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The Pale Hand of God (The Paruus Histories Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

S. M. White
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Book Description

Amazon Bestseller: Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
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"All Ages have a living darkness. In some, it is long buried. In others, it thrives. And then there is the darkness no one sees, the patient darkness that reveals itself only when all light fails."

In an Age of fallen heroes, stolen princesses, and a city prison, the world balances upon the blades of haunted men.

Behind the walls of the clergy-controlled prison city of Iban Su, Lainn Sevai endures. But after losing his father and brother, Lainn finds the determination to seek freedom, following in the footsteps of the man whose iron tutelage molded him into one of the fiercest warriors Iban Su has ever known. In the process he discovers his father’s terrible secret, and uncovers the thousand year mystery as to why the prophesied End of Days never came to the world. And in that sets in motion a terrible future.

With all the edge and grit of a Gemmell novel, "The Pale Hand of God" is the first half of a series that will determine the fate of a world fallen to cowardice and indolence. Heroes will topple, and villains will ascend. Light will fade, and shadows prevail. This is a tale of violence and peace, of love and hatred, and of how one man’s fight to save his soul could very well damn all humanity.


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About the Author

S. M. White is an Indie Fantasy author.

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  • File Size: 1375 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QQU0JU
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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"The Pale Hand of God" is the first half of the fantasy adventure series 'The Paruus Histories' by author S. M. White. This Kindle e-book was approximately 455 printed pages and sold for $4.99 at the time of writing this review.

Possible spoilers throughout.

General theme

Much of this tale is set in the prison city of Iban Su, an isolated enclave controlled by the clergy... an eccentric and powerful group that answers to no one with regards as to what happens within its walls. It's been reported that no one has ever escaped its confines. The main player here is Lainn, son of Lehel, who hopes to free the city of the clergies' domination.
The rest of story occurs outside Iban Su in a territory that finds two nations at war with each other, Issur and Tibor separated by The Great River. The two war leaders are Edwin and Matheus Carthion respectively.
This tale alternates between these sites before concluding at Iban Su and with what I suspect will be a merging of the factions in the second book.

Some thoughts on "The Pale Hand of God"...

The Pros:
1.) generally well written and edited. There were a few spelling errors but not enough to seriously affect the reading experience.

2.) a great story premise... with the various segments occurring outside Iban Su featuring the best story telling found within the pages of this book. (see Impressions below)

3.) lots of action:
a.) I thought the early-on battle between the forces of Tibor and Issur was well done.
b.) Kinlan's story and quest was riveting... he was my favorite character and his quest the highlight of the entire book.
c.) some great tunnel treks and battles in various locales.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brand new world. November 26, 2012
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One of my favorite things, is to get a cup of tea (whole kettle worth) and settle into a new world...

I found this story grim and harsh. The world setting incredible and depressing.

As I sank deeper into despair of one caught reading about hell, suddenly one of main characters did something that one would think completely uncharacteristic. The adventure began.

Great read. The world building is fantastic. The characters are good. Perhaps just a little too wordy, but I forgive this. Especially if S.M. writes part two. And soon. The adventure is fast paced - and I'm just curious what happens with all the people and the voices in their heads.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have no memory of how I came to purchase this particular novel. Perhaps it was on a Kindle deals day, or perhaps I was simply looking for reasonably priced epic fantasy. Either way, it was an excellent choice on my part. I am now a great fan of author S.M. White.

There is depth to this tale that goes well beyond the events it chronicles. Lainn Sevai is one of the most complex characters I've lately read. He is alternately likable and unlikable. His world is violent, and he makes decisions based on what he knows of his world, choices that seem harsh on the surface. Lainn's brother Ereck is terribly important to him, as is his late father. Lainn both loves and hates them both, envies and adores them. The brutalities of Lainn's childhood follow him and color his perceptions--he is a charismatic warrior tortured by loss and self-doubt. In the end Lainn is one of the great heroes of epic fantasy, right up there with Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd.

The prose is quite reminiscent of the truly great fantasy tales, those great epic sagas written in an age when authors of speculative fiction knew they were on the fringe of respectability in the publishing world and wrote tales to please themselves, simply assuming their readers would understand compound words. This high quality of storytelling makes for a tale that fully involves the reader. The surroundings are clearly drawn with an economy of well-phrased words, with all the sounds and scents of a dirty, medieval environment. I found myself immersed in the tale to the exclusion of everything else, reading until I fell asleep with the Kindle in my hands and letting everything else go to hell until I had finished the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting But Memorable Saga November 29, 2012
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This is a book filled with darkness, secrets, and a few twists and turns. I love the fantasy genre so when I stumbled upon this book, I was excited to read it. The book does not disappoint.

Lainn Sevai's character is strong willed, defiant, and fierce. He is fueled by a desire to avenge his brother's death, remove himself from the prison of Iban Su, and uncover his father's secret. The book is well written and contains some great depictions of Lainn's struggle.

This is the first of a series of books and I can't wait to read the final conclusion. The book is dark, macabre, but also very entertaining. If you love a good fantasy book, this is one you should check out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy author to follow December 22, 2012
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This is a great start to a new fantasy series, and one I have marked down to keep an eye out for future volumes. The author builds a complete new world, as with most fantasy genre books, but it is complete and he takes the time to really envelop you in it.

The story does get a little dark at times, and I am not always in the mood to read this type of story, but I got this at just the right time. I loved Lainn Sevai trying to stand by his family and dig out the ancient secrets. I think anyone who loves the fantasy genre would be interested in this book.
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More About the Author

S. M. White survives on a steady diet of Fantasy novels, sweet tea, and procrastination. He has no liking for cold weather or small arrogant animals.

In regards to his writings, he is quoted as saying, "I think I'm a swell writer, although I do tend towards the exceptional." Later, he rescinded the latter half of the quote in an effort to seem humble. But the damage was done.

Asked to describe himself in one word, Mr. White responded with, "Why?" After a moment of thinking, he said, "Damn, I should have said 'inquisitive.'"

Once given a firm shake, Mr. White eventually ceases with the japery and hands over his thoughts on writing fantasy.

"I find myself leaning more in the direction of grime and grit and terrible things. I think this is because that aspect of life is the polar opposite of who I am and what I experience. And I find it interesting and engaging to place characters in horrible situations, beneath immeasurable duress, and see how they deal. With fantasy there are few set rules. The whole of my imagination is laid out before me, and often that's unlucky for my characters."

He also has two dogs, Alana and Dio, that he scolds hourly, as well as a maddeningly energetic cat named Montoya.


Learn more about S. M. White at: smwhitefiction.com, along with free short stories, interviews, and his blog.

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