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Phoenix Rising (Balanced Sword) Paperback – November 6, 2012
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At the turn of the 21st century, Ryk succeeded in achieving this ambition by first launching a clever plan to be published through the diabolical strategem of insulting Eric Flint in public. (Note that neither Eric nor Ryk recommend anyone else attempt his strategy.) Subsequently, Eric brought Ryk's work to the attention of Baen Books, culminating in the publication of Digital Knight, and subsequently two stories with Eric Flint ("Diamonds Are Forever" and Boundary). His next solo novel Grand Central Arena was released in April 2010, followed in June by the sequel to Boundary, titled Threshold. Most recently, his solo epic fantasy, Phoenix Rising, was released in November 2012, and the third book in the Boundary series, Portal, is to be released in May 2013.
Ryk Spoor is also Research and Development Coordinator for International Electronic Machines (IEM), where he has obtained funding for and directed/assisted in research into wireless MEMS sensor systems, power harvesting, smart video security systems, and other related fields; he holds several patents in these areas. He lives in Troy, New York, with his wife Kathleen and their four children Christopher, Gabriel, Victoria, and Domenica.
Top Customer Reviews
There is a lot of action and the end leaves the central characters with prospects of more to come. I hope the author continues this story for at least a few more books.
Speaking of the author. Don't let this Ryk E.Spoor business fool you into thinking a mere human wrote this book. Ryk is the pen name of a poisonous sea-creature who posts under his true name, Sea Wasp, on uesnet. However, he understands human motivation, and toad motivation, remarkably well, not even giving him any credit for being an invertebrate.
All of that makes this a good solid read in the high fantasy quest mold, but what really makes this book shine is that the background is as detailed as the foreground. There are three supporting characters who have their own quests - at least as important as Kyri's but at most tangentially related to it. There are whole cultures we see only tangentially but receive the distinct impression the author knows in detail.
Finally, the main plotline is classic high fantasy, and really so are the quests of the secondary characters (which the author does not do the injustice of resolving as secondary plotlines.) The world, however, is anything but classic. The classic fantasy elements are there, but they're overshadowed by wonderful unique touches. The Empire is ruled by a Dragon Emperor, and his staff keeps ceremonial weapons by his throne room so that no one insults him by approaching him unarmed. One of the major secondary characters is a sentient toad who works magic in the style of a computer hacker. There's a scene involving a new sentient race, something which is unusual but far from unheard of in this world. And it all hangs together elegantly -- the premises of this world aren't quite the usual, and there are many more moving pieces than is typical, but if you accept the premises everything else fits nicely.
Civilization on Zarathan goes back a half a million years, but accurate records only go back to the last Chaos War. The oldest civilization was founded by the Dragons in the city usually called Zarathanton by humans. This old city still exists under the Sauran kings.
Humans are latecomers on Zarathan. They existed before the last Chaos War, but who knows how long they had been on the planet. Nonetheless, they are one of the most widespread species on the continent.
In this novel, Kyri Vantage is a tall girl who likes weapon play. Her parents were killed four years before under mysterious circumstances.
Rion Vantage is Kyri's older brother. He is training to be a Justicar of Myrionar.
Urelle Vantage is Kyri's younger sister. She is still a child.
Victoria Vantage is the Vantage children's aunt. She had been an Adventurer for decades.
Tobimar Silverun is the seventh child of the Lord of Waters. He is on a quest.
Poplock Duckweed is a Toad of Pondsparkle. He wields a mean dagger.
T'Oroning'Oltharamnon... is an Ancient Sauron. Toron is Marshal of the Hosts for the Dragon Throne and an Adjudicator.
Khoros is a wizard. He has been around for millenia.
In this story, Poplock is exploring a cave system near Pondsparkle and finds snake-demons. He sneaks past the guards and discovers that the snake-demons are summoning a high demon. He terminates the summoning snake-demons and leaves to report his findings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This series was recommended by a family member. I had to wait about 7 weeks for my local library to get it in before I could read it. It was SO WORTH THE WAIT! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vanessa Boren
I'd read some very dark books and wanted some adventures and fun for a change. So I turned to a fantasy with engaging characters, sinister conspiracies, spells and swordplay. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Clare O'Beara
As a Baen fan, I've read a number of books by the author and have never been disappointed! This new fantasy world was a refreshing breath of fresh air and kept me rooting for the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terry Mixon
Ryk Spoor's epic fantasy, Phoenix Rising, is unique in a lot of ways. For one thing, it is tied into several of his other works (most notably, Digital Knight/Paradigms Lost). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kal Spriggs
Well-developed characters must react when dangerous tides endanger their lives and countries. They must defend themselves, and uncover enough about their many enemies to at least... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wieslaw Juda
I picked this book up because Ryk Spoor belonged to a group that I lurk at the edges of and he stated he would be at the fantasy world con this year and I am going. Read morePublished 12 months ago by L. Pierce
Having read Ryk's previous works, and having an affinity for good fantasy, I looked forward to the release of Phoenix Rising and was not disappointed!! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dale
The thing I love most about this story is knowing that the author is just scratching the surface. It's obvious that there is a huge backstory behind what we are seeing but the... Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Ron E Critchfield
This is a fantastic read. Such a rich detailed universe and fabulous diverse characters. I'm impatiently waiting for the next book in this series. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Astra