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Annwyn's Blood (The Paladin of Shadow Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Eging , Steve Arnold
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Marianna was spirited away by unknown raiders, everyone expected a ransom demand to soon follow. Such was the peril of everyday royal life in the chaotic times following abandonment of the misty isles of Albion by indifferent Rome. But when weeks went by without word her father, High King Mattheus, dispatched teams of trusted warriors to find her and bring her assailants to account.

Young Erik, Scion of the House of Birkenshire, was one of these. Separated from his comrades and alone in hostile territories, he plunged headlong into forgotten vales and desolate coasts in pursuit, driven onward by precious memories of stolen tender moments. Then he stood before the grim fortress – wherein he found, not the innocent damsel of his youthful desires, but a terrifying beauty borne of an ancient evil that bound his soul to an even more primal force bent on regaining its place in the halls of human exaltation.

Now caught between two worlds, he must resist the temptations of his beloved-turned-succubus while protecting his family, his people and his world from the encroaching grasp of Arawn, Lord of Annwyn, Ruler of the Dead, Elder God of the Mabinogion. In this journey to regain his soul, the knight must find a way to strike the fatal blow against a resurgent primal darkness.

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About the Author

Mike has wanted to write since he was very young. His earliest memories are of carrying a battered old notebook around full of illustrations and stories. He would often transpose those ideas on his grandmother's old typewriter. While in college, he was inspired by professors and visiting writers to BYU. Literary classics such as Song of Roland and Inferno were often in his backpack, along with Russian textbooks. Chapter 4 of Annwyn's Blood was written during this time as a short story. Mike works in Washington, DC since pursuing graduate studies in Russian History. He focuses in domestic policy issues. Recently, Mike has pursued an interest in writing screenplays for feature films with his first option being a medieval epic, Song of Roland. He continues to focus on a variety of script/movie projects, most recently a horror thriller, Feast of Saint Nicholas, and a political thriller, The Prince. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Lori and his wonderful children. He dreams of one day driving in his old Defender to Alaska with his kids and their dog, Marlin. Steve grew up on a farm in Northeast Ohio where he spent his free time reading Burroughs, Lovecraft, Zelazny and Tolkien, and his earliest writing efforts were creating adventures for his Dungeons & Dragons group. After several years of supporting his family through blue-collar jobs he joined the military to return to school in his thirties, obtaining a BS in mathematics at Kent State and an MD from Case Medical School. A veteran of the Army and the Navy, he is currently a Family Medicine physician near his hometown where he lives with his family, their dog, cat and two geckos, and relaxes by creating pencil illustrations, working on other literary projects with Mike Eging, and dreaming of building an airplane.

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  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149372648X
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  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Thriller June 10, 2014
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My wife and I read this book together and aloud as we do for most books we share. She doesn't usually care for thrillers, but she gave this one five stars for good prose, imagery, and plot.

I liked the way the authors described the action. Here's a clip from a scene of a jousting match to the death:

"Through the young warrior’s muddled senses the steed’s hooves rang off the stones like a
smithy’s anvils clanging, clanging as rider and mount bore down. The lance punched his shield , hurling him to the ground. Time seemed to swim around him as he struggled to his knees, raising the tattered remnant of the shield once more."

The story builds suspense and the battles scenes are great. The historical elements prove the authors did some serious research into the middle ages. Even though it has vampires and zombies they are presented in a new and intriguing way. I will not spoil it with details. Sit back and let the story unfold--it's worth it.

