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Eye of the Moonrat (The Bowl of Souls Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Trevor H. Cooley
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Book Description

Justan was raised on the outskirts of the Dremaldrian Battle Academy. He watched his father ascend the ranks within the academy to become one of the most respected warriors in the kingdom. The only thing he has ever wanted is to become an academy student and follow the path of his father. Unfortunately, only the best can enter the academy and Justan is a horrible fighter. Everyone tells him that he is more suited to scholarly work than swordplay. In desperation he hurls himself into training, eager to overcome the doubters and walk into the academy triumphant, unaware that secretive powers plot to disrupt his plans.

Meanwhile, an evil wizard of immense power is using magic to twist the bodies of the creatures of the land and transform them into monsters. With these creatures and the peoples of the wilds, he is building an army . . .

Ogres and dragons, warriors and wizards are destined to clash, their fates guided by The Bowl of Souls.

Eye of the Moonrat is book one of The Bowl of Souls series.

Book Two: Messenger of the Dark Prophet
Book Three: Hunt of the Bandham
Book 1.5: HIlt's Pride:
Book Four: The War of Stardeon
Book Five: Mother of the Moonrat
Book Six: Tarah Woodblade
Book Seven: Protector of the Grove (upcoming summer 2014)


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" . . . it tells the story of an ogre who risks his social place in the tribe for the greater good of his society, and a raptiod who is forced to make his way in the world after his way of life is utterly destroyed. We have yet to see the individual roles they will play in the greater series, but I am very interested to find out." - Fantascize.com

"There are several points of magic within the world that are interesting, creative, and new. I will be interested to see how they tie back into the story as the series progresses. I'm excited to move on to the next book in the series, and will be keeping an eye on this author in the future." - Ben Hale, author of the 'Chronicles of Lumineia' series.

From the Author

Eye of the Moonrat was a long journey for me.

I came up with the main characters when I was a teenager. I loved fantasy novels and I loved comic books and the first versions of these characters really showed those roots. Over the years, I kept notebooks about them and their history. I made a few attempts at writing their adventures. It wasn't until years later that my wife finally told me to stop dreaming about this story and write it down.

I wrote Eye of the Moonrat and most of what became Messenger of the Dark Prophet over a 15 month period. Then began a ten year process of editing and rewrites and submissions to publishers and agents. Those were long frustrating years and there were several gaps of time when I had thrown my hands up and put it all away. But the book got better. I honed my writing skills and added to it until the first book became two.

I had a small group of family and friends that had read the first two books and eagerly wanted more. They encouraged me to publish on Amazon for Kindle. I resisted that advice for a long time, but finally in May of 2012 I gathered my nerves and put the first book out there. I was inspired by the feedback. Book two and three came out soon after, followed by Hilt's Pride in December.

It has been more successful than I thought possible. If you had told me in 2011 that I would have four books out by this time in 2012, I would have thought you were crazy. Thank you for giving my books a chance. I promise to keep writing.

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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
"Eye of the Moonrat" (The Bowl of Souls) is the first in a fantasy adventure trilogy by author Trevor H. Cooley. This Kindle e-book was a 613 Kb download (approx. 360 printed pages) and was priced at $0.99 at the time of writing this review.

Spoilers...general theme

Justan is a seventeen year old boy who desires nothing more than to join the Battle Academy to become a warrior like his famous father. However others close to him see much more than a mere fighter; they see hidden talent that indicate that he, with proper training, could become a great wizard.
This then is Justan's tale and the people around him who are trying to steer him in, what they consider to be, the right direction... but then, things don't often go as planned.

End Spoilers

Some thoughts on "Eye of the Moonrat"...

The Pros:
1.) a touching dedication at the front of the book.

2.) a plot that was intriguing and held promise. Branching off in several side stories that undoubtedly will come together in future books.

3.) several interesting characters. Ewzad Vriil, the main evil entity of the book, looks to have memorable qualities. Also Deathclaw and Gwyrtha come to mind as characters that could have a significant influence in future developments.

4.) the title refers to an object in the possession of the evil Ewzad Vriil. An item that appears to have possibilities for many interesting appearances in the ensuing books.

The Cons:
1.) Young Adult (YA)... the first three chapters (not the prologue) had me very concerned as to the intended audience for this work. There was no mention on the Amazon.com product page that this as a YA work.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! October 10, 2012
By Amby
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First off, I don't give reviews to books that I dislike. I seldom give reviews except for books that I thoroughly enjoy. This series is a real gem. I am a hardcore sci-fi fantasy fan, and have read hundreds if not thousands of fantasy books by many, many authors from R.A. Salvatore to like George R.R. Martin since I was a kid.

