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Call of the Herald: Young Adult Epic Fantasy (The Dawning of Power trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

As a teen, Brian Rathbone had a hunger for Young Adult Fantasy and Epic Fantasy that could not be satisfied. He would hide out in his secret reading place for weeks and perch on his choice of straw bale thrones. It was a spiritual and sometimes emotional journey filled with thieves, wizards and dragons.


Years later, he channeled that passion to create The World of Godsland YA fantasy series, which also includes multiple free young adult books. Call of the Herald, the series starter, is one such Kindle freebie.

Rathbone gives away many of his Young Adult books for free in order to let readers sample his work at no risk to them and so those without a large reading budget can enjoy an epic adventure.

Brian's books are inspired by many of his favorite tales from JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, JK Rowling and George R R Martin. His journey as an independent author has largely been influenced by writers like Joseph Lallo, Scott Sigler, MR Mathias, Jeff Wheeler and Nathan Lowell.

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  • File Size: 2393 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: White Wolf Press, LLC (August 17, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 17, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZUYQCA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,275 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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As a teen, Brian Rathbone had a hunger for Young Adult Fantasy and Epic Fantasy that could not be satisfied. He would hide out in his secret reading place for weeks and perch on his choice of straw bale thrones. It was a spiritual and sometimes emotional journey filled with thieves, wizards and dragons.

Years later, he channeled that passion to create The World of Godsland YA fantasy series, which also includes multiple free young adult books. Call of the Herald, the series starter, is one such Kindle freebie.

Rathbone gives away many of his Young Adult books for free in order to let readers sample his work at no risk to them and so those without a large reading budget can enjoy an epic adventure.

Brian's books are inspired by many of his favorite tales from JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, JK Rowling and George R R Martin. His journey as an independent author has largely been influenced by writers like Joseph Lallo, Scott Sigler, MR Mathias, Jeff Wheeler and Nathan Lowell.

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Tricia N. Adams on July 5, 2011
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I found this book hard to get into at first. The writing just seemed amateurish at best and it seemed like it was taking a long time to get into the meat of the story. But, I gave it a chance and I'm glad I did. When the story started to the unfold, it seemed like the quality of writing also picked up. It's not perfect by any means. The writing isn't entirely consistent in quality and the story sometimes needs to be reined in, but overall it's an interesting read. I'm looking forward to reading the next two installments.
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107 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Ann on October 9, 2010
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The coming of age plot where a youngster - here the teenager Catrin -- discovers magic powers just in time to save the world, isn't new. However, it is an appealing plot line and Rathbone's characters are sweet too. The evil guys are not gory, the unusual alliances are interesting and the landscape is skillfully drawn.
So, I'll consider the next book if its not too expensive.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Morgan on August 2, 2012
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This fantasy, while having a few points of interest, is pretty much unoriginal in the basic plotline: girl discovers her wondrous magical powers and goes with a few companions (most of them simply for comic relief) to save the world. I've read many, many fantasy books, and Rathborne's trite treatment of "magic" is something I've already heard before, from better books. The action tends to be rather slow, and didn't grip me as much as other fantasy books, say Eragon. The only moment that caught me was when Catrin was pushed off of the cliff - I thought that was kind of cool.

The writing is a very very easy read... so easy it's almost sickening. The characters are not developed and I felt no sympathy or relathionhip with any of them, except maybe Chase. The book has to makings of a good story, but needs to be treated with a more mature style of writing, greater character development, and less talk more speed. As a reader of great fantasy books, including the Lord of the Rings, I find the comparisions of this book to LOTR highly undeserved.
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78 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Linda Weaver Clarke on December 15, 2010
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Legend says that a Herald will be born who will save the land of Godfist from invaders. This Herald will fight for their freedom. To some it is only a legend but to others it is a prophecy, waiting to be fulfilled. The Zjhon are ancient enemies and are planning an attack but no one takes heed of these warnings until it is too late. Now it is up to the Herald to save them. The question is... will the Herald realize her destiny in time to save Godfist?

But that's not all...the Zjhon believe in the prophecy and have given the order to search for the Herald and do away with her. This is an intriguing fantasy and is hard to put down. The description of scenery is so well written that I could imagine it in my mind. The characters are believable and well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Dawning of Power is a trilogy, which includes Call of the Herald, Inherited Danger, and Dragon Ore. I would recommend this book for all ages.

Written by Linda Weaver Clarke, author of the new mystery series "The Adventures of John and Julia Evans."
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jo Lane on August 26, 2012
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While the idea for this story was a decent one, the novel as a whole could have been MUCH better.

The plot is hard to follow. Rathbone doesn't build up the setting enough - the reader is dropped into a world he/she knows nothing about.

The author also gives information randomly, tossing in bits and pieces of detail that has nothing to do with the previous or following sentences. Then there's the problem of giving TOO much information, which drags the story out (e.x.: "...permitting his unconscious mind -- rather than his conscious mind -- guide the way." Obviously if it's unconscious mind, it's not going to be his conscious mind.)He also tells us rather than shows us, which is a personal pet peeve of mine, as well as of language arts teachers everywhere.

Rathbone strings things together that don't make sense: "Leaping over the hedge, Nat moved with confidence and purpose, suddenly trusting his instincts more than his senses. For the first time in a very long time, he believed not only in his father, but also in himself." When you read that entire section of the chapter, the second sentence doesn't connect to anything. Why? Why does he suddenly believe in himself? We don't know because the author doesn't show us.

There is also the problem of overly wordy dialogue: "'Ah, Cat. I wish none of this were happening. You've certainly done nothing to deserve what those sons of jackals just said. Don't take their words into your heart, dear one. They are just scared, confused, and looking for someone to blame. I'll take care of them; don't you worry. Come along now. We've horses to tend, and I need to make a trip to the cold caves this afternoon,' he said..." Much of this dialogue is useless as well as stilted.
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55 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Iain on January 19, 2012
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If you are a stranger to the fantasy genre then i definitely wouldn't recommend you start with this book...in fact if you are familiar with fantasy then i DEFINITELY recommend not to bother. The story is very stilted, rarely flowing and relying on traditional formulaic phrases to describe scenes and character's emotions. It does have a nice premise behind it involving the return of "magic" to the world, however the plotline could have been lifted from just about any fantasy story going around.

Young girl suddenly develops powers, finds out she's meant to save the world, sets off on quest to kill the baddies and save the world. I'd bought this as part of a trilogy set on Kindle and through the last two books at least i got a good laugh at how awful the dialogue was. At every point it failed to immerse me in the story, overly florid descriptions of surroundings in a dreadful parody of Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, and a heroine who swings wildly between being vacillating and vacuous to self-righteous and determined in almost schizophrenic fashion.

Save your time and money, in the end the laughs i got from this book weren't worth the amount of time i put in reading it, the hint should come when you see that the author's "reviews" come from other literary geniuses who have self-published ebooks.

A true frankenstein's monster of a book with generic fantasy themes jammed together in a horrible mishmash, which is a pity because i'm sure a good editor could have licked this book into some type of reasonable shape over the course of a couple of years.
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