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Covenant of the Faceless Knights: Book 2 (Realm of Ashenclaw, Beginnings) [Kindle Edition]

Gary F. Vanucci , Stephanie Dagg , William Kenney
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a dangerous artifact goes missing from the Temple of the sun-god, the high priest charged with its protection must come to grips with the fact that he cannot retrieve the stolen relic alone. Calling upon a man who was once his own apprentice, Tiyarnon the High Priest enlists the aid of Garius Forge, who is now an Inquisitor among the Order of the Faceless Knights. Garius, a man of power and reputation, gathers a handful of allies to help complete his quest—but who among them is worthy of his trust? Aided by the mischievous Rose Thorne, a rogue among rogues, the stoic and bloodthirsty Saeunn, and a promising but naïve elf named Elec, the Inquisitor hopes his training as one among the Faceless Knights has prepared him to keep his companions focused and prepared to survive the trials to come. Garius must lead his band of allies into dark regions to recover the tainted artifact before it falls into the hands of the evil being that once held or it could spell doom for the inhabitants of Wothlondia and the entire Realm of Ashenclaw.


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"Strong combat scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat."
-Wulfstan (top 500 Amazon book reviewer)
"I can quite honestly say that I loved every page of this novel. From start to finish it's pure fun- big, brash, in your face heroic fantasy."
-Ross Kitson, Author of Darkness Rising

From the Author

This is the first full-length novel in the series and picks up directly after the events that transpire in WOTHLONDIA RISING: ANTHOLOGY.

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  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
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  • Publisher: Ashenclaw Studios; 2nd edition (November 29, 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZDROA
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covenant of the Faceless Knights: Beginnings June 8, 2012
Format:Paperback
Covenant of the Faceless Knights: Beginnings by Gary Vanucci

Gary Vanucci's book takes us in a world filled with adventure, friendship, deceit and mistrust. He weaves his tale through adventure and hardship to create a novel that leaves us wanting more. His characters come alive on the page as we experience their grief, their joy and their determination. He draws us into the world of Krotto where dragons are real, where magic is alive and flourishing. To a time where honour meant everything and evil abounds in many unexpected places. Where men, and women, sacrificed their lives for it.

We are introduced to Elec Stormwhisper, an Elf whose destiny leads him down a path much different than his ancestors. Instead of following in their footsteps and studying to be come a mage he follows his heart and becomes an alchemist and an engineer, capable of creating elixirs that only make him more deadly as a warrior.

Vanucci's skills draw us into the grief that Saeunn, the proud daughter of a Brabarian chief, feels. She is one of the few remaining members of her village. Charged with the protection of her mother she is forced from a a battlefield that leaves the fierce fighters of her clan dead. A destiny that fills her with guilt, a destiny that a warrior maiden has difficulty accepting.

Rose dances into your heart. As a young girl she promise as a prostitute but quickly develops as a rogues rogue. She quickly learns her new craft and stumbles on an ability to dance through the shadows becoming a force that is unstoppable.

Garius Forge is everything that is expected of a Knight. He is strong, forceful and just. It is through his leadership that we discover the path a small group of adventurers must follow.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Succubi, Adventure and more oh my! November 16, 2011
By TeraS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I think it is important that when an author starts any sort of work, and this includes myself, there are three things that matter. One is character. It doesn't matter how good the rest of the story is if your characters, especially the main ones, are not interesting. The second is their motivation. It is not necessary to give the reader everything at once. They will wait for the truths to be revealed if the story is worth it. Lastly, at least to me, there needs to be something to battle against, or at least to overcome that makes the characters grow over time and the motivation in each of them come to make sense.

That's not always an easy thing to do, especially when there are not a handful, but many, many characters that are needed to make the story ring true. It is a talent that I have not seen many writers manage that can have all sorts of characters with their goals clashing together and keep the reader interested in finding out what happens to each and every one of them.

I think this author managed that exceptionally well...

From the first page, it is obvious that the story is set in a rich universe of characters and settings. Moving from place to place in the book isn't a simple info dump but instead is a well considered and thought out picture that the author draws in your mind. The same is true of the characters in the book. None of them are anything like a cardboard cutout which is a pleasant surprise. The same is true of the minor characters as well, they are not simply cannon fodder and have a purpose in the core of the story which makes their appearances important to note.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid High Fantasy August 11, 2011
Format:Paperback
You know, a lot of times we hear reviewers rave about "different" surprising" "cutting edge" and so forth. And you know, I like those things, but I also like reading a nice book where we have the old standard fantasy archetypes and good old-time swashbuckling adventure. Where yes- I am pretty sure what's going to happen next- but that's a Good Thing.

