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Betrovia (The Land of Betrovia Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dave King
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Book Description

In a land where the horrors of war are as common as snow and ice in winter...

Patrik, a newly-married young man, turns down the safety of small town life to help his uncle manage a road-side inn many miles away. But before he can learn even the basics of running an inn, the uncle suddenly dies. If he had stayed where he was born, Patrik could have become a successful hunter, fur trapper, or even a successful artist. So why did he leave the comforts of home?

Not long after the death of his uncle, Patrik's wife dies, leaving him to mourn her death while struggling to be a good father to their two young daughters. Where can he find the inner peace he feverishly desires?

Tamara, boisterous, beautiful but often cantankerous, has turned down every man who has offered to rescue her from the pitiful routine of The Lonely Fox inn. Who, if anyone, could ever capture her love?

Kristof, The Lonely Fox Inn's stable hand, has attempted to earn Tamara's affection since he first set eyes upon her but has suffered a lifetime of rejection in the few months he has been employed there. What can he do to somehow make her love him?

Betrovia... a land in disarray... a land in need of peace...

The Land of Betrovia trilogy:
Betrovia (book one)
Lycentia: Harrak's Scrolls (book two)
Ahnak: Edelin's Revelation (book three)

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From Goodreads! "At the halfway point, I probably wouldn't have wanted to visit Betrovia again; by the end, however, I fully intended to read the sequel, and still intend to. Dave won me over."

About the Author

Dave King, retired high school English teacher, married for nearly 30 years (to the same woman even!), and father of three children was born in Topeka KS and currently resides in Jefferson City MO. In 1990 he and his wife, along with their two very-young children, left KS and headed for Taichung, Taiwan. The lived there until 1995 when they moved to the Jefferson City area. Since being delivered into this world, he has lived in four states and on two continents. It is hoped that his experiences in all those places has positively influenced his writing. The Land of Betrovia trilogy: Betrovia (Summer 2011) Lycentia: Harrak's Scrolls (Summer 2012) Ahnak: Edelin's Revelation (Spring 2013)

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  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C1K1RY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fantasy Novel December 5, 2011
Betrovia is the first of a three-part trilogy. This fantasy novel re-creates a time when a soldier's weapons included swords, and bows and arrows. War ravages Betrovia. It tells the story of Patrik, an innkeeper: trapper, hunter, and artist; and his two daughters, Tamara and Galena, and the war that shapes their existence. When Patrik finds a package of scrolls, he decides to trust Teophelus, a neophyte priest, to help him get them translated. Teophelus agrees to help him. Teophelus soon discovers a religious community eager to squelch the scrolls.

The characters move in unexpected directions, especially when Tamara, oldest daughter, beauty, uninterested in the men who pursue her, an old maid at eighteen, finds her love and a life completely changed.

The story moved well and with enough detail to put the reader in the picture. The characters rang true.

I received the book from the author but I have not met him. He did not pay me. This is an honest review.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book December 31, 2011
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Although these types of novels are not my typical favorite type of read, I have to admit that I was sucked into the story from the beginning. The author is able to create a land with great descriptive detail. The story goes in an unexpected direction which kept me going. The land of Betrovia is somewhere you'll want to go back to. Even if fantasy is not your cup of tea, you should give this one a try. I have a hunch you'll be drawn in to the story as I was. I'm now looking forward to the second part.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of Betrovia Adventure November 13, 2011
Betrovia is a trilogy about a fictional land called Betrovia. Names of places and people remind you of a place far away in another time striving to make their society work in the face of adversity and adversaries. I love to read fiction with adventure and Betrovia provides that through the pen of Dave King as he paints word pictures of the lives of common people and their relationships with royalty, middle class and servants of the day. The story keeps your interest as the characters' lives unfold, and of course I am looking forward to the second of this three part series.

If you love clean, imaginative fiction full of intrigue and detail, then the Land of Betrovia is just the get-a-way place you need to be. You can just loose yourself in the story, and become part of a land and adventure far away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters July 21, 2012
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I truly enjoyed this book and am eagerly anticipating the next in the series. The characters are very rich and detailed. The depth and individuality shown in their personalities, as well as how they interact with each other, make this a very believable and entertaining book. The setting is realistic - you feel from the very start that you are with the characters, in their world. I give this a great rating because of the characters - although the storyline is very well done also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Jordan like read July 23, 2012
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Just finished this book and thought it was almost like reading a Robert Jordan novel. David King has put a lot of thought and time into both character and world building. He included a lot of the back-story throughout the novel. The characters were believeable and the plot was well thought out. If you are a fan of Jordan's then you will be a fan of Kings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful character driven fantasy story June 12, 2014
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Dave King is a fantasy author who clearly has an eye for the grand as well as for the little things. Whether it is the politics of the kingdom or the politics of the kitchen, the author pays close attention to every detail. This is definitely my kind of fantasy story; it remains focused on the characters and their day to day doings without losing sight of the grander picture, and without locking you inside their heads like many modern fantasy novels seem to do.
In Betrovia, Dave King approaches the fantasy genre from a unique perspective, telling the tale mostly from the perspective of an old inn keeper - the sort of man who is usually only in the background of epic stories.
I liked just about everything about the book. There was very little in the way of magic, which I much prefer over magic-saturated stories like The Wheel of Time series. The author did a great job of making his characters lovable and interesting, each with their own quirks and strengths.
The dialogue was especially interesting. There was a lot of humorous banter and the characters had some unique expressions that helped give you the sense that you were truly in a different land and a different time.
One of the most enjoyable fantasy stories I've read in a LONG time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The land of Betrovia comes alive March 27, 2013
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The land of Betrovia comes alive through great descriptions that paint a clear picture of the characters and the setting. This book reminds me of David in the Bible for there is a young man who becomes king much in the same way David the shephard boy did. There is loss and there are victories. This was an enjoyable read, it had a slow start but a great ending.
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Dave King, retired high school English teacher, married for over 30 years (to the same woman!), and father of three children was born and spent most of the first half of his life in Topeka KS.

In 1990 he and his wife, along with their two very-young children, left KS and spent the next five years in Taichung, Taiwan. Before moving back to the States in 1995, they had gained another child.

Since 1995, the author and his family have lived in the Jefferson City MO area.

The Land of Betrovia trilogy:
Betrovia: Summer 2011
Lycentia: Harrak's Scrolls: Summer 2012
Ahnak: Edelin's Revelation: Spring 2013

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