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  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (August 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091KI1XS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,924 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steiner on December 3, 2012
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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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60 of 77 people found the following review helpful By WakkyWabbit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 By Thersa Matsuura on September 13, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By chris stevenson on September 11, 2012
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This author can bend one word against another in a true epic fantasy setting. What's incredible about Forged in Death, the first in a six-book series, is the intricate world-building, which really impressed me from the get go. It's a totally constructed universe that plays by its own unique rules, and this includes the magic spells, religion, politics, architecture and spiritual undertones. Woven between its lines are multi-dimensional themes--man against himself, against nature, and against man, just to name a few. Then of course we have the character Torg who can tap directly into death by a meditative state of temporary suicide which gives him God-like powers. What a unique concept! But Torg needs all the power he can summon to ward off Invictus, a powerful sorcerer who has plans of taking over the whole damn planet of Triken. Action abounds in this tale, and you'll be breathing hard before long. This book is anti-static--it doesn't want to sit still. Sex, romance, battles of blunt force trauma, magic-casting; it's all here and impeccably structured. Picture Tolkien in a head on crash with Hell Raiser and you'll get the idea. What a wonderful, thought-out tale this was!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron Barnett on September 11, 2012
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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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