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Pariah's Moon (The Pariah of Verigo Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Thomas Healy
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Book Description

Branded on his face and exiled following his forbidden affair with the Princess of Aelfland, Elven soldier Giele seeks redemption on the frontier across the ocean, but even fleeing half a world away isn’t far enough to escape the troubles that follow a marked man. He finds sporadic acceptance, even some measure of friendship, from a holy man, a drunken mage, and even a shopkeeper, but when he inadvertently crosses paths with a local gangster, the frontier is no longer safe. Giele accepts a surveying job for the railroad, but once in the wilderness, the gangster and his thugs ambush Giele and leave him staked out, wounded and dying.

Giele is rescued from certain death by an old native medicine woman and soon he finds himself immersed in the culture of the primitive but peaceful Horks. He begins to let go of the scars of his past, but the past hasn’t yet let go of him. When the gangster takes his hatred of Giele out on the Hork tribe, Giele realizes that his redemption has come at a terrible price, and a showdown is inevitable.

Product Details

  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Local Hero Press (April 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Y64YN0
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 10, 2013
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It's amazing this work has only two prior reviews, and is offered free. This is a fantasy adventure, with elves and dwarves, but very close to the human experience. The hero is branded and expelled from his society due to a devious princess. He travels to a new world which is in a process which resembles the european conquest of north america, complete with frontier towns and prejudice among the colonists, and the natural state of the natives. There are deeper themes, such as love and betrayal, sin and redemption, the clash of civilizations, and the course and consequences of a man's actions, tempered by woman's molding. I rate this a 4-1/2 and not a 5 because of one small sequence I thought could be better, but why spoil it - you might like that sequence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elves in the Weird West April 27, 2011
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The fun thing about this book was the way you got to go directly from a high-fantasy world into the Old West, but fantasy style. The high-fantasy world is full of all the melodrama of medieval politics (especially sexual politics), and the shift from that to the Old West-world of, well, rape, murder, and swindling the folks Back Home is like jumping into a cold pool on a hot day. Yeah, those elves are lying, cheating SOBs, but at least they're relatively honest.

A clever variation for the Weird West subgenre (which I love). Good characters, fast action, and lots of bloody revenge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read January 8, 2014
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I'm pretty new to the fantasy genre, but I felt quite at home with this book. As an avid reader of historical fiction, I can say that Healy pulls off an enormously difficult task of giving such a fantastical world (complete with dwarves and elves) a heavy dose of realism. Not only is the world building in this book stellar, but the elements of several dramas are brought to bear here. Early on, I was drawn in by enough scandal and court intrigue to make Henry VIII blush. Later, it was the "anything goes" lawless frontier life that held me. There's enough here for fans of several genres to take note and I'm surprised that this hasn't been received with more fanfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild west meets middle earth.....kind of. June 11, 2014
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Delicate elves of JR Tolkien. ...I think not. This is middle earth meeting Louis L'Amour. A great story line and empathetic and believable characters. Great use of the mages as well. I am happy to have tried this new author to me and will read his other works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys and Elves August 9, 2011
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Pariah's Moon gives you all the best things about epic fantasy (elves, magic, wizards bows and arrows) and deftly weaves them with classic western themes (an exiled lone hero seeks redemption among an indigenous people in a faraway land). Fill it all in with Healy's excellent pacing and his gift for action-based writing, and you'll a tight, thrilling tale with a lot of heart.
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More About the Author

Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He's a ten-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he's tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. His popular superhero fiction series, the Just Cause Universe, is ever-expanding, as is his western fantasy epic The Pariah of Verigo. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.

Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012.

When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people. Follow him on Twitter as @ianthealy and on Facebook as Author Ian Thomas Healy. Check out his publishing company, Local Hero Press, LLC.

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