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Genesis of Oblivion Saga - Bk 1 - Farmers & Mercenaries (Paperback Ed) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2010
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Golden Age (The Shifting Tides)
With a seafaring region on the brink of war, dangerous alliances have to be made. Learn More
Named Dragonroots Magazine's Best New Fantasy Saga of 2009
The characters in Farmers & Mercenaries are well-developed. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, and readers easily become invested in the fate of each. The pace of the book is quick and the story lines solid. Readers will turn pages late into the night just to find out what will happen next. With Farmers & Mercenaries, fans of the fantasy genre have another group of characters to get to know and love. I can't wait for the next in the series. --Lindsey Losnedahl - Las Vegas Review Journal
The deeper you read, the more drawn into the story and characters you will become. I am looking forward to more books by Maxwell Alexander Drake and Imagined Interprises, Inc. --Amber Campbell - Fantasy Book Reviewer, Examiner.com
...by the end I was mesmerized so that I could not put it down till I had finished it. Drake does a good job of developing the characters and melding their paths throughout the book. The ending was a good set up for book two so I can hardly wait to see how the story continues. --Antya Gilson - Paper Dragon Ink
About the Author
Currently, he lives in Las Vegas with his wife and two sons.
Find out more about him on his official website @ maxwellalexanderdrake.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story isn't bad. It's a little cliche, and uses a lot of annoying fantasy tropes such as names with too many unnecessary apostrophes, women who are always beautiful and often royalty, falling in love with the broke, naive main character who inevitably has an incredibly rare magical talent. The language can be very stilted and not flow very easily. For all that, the elements of the story are interesting and the plot is going somewhere.
However, the guy who edited this book needs to be fired. This book (and I have the paper copy) is filled with spelling errors: it's instead of its, sparing instead of sparring, spurning instead of spurring, just lots of typos where a similarly and correctly spelled word is mistakenly used. Note to future editors: it isn't enough to just use Microsoft Word's spellcheck and look for the red wavy line. You actually have to make sure the words are used correctly in context. One typo in the entire book could be an amusing red herring. Two, forgivable, but I've seen over a dozen so far and I haven't even finished it yet. Very unprofessional job.
I've read a lot of really great fantasy. This isn't it. It's okay fantasy. It has potential. It will entertain you for a few hours. But there's nothing to separate it from other fantasy and there are a lot of far better novels out there. If you can't find this on sale, then I can't recommend paying full price.
Mary Gibson KS
I've heard this is the beginning of a 6 book series, and that makes sense, because this book is a lot of setup. In a good way, though - I love fantasy novels, in particular the world-building aspect of epic series, and this one did not disappoint. Original, novel races (besides human, no elves and dwarves here), mysterious keepers of knowledge, danger and intrigue, the whole bit, are all in these pages. I read through this one as fast as I could to see what was going to happen to the main characters (whom were so well developed that I began to care about their plight), and it was worth it! Things were left such that I can not wait to read the next one!
On the technical side: the e-book came in a very nice DVD case that contained the awesome cover art and back of book blurb on the back so even though it's an electronic media, it can still be displayed on my bookshelf. The CD inside came with an epub and pdf version plus a bonus short story in both pdf and audiobook formats. The epub ran beautifully on my Aluratek Libre without any glitches or hangups. One race in the book also speaks in a scripted font which also displayed properly for me everytime (more on this later).
Onto the story: Drake gives us a nice ensemble of characters to travel with, all with their own strengths and pitfalls. It's minor, but I really appreciated that Drake crafted his own time and measuring system to give the world more authenticity as its own universe. Fantasy veterans and newcomers alike will appreciate a more mundane world (think Feist's Riftwar universe) where every page doesn't have magic missle spells and purple robed wizards. That way, when the extraordinay does happen, it's that much more special. Magic is too often used as a deus ex machina in the fantasy universe and thankfully, this story did not go there.
I mentioned above that a certain race uses a scripted font to talk in their own language. When I first read about this, I thought, "Well that's kinda childish," but when you see it in action, it was absolutely necessary as it came during a portion of the book where things were getting fast paced and intense.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While the first part of the book is rather slow, it is definitely needed to get you attached to the characters. And attached I became. Read morePublished 14 months ago by K.F. Silver
First two books of this series are very good. Excellent descriptions of the characters and locations. Good plot development. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Jim
The characters in this novel crept up on me and captured my heart. The author created unique non-human cultures that kept you hungry to learn more. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by John D. Wright
Just push the button. The pages of this book turned by their own accord. The characters are deep and alive, the language fluid. This is why we read fantasy. Just push the button. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by mackjell
I bought this because I met the author at a book fair and was intrigued by his conception of a fantasy novel and Brandon Sanderson just could not produce books fast enough. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Boris K
Once I understood the author's world, the novel made a lot more sense and became enjoyable. The characters were believable and the action was great especially the gladiatorial... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by JB
Drake has created a fully believable fantasy world and populated it with characters that I found to be very well developed. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Ronald C. Tobin
While I was at GenCon this year I had the honor to meet Author Maxwell Alexander Drake and purchase two of his books. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Mike V