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Firehurler (Twinborn Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.S. Morin
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Book Description

Top 5 Amazon Bestselling Epic Fantasy

If you love the classic epic fantasy greats, but hunger for a refreshing concept, the Twinborn Trilogy delivers!

One world of magic. One world of reason. Two lives intertwined in connection mistaken for a dream.

By day, Kyrus Hinterdale lives the mundane life of a scribe. By night, he lives out the adventures of Brannis Solaran, a failed sorcerer turned knight. When Brannis leads his battalion into the forest on a routine scouting mission, they are overwhelmed by a goblin force. While leading the survivors to regroup and prepare the empire for the inevitable war, Brannis struggles to understand why a scribe from his own dreams, suddenly seems to be able to perform the magic he never could.

As the two discover the reality of their connection, their comfortable lives begin to unravel. Now they have to share knowledge between worlds to stay a step ahead of the mysteries piling up. Who is behind the unprovoked goblin attacks? How will a world dominated by reason react to the presence of magic? Who is the quiet stranger in the woods who refuses to give his name? And who might be playing a deadly game, with pawns in both worlds?

Praise for Firehurler

"If you read only one fantasy this year, make it this one!" - Theresa Snyder

"Original Concept, Perfectly Executed!" - Richi from Two Reads

"Intricately detailed, awesome read" - Mel Chesley from Caldonia Lass

"It is quite astonishing that author J.S. Morin can craft not only one breathtakingly vivid fantasy world, but two." - The Book Brothers

Product Details

  • File Size: 2012 KB
  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magical Scrivener Press (December 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those books you just can't stop thinking about February 4, 2013
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This is a great book that I can't recommend enough. The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking about it all day, mulling things over in my head. You know it's a great book when you're still thinking about is 12 hours after the last time you picked it up.

This is classic fantasy (in a good way), with very approachable characters that you can't help but root for. There's a lot about the world that neither you nor the characters know about in the beginning, and that keeps you guessing and reading just one more chapter, just one more chapter...

The world is very well thought out, with history and detail and little quirks you don't notice until you reread the book. But JS Morin's writing style won't bore you with pages long descriptions of the color of the flowers in the field, either. It does a great job of describing enough so you are immersed in the world without describing too much such that you get bogged down in the details.

I can't wait for the future books to come out... there's so much to explore and learn in this world, and I really want to see where the books will take the characters I like so much.

If you like fantasy, pick up this book, it's definitely worth a read.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book based on a comment on a "best fantasy of 2013" list somewhere online. This book wasn't on the list, but someone in the comments was offended it didn't make the list. I checked it out, the premise looked very intriguing, so I purchased it. I don't know what I expected honestly, but whatever it was, the book I received didn't match expectations.

The writing felt very mechanical. The characters seem like tropes or stereotypes to one degree or another and don't feel like true, three dimensional people. The book is also overly descriptive of minor, unimportant things, and feels as though the narration goes on slight tangents periodically to fill the word count. It's as though the author was a fan of L.E. Modesitt and took the worst part of Modesitt's style, the over-description of the mundane, and wrote the whole book that way (at least to the point I've read). But then, a scene like a grand battle will rate only a few pages, and ends up less fleshed out than a character's walk around the block in one of the early chapters.

Another issue I had with the book was the narration perspective. The best way I can describe it would be "3rd person over-the-shoulder perspective." It's as though Morin wanted the reader to view events from a character perspective in each chapter, but rather than choose 1st person, he instead went with a very strange form of limited 3rd person wherein we see the events from the character's perspective, but it feels like details are omitted if the character didn't see it or wasn't directly involved. So we get battles from a specific character's limited perspective in a 3rd person setting, and I feel it just doesn't work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read. December 18, 2013
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I will break this novel down based on pros and cons first.

Good voice
Good Prose
Interesting concept with the Twinborn

Two dimensional characters (especially female)
Commonplace magic

I am having a hard time writing this review. I did enjoy this book, but there was a lot wrong with it. More specifically the writing was excellent, but the story was not. The plot is not super typical, but at the same time it is nothing to write home about. The magic system, other than that of the twinborn, is your typical life energy to magic via spells. The two versions of the protagonists are Superman archtypes. Powerful heroes with few limitations. The one is a powerful sorcerer the other is a masterful warrior. Both are extremely intelligent, tall, strong, and handsome. Other characters follow suit. There simply isn't enough dimensions to any of the characters for them to be really cared about. Worse amongst them perhaps are the women. There are only three of any note and they are all defined by their relationship toward men.

Juliana: A powerful sorceress willing to go to extreme length over her love of Brannis. In fact there is not a single scene devoted to her that doesn't involve her desire for Brannis.

Abbiley: A painter and the love interest of Kyrus. That is about all we learn about her.

Celia: A sorceress-spy who uses sex to survive.

Despite all these problems, it was written well enough that I kept reading. I will probably give the 2nd book a try and hope these were first author blunders. It is definitely worth at least reading the sample.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating characters! May 14, 2013
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This story weaves together warlocks and knights with scriveners and pirates. Some settings are magical and some are mundane, and all of it works. Firehurler is just the right length with just the right cast of characters, and the writing is excellent. This is going in my beloved books list. I cannot wait to read more.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read only one fantasy this year, make it this one! September 2, 2013
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Kyrus and Brannis live in different worlds. Kyrus is a scribe in a world where the printing press is just coming into fashion. Brannis is a soldier in a land where dragons, ogres and goblins abound. In Kyrus reasonable world magic is "witchcraft." In Brannis' sorcerers exist and thrive with many different skill levels. But, there is a connection between the two characters - in their dreams they see each other's lives. What the reader is asked - are they one-and-the-same existing in parallel worlds? If they are, then are there others like them with alternate selves? Can they assist one another to conquer their enemies? Obtain their dreams?

There are a vast host of marvelous characters here. Rashan the Warlock, Brannis the troubled knight, Iridan the young sorcerer trying to find his way, Kyrus the humble scribe, Juliana the sorceress, and so many richly drawer sub characters that the book overflows with life. None of these characters, from minor to major, are stereo-typical. This is a completely new take on our notion of the `stock' fantasy characters.

The writing style is detailed and breathtaking at times. You are drawn alternately from Kyrus' to Brannis' worlds. Tugged back and forth like a yoyo on a string first dying to get back to Kyrus' tale and then wanting desperately to find out what is happening in Brannis' world.

J.S. Morin has created a masterful work. It has the depth to make a fine movie or series such as The Game of Thrones. I can only hope that someone with more pull than I have sees the potential and picks it up for just such a visually thrilling production.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, but it has many typos
I loved it,but it has many typos! I still liked it so much that I bought the sequels which can't wait to get started.
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Entertaining read, bought the rest of the series, it w as that good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was having difficulty finishing a book, until this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book didn't do it for me. I bailed on it 25% through.
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I am a writer of epic fantasy. I enjoy strategy, world-building, and filling in the missing words that English forgot. My ultimate goal is to be both clever and right at the same time.

I took to writing because the gaming group I DMed for kept throwing monkey wrenches into my elaborately crafted stories. I decided to take over their part and write as a novelist. It allowed me to break free of the constraints of the gaming mechanics and create my own worlds. More importantly, it gave me the freedom to create the characters I wanted to inhabit those worlds, and not just the NPCs.

Firehurler started off from a dream, one that I could recall no detail from, just a strong sense of how real it had felt at the time. It got me thinking of what it would be like if the person in my dreams had just fallen asleep and started dreaming of my world, equally unable to recall it on waking. That was the origin of the Twinborn Trilogy concept: the stories of the people who could remember.

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