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Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1 Paperback – May 6, 2010
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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
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed it from beginning to end and had to get the next one to read right away.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a wonderful fantasy novel. I'm gald I didn't give it a pass. I read Rider and its sequel Sorceress in about 18 hours. Read morePublished 8 months ago by sean nyhan
A superb story of unicorns, and coming of age in trials both domestic and foreign. Be sure to set aside time for a story that draws you beyond its end.Published 9 months ago by SpunFlame
A fantastic way to start a series! Plenty of struggles, coming of age and of course a brilliant bond between human and animal. Not to be missed! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mirriam Ruth Mitchell
I enjoyed so much I wanted more can't wait to see what else becomes of reeses powers and what she truly is and if she gets her unicorn backPublished 11 months ago by appletushie
Excellent book. I agree with several of the other reviewers that it would have benefited from better editing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paul Wicker