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Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1 Paperback – May 6, 2010

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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 www.jimbernheimer.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (May 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098250876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982508763
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

For more information visit www.jimbernheimer.com

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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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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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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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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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The High-King's elite fighting force is the unicorn cavalry and the battle maidens that ride them. Majherri is the only unicorn to have ever survived the death of his rider. Kayleigh is the sixteen year-old girl he meets when forced out on a recruiting drive to find qualified riders for the unbound unicorns. Her touch generates the Bondspark, indicating she is to be his rider, making it a problem because she's three years older than the others who will begin their training. Her new found magic is both powerful and uncontrolled.

Majherri, a seasoned warrior, is an outcast in the Greater Herd due to his experience and attitude. No one is willing to listen when it becomes obvious to him that problems are stirring up in the western portion of the kingdom and war is brewing.

The two outsiders make a great pair as he once again has a purpose with a new rider and Kayleigh struggles to accept, without complaint, everything thrown at her as she learns to become a warrior.

Just try and put this book down. Jim Bernheimer weaves a tale that grabs you and leads you on an adventure that has just begun.

The story is told in third person from the perspective of Kayleigh and Majherri, giving us a balanced picture of what's going on and why. The characters are believable; the story is interesting and moves along at a good clip. My only complaint is that the first few pages are a little confusing with bouncing back and forth in time. The story is appropriate for an adult or young adult.

I'd prefer to give this 4-1/2 stars.
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I've read quite a few of Jim's Fan Fiction stories before and just knew I couldn't go wrong with this book, and I wasn't, I was hooked from the moment I started.
From the moment you start, you just want to learn more about what is happening.
A must have for those that enjoy fantasy.
I'm eagerly waiting for the next book to see what happens next.
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I accepted Rider for review because it's about unicorns and magic What's not to love? But what surprised me was how original this unicorn story really was.

The first few pages were a bit confusing, but after I got past them the story flowed smooth and steadily. Bernheimer did a great job at setting up this world. He added details where they were needed to make the story pop out at you, but he never threw too much at you that you felt like you were drowning in this new world (like some fantasies do for me). The unicorns were incredible in Rider! It wasn't the girly-girl cliche of frolicking horses. The unicorns have their own culture; They were very human-like in the way they thought. Unicorns are not just on the sidelines, they play a really big role in the story. We even get a point of view from a unicorn.

Majherri was my favorite character. I loved to see how he interacted with humans and other unicorns. Kayleigh was also very likable. These two were a fantastic duo of misfits. Anyone who ever felt like the outcast will easily empathize with them. I enjoyed reading from both of their point of views.

Most of the story is about these two characters trying to fit in to the maiden academy and getting adjusted to their new-found magic. The ending of the story is where you see there is a whole lot more going on in this world. I loved the added element of evil. As much as I enjoyed the entire duration of this story, I would have liked it if we got more of the ending a bit sooner. But it definitely looks like we will be getting that in the sequel, so I am very excited to read it.

With the easy to follow writing style, I found myself engrossed in the story where I lost track of time while reading. Rider brings a new light to the unicorn tale. It has an exciting and colorful setting with enjoyable characters that fantasy fans will love.
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