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Few Are Chosen, K'Barthan Series: Part 1 - ebook (The K'Barthan Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

M. T. McGuire
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Book Description

The Pan of Hamgee isn't paranoid. There must be some people in K'Barth who aren't out to get him. Unfortunately, right now, he's not sure where they are.

His family are dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive –getaway driving. As if being on the run isn't bad enough, he finds a magic thimble. He decides to keep it, which can only mean trouble. Sure enough, it does. He unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K'Barth's despot ruler.

The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs. It's a challenge, since previously he had no beliefs he was aware of. Faced with a stark moral dilemma, he realises his new found integrity may even stick ... if he can stop running.

Written in British English with some light swearing: Suggested cinema rating, PG: first book in a series of 4


Q – So, tell us about the K’Barthan Series. What made you write it? What makes it special?

A – K’Barth hasn’t always been called ‘K’Barth’ but it’s been with me since I can remember. My brain has always been off with the fairies and I suppose it was only a matter of time before I began to write about where it went. Once I started, it was the readers’ response to the characters, especially to the hero and heroine: The Pan of Hamgee and Ruth Cochrane, which kept me going. The Pan of Hamgee is an anti hero; someone who is aware of the risks he is taking and human – ie scared – about being brave. A lot of teenage boys like him and he has as many fans among the girls, and their mums. In Ruth I wanted to create someone pragmatic, sensible and grounded. She’s not going to lose a shoe and fall over, so the hero has to go back and help her, and they both get caught by the monster. She’s a strong female protagonist who is a bit more of a hero than The Pan, frankly – to start with at any rate. I think he catches her up as the story unfolds.

Q – Do our readers have to read the K’Barthan Series in order?

A – Yes. The character development – and some of the technology – will make the most sense if they do. That said, the short story prequel can be read any time. They go in this order:

- Unlucky Dip, K'Barthan Series: Prequel
- Few Are Chosen, K'Barthan Series: Part 1
- The Wrong Stuff, K'Barthan Series: Part 2
- One Man: No Plan, K'Barthan Series: Part 3
- Looking For Trouble, K'Barthan Series: Part 4

Q – What will readers enjoy most about The K'Barthan Series?

A – Hopefully, the same things as I do: I hope they will like the laughs, the romance, the fast pace and the action – especially the flying car chases – and I hope they will like its deeper side.

Q – What is your favourite kind of Book? Would The K'Barthan Series fit on the list?

A – I love the British humorous tradition of witty fantasy and sci fi: people like Pratchett, Holt, Fforde and Adams, especially Adams. These guys have always written the top sci fi and fantasy books for me. They make me laugh out loud but think as well. I guess I’m a sucker for any book that has that mixture of seriousness and theatre of the absurd going on. I also like it if the characters are people I’d hang out with – well, except for the bad guys I like to loathe them with a passion.

Q – Do you have a target reader?

A – Officially it’s teenagers. It’s certainly proving popular with teens and young adults and I had my teenage nephew in mind when I wrote them. However, I firmly believe that all the best books for teenagers appeal equally to their parents, so I also wrote it for me. So far – if the people who write to me are anything to go by – it appeals to a certain type of person across the board. The oldest fan of the series I know of is in his 90s and the youngest is 10.

Q – Thanks for giving our readers a look inside The K'Barthan Series.

A – Thank you for letting me talk about what I love doing!

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From the Back Cover

Few Are Chosen was voted Runner Up in its category in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, 2011 by a panel of teenagers from schools in London.

About the Author

Hello there,
I'm M T McGuire. I grew up half way up a down but now I live in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk with my family and a huge, hairy cat called Chewbacca. (Mwah ha ha haargh. You thought I was going to say 'pussy' didn't you?)
I write humorous fantasy fiction. If I came to stay at your house, I'd be the one who checks the wardrobe in your spare room for a gateway to Narnia. That's probably all you need to know about me really.
If you've read my writing, thank you, I hope you enjoyed it.
If you like my stuff and want to be kept up to date with what I'm doing you are welcome to visit my website and blog at I tweet sporadically too (mtmcguireauthor).

Product Details

  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hamgee University Press; 13 edition (October 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASOS6A
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun fantasy! March 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not the sort of book I would usually read but I was amused by the sample chapter supplied by the author. It's a chance I am glad I took because this quirky piece of fantasy adventure fiction was a lot of fun.
The Pan of Hamgee is a fugitive on K'Barth, blacklisted by the Gronglians who are taking over his world,he has a special knack for getting into trouble. When he accidently burns down a local thug's apartment block he is blackmailed into using his skill as getaway driver. For The Pan, who has managed to stay on the run longer than any other GBI (government blacklisted indiviual)his role in Big Merv's crew is both a Niminism blessing and a Grongolian curse.
The Pan is very likeable, he has an artless charm and endearing lack of self esteem. He is convinced its cowardice and luck that has allowed him to outmaneuver those pursing him, rather than taking credit for his skills and sense. I enjoyed his spirit of adventure and determination as well the sense of fun McGuire has infused him with
Despite the physical oddities of McGuire's characters, Grongrolians have green skin and Big Merv is an orange Swamp Thing, they have human traits which are easy to relate to. One of the things I struggle with in this genre are books where the setting, history, technology, character descriptions etc., require or are given, extensive detailing. K'Barth may be an alien world, but what is `other' is intergrated neatly into the plot. For me, this grounds the story so that the characters and events are the main focus of the tale.
The pacing is good, there is plenty of action, though I feel the plot could have been tightened a little more to maintain impetus in the middle. The style is fluid and comfortable with neglible copyedit errors.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Read! December 23, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
On K'Barth, the Nimmists are long gone- or long in hiding- and the Chosen One has yet to be found...or so it's thought. Lord Vernon is making plans to take charge of this world, and he will use any tools at his disposal to make sure his plan goes off without a hitch. The Pan is a blacklisted criminal who has managed to stay alive in spite of his lack of courage, or maybe because of it. He lives by his wits, and has survived far longer than expected, against all odds. When he gets trapped into using his skills for a mastermind criminal, his life takes some unexpected turns. He soon becomes a creature of intense interest from all sides of this movement, and he reluctantly becomes part of some of the most daring and adventuresome events of his age.