This is one of those books. The characters are right out of your last Fantasy Roleplaying game- and I enjoyed that. There's the beautiful rogue, dressed in skintight black leather, the angsty elf warrior, the strong but sexy female Conan-clone, and the grim Inquisitor. Oh and of course- the Dark Lord. I mean- you need a Dark Lord, and this one is so.... well... Dark. <g>

All Fantasy archetypes to be sure, but well done and interesting. Strong combat scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat, too.

New author Gary Vanucci makes a good start in this- Covenant of the Faceless Knights: Beginnings, and I am looking forward to the sequel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating characters and a unique plot March 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There's a lot happening in this debut novel from Gary Vanucci. It incorporates all the distinguishing features of fantasy - a tightly constructed plot, a unique and formal lexicon, a group of individuals on a quest, and at the same time, a journey of self-discovery. Good is pitched against evil, we encounter a variety of races, and magic and the supernatural abound.
But that is not to say this book is just a formulaic fantasy. Far from it. This author has a wonderful imagination and has created an extremely interesting story. It's far from straightforward and predictable. For a start he has harnessed together possibly the most unlikely team of characters to tackle the evil that threatens to devastate Wothlondia! Garius, the Sun God warrior, and leader of the inquisition, is a natural choice, certainly. But a grieving female barbarian, an enthusiastic but self-effacing elf with emotional baggage and a wily, feisty teenager with too much attitude and a liking for a glass of wine? They might not sound promising, and there are a couple of times when Garius, who selected the team, wonders what he's done. However, each of these main characters has special qualities that eventually unite them into a true force to be reckoned with. Their inner strengths and true natures are drawn out too, and we discover some truly remarkable beings in this story.
There are more interesting characters at the periphery of the story, whom we hope that we'll meet again in future stories and in bigger roles. Orngoth, the half-ogre - half-barbarian, who escapes from slavery during this story; Ganthorpe, the town dignitary, who doesn't want Rose saying too much; Tiyarnon the High Priest, and Rolin Hardbeard the Dwarf - these are all intriguing, fascinating figures that we want to know more about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars alright here we go
After reading Wothlondia Rising , I was really looking forward to reading this book. Now, after reading it, I can say it was deff. worth the time and money. Read more
Published 6 months ago by unclebob
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action
Great book in the fantasy genre. The story is exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I would recommend it for intermediate grade kids that love to read stories of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Patty K
5.0 out of 5 stars This one took me back!
Before the end of the first chapter, I was completely hooked on Covenant. I'm a huge fan of pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Neil Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Dungeons and Dragons on steroids--a great adventure!
This is an old-fashioned sword and sorcery novel, in some ways quite reminiscent of the great swashbuckling novels of Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser series. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Connie J. Jasperson
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 Stars: Covenant of the Faceless Knights
I used to play a lot of table-top roleplaying games in college and Covenant of the Faceless Knights by Gary Vanucci brought those memories back in force! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings
5.0 out of 5 stars a really great story!
This is a really great story. Very hard to put down. I recommend it to everyone! It is a all nighter.
Published 16 months ago by Cindy Curtis
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked some things more than others
Weaknesses: Heroes are already fairly established from start (I like to grow with my heroes). Its a bit more over the top than I usually prefer my fantasy, where the unusual is the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Settoku
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad!
The plot might have merit, but the writing is so bad, stilted, pompous, and pretentious. Authors should remember that "spell check" is not foolproof as this book demonstrates again... Read more
Published 20 months ago by tony
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!
This was a great page-turner! Characters were well thought-out and written with a lot of depth. Each had strengths, weaknesses, flaws, and feelings (even the bad guys!). Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by Mark Adams
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Reviews from my peers:
"If the Walking Dead were made by HBO for an all adult audience, this would be it."
- Jeremy Laszlo, Bestselling Author of the Blood & Brotherhood Saga
"I can quite honestly say that I loved every page of this novel. From start to finish it's pure fun- big, brash, in your face heroic fantasy."
- Ross Kitson, Author of Darkness Rising
"It wasn't quite what I was expecting....it was so much more."
- Neil Orr, Author of Shad'rah (Kiyor'lin)
"For lovers of the sword & sorcery genre of fantasy novels, Vanucci will satisfy your every craving."
- Charles Ray

WAKE THE DEAD (Adult-oriented zombie apocalypse)
CAGE THE DEAD (Adult-oriented zombie apocalypse)
THE LEGEND OF ASHENCLAW (RoA Prequel, novella)
WOTHLONDIA RISING-THE ANTHOLOGY: Realm of Ashenclaw, Book 1
COVENANT OF THE FACELESS KNIGHTS: Realm of Ashenclaw, Book 2
SECRETS OF THE EBONITE MINES: Realm of Ashenclaw, Book 3
BEGINNINGS OMNIBUS (Legend, Wothlondia, Covenant and Secrets all combined)
TOWER OF TORMENT: Realm of Ashenclaw, Book 4

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