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Fortunes Rising (Cursebreakers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Wilson
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Dhamyris is a 6-year-veteran of the age-old desert war, the finest archer in her city, and more skilled in magic than most of the Arvanti Fellowship that guard the borders of Jebbanne.

So why are they trying to retire her?

The Arvanti are skilled and ruthless warriors, tougher than leather and more cruel than the brutal desert sun. They scour the wastes for enemies, and always find them. They're lean and hard, nothing but bone and sinew and ropey muscle, males and females both, and they know that the slightest mistake means death. Few of them die in their beds, and those few succumb to disease rather than old age.

Dhamyris comes from an unusual family, with a few outlander ancestors, but when she joined the Fellowship she fit the profile, though taller than most of the women among the Arvanti. Despite the endless toil and grim combat, her body started changing, to her mother's delight and her own horror. She refused to heed all warnings about 'late bloomers' and now it's too late. Her own team leader wants her to quit the Fellowship!

Before she can make a decision she finds a weird spell written in unknown hieroglyphs in the hands of a dying stranger. Enemies break through Jebbanne's defenses to hunt for it, and the rest of her team is slain. Dhamyris alone knows about the spell, and she trusts nobody with the secret but the leaders of the Fellowship.

Soon she finds herself on a quest to use the mysterious spell to break the Curse of Dunbane, a ruined castle once the seat of kings and princes. In the company of her younger sister and chance-met companions, she struggles to reconcile her destiny with her desires, and begins to mistrust her experience and instincts. How can she regain her confidence when she's been banished from her beloved Fellowship? How will she resist the whims of fortune driving her to an unknown and unwanted fate?

There's only one way to find out.

Cover design by Robin Ludwig Design Inc., http://www.gobookcoverdesign.com/.

For more information on the world Dhamyris lives in, check out http://www.sunderedspheres.com

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  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q29470
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic quest fantasy July 20, 2013
By Sharon
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Very well done. Good world building, particularly interesting and well-rounded main character, and although it seems to be the start of a series, it avoids the temptation of a cliff-hanger ending and wraps up the plotline nicely.

Not quite a 'must read/ auto buy' for me, so just missed being a 5-star rating but definitely a solid 4 stars and I will be keeping an eye out for the next book by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally an original fantasy novel! May 23, 2012
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Fortunes Rising is a great read. It's a pure fantasy adventure, but is set in a surprisingly detailed world. The protagonist, Dhamyris, is a butt-kicking warrior-ranger who eventually leads a group of adventurers to break a curse over an ancient kingdom. While showing she is super tough and confident, she also shows tenderness of feeling and insecurity in other aspects of her life. Some of the descriptions of the challenges she's having with a figure that's becoming too curvaceous for the athletic assignment she has might be a little much for younger readers. Still for teenagers and adults who love fantasy full of original monsters, societies, and a whole world this is red meat. This is not the same old formulaic fantasy novel that I've gotten so tired of over the years. I definitely recommend this book, it was hard to put down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun bit of romantic fantasy December 13, 2013
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Very fast paced, perhaps a little too fast paced for me. This reads like the best of stories that are written by Dungeons and Dragons players who are given free rein in building super characters that are invincible. Far too much time spent describing the main character's voluptuous physique, Efforts to be seductive and smoldering were smuttier than hot. This was a story told rather than painted, while there was an effort to description most of it was rather shallow, as was the character development. A good early effort but is very much flawed.
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More About the Author

James Wilson is the author of three books available on Amazon.com, and creator of the Sundered Spheres, the fantasy world that is home to these novels and a dozen more that have yet to be published. He is an avid outdoorsman who lives in the Arizona mountains, and loves nothing better than to discover a Jeep trail in the back of beyond and then go a little further than the vehicle can, just to see what few have seen. He is a renaissance nerd, an amateur philosopher, a fantasy & science fiction mega-geek, a Boy Scout leader, and still has a day job, so buy his books!

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