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First Chosen (Tears of Rage Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M. Todd Gallowglas
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“This is really great stuff! The characters seem real, three dimensional people, not typical fantasy types.” - James Rollins, Author of THE DEVIL COLONY and MAP OF BONES.

“The pacing kept me engaged, and I have to admit, kept me up past my bed­time on more than one occasion. I can’t wait to read the sequel.” – Shay Fabbro from, “Writing on the Rocks”

"First Chosen isn't just a book - it is a window into another world." - Merelan Jones of Renaissance Productions.

On her twenty-first birthday, Julianna, frees an ancient god from his thousand-year prison. In his "gratitude," the god names her his high priest and commands Julianna to lead his people to greatness once again. Unfortunately, it is a crime for her to worship one of the five ancient gods, a crime punishable by execution and the destruction of her soul.

"The storytelling was truly out of this world. Gallowglas has created something gorgeous and complex." - Offbeat Vagabond

“A truly entertaining read.” – David Welsh, Author of LEGEND UNBORN

“M. Todd Gallowglas has written a compelling tale in ‘First Chosen (Tears of Rage)’. The world in which he sets the tale is a vivid, complex world; one in which theology and politics are so intertwined that it is hard to tell where one leaves off and the other begins.” – Best in Fantasy Blog

“I would definitely recommend as a great epic fantasy read.” – Jen Wylie, Author of SWEET LIGHT

“The characters are well-drawn and the world is truly fascinating, with its talk of gods and miracles. It is an unconventional design for a fantasy novel, and it works very much to the author’s advantage. We get several POV characters to give us different angles on the world, and none of them seem superfluous.” – Christopher Kellen

Fans of George RR Martin's A GAME OF THRONES and Steven Erikson's THE MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN will find themselves right at home with the TEARS OF RAGE sequence.


Look for "Halloween Jack and the Devil's Gate" and "The Dragon Bone Flute" also by M. Todd Gallowglas.

Editorial Reviews


"M Todd Gallowglas is the real deal." - Brandon Sanderson
"This is really great stuff! The characters seem real, three dimensional people, not typical fantasy types." - James Rollins
"Tears of Rage is a fantastical gritty series about faith, dedication, fear, and perseverance. A tale for the times we are in, with realistic characters forced to face their own flaws that are just as dangerous as their enemies. Read it." - Damon Stone, Fantasy Flight Games
"M. Todd Gallowglas has written a compelling tale in 'First Chosen (Tears of Rage)'. The world in which he sets the tale is a vivid, complex world; one in which theology and politics are so intertwined that it is hard to tell where one leaves off and the other begins." - Best in Fantasy Blog 

Product Details

  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615785840
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055I14BG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Chosen July 15, 2011
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The world Gallowglas creates is immediate and compelling. The characters are strong, unique, and intriguing. Within the first page I was drawn with curiosity to the magical, spiritual and mortal schemes. The relationships between Celestials, Infernals, and mortals are well developed and refreshing. I found the storyline original and fascinating. As a young woman I can relate to Julianna's passion, angst, and worry with amused familiarity. Her courage and strength of will is inspiring. I look forward to reading more by Gallowglas and will watch his career with interest.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The First Chosen will keep you past your bedtime! October 30, 2011
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In a world where gods and goddesses reign supreme, mortals must choose their path, and which gods they will follow. They must choose carefully, because following some gods can mean death.

On the day of her birth, Julianna Taraen was blessed by a Saent of one of the ancient gods, Grandfather Shadow. He has been banished, forced to endure imprisonment for a thousand years.
He bides his time, waiting for the time when Julianna will call out to him, and free him.

When she finally frees Grandfather Shadow, he marks her as the new Lord Morigahn, and orders her to gather his followers and unite them once again. She must somehow stay alive long enough to fulfill her destiny as the Lord Morigahn, which won't be easy with those loyal to Old Uncle Night and All Father Sun trying to kill her!

The author wraps the reader in a world that seems so real. The characters have depth and realism and I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering how Julianna was going to get out of several predicaments! The pacing kept me engaged and I have to admit, kept me up past my bedtime on more than one occasion ; I can't wait to read the sequel to The First Chosen and follow Julianna on her quest to unite the Komati and Morigahnti people.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short but good start February 3, 2012
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Okay so this is a story about a world were the only magic seems to come from gods. Some of the gods are imprisoned and when one gets out he chooses a chosen one. That is pretty much the whole story for this first book. Now there a lot of battles and close calls with a ton of characters introduced but really those two sentences sum it up.

- Short I felt like it was just a little over 100 pages
- Price for the price it could of been longer if this is how the books are going to be priced by the time you get to 600 pages well you do the math
- No info dumps you kind of have to learn the world as you go along while some like this it can be frustrating trying to figure out who anyone is and what they are talking about. Eventually you get it but the first little bit is annoying.
- Lots of characters they seem to pop out of the woodwork all talking about a history you have no idea of.

- It is a gripping plot and moves with a fast pace.
- Interesting world with all the gods both lesser and greater and their interactions.
- Characters are fleshed out with both good and bad points and I cannot remember one of them doing something stupid to further the plot.
- Guns and swords this is one of the better mixes and I always find authors who use this time period of turbulence to have interesting worlds. On this note the world does seem to be thought about and planned out.

