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Dawn of War (Blood War Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Marquitz
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Book Description

For hundreds of years, the bestial Grol have clawed at the walls of Lathah without success. Now armed with O'hra, mystical weapons of great power, they have returned, to conquer.

Witness to the Grol advance, Arrin can abide his exile no longer. He returns to Lathah, in defiance of death, with hopes to save his beloved princess and the child born of their illicit affair. He finds her unwilling to abandon her people. At her behest, Arrin searches for a sanctuary for them only to be confronted by the Sha'ree, a powerful race long thought gone from the world. Through them, he learns it is not just the Grol that threaten the land.

Empowered by a magic never before seen, the savage nations spread chaos and ruin across the realm. With Lathah under siege, and the world on the brink of cataclysmic war, Arrin must strike a deal with the Sha'ree to take the fight to the Grol, or forever lose his one true love: his family.

Editorial Reviews


"DAWN OF WAR, book one of the trilogy is Tim Marquitz's first foray into fantasy fiction and he has done an exceptional job.  There is a lot going on and there are many points of view to follow but Marquitz keeps it all tight and easy to follow.  Character development is very good, keeping each race of people easily identifiable.  This first book introduces the various points of view and ends on just the proper note, leaving the reader wanting to read more.  I'm not generally big on fantasy, but I enjoyed DAWN OF WAR immensely.  I think you will, too." ~ Colleen Wanglund - Horror Fiction Review

"There is a lot to like about this book and if you are fan of epic fantasy that has many levels of complexity and takes a more brutal approach to its story telling than most, then you will definitely enjoy Dawn of War. Bring on Book 2." ~ Ryan Lawler - Fantasy Book Review

"If you like epic fantasy, different races (as in very different), magic and heros, this might be a book for you." ~ Greg Duncan - Goodreads

From the Author

The action-packed conclusion to the Blood War Trilogy, Requiem, is out now!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4773 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tim Marquitz; 2 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0059HAUW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,242 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Brutal Epic Fantasy August 19, 2011
By Ryan
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read quite a few works by Tim Marquitz and Dawn of War certainly reaches that high standard that I have seen in his other books. This is Marquitz's first attempt at Epic Fantasy and it's a very good one, the writing is of the highest standard, the characters are interesting and relatable, and the story is deep and complex.

I had a few issues with the continual rotation of viewpoints, and I think there were too many viewpoint characters introduced at the start of the book, but once you get through the first third of the book, Dawn of War settles into a more natural rhythm and really becomes a joy to read. If you like epic fantasy then you will like this.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read December 23, 2011
By Nayan P
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was introduced to this author through the Demon Squad series where I really liked the way the author weaved humor in all his narrations. Was quite intrigued to know how Tim handles a completely different genre.

Unlike the Demon Squad series, this book has quite a serious undertone to it. Although, the story gets predictable at times, but the narration still holds you to it. Where Demon Squad was pure unadulterated entertainment from start to finish, this book does have its ups and downs. While it is really a 3* book for me but considering that Tim has been very generous by letting the readers get a free copy (this is available on Amazon kindle for $0), I think this book definitely deserves a 4*. If you liked Tim's Demon Squad series then this book is definitely a MUST READ!!

Will look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drawn like a moth to fire October 20, 2011
By B
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I could not put this book down, even though there is quite a few points of view the author really keeps you hanging by the seat of your pants, waiting to find out what happens at each turn of the page. The main character is a badass but so are most of the other supporting characters as well. In this book your imagination can take hold of some radically different bizarre creatures and features of the world. I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! You won't be sorry you downloaded it. January 14, 2012
By RadRob
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This is a very good book. I was hooked in almost record time. I read it almost every moment I could until I finished it. The characters are interesting, and you want to know more about them. You get caught up in their struggles and care about them. The world is interesting, as is the relationship of the various races that inhabit it. Good stuff all around!

