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Bastial Energy (The Rhythm of Rivalry: Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

B.T. Narro
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By using the energy of the land, some humans have found they can develop extraordinary abilities. At the age of seventeen, these warriors, magicians, chemists, and psychics are allowed the opportunity to train at the Academy, increasing their opportunity for a well-paying career. But there’s a catch. They must fight beside the Army if requested by their king. Most aren’t concerned by this, as the current treaty has prevented battle for nearly seventy years…but that’s about to change.

Of four roommates with interwoven stories, Cleve Polken takes focus as a hostile warrior who feels more comfortable in a duel than a conversation. Never getting past his parents’ death, Cleve has developed a crippling fear of psychics, for some may have the power to resurface the torment he buried within himself upon his parents’ passing. Cleve’s forced to face this fear head-on when he discovers that not only is one of his roommates a psychic, but that he has an overwhelming attraction to her, which he quickly attributes to a psychic spell, nothing more.

By the time an army of savage, reptilian men called Krepps become involved in the war, all hope of resolution without battle is shattered. In this powerful army, one born with the inability to smell doesn’t have the same feeding urges as his fellow Krepps and is outcast because of it. He finds himself with an unlikely ally in the middle of a crossroad, trying to find a way to reunite with his sister. Little does he know how much his choices will twist the fate of the war and alter the lives of the four human roommates forever.

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  • Language: English
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good first attempt September 13, 2013
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As far as I know, this is B.T. Narro's first attempt at writing, and honestly, it shows. There are a few gripes I have with the story, but first, the good: excellent world and a very interesting take on magic and political intrigue. The bad: well, the characters aren't amazing. They stem from a singular personality to me that purposely tries to make you think what the author wants you to think about them through dialogue instead of through actions. You'll frequently be told the motivations behind something a character says instead of inferring it through reactions, and you'll be told from the opposing viewpoint. Many times you'll read "XXX knew he/she didn't mean it" instead of allowing the characters to have natural reactions in conversations. Virtually every sentence uttered by a character was followed with either a statement regarding the tone or intent, a description of the surroundings, or italicized internal dialogue, as if the author was trying too hard.

The decisions characters make also seem to play more to a desire to craft a "good triumphs over evil" than what the character would actually *do*. They're just too one-dimensional.

If you can get past those aspects, it's an interesting read for a fairly unique world.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful

BASTIAL ENERGY is a very good fantasy novel that's the first of a trio published this summer. If The Sartious Mage (The Rhythm of Rivalry) and Bastial Steel (The Rhythm of Rivalry: Book 2) have anywhere near the presence of this one, author B.T. Narro has a very commendable series on his hands.

As the story opens in Kyrro, in southern Ovira, we meet a group of young first-year Human students who are on the way to the Academy, a three-year school where they will train to be warriors, chemists, psychics and mages in order to take their place in the Kyrran army should the country go to war with Tenred. It's a war that's been avoided through a series of tenuous treaties for the last 70 years, but it looks like the peace might soon be over.

In almost no time, the novel switches its focus to the north, near Tenred, where a group of Krepps (large warrior reptiles who speak and walk upright) are going about the business of their daily lives. Soon, however, two of them are singled out to go on a secret mission that will increase the chance of that war to a precipitous degree. It's also a mission that will mark them for death.

The tensions are dramatic, but what makes this story come alive is the author's success at creating a compelling group of interesting characters who are able to interact with others AND grow within their roles.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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If you are a fantasy reader you are going to love Bastial Energy by B.T. Narro. This is one of the best fantasy books I have read in a long time. The action and adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The author's story telling style kept the story moving and the plot twisting. I really like the way he developed the storyline, it was both exciting and believable. With each new plot twist I could hardly wait to see how it would all came together.

I really liked each of the characters B.T. Narro created for this story. They were both real and easy to identify with. I like the way I could get lost is the story and follow each character as an unseen companion.

Bastial Energy by B.T. Narro is an excellent fantasy novel and I highly recommend it to all readers.

