half of the novel follows Alaric, Laeshana and the apprentice of the temple on their journey to retrieve the crown This was where everything got muchinteresting and where Alaric definitely grew as a character What I found a little sceptical was how much he changed in just a few weeks while it was definitely nice to see, 21 years of upbringing within one culture does not equate to immediate assimilation into a culture that is directly opposite to what you re used to What I do applaud is Phillip s ability to develop her characters I think character development is one of the most important things within a good novel, right after plot, and she did it really well with Alaric Throughout his quest, he is faced with the themes of duty, trust, morality and the continual issue of statuses depicting a persons worth This was done extremely well with Alaric What I had problems with was his parents, the king and queen of Cadaeren and their decision to send Alaric away to be brought up in Tonzimmel in the first place This was only explained briefly, and not even enough for it to make sense From what I could tell, they sent him away so he could be unbalanced and not lean towards any one element What they essentially did was send him to a MAGIC LESS place which was not only idiotic but what kind of parents does that make you when you send your ONLY child away to be brought up parentless How are they even fit to rule when your actions show you don t even love your child, let alone your people I m surprised civil war did not start while Alaric was away Overall, this was an enjoyable read as the action picked up in the second part of the novel I liked Alaric s character development but I can t say I was invested in any of the other characters enough, which is a shame Especially Naruhan for his selfless sacrifice to buy Alaric time and save him from death It would have been good to get some insight into the monarchy of Cadaeren as the two rulers seem quite oblivious to everything Very fairy airy to be exact But the book does have a nice ending, which was a good close to the story Thanks to A L Phillips for providing an e copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review Forreviews, visit thoughtsbyj I was caught up in the story from the start I love that Alaric gradually accepts his new role rather than accepting it from the beginning Throughout the book, Alaric grows as a character through his experiences and interactions The author does a good job of weaving thought provoking circumstances into the fantasy plot As in our own society, every group feels that they are superior to the others I like strong female characters, and Laeshana fits the bill There is fun conversation between th I was caught up in the story from the start I love that Alaric gradually accepts his new role rather than accepting it from the beginning Throughout the book, Alaric grows as a character through his experiences and interactions The author does a good job of weaving thought provoking circumstances into the fantasy plot As in our own society, every group feels that they are superior to the others I like strong female characters, and Laeshana fits the bill There is fun conversation between the two and romance as well I really enjoy my fantasy bookswith just a hint of romance, rather than pure action It lendsrealism to the story.Since I read a lot of fantasy, I can t resist the urge to criticize and pick apart plots I had two small plot objections which I won t elaborate on since I don t want to post a spoiler This would be my only reason to give this book 4 stars rather than 5.This book had all the fun elements I like in a good fantasy along with a story to provoke critical thinking I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy from 12 year olds to adults.I was given this book in exchange for an honest review The author is very talented and I look forward to her future work I enjoyed this story which was as much about the clash of two cultures and the progress from skepticism to faith as it was about a quest The main characters were fairly well developed There could have beencomplexity with minor characters and plot lines The king and queen, Alaric s parents were a little too unbelievably superficial and it felt like there were unanswered questions there, as well as with the main bad guy The romance was handled wellsubtle and not overdone The idea o I enjoyed this story which was as much about the clash of two cultures and the progress from skepticism to faith as it was about a quest The main characters were fairly well developed There could have beencomplexity with minor characters and plot lines The king and queen, Alaric s parents were a little too unbelievably superficial and it felt like there were unanswered questions there, as well as with the main bad guy The romance was handled wellsubtle and not overdone The idea of aligned gifts was creative and interesting This was a fantastic book By far, my favorite part of this book was Phillips skillful writing Each scenario was described so vividly that I, as the reader, felt like I was with Alaric on the Quest of the Unaligned every step of the way The story itself was a highlight, a very epic quest which leads up to a very worthy climax The ending of the book was just perfect, leaving the reader satisfied but still wantingOther things I liked about this book were its quirky sense of humor, endea This was a fantastic book By far, my favorite part of this book was Phillips skillful writing Each scenario was described so vividly that I, as the reader, felt like I was with Alaric on the Quest of the Unaligned every step of the way The story itself was a highlight, a very epic quest which leads up to a very worthy climax The ending of the book was just perfect, leaving the reader satisfied but still wantingOther things I liked about this book were its quirky sense of humor, endearing supporting characters, and sweet love story Congratulations to A L Phillips on creating a fun but still thought provoking first novel Enjoyable read. This was an enjoyable read, but not particularly complex or fancy The characters were well defined and understandable, the world was consistent, and the direction was clearly shaped and planned, but there were no flashes of brilliance The plot is a fairly standard orphan discovers he s special and goes on a quest , with a bit of fish out of water Nothing wrong with that the Belgariad s amazing I particularly liked how Alaric was a little older than the typical fantasy teenager orphan, h This was an enjoyable read, but not particularly complex or fancy The characters were well defined and understandable, the world was consistent, and the direction was clearly shaped and planned, but there were no flashes of brilliance The plot is a fairly standard orphan discovers he s special and goes on a quest , with a bit of fish out of water Nothing wrong with that the Belgariad s amazing I particularly liked how Alaric was a little older than the typical fantasy teenager orphan, having already made a living and life for himself, and how the romance was carefully built upon the basis of a previous friendship All in all, the characters did a good job of being Genre Savvy, and at no point was I particularly annoyed by any main character.I would say that although there is no great flaw in this book, there also isn t anything really great It s a solid read with no overt problems However, there aren t many plot twists, the world is generically fantasy, and so is the magic