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THE BLACKGLOOM BOUNTY (The Scythian Stone Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jon F. Baxley
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One Hollywood producer has dubbed this epic medieval fantasy series, "BRAVEHEART meets THE LORD OF THE RINGS." Get your copy today and see why.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. A fast pace, sly humor, amusing dialogue and a richly researched background lift Baxley's fantasy, the first of a new series set in medieval Britain. When Merlin's long-ago apprentice Kruzurk Makshare (aka the Boozer) receives a dreamlike visitation from the legendary mage, he learns he must destroy another former apprentice, the villainous Seed of Cerberus. To do so will require a visit to the demon-guarded Blackgloom Keep. Enter young Daynin McKinnon, who discovers a curious rune-covered headstone, which may be the fabled Blackgloom Bounty, and brings it to Kruz's attention. Kruz believes it will provide entry into the fortress, while Daynin hopes the sale of the stone will restore his family's fortunes. The colorful cast of good guys and ne'er-do-wells includes the Pictish ghost of Brude McAlpin liberated from his tomb, assorted pursuing Caledonians and a bemused Prior Bede, whose monastery serves as a hiding place for the Blackgloom Bounty. Suitable for fantasy enthusiasts of all ages, this novel evolved from an e-book, The Scythian Stone. (Apr.)
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"Taking place in Medieval Scotland, this tale of magic, adventure and love really captured my attention..." -- Review by Tyler, Febuary 2006

"This series opener...originated as an ebook...and is a good choice for fans of epic-style sagas and Scottish history." -- Library Journal, March 15, 2006

"This terrific medieval fantasy...will elate readers for its fast-paced, action-thrilled story line starring a strong cast." -- Harriet Klausner, Amazon's #1 Ranked Reviewer!

"Two thumbs up for a colorful cast of characters, nonstop, rapid-fire action and compelling storyline!" -- Nancy McCulloch, PRWEB Article, March 20, 2006

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  • Print Length: 445 pages
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  • Language: English
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Medieval Fantasy Fare January 24, 2008
The Blackgloom Bounty by Jon F. Baxley is Mr. Baxley's first foray into the fantasy genre. The second book in this series is titled The Regents of Rhum and is forthcoming, no exact publication date as of yet. The series is set in Britain, albeit with a fantasy medieval twist. This is evident in the verbiage characters use, as well as landmarks they talk about. I was a little hesitant at first, as traditionally fantasy books set on Earth don't work well with the style of fantasy I like. However, Mr. Baxley mixes the two almost seamlessly and allows the reader immerse themselves in the story while using the area as nothing more than an anchor. I barely noticed it was earth, and when I did it did not detract from the story at all.

The plot of this book, is actually several plots interspersed among several subplots. The main story arc follows a young man who becomes caught up in a series of events that are out of his control, but are also very important to his destiny. One of the subplots is that of a noble seeking revenge for a deed done on his family. Another subplot is that of one of the characters trying to plan for the eventual downfall of a foe, and how he maneuvers others into actions to help him accomplish this. Yet another subplot is that of a long lost `hero' who is now back and seeking to decimate all who helped in his clan's downfall. There are a couple other subplots as well, but delving into those may be possible spoilers and I would not want to do that. Suffice it to say, this novel is deep in plot and the various plots tie-in to each other fairly well. The one downfall of having all these interwoven plots is that, at times, I had a little trouble discerning what was what and who was doing what. It took a paragraph or more to remember each angle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Blackgloom Bounty September 14, 2009
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This is nice escapist fantasy fiction. It is very Celtic in setting and outlook. I would not call it Arthurian at this point though I could see it going in that direction. Itwas a fun read and I look forward to more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop adventure, magic, and lore! February 13, 2011
By Kelley
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I had read a comment from an earlier review and it said this novel was, "a cross between 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Braveheart'". It is true. An epic adventure that took me days to read because of the MANY adventures the hero must face. Highly recommend to those who love myth, lore, magic, dragons, Picts, Celts, Highlanders, Saxons, the Irish and a tad bit of Merlin thrown in.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy par Excellence March 16, 2007
Thanks for a great read. If you love fantasy spiced with history, this book will be for you. Can't wait for the next one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT READ! March 16, 2007
What's wrong with some of these reviewers? I read this book and then reread it again--it's THAT good.

