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Forged in Death (The Death Wizard Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Melvin
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Book Description

Enter the realm . . .

Book One, The Death Wizard Chronicles.

Only a Death-Knower can die. And live again.

Only a Death-Knower can return from death. And remember.

Only a Death-Knower can tell the world what he's seen. Not all care to listen.

For a thousand years, none have rivaled the power of Torg, the Death-Knower wizard, as he ruled his people and kept peace on Triken.

Now a new threat has suddenly arisen. The evil sorcerer Invictus is greater even than Torg, and his greed and ambition threaten to engulf the land in eternal darkness. When Invictus imprisons Torg in a horrifying pit bored into the solid rock of a frozen mountain, the fate of Triken hangs in the balance.

Torg becomes freedom's final hope, but first he must die to earn the victory.

Jim Melvin is the author of The Death Wizard Chronicles, a six-book epic fantasy. He was an award-winning journalist at the St. Petersburg Times for twenty-five years. As a reporter, he specialized in science, nature, health and fitness, and he wrote about everything from childhood drowning to erupting volcanoes. Jim is a student of Eastern philosophy and mindfulness meditation, both of which he weaves extensively into his work. Jim lives in Upstate South Carolina in the foothills of the mountains. He's married and has five daughters. Visit him at and

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  • Product Details

    • File Size: 644 KB
    • Print Length: 262 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611941687
    • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (August 20, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0091KI1XS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,767 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy addition to the epic fantasy genre December 3, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Forged in Death, the first of six books in Jim Melvin's Death Wizard Chronicles, starts out with a scene from a claustrophobic's nightmare - Torg, the Death-Knower and king of the Tugars, is imprisoned by the evil wizard Invictus at the bottom of a cold, dark pit bored hundreds of feet into a mountain. He can't stretch out because the pit is too small, and he can't lean against the walls, because they're enchanted with flesh-burning magic. He either has to stand or curl into an uncomfortably tight fetal position.

    We're only in the prologue, and the book is already giving me the willies. And that's a good thing.

    Torg eventually escapes the pit and embarks on an Odyssey-like journey back to his desert home to stop Invictus from enslaving the world of Triken.

    Jim Melvin's world-building was at once fantastic and logical, from the unique human cultures to the strange twists on traditional monsters. It's obvious Melvin put a lot of thought into the ecosystems that support his world. For example, Torg discovers a race of monkeys that live deep underground. How do they sustain themselves? By carving meat off a gigantic tentacled monster that inhabits the caverns, like microscopic mites on human skin. How does the monster survive? By eating the monkeys. It's an elegant symbiosis, and Melvin portrays other unique creatures similarly throughout the book.

    Forged in Death has a non-traditional magic system - Torg enters a state of temporary death, feeds off the power of the afterlife, and then returns to his body magically recharged (which is why he's called a "Death-Knower"). The evil wizard Invictus, however, gets his power from the sun.
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    56 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Be warned December 5, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    My initial review has been removed and replaced with the following:

    I wished Amazon or the publisher would have given my some sort of warning that this book series contains some disturbing sexual content. Others may not be bothered by such content but I feel I should be warned and given a choice. I believe the author has the right to write whatever he wishes and Amazon has the right to sell it but some sort of warning label needs to be placed so I can make a choice to purchase or avoid this type of material. So, I decided to address the issue and contact both Amazon and the publisher, BelleBooks in Memphis, TN.

    After discussing Melvin's Death Wizard series with Amazon, I have asked Amazon to place a content advisory on the Death Wizard Chronicles for adult/sexual content.

    Until then, be warmed this book and Melvin's second book Chained By Fear contains sexual content of the following nature. Incest, sex between children, rape, child masturbation, grandmother raping granddaughter and more. The sexual content in book one is more adult oriented and by book two progresses more to incest/children. Some of the content is rather explicit.

    Sad thing is, the underlying story is great but the sexual content leaves a sick, perverted residue that overwhelms and taints the series to the point I had to stop reading.