There were a few really simple things that contributed to this overall feeling in particular 1 The cover, binding and print I m so shallow I m sorry The book is a heavy one, with large text and a cover illustration that just screams self published , or debut novel , or published by a small company The cover illustration really bothers me because of the lighting composition I appreciate that the characters are dressed as described in a scene taken from the book, but Alaric is front and center on a black cover wearing black, while his less important teammates are behind him on either side, wearing striking colours like red and white This draws the eye to the side characters, and it also splits it into two, instead of bringing it to Alaric in the middle Also, I feel like the artist usually works with lineart, instead of without, and that they did most of their shading in black with a Multiply brush or something, probably with a lot of layers Which isn t a bad thing if you re going for speed, but IMO isn t really very beautiful because it doesn t give you control over the colour of a shadow or a highlight Anyway, artistic nitpickiness aside, I found this book on TV Tropes and bought it onI don t think I would have picked it off of the shelf While I own several indie or self published books and don t tend to have an issue with them, I must admit that it leaves a definite impression when starting out.2 The pronunciation guide and map Honestly, in this book, there was no need for either one The names of the characters are all quite standard and easy enough to pronounce, and there weren t any large journey breaks that would require a map 3 The naming conventions Actually, I m going to branch off here into some praise criticism I really liked Alaric being from Tonzimmel It was an interesting addition to the world, but I think it could seriously have been aweighty influence on the world and storyline It seems really strange that Cadaeren could be right next door to a city with hovercars and not have some forms of technology itself, especially when people do move in and out of the city Technology s so osmosis like, and I would have liked to have seen Cadaeren having a little tech Also, what s with Alaric not bringing out any high tech weaponry, or even, say Google Maps A car or even a bike would have been super useful, but come on, he s a security chief, he s got to at least have an awesome laser gun or a taser or something right Right Aww The upshot is that I felt that moving from Tonzimmel Cadaeren waslike moving from one dimension to another, rather than walking out of a city It makes sense that magic can t get in, considering Tonzimmel s outright rejection of the idea, but technology can get out, and it seems like no one has accounted for things like wandering soothsayers, or rebellious teenage backpackers.Also, since Tonzimmel feels like a super futuristic Earth like society I would really have liked to see people living there being named things like John, or Trevor, or Willis, or something It would have better brought home the differences between the two societies Unfortunately, the city is named Tonzimmel , and so it was not to be.Now, naming conventions, for real this time Names in Quest of the Unaligned feel really generic And by that, I mean that they tend to be a words which don t mean anything, b are of three orsyllables, and c lots of fancy letters like ae and z and hn , which are there to look cool, rather than being there because it makes sense for the language of the society they live in, or because they conform to a pre designed culture, or because they indicate something, like son of Abdul Khalid or wife of Whats His Face I think everyone who s written fantasy has been guilty of this at one time or another, so perhaps it s justobvious, but I m kind of in the camp of the simpler the better if it doesn t mean something For instance, there s no reason Naruahn couldn t have been named Naruan , since it s specifically pronounced that way in the pronunciation guide which is, by the way, why I m kind of against the things if you need a pronunciation guide so people can pronounce a specific name, rather than a pronunciation guide for a language, it feels like you re overcomplicating things This also goes for aretzes, shamais, hosheks, and the lot There is no functional difference between a ruahk and an air mage so just say air mage It s easier for everyone all around Again, it feels superfluous a name which was created for the fun of naming things, not because it added anything I did recognize after the fact that a lot of mages had their magic magenames in their names which was kinda cool Wish it was an official title or something Then again, maybe this is just my own personal bias Correct labeling is very important in programmer world.4 There were a lot of other things that could have really added depth, colour and complexity to the world In depth perspectives of different fields are really nice to have although I personally think that this really justreflects the author s specialties research geekery With the exception of Laeshana, a scholar, Quest of the Unaligned doesn t really have these Alaric doesn t seem to have any hobbies besides working.One way or another, creating a complex culture is something that s really difficult to do but really makes a book, and Quest of the Unaligned really doesn t do it at all It s most evident in the tiny details the plants and vegetation, the weather, the local customs and why those customs originated , the religious beliefs of the people and how they came about , the animals, the houses you live in, the air you breathe, and all the little annoyances of life I once gave a critique of a short story set in a tropical climate, the author of whom was living in Australia In his story, his character opened a door, stood on the grass, and breathed in the fresh evening air which sounds so normal In America, I do it all the time It s great.But in a tropical climate, you can t do that in the evenings The mosquitoes eat you alive Also, sometimes we have insect mating season, and after they mate, they die, littering your front porch with all their exhausted, sexed out insect bodies Gross It s too hot and humid for a grill out instead, we had glass doors which we always kept closed to keep the insects out, and we ate fruit sitting on cool tile Life s really different depending on where you live.As the peasants of Cadaeren live in what Alaric calls mud huts , I am absolutely sure that things like cow dung, flies, and crows are also in appearance And people who walk around barefoot in it Also, flood debris And dead, bloated, disgusting drowned farm animals.Anyway, I m kind of shooting my mouth off here and this review is getting rather long As I said earlier, Quest of the Unaligned is a simple, solid book It read well and the ending felt good, but it also doesn t really stick in your memory I might read another book from this author though, because she s got the basics down and it can get better from here Badgers In the city of Tonzimmel, where hover cars zip over anonymous crowds, contracts are king, and education is everything, Alaric has worked hard to make a decent life for himself As a level nine security chief, he needs no one and nothing, and is in control of his fate Or so he thinksWhen a stranger from neighboring Cadaeren suddenly appears, however, babbling of magic, quests, and long lost princes, Alaric finds himself 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