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Etchings of Power (Aegis of the Gods Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Terry C. Simpson
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Book Description

Death feeds life in Denestia. The world’s power corrupts those who wield it. Magics and creatures long thought dead rise again.

To the west, the armies of the shade marches, leaving carnage in their wake. In the east, the ruling Tribunal strives to maintain its stranglehold on its empire while bringing the rest of the ‘uncivilized’ world to heel under the guise of ‘enlightenment’ even as the independent kingdoms reel before the shade’s advance.

Caught in the middle are four:

Ryne Waldron, a living legend, driven near madness by his power and hunted by the Tribunal’s assassins and the shade, struggles to defend a village he swore to protect. Irmina Nagel, a Tribunal assassin bent on revenge, is sent to retrieve Ryne and must pass her final test even if it scars her for life. Ancel Dorn, a gifted student at the cusp of his power’s manifestation, has lost his way due to a love spurned, and now finds himself hunted by the shade and guided by a mysterious killer. Galiana Calestis, a Teacher, a Tribunal leader, is burdened by past failures and must manipulate any in her way to see the Chronicles come to pass and save her people.

Between warring nations, vengeful leaders, magic and steel, myth and men, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Who shall unite the kingdoms? Who can bring the world’s power to heel? Who can walk the knife’s edge of harmony? If none can, then Denestia is doomed.

Editorial Reviews


Etchings of Power is one of the best books I have read this year, which puts this book among Prince of Thorns, Kingkiller Chronicles and Best Served Cold. - Sam Browning - Goodreads Review

"Terry Simpson has now gone on my must buy list with Erikson and Esslemont." - Steve G Amazon UK review

"I have to say, I was really impressed by this book." -

"The world building is quite good, and well thought out, the characters vivid and easy to identify with, the plot is interesting." -

From the Author

The culmination of ten years of worldbuilding, writing and rewriting, Etchings of Power is the opening stanza of the epic fantasy series, Aegis of the Gods, that is sure to leave you wanting more as you follow the trials, plots and growth of the characters and the world itself.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2239 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Golden Arm Press; 2 edition (October 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005T81CMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING READ!! January 7, 2012
For those of you who like a nice, quick review, I will say this to you - Read this book, you won't regret it, you'll love it I promise - it will become your new BFF!

Okay, now - on to other things. I've read Fantasy books for years, and one of my biggest pet peeves is when authors go on and on and on about something, making me eventually have to nap, which eventually led me to tend away from them. They could take something as simple and innocent as a leaf - give us the history of it, the exact color of it, what it had for breakfast, who it dated in high school, and how many kids it had - thereby destroying any love I may have had for it. I'm looking at you Terry Goodkind, and at you as well Steven!

Then Terry C. Simpson traipses into my life and the sun shown and the flowers wept. (not blood!)

I got halfway through this book before I realized that I hadn't ONE TIME skipped chapters or pages.

Then I wept!

It was at this very moment that I decided that this book - Etchings of Power - was MY new BFF. Clutching it to my chest, we hopped in the car, drove through town, stopped for latte's and were just so happy I could go smack the other Terry and Steven both.

I don't want to spoil ANY of this book for you, my reading friends - but I can say that very rarely do I read something with characters that are so amazingly fleshed out - ones that I would give my neighbors left leg to meet!

The plot? PERFECT! Not one hole that I could see. There are a few different stories in this book that of course come together seamlessly at the end and I can't say enough how impressed I was!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swords, Magic, and Legends October 20, 2011
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Ryne, Irmina, Ancel, and Sakari are leading mysteriously, magically, and deceptively intertwined lives. The intersection of their lives become critical as the Shade re-emerge, bringing along their minions of death and destruction. Creatures from forgotten times re-appear and threaten their entire world. While Ryne struggles against internal demons spawned from hundreds of years of violence, Ancel struggles against learning and accepting his destiny. Irmina also struggles, against the dilemna of satisfying revenge or advancing through her test. As each of them struggles, the fate of their world rests in the balance. Can they unite historical enemies in a common cause, the fight against the Shade? Or will their inner battles defeat them before the larger battles can even be joined? Etchings of Power is an epic read, and yet still feels like just the beginning. If swords, magic, legends, and spells are your genre, then Etching of Power is certain to satisfy.

