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Rider- Spirals of Destiny Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Jim Bernheimer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens... A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence. Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist mother. The rigors of joining the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry are clearly not for her. Now, with a bond to Majherri, she must overcome her mother's disapproval, the ire of her commanding officer and fellow trainees, and, most importantly, the secrets of her unicorn's past if she is to become a legendary warrior. To prevail, they must quickly come together as a team and unlock the powerful and dangerous magic inside them.

Editorial Reviews


I couldn't put this book down. The book pulled me in from page one and did not let go, even at the end which had me searching for the sequel. --Red Adept Reviews

Bernheimer's first Spirals of Destiny novel is an intriguing story from the onset and only picks up steam or, in the case of Kayleigh Reese, kindles to flame! --Terry W. Ervin II, Author of Flank Hawk

A tightly-written, well-thought-out, solidly entertaining first installment in what promises to be an "unputdownable" series. In fact, Mr. Bernheimer could be in serious danger of breaking through into the big time... The work of a born talent! --The Book Trolley

This is not your parents' unicorn story. As soon as I turned the last page, I was eager for the next book! --David Debord, Author of The Absent Gods

About the Author

Jim Bernheimer is the author of the acclaimed thriller Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman, and the short fiction anthology Horror, Humor, and Heroes. He lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Kim and two daughters, Laura and Marissa. Somehow, they put up with his foolishness. By day he is a Network Admin and runs his own computer consulting firm. Amazingly enough he also finds time to write. Visit his website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098250876X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX6Z96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging! June 30, 2010
Whoever reads this book will be desperate to get their hands on the sequel~ I just finished the book, and honestly, I love it! I know that's a vague and conventional comment, but it's the dead truth. Spirals is a perfect story for teens and older children that are fans of heroic fantasy novels. The entire length of the story is so engaging and has you wondering what's going to happen next.. you won't get off the couch. Seriously.

Jim Bernheimer has spun the tale and emotions of the characters perfectly, and the world he created is not the typical "unicorn and girl" fairytale. Anyone who likes Eragon and Inkheart will be in love with this series of epic adventure and war!

But beware... once you get to the end of the book, (after reading like a madman) you'll be addicted.
You'll need to know.
You can't escape.
That's all you need to know.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I have come to expect from Jim's work... May 22, 2010
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I have enjoyed Jim's writings for awhile now. So when I saw he had started a new series I decided to buy a copy of it now instead of waiting for it to come out in e-book format. I enjoyed it so much that I didn't put it down till I was finished with it. It left me wanting more and eagerly waiting for the next book to find out what will happen next. He has created a world that has drawn me in and makes me want to know more about its past like how the bonds between the unicorns and humans first appeared. I would recommend this to any who enjoy fantasy and plan buy the e-book version when it becomes available because I know this will be one of the series I will be reading again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Blend of Whimsy and Evil June 10, 2010
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Spirals of Destiny, by Jim Bernheimer

This is the first book in a new fantasy series by Jim (Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman) Bernheimer. As with Dead Eye, Jim takes his time establishing the world and characters of his series. And the details really pay off.

In this world we have unicorns, fierce, loyal, magical creatures written unlike any unicorn tale I've ever read. We also have in this world, Battle Maidens. Girls who find that they have a deep connection with a unicorn and a feel for magic - Earth, Air, Fire, Water...elemental magic. In Spirals we meet Majherri a unicorn who has lost his rider and should have died never getting a new one, and Kayleigh Reese, the young lady who will surprise everyone by becoming Majherri's new rider, something she shouldn't have been able to do. Once the connection Kayleigh finds with Majherri clicks into place Kayleigh leaves all she has known of goes to train with the Battle Maidens. She is a bit older than the other girls and is not treated very well, but she perseveres. Majherri is also having his own troubles finding that he has another rider and didn't die as he should have. Neither is treated very well by their contemporaries. We read about the training, girls and unicorns resorting to back stabbing (think Mean Girls but with magic and unicorns!) and a blossoming of a relationship between Kayleigh and her Mejherri.

Then one day, they are off on what should have been a simple mission when all Hell breaks loose and both Kayleigh and Mejherri realize that everything they've known or learned up till then has been a lie.

We have here a wonderful blend of good and evil, a fantastic set up book for what is yet to come.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, but with silly errors January 12, 2012
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As most readers found, this is an engrossing tale, and I will definitely read the sequel.