[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bastial Energy Review June 4, 2013
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B.T. Narro has imagined, evolved, and provided a world in which any reader can relax and go along for the ride. With unique characters and a lively new world, Narro has created a story of not only life changing events, but also an insight into the conflicting thoughts of betrayal, fear, and love. The connections between family, friends, and races can literally be felt as the story and bonds grow. Cleve, a boy who strives for relief in solitude and training, experiences first hand the swirling chaos of change, friendship, and love. Readers watch as he grows from his experience, and crave more time when the story comes to an end. Through world building and character development of immense perfection, Narro has given readers the building block to an amazing new series that promises adventure, excitement, and the satisfaction of a story well done.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 17, 2013
By Kristin
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Bastial Energy was an awesome read! The characters were fleshed out and had great depth. I thought the plotline was exciting and interesting. I could barely put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read July 5, 2013
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Good book for the money. I would like to know more about this worlds magic system,but I think that might be otw in the next book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend July 9, 2013
By Diana
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I haven't read many fantasy books but Bastial Energy is by far the best written.
I loved the unique world Narro creates with complex and believeable characters that draw you in and keep you engrossed till the amazing ending.
it was suspenseful reading with lots of plot twists, I couldn't put it down!
can't wait to find out what happens next....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bastial Energy
I was totally fascinated by this unusual world. Interesting species, well drawn relationships. And more than enough plot lines to keep my interest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan Bowman
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
No just no, not worth the time or energy to read. Disjointed, scattered and downright unenjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by Roknar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read
This was a fun book to read. I definitely will be reading the rest of the books in the series.
Published 5 months ago by Firepool
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great book! Looking forward to reading the others!!
Published 5 months ago by Dona L. Hodges
2.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in how not to world-build
There are two ways to add a sense of mystery when world-building a fantasy setting:

The Good Way: Take a real-world culture (or some mix of real-world cultures) and then... Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Bost
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 7 months ago by Jordan S. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this - bought the series
I read this then bought the whole series.

Fantasy meets Drama and Intrigue, with a touch of romance (but it's never a focal point of the story). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cheri174evr
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This was a good fun read. It took a while but by the end I was really into the characters. I'll read book 2.
Published 8 months ago by Dana Roland
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fantasy read
If there is any problem with this book it is my inability to enjoy reading from one of the characters' perspectives in the beginning. Read more
Published 9 months ago by FindHappiness
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
This book was free so I am not bothered by the fact that I didn't like it. We're it not for the sexual references, I would let my fourth grade son read this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by HRCarr
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B T (Brian Thoele) Narro was born in 1985, in San Francisco, California, where he still lives. He loves intricate stories with surprises, humor, romance, but above all, deeply developed characters and worlds that are so real they seem to live on once the novel is finished. This is what he strives for as a writer.

Brian's passion for fantasy started in middle school. He had a lot of inspiring teachers, one of which was his sixth grade English teacher, Rick Riordan (long before he was famous), who loved to enthrall his students by masterfully telling Greek myths from memory.

By sophomore year in college, Brian had finished his first full-length novel. Although immensely proud of it at the time, Brian eventually realized his friends were being generous when they told him it needed work. Years after graduating with his bachelor's degree in creative writing, he continued to scribble down scenes for the same story as he worked as a customer support representative at a computer game company.

An injury to his hands left him unable to use them for more than turning on the television, so working a mouse and keyboard eight hours a day was completely out of the question. Between recovery exercises and visits to many doctors, Brian used voice recognition software to start writing seriously again, which served as a cure to his painful boredom and a distraction to his even more painful injury. Workers comp eventually ran out, and his hands hadn't improved much. Living with his parents, and suffering from an injury that seemed as if it may be permanent, his mood was morose at best. But his novel, Bastial Energy, was nearly done. He published it and was overjoyed at the result of more than a thousand purchases in the first month.

Now Brian is a full-time author. He still uses voice recognition software, but more so out of preference than necessity, and--while he loves his parents--he's thankful to have moved out of their home. In terms of writing, Brian likes to outline the entire novel before writing the first draft. He loves to write and feels thankful he can spend every day doing just that.

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