I found the book enjoyable the characters believable in a fantasy setting and the setting itself to be interesting. I would recommend this book to those who read the genre however the shortness of this first book and it's price would have me recommend other books before it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I have been lucky enough to be asked to review First Chosen by the author himself. M. Todd Gallowglas. This is a part of the Blog Tour de Force. First Chosen is set in a beautiful dark and epic fantasy world. It is about a girl (a duchess) named Julianna, who has been chosen as the Lord Morigahn (high priest) to protect and lead the Morigahnti (followers of Grandfather Shadow), physically and spiritually. But she can only do this when she speaks the words that will release Grandfather Shadow, a god who has been held prisoner for 1000 years. When she is put in a frightening and traumatizing situation that causes her to use the words, everyone wants a piece of her. So Julianna is in quite a predicament. Not only does she have lots to learn about those after her and who to trust, she also has to figure out her new found powers and who she is.

I really enjoyed this book. The storytelling was truly out of this world. Gallowglas has created something gorgeous and complex. I love a plot that has so many layers that you can pick a part. Not only is the story deep and compelling, but the characters are as well. Gallowglas wrote it in a way where no one is left out. I love that I get a sense of everyone in the story. There is so much mythology in this book and no matter the species, everyone was playing a game. This book is full of betrayals, secrets and lies. If you want a great story on the battle of good vs. evil, First Chosen is a great choice.

I loved the characters. I loved Julianna. After her initial shock of knowing everything rests on her shoulders, you see her growing into it. It was a nice journey with her and Faelin. Faelin was chosen by Grandfather Shadow to help guide and direct Julianna since he is a true believer in Grandfather Shadow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing! You watch Julianna
This book is amazing! You watch Julianna, a girl plagued by intermittent, intense tragedy, grow up as young women of privilege. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I kept reading hoping it would get better. It read more like a romance novel than sci fi adventure series.
Published 6 months ago by M. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars I got the whole series and couldn't put them down.
Granted, there are some annoying typos (spell-check replacements) that are typical with self-published books, but not nearly as many as most others. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the typical fantasy book.
Usually, stories have very clear cut "good guys" vs. "bad guys". This story, however, is not that at all. I'm not sure which character to trust. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stephanie Cline
4.0 out of 5 stars This Guy
M. Galloglas has very fluid prose which does not distract from the story and captures some of the very magic he writes about. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Will Husse
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put this down! Must read!
Oh my! The twists and turns in this story are so surprising and the never ending energy is just amazing. I always love it when Mr. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel in a promising series.
Gallowglas created an interesting world full of rich, complex characters. The fight between the forces of the Celestial and Infernal Realms and the humans caught in between is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Henry Citarella Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but ends suddenly
This is actually only a weak 3 star rating. The story was interesting in many ways, but ends suddenly with no sense of resolution or closure. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rebecca R
5.0 out of 5 stars Gods, A Strong Female Protagonist, and Good Writing, Oh My!
"First Chosen" features a unique and interesting relationship between gods and their worshippers, treating divine machinations as seriously and fully as that of the human... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jeff Hebert
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series and exciting adventure
In this day and age, it's hard to believe anyone can take the standard fantasy of Gods vs humans to new levels. Gallowglas does just that. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anonymous
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More About the Author

M Todd Gallowglas is a professional storyteller (like on a stage with a show in front of real people) and the bestselling author of the Tears of Rage and Halloween Jack series.

As a child, Todd wished that he could be a left-handed red head, because he thought they were the most special and different people in the world. Because he was a brown-haired righty, life had forced him to create his own path to being special and different by making up stories of fantastical worlds of adventure. He even believed in these worlds so completely, that several of his teachers questioned whether he knew the difference between fantasy and reality. The jury is still out.

He wrote his first fantasy story for a creative writing assignment in the third grade. Ever since, he's loved spinning tales that take the reader off to the far future or away mystical worlds. High school was a convenient quiet place to hone the craft of writing adventure stories...while he should have been paying attention in class. Todd received a BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Throughout his time in at SFSU, several teachers tried to steer him away from writing that nasty "genre" stuff. However, they underestimated just how much Todd's brain is hard-wired for telling tales of the magical and fantastic, and their efforts to turn him to literary fiction came to nothing.

After graduating, Todd returned to his career as professional storyteller at Renaissance faires and Celtic festivals. His first professional sale was to Fantasy Flight Games, and he has a run of stories for their Call of Chthulu game line. His story "The Half-Faced Man" received an honorable mention from the Writers of the Future contest. Embracing the paradigm changes sweeping through the publishing industry, M Todd Gallowglas used his storytelling show as a platform to launch his self-published writing career. Nearly all of his eBooks have been Amazon bestsellers, and First Chosen spent most of 2012 on Amazon's Dark Fantasy and Fantasy Series lists.

He currently lives with his wife, three children, more pets than they need, and enough imaginary friends to provide playmates for several crowded kindergarten classes. He is currently corrupting his children by raising them with a rich education of geek culture. And still, as busy as he is, he manages to squeeze in time for some old-school table top gaming and airsoft battles on the weekends (because it's not as messy as paintball). Shiny!

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