I mostly liked the historical aspects of it, despite the fact that it's a fantasy. The highlanders, Brits, Saxons and Cruinthi/Picts are all believable, though some of them are, well, not exactly human. The annotations listing at the end was helpful and I actually learned things about medieval Scotland while having fun and reading a rollicking great fantasy tale. I can't imagine why some of these reviewers didn't GET this book. Their loss, I guess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story! July 16, 2013
By DDonut
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While this book seemed to drag along slowly at times, it all came together in the end and left me wanting to read a sequel. The varied story lines were intermixed with short moments that made it an effort to follow until I got well into the book. In the end, though, a very satisfying read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bountiful adventure March 5, 2012
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This book was full of adventure and drama and I very much enjoyed it. I would recommend this book and plan on reading the next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Blaggards! August 28, 2011
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This book was pretty interesting. I have to say I liked the dialog (you blaggards!) and I really enjoyed a lot of the minor characters. I think I cared more about the minor characters than Sabritha and Daynin. I didn't really like Sabritha that much. I was also much more interested in the magical side of things and think they definitely could have been added in more as the story progressed. The thing I was curious about the most was the Scynthian Stone and Merlin's part in everything. In fact, the bit with Merlin in the beginning is what drew me into the book; I was really curious about the part he would play in the story. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed in that he barely played a role at all and the sorcerer that he was corresponding with barely used any of his magic.

Aside from that, the story was pretty interesting in Daynin taking back McKinnon keep. He makes friends, and enemies, along the way. I am really curious about his part with the Blackgloom bounty and why he was needed -- I guess there are some questions that will eventually be answered in later sequels ;)
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I read 30% of the book & couldn't find a reason to keep going. I wasn't even interested in it enough to skip to the last couple of pages to see how it ended. Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by the piper
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Surprize
I was pleasantly surprised with "The Blackgloom Bounty". Well thought out, fast paced, and fun to read. It is difficult to beat that combination.
Published on February 26, 2011 by Jerry Cochran
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Into It.
I read the reviews and thought it sounded good. But honestly, I just cannot get into this book. I'm still trying to drag myself through it. Read more
Published on December 2, 2010 by Orphie Street
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read
A well researched and thought out book. Likable characters and constant action that kept me turning pages! Waiting for more.
Published on November 29, 2010 by dmckee
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
This was a very cute tale. I enjoyed the characters overall, and you really can't beat the Kindle price.
It's an entertaining and quick read.
Published on April 2, 2010 by Brian Chrisman
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Story.
I enjoyed this story. There were a few times that I felt like I missed part of the story, because it seemed to have jumped ahead. Read more
Published on April 2, 2008 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Dreck
This book is pure dreck. The characters are flat, the prose is painfully stilted, and the author's abuse of the English language is shameful. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Stephen D. Case
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Howdy! It's great to have you visit. I would like to personally welcome you and encourage you to leave feedback here or send comments to my email at

This is an evolving Amazon author page designed to give you the opportunity to learn a bit more about my writing efforts both in the fantasy realm and other publishing venues. I have been a full time writer, editor, author and Internet entrepreneur for many years. My credits range from novels to short stories to eBook production.

My first fantasy epic, THE BLACKGLOOM BOUNTY is available in hardcover from Amazon and other book retailers and will soon be followed by more titles in THE SCYTHIAN STONE series. A Kindle version is also available from Amazon for $.99.

Here's a snippet from LIBRARY JOURNAL'S glowing review of Blackgloom: "This series opener originated as an award-winning ebook, The Scythian Stone, and is a good choice for fans of epic-style sagas and medieval Scottish history."

A coveted 'starred' review in Publishers Weekly said this: "A fast pace, sly humor, amusing dialogue and a richly researched background lift Baxley's fantasy, the first of a new series set in medieval Britain...Suitable for fantasy enthusiasts of all ages..."

A article said: "This first episode of a five book medieval fantasy epic promises to be the heir apparent for many former Harry Potter fans and other readers of fantasy who are looking for more than mere monsters and magic to satisfy their reading whimsies...reads like a Tom Clancy novel."

Feel free to cruise Amazon for information on Blackgloom and other behind-the-scenes tidbits where you'll find news about the next books in the series, The Regents of Rhum and The Scions of Scotia. Thanks for dropping by.

Check back often for updates, contests and special deals on this series as well as information regarding Blackgloom's developing movie potential. Yes, that's right--your input may actually help make a big screen version of this series a reality!

I humbly thank all of you who have helped make The Blackgloom Bounty the success it has become. I appreciate your visit and your support.

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John, What an exciting opportunity to read what I've heard is an excellent novel! I also want to congratulate you on your upcoming releases, Regents of Rhum and Scions of Scotia. I'll be looking forward to reading those as well. All the best!
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