BUT I can't understand how a book with an actual publisher could be sent out with JARRING errors. I read the Kindle version, but surely that was taken from the published manuscript ?? ..Anyway, the error that bothered me the most was the frequent misuse of the word pronounced "there".

The author & the publisher's editorial staff seem to have NO CONCEPT of the differences between "their", "there", and "they're". It is very jarring to be reading along and have one of those 3 words used without regard to which word is correct.

I am a math and sciences person, not a English teacher. If this frequent error bothers me that much, it must be even worse for people from the languages side of things.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good story - bad editing November 30, 2010
By Tobie
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I am enjoying the story so far, but there are several spots in the story where there are blatent grammatical errors which were distracting at times. There were misuses of the words "their" and "too". There were several spot of missing quotes and in some places, the unicorns' speech was italicized, some places where quotes were used and some places where neither was used. There were other places were thoughts were left incomplete. I am reading the Kindle version. I'm not sure if the print version is the same. Mr. Bernheimer, please get a decent editor next time to proofread your next book. I'm pretty sure that most of your target audience won't notice these errors, but you should be cognizant of your status as a rolemodel for these young readers and have nearly perfect grammar. I felt like I was reading a final draft rather than a finished product.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good start, but bad finish. May 6, 2012
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I read the preview for this book in Horror, Humor, and Heroes, and liked what I saw there. When I sat down to actually read this, the start was pretty good. Then the middle just seemed to go on. The book ended suddenly, without any actual resolution.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Great book. It started of a bit slow but is pretty awesome. The only thing I don't like is that sometimes the author switches between characters first and last name. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dill
4.0 out of 5 stars ripping good yarn..
Having read the authors fanfiction for awhile and being a fan of his work, I had high expectations - I was not dissapointed - this is a good solid adventure in an interesting and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by shran
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good book
Published 3 months ago by K. Ruch
4.0 out of 5 stars Always a fan of jbern and he does not disappoint with this new fantasy...
Always a fan of jbern and he does not disappoint with this new fantasy novel. Jim B. has the ability to take an old tired idea and put a new fresh interesting spin on them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Slimjim from northern NJ
2.0 out of 5 stars Rough slogging.
It started out interesting, then dragged like the writer had lost his storyline, then shot forward at a completely different angle and level, almost as if someone else had taken... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Coffee Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good and very bad
This is a great story but the grammatical errors and type-o's are just driving me crazy. It seems that this book was not edited. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PeppyDogirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Proof-reader needed for this nice book.
Nice story, but couldn't the writer have anyone proof-read for him? Mu husband read the opening chapters at the end of another of this writer's books, mentioned it was interesting... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Debbie B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice adventure / boot camp survival tale
The book moves along with the traditional underdog in boot camp meme. The protagonist is likable and not perfect. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing book to read
"Rider" was a refreshing read, it really was. I loved the world that had been built, and the names for both the battle maidens and the unicorns (the unicorn names were my... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rachel Brerry
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this
It was definitely too young for me, but I like Jim Bernheimer (don't get the second in this series, it was truly terrible) & this book was okay.
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More About the Author

I'm 45 years old, married, with two young daughters and live in Chesapeake, Virginia.

With Gryphonwood Press, I've authored the Dead Eye Series (Pennies for the Ferryman and The Skinwalker Conspiracies) and the Spirals of Destiny Series (Rider and Sorceress). Look for the third Dead Eye novel coming in the fall of 2015 and Spirals of Destiny Book Three, Champion coming in early 2016.

On my own imprint, EJB, I have published a short story collection and two anthololgies (Horror, Humor, and Heroes Volumes One, Two, and Three), as well as the science fiction novels Confessions, Origins and Secrets of a D-List Supervillain along with Prime Suspects: A Clone Detective Mystery. I am currently writing Rise of a D-List Supervillain and keep an eye out for a Horror, Humor, and Heroes collection this year as well.

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Spirals of Destiny 2 - Coming in late 2011.
Hey Jim,
So this is kind of an old post but hopefully you'll see it anyways. I just finished reading Rider and was wondering when Sorceress will be coming out? This forum says late 2011 but I'm assuming the release date has been pushed. Any update would be great!
Thanks and really looking... Read More
Feb 2, 2012 by Carley |  See all 41 posts
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