Item description for Tahn: A Novel by L. A. Kelly...
Overview In a mythical medieval land, Tahn faces a dilemma. After kidnapping the beautiful Netta, he balks at his plan of handing her over to his loathsome lord, Samis. But will Tahn's scheme to outwit his master founder in the corruption in his own heart? Find out in Kelly's compelling tale of love, redemption, and forgiveness!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800759990 ISBN13 9780800759995
Reviews - What do customers think about Tahn: A Novel?
More than meets the eye Feb 28, 2007
I bought this book at least in part for its cover, being unsure exactly what the story would be like. The opening sentence, as well-constructed as the front cover, drew me right in. This is a wonderful tale of the "dark angel" Tahn, who first appears bearing a sword, and clad in black. Things are not as they seem, and throughout the book, the young man inside the dark angel's exterior is brought to light.
The characters in this story, both heroes and villians, are well-portrayed, but I noticed two weaknesses. First, the Lady Netta grieves very little for her dead husband. It seems Tahn feels worse about killing him than Netta does about losing him. Second, the Baron Trent's hiring of soldiers seems somewhat inconsistent with the story's theme of forgiving enemies and trusting God.
In my opinion, the plot does not drag . . . I was intrigued right to the end. Though the story is relatively light and fast-moving, it goes beyond surface Christianity to deal with matters of the heart. This story shows the incredible power of God to shed His love abroad in our hearts. For anyone struggling with forgiveness (and I think we all do), this book is a touching read.
It started great but then..... Nov 25, 2006
This book started out great with lots of action and good character building. However, about half to a 3-quarters way through it really started to slow down. It almost seemed like the story was done and the author was just trying to prolong it a bit. Overall, it's interesting and has a good plot, it just tends to be a bit preachy.
Great Read Feb 5, 2006
Man! I am an avid reader, but I mostly read books on tape because otherwise I may never finish them. Usually the printed versions don't hold my interest long enough. However, I couldn't put this book down. I had to find out what happened next. L. A. Kelly is a great author: very creative and a very good writer.
This book has a lot of adventure and even some romance. However, it is really nice because the romance does not get in the way of the adventure. The characters are also very relatable.
Mesmerizing! Jan 4, 2006
Set in a mythical, Medieval, European type country, Tahn is a story of choices between redemption and hell. Each character must face his or her own heart and Lord. There are the degraded, dire young men chosen from childhood to be assassins, including Tahn Dorn, he whose name makes this book's title. The Christians must face their own human failings at a time when life seems barely worth living. A mesmerizing story, Tahn grips the imagination, pulls the reader into bi-partisanship with the characters, and presents knotty problems that bear great resemblance to today's anxieties. A real nail-biter of a plot keeps tension and drama throughout the story. Will these people we've accepted as friends make the right decisions? Violent scenes are offset by deep, committed love. Soul sickness rampages into healing. Badness is evil, but sometimes it is redeemable.
Drawing from her background as waitress, tutor, EMT, Christian worker, and parent, L. A. Kelly uses a poet's touch, embellished with a raconteur's words to present believable characters and comprehensible circumstances. Salvation, Christian love, the slow growth of light within a soul, sin horrific and sin forgiven, are just a few of the topics intrinsic to this tale. Other motifs include drug addiction, despicable habits, child care, bad and good priests, and a Christian's attitude in violent circumstances. Tahn makes a rollicking good morality tale for Christian readers and, if left where the unsuspecting non-Christian can get involved in the story, a wonderful witness for the unbeliever. -- Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
A well-told story Sep 26, 2005
In The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya speaks the famous line: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." While reading Tahn, I kept hearing that line echo through my head. The setting in Tahn is quite similar to The Princess Bride, being some medieval time that's still our earth while not fitting into any timeline we know of. And this novel could easily be classified as a fairy tale for adults. It's an exciting and fun ride at the beginning, though it slows down a lot toward the end.
Leisha Kelly has written several Depression-era novels (Rorey's Secret, Julia's Hope, etc), but for this novel she's chosen to go a different route and thus the name change to L.A. Kelly. Tahn is definitely not one of those historical books she's known for.
Lady Netta of the House of Trillet is awakened in the middle of the night by a somehow-familiar stranger attempting to kidnap her. What makes it even more bizarre is his claim that he's trying to save her. In shades of Oliver Twist, Tahn Dorn is an orphan raised a mercenary by a cruel man named Samis. But rather than pickpocketing, Tahn learns to kill. When he finally reaches the age he feels he can stand alone, he tries to break from his brutal lifestyle and save Lady Netta in the process because she has been targeted as the next to die.
As the story progresses, Tahn takes in the small band of orphans he himself was supposed to train and tries to protect them as well with Lady Netta's help. But when Netta realizes that Tahn is the man who killed her husband years ago, things get rough. Can she forgive the man she swore to hate forever?
As I said before, Tahn is a great adventure story that starts out with a bang and runs for a long time off of it. Both Tahn and Netta are well-crafted characters, and Samis is just plain mean. The kids are well-written for the most part as well. The problem comes in the fact that almost every character has some sort of internal struggle with forgiveness. Tahn worries about his past and how could God ever forgive him for that. Various other characters have their own struggles as well, including several last-minute additions to the cast who really seem to serve the sole purpose of slowing the story down. You'll breeze through the first half of this book, but it may take a little bit of effort to finish it-and I highly recommend you do. The ending is a good one.
While there are shades of romance in the story, this isn't a romantic novel per se. There's enough action to keep most readers happy. The biggest stumbling block in the book is the budding romance between Lady Netta and Tahn. I understand that being a Christian means forgiving one's enemies, but falling in love with her husband's killer is a bit of a stretch.
Tahn is a good book for the most part. Despite the slow second half, the story as a whole should keep you into it. And it's a pretty short read, so it won't take long to finish it.