This is the kind of book I really shouldn't have liked- it's filled with odd new beings and some new terminology with magic thrown in; just the kind of fantasy that I normally pass by. I like the magical and otherworldly aspects, I just don't usually like various types of creatures together (even that bar scene in Star Wars bugged me as a kid). It just isn't my "thing." Well, perhaps I'm wrong, and this is my "thing," because I found I was turning pages as fast as I could. There were some lulls here and there, but for the most part, the plot moves along nicely, even though you're not sure exactly where it's headed.

The Pan is engaging and likable, surprisingly so. He's sympathetic and plucky all at once. Big Merv undergoes a nice transition in character, and his changes are realistic and fit well with the plot. The characterization in this book is, overall, nicely done and there wasn't a single character that didn't engage me in some way. The plot was intriguing; although a bit slow at times, it really picked up at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Fantasy Fan July 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
With 'Few Are Chosen' I've discovered that I should have been paying more attention to fantasy fiction these past several years since Harry Potter. This series has become my newest, favorite fantasy series. M.T. McGuire has developed the fabulous world of K'Barth with a cast of unforgettable characters, delicious innuendos to current countries and politics, a storyline that keeps twisting and turning, a self-deprecating hero, non-cookie cutter villains, witty dialogue and... snurds.

The story is what lures me to a particular book. It's what holds me and shakes me until I laugh aloud. A good story can make my blood run cold or yell aloud at the protagonists victories. A good story also needs a good story teller. M.T. McGuire is an excellent story teller and an expert at 'show don't tell', that hard to do writing skill that is most troublesome to beginning writers. A prime example of that skill is demonstrated as she introduces quantum mechanics to the plot. You'll not find a narrative paragraph that describes quantum mechanics or the particular theory being demonstrated in the prose; however, you will most assuredly recognize and understand the concepts because you can 'see' it happening on the page.

Not only do I highly recommend, 'Few Are Chosen'; I'm off to buy the second book in the series! Someone mentioned Ms McGuire as a new writer, waiting to be discovered. As far as I'm concerned she's been discovered and, as long as she continues to write, she'll be on my reading lists.

Before I forget...I think it admirable when an author makes a real effort at connecting with new and potential readers. M.T.'s description of snurds and how they came to be, her lists of how and where she can be contacted, are excellent examples of her sociability and desire to provide the best reading experience to her (soon to be, I'm sure) multitudes of fans! The first chapter of book two is also a nice touch...;o)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read the next book in series.
If the remainder of this series are half as good as this book, I can't wait to read it.
Published 8 days ago by PeteB
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book. The more the main character tries to ...
Awesome book. The more the main character tries to get out of trouble, the more trouble he gets into. Read more
Published 24 days ago by blizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, shrewd and perceptive: an entertaining and satisfying read
Ms McGuire had me from: “...the loaded gentry” (sentence 3). Pithy observations came thick and fast: “Swamp Things were the only creatures that could punch as hard as Grongles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peaceseeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Few Are Born to be Comic Writers- So Watch Out for MT McGuire.
This is a good comic fantasy title off the same sort of humorous planet as writers like Tom Holt, Ben Elton, and Terry Pratchett. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Richard Lw Bunning
5.0 out of 5 stars Few Are Chosen
I loved this book and stayed up until almost 5 am to finish it. It is full of humor (dry humor, perhaps?) and action. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ronesa Author of MYSTICAL EMONA series
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
It was good story. I think it ended a bit too soon. Could have used another 10,000 words seemed like I only read half a book. Also some really long drawn out info dumps. Read more
Published 5 months ago by William Palaico
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice bit of fun
This one reminded me of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It has the same style and sense of fun about it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. S. Boyack
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
The Pan of Hamgee is just trying to get by. Blacklisted, he turns to a life of crime in order to survive. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
An enjoyable Sunday drive with fast roads, fast air, slow water, robbery, intrigue, mayhem, vehicular accidents great and small, a wimp, an evil nefarious social climber, a guru,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jana Boardman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pan of Hamgee cracked me up...
At first I thought what the hell is The Pan of Hamgee, and more precisely what is a Hamgean? (Obviously I hadn't read the prequel). Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. M. Donaldson
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More About the Author

M T McGuire is a 46 year old stay-at-home mum. She used to do stand up but sat down to write books when she got married. Sixteen years later, she has finished the K'Barthan Trilogy. She still checks all unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia, which probably tells you everything you need to know about her. She lives in Bury St Edmunds with a McOther a McSon and a McCat.

If you've read any of her stuff, she'd like to say, 'thank you' and hopes you enjoyed it.

Her blog is at and she's MTMcGuireauthor on twitter.

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