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Brother Thief (Song of the Aura #1) [Kindle Edition]

Gregory J. Downs
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

He may be just a boy, but Gribly is sly and quick, the best thief in the city. Not to mention, he’s got a special talent for controlling the elements of the desert. He’s also the world unluckiest hero. Trying to do one little good deed turns into a nightmare for the goodhearted pickpocket when he tries stealing some important medicine from the city’s ruler, Dunelord Ymorio… for a good cause, of course. So begins the perilous quest of one almost-repentant and very gifted thief. Sand Sorcerers. Princes in hiding. A fighting arena straight from the underworld.

Gribly’s going to become a legend, or die trying.

Book 1 of 6 in the Song of the Aura series. The complete series is available in one volume, in print and ebook:

Product Details

  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Whitearrow Press; 5 edition (September 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Fantasy December 11, 2011
By Mike
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
SUMMARY: 4 stars **** Impressive Fantasy
I strongly recommend this series for those who enjoy traditional fantasy genre although buyers should be aware that this is planned to be a 9 book series. This is an example of the quality and the promise that can be found in the independent publishing model. Gregory Downs is a young author who shows great promise. I would not be surprised to see that he writes many more quality works.

Gregory Downs delivers an innovative fantasy world where Gribly the Thief and Prince Lauro set out on a quest to find the mystical Aura. On their journey they meet pirates, nymphs and demons with non-stop adventure. Magic in the book is "striding" which reminds me of "bending" from Nickelodeon's "Avatar: The Last Air Bender" series.
FYI- I have written this review on the first 3 books in the "Song of the Aura" series. I am going to post the same review for each of the three first books since they are part of the same series.

PLOT: 3 stars *** Slow to develop
Minor plot ***SPOILERS*** in this section: Brother Thief starts very quickly with lots of action. Minor plots are quickly setup as two of the major characters, Gribly the Thief and Prince Lauro, connect early on to begin their quest. Action continues at a fast pace throughout the first three novels. Unfortunately, clarity on significance of action is lacking until midpoint of the third book, Grym Prophet. About half way through the second book, Winter Warrior, absence of context for action became distracting to the overall story.
Gregory Downs does a good job in setting up climatic battles for each book to bring closure to current book and then setting up teaser for the next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great November 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
At first glance it's your basic young adult male hero prophecy type fantasy. Good vs evil. Nothing wrong with that though! My biggest complaint is that it is too short. Interesting chacters, lots of action, plot keeps moving... I enjoyed it. Well worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not finished December 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I read the synopsis of this book it intruged me so I downloaded it and started to read it. 3 hours later I was shocked that I had finished the book. It felt as if the book was just getting started, characters were just introduced, you had only just started to care about the main character but then it was over. I had been reading everywhere that this was an epic fantasy novel but after reading the authors notes at the end of the book I realized that it has nine parts! it looks as if each "book" is about the same length so far (4 have been released) but due to the shortness of each of the books, I will refrain from finishing it until they are all published, maybe even until they merge the books and make it a trilogy. This way I wouldn't feel cheated out of knowing what happens next (it feels like an arcade game that makes you keep paying to play). I realize its only 0.99$ but I bought an unfinished book that has a lot of potential but ends before the conclusion has even been reached, let alone the middle.
Its a good beginning with a lot of potential but needs to be finished before I continue to read.
The religion in the book does need a little work though. It is obviously Christianity even if it isn't expressed as such. I personally prefer such things to have a little more of a veil as this is a fantasy world, not our own but I guess with the author stating that he is a devout Christian in his personal notes does indicate that there will probably be a lot more parellels to christianity throughout the series.
I would honestly say though, if they wish to release books in these small segments, a little more effort into world building and character development should have been done before release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Song of the Aura has begun February 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Brother Thief by Gregory Downs start of in the city of Ymeer deep in the heart of the Blast Desert. The main character is a thief named Gribly who is currently trying to steal a very expensive medical lotion for his adopted mother. When during the theft he is attacked by a man with some crazy sorcerous powers, his life changes forever. Gribly himself has a secret power that not even the woman that has raised him knows about. He has a strange affinity for sand and anything made of the stuff. Discovering that he is being hunted and that his life may have a much larger impact on the world than he ever thought he gets a group of people to travel with him to find someone with answers.

This book has some fairly standard fantasy aspects with the group quest, one person's life having far reaching consequences, and even how Gribly came to be in Ymeer is a bit of a familiar story. The special talents that some people have, "striding", are a very interesting way to set the story apart. Gribly is a sand strider the book also reveals pit striders (bad guys), air striders, and water striders with more almost assuredly to come in the later volumes.

There is a lot of potential in this series and I believe it will be 7 or 8 books when it reaches the planned conclusion. The story arc being that massive leads me to hope for some great twists and turns to really set the series apart from all the other epic fantasy out there. I am definitely invested enough to want to check out the second book in the series and can easily see myself following it all the way to the end.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars solid read
Solid read can't wait to read the next book in the series . The magic system is brilliant and well constructed
Published 4 months ago by Imm3T
3.0 out of 5 stars Honestly...
Honestly, I only downloaded this book because it was on the free list. But...I was pleasantly surprised that I found myself pulled into the story. Read more
Published on July 30, 2012 by Michelle L. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Elemental Fun
I just finished reading Brother Thief and I am debating between just buying the next one or buying the complete series that is now offered. Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by M.Yarbrough
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow and shaky for me, but a good start
So I mostly bought this book because it was only 99 cents, but after reading the premise online and then reading the actual book, I think I might have expected too much. Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Kayla
3.0 out of 5 stars Robuster
Half of this book is out standing,told with flare and passion,the other half is blah.The outstanding part- the first half of the book while Gribly was in the city wrecking havoc on... Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by robuster
1.0 out of 5 stars brother theif
this book was a big dissapointment to me. the plot sounds promising-and it definetly could be- but the way it is written and choices of words do not suck u in to this story. Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by kaitie
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book
Knowing him personally he keeps th books short on purpose and thats why the price is so low. he is not that old not even in college yet and he is already writing all these great... Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by Brandon Witt
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Quick Read, A Little Shallow for Experienced Readers
As with most young, budding authors in the genre the book is a quick read, (entertaining, not labored), which introduces a likable set of characters, an interesting plot, and draws... Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by James Taylor Dawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast & Good, terse worldbuilding warning
Good, and I'll buy the next book too. I like the characters introduced so far, and I feel everyone else will too! Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by defygravity
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Developed Stoyline
I enjoyed getting to know the main players in this 1st book. The plot moves along quickly and before you know it you're at the end. Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by Glen D. Elliott
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Gregory J. Downs is an author of several books, mostly fantasy. Why walk there when you can fly (or teleport)? He loves to read as well as write, and the biggest thrill he's ever had in his career is seeing the books he writes up on the same list with the ones he reads. Contact him on his website ( or at his email address (gregoryjdowns at gmail dot com).

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