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Product Details

  • Paperback: 772 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193792985X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937929855
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,141,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Denver, Colorado, Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning fantasy author and filmmaker based out of Lexington, Kentucky. Stephen has two series being published through Seventh Star Press.

One is the epic fantasy Fires in Eden Series (which includes Crown of Vengeance, the winner of a 2010 Pluto Award for Best Novel). The series stands at two titles with the third being released in late spring 2012.

The other is an epic-scale urban fantasy series, The Rising Dawn Saga. This series stands at three titles, with the fourth scheduled for release in winter of 2012/2013.

Both series are now affiliated with two growing collections of eBook short stories. The Chronicles of Ave short stories are set in the world revealed in the Fires in Eden Series, while the Annals of the Rising Dawn short stories are set in the world of the Rising Dawn Saga.

His other published short fiction includes the short stories "In the Mountain Skies" and "An Island Sojourn" in the Dreams of Steam I and II steampunk anthologies (edited by Kimberly Richardson), from Kerlak Publishing.

As a filmmaker, Stephen has credits in fantasy and horror, including the supernatural thriller Shadows Light (feature), The Sirens (horror short film), and Swordbearer (fantasy short film featuring a special appearance by former WWE wrestler Al Snow, and based upon the H. David Blalock novel Ascendant.)

Updates and information about Stephen can always be obtained at the following:
Website: www.stephenzimmer.com
Blog: stephenzimmer.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sgzimmer
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sgzimmer
and also on Google+

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Thomason on October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've said this before of the first two books that I've read in this series, and I'll say it again, Stephen Zimmer belongs as a top tier Epic Fantasy writer. I've been reading fantasy my whole life, few stories build worlds that are very complex and yet you can grasp it all without having to consort with the Appendix. The world of Ave is dynamic in its inhabitants, from The Elder Dragons (the first creations that are essentially Immortals) to Wizards (actually a race more than profession) to the Trogans (big, muscular doglike warriors) to humans, little rat people, giant monstrosities, and an underground race with nearly stone hide. What is amazing, that even in the world of fantasy that has built so many creatures, Stephen manages to keep things fresh and sometimes leave you absorbed in the pages as he describes the new monstrosities that the Unifier (the main baddie) unleashes upon the only three kingdoms that didn't bend a knee to his will.

You'd think that after three books, the good guys might catch a break, well, they kind of do at the very end of Spirit of Fire but really it's a "Well at least they didn't ALL die." The story still swirls around the central line, The Unifier is a bad, bad dude. Most of the world is under his control as he uses his dark powers established in the earlier books as the chosen one of The Lord of Fire, who wants to bring about the Sundering and turn Ave into another pit of Hell, then bring down the gates of the All-Father, the symbol of good and light in the dark world. Though the Unifier twists and manipulates even those who think he is good to evil deeds. I love the inhabitants that get a POV in this story, Gunther, Mershad, and Dragol are still my favorites.
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By Daniel Cann on June 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
The third entry in the Fires in Eden series finds the otherworlders becoming increasingly involved with the struggle for Ave. We, the reader also learn much more about the geography, history and mythology of Ave.

What I particularly enjoyed about this one is that we are finally moving into a faster gear. The story flows much better; there are still some overly long and unnecessary descriptions: for example what characters are wearing, which I feel slows things down and another pet peeve is the word `timbre' gets repeated far too much for my liking. But in a novel this epic to have just two (minor) criticisms is no mean feat.

This feels like a more assured novel and I enjoyed picking up the strands of where we last left characters like Dragol, the Wanderer, the otherworlders and the Saxans.

It was a welcome relief to read about new characters as well like the young boy Thomas, a native of the city of Avalos and the son of a weaver. Zimmer is particularly adept at showing the impact of the war on the `little people' of his world rather than just focusing on the generals and their armies. This makes the reader have far more empathy for the inhabitants of this previously peaceful world.

We see people farming, fishing and building and generally enjoying a free and peaceful existence, however, thanks to the Unifer, who we learn is merely the spearhead of something much bigger this existence is under terrible threat.

Crucially we finally get to learn more about the Unifier. As I previously suspected he is not all that he initially seems. Outwardly courteous and charming he is in fact malevolent and hiding very sinister designs. After reading this novel you will be left in no doubt about his true motives.
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By Robin Blankenship on July 8, 2012
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This is another wonderful book from Stephen Zimmer. He truly amazes me with each story the journey gets greater and greater and better and better. I can not wait for more to the story. He fills in story lines from before, opens up more and ultimately just makes you want to read more.

I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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