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Drynn (Last of the Shardyn) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Vera
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book one of Last of the Shardyn

Montana police chief Skip Walkins is hot on the trail of a murder suspect when he witnesses a drifter free the Lord of the Underworld. Seventeen years ago, five knights from Earth's magical twin, Theia, entombed Asmodeous the Pale, Lord of the Drynn, in Skip's town. Now that the dark god is free again, he's anxious to get back home and finish the war he began…to enslave all life. It begins with killing the knights who trapped him.

Deprived of their magic, the knights fight back using whatever they can get their hands on, from samurai swords to assault rifles. Skip gets reluctantly drawn in to their struggle while Donovan Smith, the demi-god murderer whom Skip was after in the first place, plots to find the Lord of the Underworld and butcher him on his own.

Together, these unlikely heroes might just save the world. If they don't kill each other first.

91,000 words

"Reads like vintage Dean Koontz—fast-paced and suspenseful."
—DD Barant, author of THE BLOODHOUND FILES series

Product Details

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (February 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9V2X14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,226 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aaaaaaammmmaaaazing February 20, 2013
By Mvv
Format:Kindle Edition
My husband just finished reading this book. He would not shut up about it. I kept on rolling my eyes and finally gave in to his nagging.
My god am I pleased with it so far. I'm about 70% done with it and am thinking of a sequel already.
This guy is on par with a john Saul and could possibly be the next Stephen king.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing. February 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I came by this book by pure chance,
Am a big SciFi and fantasy fan.
First chapter was OK, second better.
After that this book dragged me inside its highly descriptive world' I never looked back. Could not go wrong for $2.99.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read overall and worth it. December 3, 2013
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"Drynn" was an enjoyable story that kept me turning the pages. The story line is inventive enough to keep you guessing and the action is exciting enough to keep you reading quickly. It is worth reading and I would probably buy the next kindle book in the series if it is $5 or under.

I knocked it down a star for some editing issues and character issues.

First, I am no editor, so the typo problems are very obvious and need to be fixed. Words are missing in some sentences, the wrong word is used, and I came across a few sentences so garbled I had to stop and try to figure out what the author was attempting to say. When typos stop you and pull you out of the story, then you have issues. Mistakes are to be expected, writing is a messy process... just this book could use one more final clean-up editing.

Second, the character of "The Skipster" drives me nuts. He is boarish, not clever or impressive. His third person thinking about himself and how awesome he is at everything is just annoying. Who cares? I was so disappointed he made it through the book alive, frankly. And now it looks like he would be in the next book too. Not sure I want to read about "The Skipster" anymore. I can see that maybe Skip is meant to be a bit of a foil to Gavin's over-humble sniveling, but it is a little too much sometimes.

Plus, I was so bothered that a big part of the story was Donovan and his tracking of Deos in anger and vengeance waiting for his chance to strike at "The Whisperer"... and then he just lurks in the dark and does nothing??? It almost ruined the whole end scene for me as I keep wondering "where i the hell is Donovan?".

But now I am on a hook...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun and exciting July 31, 2013
By Zoe B.
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a really easy read with lots of action and excitement. I tore through it in one weekend. The action is great and the writing it top notch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic AND guns April 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Fast-paced urban fantasy, first in a series. Magic AND guns as a human police chief, warriors from another world, and a psychopath all converge to take down the newly-escaped Lord of the Underworld. Well-written, suspenseful and engaging. I really liked the banter between Amanda and Gavin.
Quibbles: lots of POV changes, plus Skip is so accomplished that it raised my eyebrows
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but familiar March 20, 2013
By Scott
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The combat sequences work well in the novel, but the characters are a bit flat, and the author balances too many points of view (via limited omniscient). Perhaps if he'd stayed closer to Skip's character and spent less time with the others. Ultimately it was diverting but a bit amateurish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, and creepy. February 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this one. Mythology, another world, action to put the best Hollywood films to shame, and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. I hope there's a sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick-Ass! February 20, 2013
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Really great effort in the urban fantasy / horror genre. The characters talk like real people and the author has a knack for very funny, very unique phrasing and dialogue.

The threat is appropriately massive and sinister & the action moves along at a break-neck pace.

Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Drynn (Last of the Shardyn)
It was difficult for me at the first to get interested in the plot within this novel. However once I did it became an interesting read with great interaction between the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by slc4242
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so glad i didn't
This book just showed up for free on my tablet one day and I almost deleted it. I am so glad i didn't!!!!!!
What a great read. I devoured this book in a couple days. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
The book is non stop otherworldly adventure with a few earthly characters thrown into the mix. The first book in a series and hopefully some of the characters will have their... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carolyn Hoyt
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one!
Pacing was good and I liked the characters. Engaging read from start to finish, mythology, another world, action and it may fall as a dark fantasy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Luis A. Ortiz
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
It takes a quite few chapters to try and figure out how the players combine. The ending was horrible, the last aprt made absolutley no sense. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LadyJay55fl
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I am not a big fan of fantasy, but this book is well written and the story kept me interested in turning pages.
Characters are quite interesting.
Published 7 months ago by Daniel Galecki
1.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile
While the author is well versed in the technical use of the English language, the content is juvenile at best. Not recommended.
Published 7 months ago by Ian McTaggart
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of dumb
I finished it because I didn't have anything else to read and thought it would get better, but it didn't. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anna M Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Good absorbing story, lots of action, but needs editing!
I enjoyed this book. I found the pace to be absorbing and had trouble putting the thing down once I got started. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Curt
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, badly in need of copyediting
This review is lowered not because of the quality of the story - which is fine - but rather due to the inexcusably poor job by the publishing house (Carina Press) to provide even... Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Meyer
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More About the Author

Steve's just a guy who wishes he could fire lightning out of his fingertips. Afflicted with wanderlust at the age of seventeen, he's lived in seven states, briefly served in the U.S. Air Force as a Pararescue Trainee, and has a profound aversion to mint chocolate chip ice cream. Steve currently straddles two worlds--one foot in his hometown of Elmwood, CT, the other in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. What bio would be complete without a cat? Steve has one. A great, fat, good-for-nothing but entirely lovable furball who has his own gravitational force. If Steve could go back in time and be anything, he'd have been a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot or a knight. Being an author is pretty cool, though.

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