    So far, Amazon's response has been great and both people I have spoken with at Amazon have agreed with me that some sort of action needs to be taken. I feel Amazon has taken my concern seriously.
    Update 12/7/2012

    I would like to thank Amazon for their response to my concerns regarding this material, including their legal department for taking the time to call me and discuss the matter with me. Jennifer and Rona, thanks for listening and helping.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Tale September 13, 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I predict any fantasy lover will adore this epic tale, Forged in Death. I know I did. The world and characters of Triken all come to vibrant life as we root for Torg and his fight against the evil Invictus. Magic, sex, and epic battles. I finished and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! September 11, 2012
    A co-worker recommended this book to me because he knew I love epic fantasy tales. From the first page I was drawn into this imaginary world created by Jim Melvin. The writing is strong, but the story is what really hooked me. And I especially like the way he weaves a sophisticated system of magic throughout the tale. A god of death versus a god of life. Very cool.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars This May Just Make Me Love Fantasy September 28, 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I'm not a fan of fantasy. Most fantasy, anyway. And I can't put my finger on what it is that makes the difference between love and hate. But Jim's book definitely made me love fantasy, if only throughout the pages of his book.

    The concept is unlike anything I've ever heard and certainly unlike anything I've ever created in my own mind - a wizard who gets his power from death. He's Torg, a Death-Knower who died and came back to life with more power than ever, power gleaned from his own death. This means that his enemies who want nothing more than to see this constant threat gone...can't kill him. If they did, he'd only come back with even more power and a need for revenge.

    To make this even better, Torg's evil nemeseis get his power from the sun. How can he beat THAT?

    I don't know, but I look forward to book #2 and the entire rest of this epic fantasy.

    This was a fast-paced read with complex characters living in an intriguing, magical world, a world of beauty and promise...and fear.

    If you like adult fantasy, you need to read this book. Even if you're like me and only sometimes like fantasy...I promise you this one will have you turning pages.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars I had to move on, sorry.
    I could not finish this book, was just to much wandering around and no one getting anywhere. It might have been good back in the 1950's when I was a kid, but not now. Read more
    Published 20 days ago by Grcoeeg
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book into another world.
    The author has created a unique world with wizards, dragons, druids, ogres and monsters. I found it hard to stop reading as I was drawn into this fantastic world and all it... Read more
    Published 26 days ago by P.S. Winn
    4.0 out of 5 stars Forged In Death
    Definitely not my normal type of reading. Very, very different.i dont like to read books that are cliffhangers and you are forced to purchase the next installment but i have... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Linda
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting story
    Kept reader interested. Very unique story line. The characters are great. Thumbs up for other readers thinking about it. Great author, looking forward to reading the next book
    Published 2 months ago by mariah
    5.0 out of 5 stars Layers of profundity in a powerful tale
    Jim Melvin has constructed his world meticulously, with more than half an eye on the possibility that its epic struggle between Good and Evil might eventually be made into a series... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Peaceseeker
    5.0 out of 5 stars HOOKED!
    For someone who is not a big reader, it takes a really good book to get me hooked! Guess what?
    Published 4 months ago by Jill Smith
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not dead just yet...!
    Fantasy Sci-fi its not my usual genre but I figured I would venture out of my usual Detective Mystery favorites and see what this is all about. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Reginald McCowan
    2.0 out of 5 stars Great world building, but...
    I tried to like this book. I really wanted to like this book. I even have the next three in the series because they were on sale. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Eliza V
    1.0 out of 5 stars I only finished the book because I had paid for it.
    The only reason I finished this book is because I paid for it. It reads as if the author is writing for a bad cartoon series. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by David A. McElroy D.M.D.
    5.0 out of 5 stars You Don't Want To Miss this Series
    After reading The Sorcerer's Ring, I got hooked on this type of story. I didn't think it could get any better but I was wrong. Forged In Death was not to disappoint. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by busyed
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    Jim Melvin was an award-winning journalist at the St. Petersburg Times for twenty-five years. As a reporter, he specialized in science, nature, health and fitness, and he wrote about everything from childhood drowning to erupting volcanoes. Jim is a student of Eastern philosophy and mindfulness meditation, both of which he weaves extensively into his work. Jim is the author of The Death Wizard Chronicles, a six-book epic fantasy. Book 1 of the series, titled Forged in Death, debuted Aug. 20, 2012 via Bell Bridge Books and has attained best-seller status several times on Amazon. The electronic version of Book 1 is now available for free. It also can be purchased in trade paperback and as an audio book. Books 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Chained by Fear, Shadowed by Demons, Torn by War, Blinded by Power and Healed by Hope) also are available, completing the series. Three short stories related to Jim's fantasy series (Torg's First Death, The Black Fortress and Rise of the Sun God) can be downloaded for free. The Black Fortress also is available in audio.

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