"I will say that this book is unapologetically a fantasy romance, and perhaps I’ve read too many of the wrong kinds of books, but I find it extremely refreshing to find a romance in the fantasy genre that isn’t trying to be something it’s not. With an imaginative setting, highly dynamic and engrossing characters, and a refreshingly uncomplicated yet original magic system, my only real complaint about the book is that it’s a bit too short. I would have liked to see it split into two books and expanded a little, but that complaint in itself is also a compliment, I suppose, and nothing the author can be faulted for. This is an indie book, and like many it has its share of minor errors, but I feel it more than makes up for these in originality. I’ll be looking forward to more from Kyra Halland, and I’d recommend this book to anyone with a love for fantasy."
Hiram Webb, author of The Princess and the Paladin
"No matter the genre you prefer to read, The Lost Book of Anggird has a little bit of everything and is sure to please...
"The book is an interesting mix of genres. Superficially, it is a fantasy novel -- magic is prevalent and plays an important role in the plot. Dig a little deeper and you'll find it's also an adventure novel -- Perarre and Roric elude the law, all the while searching for answers to why the state of magic in the world is shifting. Look deeper yet and what you have is a romance -- Perarre and Roric are an unlikely couple at first, but they complement each other. Their relationship develops naturally and with good pacing; it feels right and makes for a good read.
"The author has done a stellar job at painting for us who Perarre and Roric really are: how they live, their fears and aspirations, the parts of themselves they're ashamed of, and their courage. All these factors help us really empathize with the characters, and to evoke this level of empathy in the reader is no small feat on the part of the author.
"Don't miss this one. It's a good read."
Antonio Simon, Jr., author of The Gullwing Odyssey
"Well, let me just start by saying that it's rare for me to give out four stars. The only way to wrangle one out of me is to give me a great character. And I found one in Roric...
"What I loved about this book was Roric. His story was so moving to me that I was in love with him by the first chapter. None of what he did was out of character for him or came at me from left field. He was true to himself through the entire book; meaning, what happened to him in his early life and what he had made of his new one drove his every decision. I found him to be well thought out and developed brilliantly. The other characters were not as strong, but they all had a good sense of who they were.
"Despite this being labeled as Romantic Fantasy, I did not feel the book was bogged down by the love story. The plot and the love story were woven effortlessly together..."
L.K. Evans, author of Keepers of Arden
"WOW! This book was hard to put down when I started reading it yesterday. I was reluctant to stop before midnight but I had to force myself to get some sleep since I needed to go to work at four o'clock in the morning. I was so engrossed with the story, I couldn't wait to read some more during breaks at work. This is a well-written, well-paced and exciting book that narrates not only the origins of magica but also about friendship, love and its impact to the doubts or fears that people have. There's also great character development of Roric, Perarre & other main characters."
Shey, a reader
"While this is a fantasy romance, in no way does the romance dominate the book, and that’s the way I like my fantasy. The author’s writing is smooth, charming, and easy to follow. While I did find the opening a bit slow, I’d recommend The Lost Book of Anggird to all fantasy fans. You won’t be disappointed, and I’ll definitely be reading more from Kyra Halland."
T.F. Walsh, author of Cloaked in Fur
"The Lost Book of Anggird is a very compelling, high fantasy book with elements of romance. I usually like fantasy, though am not normally fond of romance. However, I found myself drawn to the romance of Perrare and Roric. I liked that the romantic interest started out as intellectual camaraderie; it made the couple more on par, and their relationship grows and develops very well throughout the story, in a fairly satisfying way...
"I loved the professor-teacher dynamic and the intellect and sensitivity of the male lead character, as well as the female lead character.
"I liked this book a great deal, and would recommend it as a fast paced, though not short, adult fantasy read."
H.M. Jones, author of Monochrome
"I have found from reading a lot of fantasy romance novels that it is the romance aspect that can be difficult to get right. However I suppose it can be argued that it depends on a person's individual taste. I find the 'romance' elements in Joe Abercrombie's books to be too 'hard-core' and uncomfortable at times for me. I thought the level of romance in The Lost Book of Anggird to be tasteful and I found I became a fan of Roric and Perarre's relationship...
"The fantasy aspect of The Lost Book of Anggird is another great feature. Roric and Perarre's research and investigation into the original triumvirate and creators of the Balance theory is an interesting read. There is a rich history in this story and it is clear the author has spent time to create a detailed history and text that makes the book believable and understandable."
Steph Barnes, Steph and the Comma: Adventures of an Aspiring Writer
"This character driven book is a diamond. Halland delivers an intricate plot with a collegiate magical twist in The Lost Book of Anggird. Her main female character, Perrare, is a force, strong, smart and witty. She lives in a well established world, that has touches of modernity, touches of old England and touches of high fantasy. She is a complex, well developed character who defies simple explanation. Her love interest, Roric, is, likewise, unique and compelling. Their relationship, scholarship and adventures drive this story, a story that is about the most unlikely, nerdy heroine and hero duo we've ever read."
Elite Indie Reads
"The Lost Book of Anggird by Kyra Halland was a fantastic read. The characters are very well developed, and it's lovely to see how Roric changes during the book - from being such a meticulous, distant scholar to actually being a really likeable guy (Perrare certainly seems to think so, too). I found the idea behind readers (i.e. people who can read the intent and feelings of the writer of a book), the unbalanced magic, and corrupted mages fascinating. It was a different type of story, and I am sure many other readers will also find it very interesting."
Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
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