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A Hero Born (Realms of Chaos: The First Book) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Realms of Chaos (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Eos; 1st Printing edition (March 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061056804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061056802
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael A. Stackpole got his first rejection slip in 1964, at the tender age of six. He got the next one in 1976, and they arrived with more frequency after that. Clearly clueless about the fact that other folks didn't think he could write, he persisted. Shifting his sights temporarily, he moved into the game industry, writing and designing products for companies like Flying Buffalo, Inc., TSR Inc., Mayfair Games, FASA Corp., Interplay Productions, Steve Jackson Games, and West END

Games. In 1987--self-deluded into believing rejection could no longer hurt him--he convinced the folks at FASA to let him write novels for them, which they did (the twelfth of which will see print later in 1998).

In the realm of fiction he is best known for his bestselling Star Wars X-wing Rogue Squadron novels. An Enemy Reborn is the fourth novel he has written in a universe of his own devising (or as some folks put it, this is his fourth "real novel"--save for those pundits in the SF industry who consider anything containing magick to be trash.) (And he'd live in terror that said pundits might -see this sort of contemptuous remark and think !If of him, but he really doesn't care what they think).

In his spare time he plays Indoor soccer (and at this writing has a three-game scoring streak going), rides a bicycle, and has actually cut down on his television watching (yet another sign of the coming apocalypse). He lives in Arizona with Liz Danforth and three Welsh Cardigan Corgis: Ruthless, Ember, and Saint.


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Michael A. Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of over 40 novels, including I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. He's won awards in the realms of podcasting, game designer, computer game design, screenwriting, editing, graphic novel writing and novel writing. He lives in Arizona and frequently travels the United States attending conventions and teaching writing workshops. His website is www.stormwolf.com

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AllieKat on July 31, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book that I've read of Michael Stackpole's. It's the story of a young man named Locke, who is the third son of one of the world's greatest hero's. Locke was a very interesting character that, while young, had a marvelous, logical way of looking at the world and figuring out problems. Locke is sent by the Emperor into the Realm of Chaos to succeed in doing what his father was killed trying to do. Chaos is a fasinating land that changes everyone, including animals, that go to it in physical ways, and the longer the time spent there, the greater the change. It is also a land of many deadly creatures, including various tribes of Chademons. There were a few parts of the plot that I didn't totally understand, but didn't hinder me from enjoying the book, and a few things that I thought could have been a little more clear or focused on a bit more. I won't go into details because I wouldn't want to give away anything. All in all this was a good book that I would recommend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Sowle on February 5, 2000
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This was the first book I've read by Michael Stackpole, and what a good book! I was given the book as a must read and it is. Stackpole combines all the elements of a great fantasy-uncertainty, the fight between good and evil and a good ending that begs for more, but is enough in its own right. He keeps the ending as a surprise but once you get there you say, Yes, thats what should be. I am looking forward to the next one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 20, 2001
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When I read all the books my 8th grade teacher had available (the books my teacher we like a 6th grade reading level to me), I went in search of a book. Not just any book. I was looking for a challenge and I came upon this book. I picked it up thinking, what a weird cover. I started reading it and immediatly got hooked. I bought it from the store, took it home, went to my room, and never came out for hours. When I finished the book I read it again. I can't wait to read the second book! Michael A. Stackpole is now my favorite author. Keep up the good work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Allis on July 13, 2002
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Yeah, I've never come across a book quite like this. Stackpole really managed to create a very unique and fascinating setting. The characters are fleshed-out individuals too. See, a long time ago, some wizards screwed up a massive ritual. Now, except for a nation that the wizards reclaimed from the destruction, most of the world is ruled by a twisting wave of chaos, that inevitably and unpredictably changes everything it touches--including adventurers. Yet, there are those who for one reason or another feel compelled to venture into that chaos. Such a one is the hero, Locke. Locke seems like the flattest of all the characters in the book, but trust me, he's not. Meanwhile, the other 'chaos-riders' are amazing examples of characters. Magicians, mutants, and warriors, one way or another each character gets drafted into Locke's mission. And the best part is, you don't figure out the answers till the very end!
Though it's good, the second book in the series focuses on a different character, which I find unfair. So here's hoping another one turns up soon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2001
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I loved Talion Revenant, and know people who are also absolutely in love with his Star Wars series. This all just led me to be even more disappointed after suffering through A Hero Born. It certainly had some interesting ideas there, but it was really distractingly cheesy! But give it a read if you think you'll find otherwise, this author clearly is very talented despite my thoughts on this one book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1998
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I read the book, a couple of months ago. the story captivated me, however, the terms used, and the landscape were a little hard to follow. A map and a glossary with defenitions and pronunciations would help. Otherwise, it was a wonderful book. I look forward to reading the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keegan on June 13, 2000
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I really enjoyed this book. Even though some say that it may have used too many words from modern language it made the book a little more understandable. After reading this book I read Talion: Revenent which is even a better book then this one. I thought the twist at the end was a good idea and action kept the story interesting all the way through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Tolis on July 3, 2003
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First of all, do yourself a favor and don't skip ahead in the book, you'll ruin it. This story is Stackpole at his best. An original setting, convincingly and logically written. The author clearly considered the implications of the environment he created. The foreshadowing was available without being obvious; characters were well described and seemed to stay within prescribed personalities. The only qualm I had with this book was that toward the end it was hard to keep track of who was alive, who might be dead, and who was really dead. Fortunately, that's all explicitly stated close to the end of the novel.
An excellent read, order it and enjoy. If you want further excellence from Stackpole read The Dragoncrown War cycle, starting with Dark Glory War.
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