For readers like myself, I highly recommend this book. Most sci-fi fantasy books are composed of your typical hero, a villain, typical races like elves, dwarves, globlins, giants, trolls, etc. Once you read a few, you understand that most fall into that category. Sometimes, you'll find ones that steer away from that but seldom. It bothers me when people say that something is predictable or nothing new or something along those lines. I believe those comments come from readers who are not true fantasy fans because perhaps, they don't understand. Yes, this is about a coming of age boy who is the hero in this story. Yes, that's predictable. It's like saying that human existence is a cycle of birth, growing and dying. That's obvious. What's not obvious is every hero in any book has his/her own story. The story of how the hero becomes the hero is what people like myself want to read about. Yes, I can predict that he will have some kind of amazing powers in fighting and/or magical abilities, will perform some amazing feats, and will thwart the villain in some way. And YES, it's about coming of age. I get it. And for those of you who rip a book apart about typos or grammatical errors are just a bit too "anal". Argh...Good grief, you pay almost close to nothing for a book published by a self-publisher. What are you griping about? There are almost close to nil in grammatical errors and only very few minor spelling errors in all three books in this series.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Start at a Good Price July 8, 2012
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Ok, the bad news up front: there are some spelling errors and things to be found. That said, to paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut, to savage this book for that reason would be like putting on a suit of armor and attacking a hot fudge sundae. And a sundae this is...a nice, refreshing treat. The author's own comparison to the Chronicles of Prydain are apt; it's a book written with the same audience in mind, and trying to capture that same spirit of wonder of a traditional fantasy world (and by traditional, I mean populated by elves, dwarves, and gnomes). The story, the tale of Justan, a young man torn between his desire to join the Fighter's Academy and his newly realized gift for magic, is straightforward and filled with plenty of action and thrills. It is a shame the story ends as abruptly as it does (even knowing there are two more books to go), because there's a lot to like, and story threads which begin here hopefully continue on as the series unfolds (including the tale of the world's most compassionate ogre and his traveling companion, which I found to be the most compelling part of the novel).

If you're in the market to try something new for yourself, or have a younger reader finding out there's more to the world of wizardry and fantasy than Harry Potter, give this one a look.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series July 11, 2014
By Justin
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I have read through all 6 books (so far) and I must say I am impressed. The characters are well developed and interesting, the plot is believable, and there are even some semi original powers and abilities. For a self published book there are surprisingly few errors as well. Now I am no big name editor, but from an avid readers perspective I have to rate this series better than many popular published fantasy fiction. Bravo and keep them coming and good luck getting published! Although I do enjoy the $3 price.
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The book was a very good one although, it is probably themed towards a young adult audience.The plot is good and characters promising and strong. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars New twists on an old formula - definitely worth the price.
This series is really good. I does derive from many of the same things that other fantasy novels have in them (elves, dwarves, wizards, etc) but has some new stuff in it as well. Read more
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More About the Author

Since putting out his first book: Eye of the Moonrat in May of 2012, Trevor H. Cooley has sold over 80,000 copies of his books through Kindle.

He was born in South Carolina and has lived all around the United states, including Utah, New Mexico, Michigan and Tennessee.

His love of reading started in the second grade with Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain series. He couldn't get enough and continued with David Eddings, Tolkein, Robert Jordan, Stephen King, and many others. Since then, all he wanted was to become a published writer.

The characters and concepts that eventually became the Bowl of Souls series started in his teens. He wrote short stories, kept notebooks full of ideas, and generally dreamed about the world constantly. There were several attempts at starting a novel over the years.

Not long after he was married, his wife told him to stop talking about the story and write it down. Many years and rewrites and submissions and rejection letters later, he finally put the books on Amazon.

The Bowl of Souls series is:

THE MOONRAT SAGA
Book One: Eye of the Moonrat (cover design by Renu Sharma)
Book 1.5: Hilt's Pride (cover design by Justin Cooley)
Book Two: Messenger of the Dark Prophet (cover design by Sarah Alderete)
Book Three: Hunt of the Bandham (cover design by Justin Cooley)
Book Four: The War of Stardeon (cover design by Renu Sharma)
Book Five: Mother of the Moonrat (cover design by Renu Sharma)

THE JHARRO GROVE SAGA
Book Six: Tarah Woodblade
Book Seven: Protector of the Grove
Book Eight: The Ogre Apprentice (Upcoming fall 2014)

He currently lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

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