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The Storm Dragon's Heart (Storm Phase Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Alastair Hayden
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Book Description

A teenage wizard burdened with a mysterious destiny, a cat-girl ninja he can't help but fall for, and a bat-winged daemon that doubles as a diary embark on a journey of self-discovery in a world teeming with monsters and magic. Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and Avatar: the Last Airbender, this enchanting Asian-inspired fantasy series delivers fast-paced adventure for readers young and old.
Turesobei dreams of adventure and a chance to prove he's no longer a child. Wizards should be careful what they wish for.
Destined to become his clan's next and perhaps greatest ever high wizard, Turesobei feels smothered under everyone's expectations. And he's fed up with people treating him like he's still a child, especially his grandfather, the current high wizard. After foiling an assassination attempt on his treasure-hunting dad, his grandfather sends Turesobei on his father's expedition to find a powerful artifact known as the Storm Dragon's Heart. He's supposed to blow off some steam and get a dose of real world experience. 
But disaster strikes, and their quest becomes a race for survival.
Aided by a sassy ninja cat-girl and a mysterious diary that transforms into a bat-winged familiar, Turesobei battles sinister cultists, vengeful spirits, and a mad wizard from a rival clan who's determined to use the artifact to destroy Turesobei's homeland. 
To fail is to lose everyone he loves, but success carries a terrible price.

Editorial Reviews


Turesobei's journey into adulthood is well told, and draws you in. I found myself thinking about this story when I was not reading it. Hayden colors his worlds well, and his system of magic makes sense as do the  intrigues which provide the tension of the tale." -- Connie J. Jasperson, Best in Fantasy
"The characters in the book are excellent, the story is fantastic. The world building is very interesting and it was great to see an fantasy book based on Japanese culture rather than the traditional European." -- Richi, Two Reads 

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When he'd arrived for his studies, Turesobei had placed his spell books on a small, empty table beneath the open east window. He now stomped over, swept the books into his arms, and rushed out. But without realizing it, he took one book too many, a book that wasn't supposed to be there, a book that hadn't been there until a few moments ago. It was, in fact, a book unknown to Lord Kahenan or any other living wizard. 
Awake for the first time in centuries, the arcane runes embossed on the cover shimmered beneath Turesobei's touch, and if not for his anger, he might have felt this subtle pulse of magic.

Product Details

  • File Size: 857 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Typing Cat Press; 4 edition (November 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FR06ZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,593 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "THE STORM DRAGON'S HEART" (GMTA REVIEW) February 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Title: "The Storm Dragon's Heart"
Author: David Alastair Hayden
Published By: Typing Cat Press
Age Recommended: 10 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: A young wizard's apprentice Turesobei is bored with learning the ways of magic, tired of the lessons his elder is trying to teach him and wishes for high adventure. When he ends up getting his wish however, he realizes that sometimes it's far better to be happy with what you have than what you have no idea about.

I greatly enjoyed this book, yet another wonderful tale from Typing Cat Press, and the amazing authors there. David Alastair Hayden weaves a magical tale of enchantment, with all the finer elements that makes fantasy what it is. There is something for everyone in this one, lands of excitement, creatures unknown and magical, a tale of love and so much adventure you can barely keep up! It left me breathless and the characters were completely loveable. I would recommend this book to both young and old readers and don't be surprised if it reminds you of older tales you've read before. This books definitely makes your imagination work but the cover art is beautiful and lends its own spark to the story. This one is definitely a good read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very fun YA fantasy tale June 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Storm Dragon's Heart tells the story of Turesobei, a young man who is being forced into a life he isn't sure about. With his family and his level of talent he is destined to be the next high wizard for his clan, but the constant studying of the magic as well as all of his other obligations are making him question his fate.

The story is a pretty good one, especially for young adults, with a lot of action and some very good characters. Sobei could be a spoiled whiny brat from living his life of privilege, but that is not the case at all. He is a good person at heart and is quick to treat others as his equal even the people that other clans use practically as slaves. The part that really appealed to me was how he interacts with the ninja assassin.

This is a solid fantasy offering for the YA to adult crowd. Sobei has some very interesting developments occur within his life and I for one and very curious to see what else is in store for him in the future.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Young Adult Fantasy Story February 25, 2012
By Mike
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this young adult fantasy story and would recommend it to others. Introduction recommends this book for ages 10 and older. Story is a traditional coming of age plot that is well written with creative characters and setting. This is the story of 14 year old Turesobei who is destined to be the next High Wizard of his clan. Turesobei is chafing at the hard training necessary to become High Wizard when a knight of the clan, also Turesobei's father, returns home with urgent news regarding a plot to capture an evil artifact. Turesobei and his father mount an expedition to save the kingdom from the ancient evil. Turesobei is challenged to use his years of training to ensure the clan's survival.

The book is subtitled Storm Phase Book 1. Story stands alone well since the conclusion brought closure to many story lines. I could not find information on Amazon's product page or the Author's website on length of the series or timing for the next books. Author has also started a new series, Tales of Pawan Kor.

The Storm Dragon's Heart is 4,715 Kindle locations long. Standard length novels seem to range from 4,500 to 7,000 plus Kindle locations. Longer books, such as books in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, can range from 15,000 to 20,000 plus Kindle locations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fantasy Yarn April 7, 2012
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If you are looking for a traditional role-playing flavored fantasy story, you should get this book. The story moves along at nice pace and the characters are engaging. The story stays within the bounds of its genre without being trapped by them. If the genre isn't your cup of tea, this book may not excite you, but if you are in its target market, it provides a nice easy read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Teen Boys October 6, 2014
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I'm not sure what drew me to pick up this book in the first place, but I decided to read it because I'd never read a fantasy with an Asian feel. When I say Asian I don't mean that it's set in Asia or even that it's based on Asian mythology, only that it's based on ancient Asia the way most fantasy is based on a Renaissance culture--very loosely and with great liberties taken. Over-all I enjoyed the book and its original (to me) mood.

Turesobei is a young wizard in training, and one of the things I liked is that from the beginning he understands his potential and that he will someday be high wizard. I also enjoy the classic 'coming into power' stories (or I wouldn't have written one), but this was a nice change. I had some trouble relating to 'Sobei' at times, probably because he's a teenage boy and thinks like one. I don't usually have trouble relating to adult male characters, but I'm afraid that teens can be a little too clueless for me *bangs head on wall*. There was also the somewhat stereotypical (spelled that right first try, woohoo!) female bad-girl love interest, but she was different in that she was furry. There were several interesting characters, and the main ones were fairly well fleshed out by the end of the book.

That said, there were a LOT of characters, and most of them were the flat, disposable types. I don't think I ever felt truly in suspense, or like I was worried about anyone, even though there were numerous fight scenes with people dying. It's not that the writing was sloppy or poorly edited; on the contrary it's very clean for an indie book. I just had a hard time getting emotionally engaged at times. It started feeling long and I was ready to move on to something else.
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David Alastair Hayden lives in Alabama, along with his delightful wife and three lovely cats. David studied history, literature, and religion at the University of Alabama. He practices Yang Taijiquan, and he enjoys playing and designing roleplaying games. David is also an avid collector of vintage manual typewriters, mostly from the 1950's.

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