- File Size: 713 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (April 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: April 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BWTUF1W
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It was probably finding an old copy of John Carter of Mars in his grandfather's attic that first seriously ignited his love of reading and eventually led to his high school English teacher recommending he join the creative writing group after finding that a "free writing" exercise she'd assigned turned into a long description of battles between monsters and knights wielding magic swords.
Deeply connected to his love of stories is his love of games. Ricardo grew up playing computer games, board games, and table top RPGs, cutting his teeth on the Commodore 64 version of the The Bard's Tale. Many years later, he joined the video games industry as a designer where he helped create the award winning Deus Ex series. Most recently Ricardo worked with Arkane Studios on Dishonored, 2012's Game of the Year.
Eventually he found his way to Texas, the land of tongue-scalding food and infernal summers, where he now lives close to Austin with his beloved family.
Ricardo writes in the slim spaces left between making games, time with his family, and trying to grow all the ingredients necessary for salsa and gazpacho in his backyard garden. He's written dozens of short stories, a few of which have been presentable enough to be shown in public. His first two novels, Jack of Hearts and Fool of Fate are published by Bell Bridge books.
He hopes readers will take as much enjoyment from his works as he's had in creating them.
Top Customer Reviews
On a more technical note, the editing was perfect and the story well written, without annoying grammar or spelling errors that so often detract from many of the books we see published today.
The book is essentially a chase scene as the titular character, Jack, at the behest of the Lady of Twilight pursues the wizard, Moribrand. The Lady's reason for wanting the wizard dead remains unknown to Jack, nor will he ask her. He lives by the simple credo - obey the Lady, but do not act like the Lady.
During the course of their travels, Jack's and Moribrand's fates become increasingly entangled with each other and a small cast of characters including the Salt Baron Jacosta, the giant Minnow, and Cassandra, a young girl imprisoned in an unknown location who communicates through a mirror that Jack finds and carries with him. Each character feels well-developed and as richly drawn as the world they inhabit. Bare did a particularly good job with maintaining Jack's numb detachment as the heartless boy while at the same time revealing small cracks in his emotionless demeanor. Through a series a flashbacks, Bare relates Jack's painful history which lead him to give his heart to the Lady of Twilight, and if your own heart doesn't ache for the boy, you're made of sterner stuff than I.
The idea of Jack giving his heart to a witch reminded me of ABC's "Once Upon a Time," and there are several traditional Snow White elements at play within the book. Jack of Hearts, however, is not a retread of the old, familiar fairy tale. It is wholly original, standing firmly on its own as the beginning of a great tale. I look forward to returning to the land of the Seven Courts and spending more time with Jack and his companions.
The character building was decent, though there was little surprise in revelations about Jack's past, and more of a feeling af just TELL me, already and move PAST it. However, overall it was engaging and worth reading, until I got to the "end". Although I could see from the cover it would be part of a series, I do have certain expectations for how much a story arc should be resolved for one to call a book a book. This is not a complete book; the change in circumstances at the end did not feel like any kind of resolution, but more like an increase in the tension that leads up to a climax. There are threads that feel randomly dropped (the cave wizard, the flashback cart) that may get picked up in later books, but are distracting and for me annoying.
In the end, I felt cheated by a lack of resolution for any main arc.Read more ›
But even though Jack has no heart--literally (he gave it to the Lady)--he shows heart in his actions along the way. He discovers the Oracle, Cassandra, held in a mirror, and takes her with him on his journey.
While this reads as a young adult novel, there were some violent things that occurred, like the giant, Minnow, eating a live animal that turned my stomach. I'm not sure the book would be good for the very young.
I also felt there were some similarities with Stephen King's story, The Gunslinger. Jack is like a combination of both young Jack and Roland, as the Lady has provided him with special capabilities. And Cassandra seems much like Susanna, who was trapped in a wheelchair. And he's chasing a magician who has his sights on a dark tower in the distance. Is this really meant to be fan fiction?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's been a few years since I read Jack of Hearts and it's sequel, Fool of Fate. I read them in the capacity of either copy editor or proofreader, and I remember how clean and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by earl javorsky
I really enjoyed this book, it was something different from what I normally read. Jack has captured my heart from the first chapter to the last. Read morePublished 13 months ago by natalie montero
Bare is clearly talented and that becomes apparent within the first few pages. I found the world building to be particularly good. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mrs. V
Great read and I see a lot of potential in this series. I did enjoy reading it and was hard to put down a couple of times. Waiting for the next book in the series.Published 23 months ago by Jay G.
The characters had real depth in this book. It's a dark young adult fantasy that I would recommend to anyone to read.
Great plot, writings, characters, & story!!
This was one of those rare books that had me picking it up and reading every free moment until I reached the end, about a day later. Mr. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Bill Allen
I could not put it down. Two souls trapped. If I say more it is a spoiler alert. Jack has no heart. But finds it.Published on December 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Can't wait for the next book. Good characterization, light tone a bit like a fairy tell that is waitingto unfold.Published on November 11, 2013 by Kathleen
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