JT Kalnay
Author of The Pattern and Mina's Eyes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! August 28, 2012
By Bianca
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying this: I love fantasy novels. I read constantly. In fact, I'd love to be an editor or a "book reader," or something along those lines for a living. And let me tell you... books like this would make my life easy.

This novel is phenomenal. The world is so real, so vivid, so incredible--it is as if you live there. Many things set this novel apart from others in its genre. One interesting thing is that instead of explaining things to the reader--like what Mater is, or what Ryne's Scripts are--the author goes with the story and lets you figure it out. This novel is great, and waiting for the next novels is going to suck.

I think I read that it took the author ten years to create the world these characters live in, and by God, I believe it. I didn't want to sleep, eat, do homework... all I wanted to do was finish this book.

I must also raise a single concern...






... I really love Sakari. I thought he was friends with Ryne. After all they've been through together! But I was confused by the ending.. is he actually evil? The absolute heartache I felt at that time was unlike any other. It was late last night when I finished the novel, so perhaps I didn't understand. I was left with the impression that Sakari is evil, and I am deeply saddened and troubled by this. Perhaps someone could shed some light on this for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UFR Reviews Etchings of Power December 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I am rather new to the epic fantasy genre (my husband is a huge fan and has been trying to get me into epic fantasy for years). I wasn't more than 3 chapters in when I knew this would be a book my husband would love. And truth be told by the time the book was finished it was a book I really enjoyed reading, and with any luck all the epic fantasy books I read will be of this quality.

The book takes place in the world of Denestia, which is made up of nations, and nations that not always get along. There world is being threatened, and that means that people who don't always get along or come from different backgrounds have to come together to fight against the enemy, the Shade.

I want to say first about this book that the writing is really good. In general, he was descriptive enough to paint a picture of what was going on but not so much so that the reader couldn't use their own imagination to create their own visuals to accompany. The plot was solid, although it could be mentioned that a lot of books incorporate a enemy that threatens the world, but that does not mean this book is not unique. The thing that makes this book unique is not the general plot like, but the characters within it. They all bring their own personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and personal demons to the reader in a way that allows the reader to empathize with them and create an interesting world and plot to read about.

Ryne is an interesting character while within the book he plays the part of the hero, he is a not a hero that doesn't have a past. Ryne doesn't remember a lot of his path, and often times within the book he has to stop himself from giving into what he refers to as "bloodlust". He often at battle with himself while trying to protect others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gory of Power!
A whole lot of pages of action packed excitement! Best bet would be to read Shadowbearer (Aegis of the Gods) first, as it's also is a superb read and is a free down load. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Predator51
3.0 out of 5 stars Etchings of power book 1
I will give it a 3. I found it jumped around a lot. But all in all a good read.
Published 12 months ago by Leroy lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Better than 99% of the garbage out there. Very well-written. You'll not be disappointed in this book. Keeping this review short and simple. I couldn't put it down...
Published 17 months ago by J. P. Kuntz
2.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, but tedious
The author's ambitions may have exceeded his ability. While great effort was made to create an entire world, with many diverse cultures and a broad population of fauna (good, evil... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book was very great. I am waiting to read the next book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Author not going to finish this series any time soon
While I enjoyed the plot and characters I would never had started to read this series if I knew the author was going to write a completely different series of books before... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jeff
2.0 out of 5 stars Crouching Tiger meets Conan
I would actually give it 2.5 stars the writing and grammar were actually quite good it just wasn't my cup of tea so to speak. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Deke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read *Possible spoilers*
While there were a couple reservations I had for this book, I still enjoyed it. The things I didn't like could be easily overlooked. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This book has strong characters, a twisting plot, lots of action, and a interesting magic system (which may be a bit too intricate, not that you shouldn't be able to understand it,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Epic Fanrasy
Great read. Interesting characters. Great plot. Great action. Mystery, intrique, plot twists, some I did not forsee. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Hippy_Lettuce
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More About the Author

Talking to the characters I imagine has become an intriguing experience especially when they disagree with me. - Terry Simpson.

Terry grew up on the tiny island of Barbados and that helped to fuel his imagination,making him grow into a glutton for the fantastical. When not writing or reading, you can find him on some MOBA or MMORPG, bashing heads and taking names, yeah, and PKing folks too. Besides video games and books, his other passion is the gym. He currently lives in N.Y.C. Find out more about Terry at

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