The stuff that kept me from giving it 5 stars:

I think a 5 should be reserved for near perfection anyway. Only one of a hundred or maybe even one of a thousand should get it. Other than this, I found the way you go back and forward in time because of new perspectives of other characters somewhat cumbersome. I thought the characters could use a little more depth, though I appreciate that action was favored with details thrown in at very prudent times. I would have appreciated a little more magic, or explanation of it, and also more depth on the religion that seemed central to both but was left very vague. I could pick out some other details, but it would be just nit-picking. I felt obligated to explain my sub 5 star rating. In addition, I like reviews that have "pros & cons."

What is most telling I think, is that when book 2 comes out, I will buy it and read it the moment I hear about it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun but forgettable March 19, 2012
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Marquitz has an interesting premise. He's got an interesting world with a comatose goddess and twin moons that cause all rivers, lakes, oceans, etc to boil every so often. He's got some cool magical artifacts and a number of diverse characters. Add it all together and what do you get?

A fairly flat story.

Part of it's the writing style. Marquitz tries to be a little too flowery at times. Instead of clever, however, it came across as annoying most of the time. Another problem is the scope. Admittedly, Blood War is a trilogy, which allows for some expansive writing. Memory, Sorrow & Thorn is a good example of how this can work very well. But Dawn of War feels like it lacks focus. It's broad instead of deep. I think the story could benefit from scaling back. Pick a few of the best nations -- human and non-human -- and focus on those. Most of the rest are so sketchy and similar as to run together anyway. The same goes for individual characters. This is an approach that worked fairly well for Wizards First Rule.

I picked up Dawn of War free on my Kindle. If the other two came free, I might read those, too.

If I can remember to look.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars epic fantasy with a visceral kick January 3, 2012
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The Grol, a monstrous race that has long sought to overrun and destroy the fortified city-state of Lathah, now appears to have the mystical weapons they need to do it. Unfortunately, no one in Lathah is willing to believe that the Grol can now succeed where they failed before, and it is up to an exiled, disgraced former royal guard named Arrin to somehow convince them of the threat--or, failing to do that, to find allies to stand with Lathah in its hour of need.

This is the first book in Tim Marquitz's epic Blood War Trilogy, more grim and brutal in tone than you'd find in his Demon Squad series. It's set on a complex world with a lot of layers and twists that held my interest, and more than enough bloody and gruesome battle scenes to give it a very visceral kick. I'm looking forward to seeing how things get worse for the protagonists in the next volume.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action, well paced.
Not bad, most of the plot and subplots moved right along. There was only one POV that dragged, the rest were right in the ball park for this action fantasy. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Grcoeeg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very original world. Vivid compelling descriptions and story. I am hooked. Impressive.
Published 1 month ago by M. Levoshko
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Written for children - not adults This should be emphasized.
Published 2 months ago by C. Kasper
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good start to the trilogy, looking forward to reading the remaining 2 books.
Published 3 months ago by Alan Dunderdale
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 months ago by James Childers
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Acceptably written action book. Main character's emotions were written as if he was an emotional 13 year old instead of a battle hardened veteran. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tom h
5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of war
It has been a great story of trails of life that these characters are going through. The fast pace of the story kept me reading more than what I would have normally read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dennis G. Rovsek
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
One of the best books I have read in a long time. The author sucks you in right away and keeps your attention the whole book.
Published 8 months ago by James Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of War
Great book. Waiting for next book in blood war trilogy hopefully it will just as good. Good author Great story line
Published 8 months ago by Charles M. Robinson,Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Marquitz is an author I will look for in the future.
I had very low expectations when I started reading this book since I had never heard of the author before, and just noticed it on my Kindle and didn't even remember how it got... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Doug in Austin TX
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More About the Author

Tim Marquitz is the author of the Demon Squad series, the Blood War Trilogy, co-author of the Dead West series, as well as several standalone books, and numerous anthology appearances including Triumph Over Tragedy, Corrupts Absolutely?, Demonic Dolls, Neverland's Library, Blackguards, and the forthcoming That Hoodoo Voodoo You Do, and At Hell's Gate, a charity anthology.

Co-owner and Editor in Chief of Ragnarok Publications, Tim most recently compiled and edited the Angelic Knight Press anthologies, Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous and Manifesto: UF, as well as Ragnarok Publications' Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters.

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