I recommend Annwyn's Blood: The Paladin of Shadows to all readers of thrillers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read! February 16, 2013
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The setting in Annwyn's Blood is very dark and exciting, mostly because it is different. The plot is very strong and binds the many characters together well. I would recommend this book to any reader who likes medieval or fantasy books. The historical setting and the well described environments, as well as the literary merit, combine to make Annwyn's Blood a unique read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book March 17, 2013
By James
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Wonderful read. Not many books have kept me reading 'til wee hours of the morning. I'll be reading it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fasten Your Mental Seatbelts February 9, 2014
What I'm about to say is not a joke or a tongue in cheek statement to make you want to run out and buy the book right after you read my review. I'm saying it because I mean it! Before you read this book, fasten your seat belts. I know that sounds cheap but it's true. This book is not only entertaining and filled with action, it's a truly wild read. In other words, fasten your mental seat belts. Ok, that was cheap. The actual story line seems pretty basic; Princess Marianna is kidnapped and her father, the king sends his knights to go out and find her. One of them, Eric of Birkenshire finds his way into an environment that is occupied fully by evil and he might have to become evil in order to survive but does he? And does Princess Marianna ever get rescued? As I said before, the story line seems pretty simple but once you actually read the book, you'll find yourself being entertained more and more as you read further. Michael Eging did a great job at creating a well thought out story while never boring us with unnecessary material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off to a great start February 17, 2015
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I'm not the biggest fan of horse racing, but I have always been fascinated when a horse that is running last for most of the race suddenly sprints to the front in the home stretch and wins easily.

This happens because the jockeys know their horses.

I felt this way about Annwyn's Blood -- not that any part of this book was ever running last, but that the co-authors knew what they were doing. Despite having a plot-line that demanded a sprint to the front of the pack, they kept their pace -- with flawless writing and exquisite detail -- and then when the time was right, they exploded to the front.

This is a fascinating and lovely start to a promising series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knights and Zombies. What a combo! February 18, 2013
By MollyB
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author draws a colorful, engaging world that pulls you in and never lets go. The main characters are exquisitely portrayed with both the foibles of human nature and the flashes of brilliance. The combination of Byzantine knights and the dark powers of the undead kept me coming back for more. I anxiously await the next installment in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! April 20, 2014
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Warring forces of good and evil, the princess in peril, the brave knight who vows to rescue her – Annwyn’s Blood has all the magical components of a tale of yore - and so much more. The noble young knight Eric who sets out to rescue Princess Marianna discovers that the enemy he faces is not kidnappers as everyone assumed, but Arawn, ruler of the un-dead, and Marianna herself.

This was a well written book in every respect – plot, characters, the vivid descriptions, including the forbidding, mist-clad coast which smacked of lurking dangers and evil. Every scene, action-packed or not, had an ominous cloud hanging over it. If I have any complaint, it would be that when I got to the end, I was left wanting more. If there’s a sequel in the works, I’ll definitely be reading it.

If you enjoy being swept away on the wings of fantasy, I highly recommend Annwyn's Blood. It’s got everything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!! December 19, 2013
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This was a unique and dark story with some very well-developed characters. I love the style of writing and the scene setting is unmatched. I'd highly recommend this one for anyone who loves fantasy books. Well done!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Vividly Imagined
Michael Edging and Steve Arnold deliver in his dark fantasy tale, Annwyn’s Blood. The authors obviously did a thorough job researching the Medieval time period in which this tale... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol Marrs Phipps
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review of Annwyn’s Blood by Michael Eging & Steve Arnold
This is a historical book of, out of this world, places and events; a very hard read indeed. The book was like a study in the history of this mythical place full of demons and half... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!
Annwyn's Blood is a fascinating tale written by Michael Eging and Steve Arnold. It reminded me of a thrilling blend of The Lord of the Rings and King Arthur with beautifully... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J.V. Carr
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a pretty fast read--it really draws you in--and I'd recommend...
An exciting and dark read filled with evil creatures, battles, and intrigue. Erik is an interesting leading man--a sort of fallen angel struggling against the temptations of a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jillian Torassa
4.0 out of 5 stars You may not sleep till the wee small hours
Authenticity seeps through every word of Annwyn's Blood - Book 1. How about this for a dream list of ingredients? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Colm Herron
4.0 out of 5 stars Good example of historical fantasy
Every time I picked this book up, although it was good, I had no trouble putting it back down. The writing gives a good sense of the setting, evoking a gritty feel appropriate to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Emily M French
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it!
I really enjoyed the fast action paced medieval horror yarn that was woven very nicely by Michael Eging and co. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Afobos
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. Am definitely interested to know how the story unfolds.
I enjoyed reading this book, so if you are worried about wasting your time with another "too short" or, perhaps worse, "too long" book, you can put your fears... Read more
Published 18 months ago by David Esq.
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