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The Blackgloom Bounty (Five Star Epic Fantasy) Hardcover – April 5, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME); 1st edition (April 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594144516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594144516
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,269,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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Review

"Taking place in Medieval Scotland, this tale of magic, adventure and love really captured my attention..." -- Fantasybookspot.com 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

More About the Author

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 FiveStarAuthor@aol.com.

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 PRWeb.com 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.

Customer Reviews

I cant wait for the next book to be out!
Jennifer
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.
DDonut
This book was full of adventure and drama and I very much enjoyed it.
Book Worm

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andy Gray on January 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miranda L. Mcculloch on March 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Campbell on 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 By Kelley on February 13, 2011
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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 By Michele Ann Young on March 16, 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DDonut on July 16, 2013
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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 By Book Worm on 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 By Alexis Leno on 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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