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Tarnish [Kindle Edition]

J. D. Brink
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The son of a legend. A hero of yesteryear. And a warrior with truly silver skin.

What kind of hero would you be?

Silver, they call it, the light of the full moon: celestial magic that changes men into beasts and calls the dead from their graves--and young men to their destiny...

When his village is attacked by creatures from Blood Marsh, Billy Cole volunteers to find help. But it'll take more than a sword and the inspiring tales of his legendary idols to survive the harsh world beyond Redfield. Taking the name Wil Thunderstrike, he sets off to save his home and begin his own heroic legacy.

On Fate's fickle course, sixteen-springs-old Wil Thunderstrike will become a storyteller, adventurer, and thief; discover romance, danger, and betrayal; and return home both a hero and a villain.

Need a break from elves, dwarves, and messianic orphans? Prefer your heroes flawed rather than invulnerable? Complex over stereotyped? Evolving, not revolving? If you like Glen Cook's working-class fantasy and George R. R. Martin's realistic motivations, you'll enjoy the rich world, deep characters, and mature themes of Tarnish.


Editorial Reviews

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"What's amazing about this book is that it is its own story. It's not some spin off, take off, bull$#!% twisting of the same young adult themes. And I love that you get all these stories within stories... It's like, bookception." -- Rattle The Stars 

"That's why I like this book... [Billy's] going to be a hero one day. It's just going to take a couple more black eyes and a night in the Fellwater drunk tank to get there." -- Forever Young Adult

About the Author

If taking a college fencing class, eating from the trash can, and smelling like an animal were qualifications for becoming a sword-swinging barbarian, J. D. Brink might be Conan's protégé.  But since that career path seemed less than promising, he has instead been a sailor, spy, nurse, and officer in the U.S. Navy, as well as a gravedigger, insurance adjuster, and school teacher in civilian life.  Today (summer, 2014) he and his family live in south Texas, where the heat makes smelling like an animal a natural part of life.  In his writing, as in life, Mr. Brink enjoys dabbling in multiple genres.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2035 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fugitive Fiction; 3rd edition (July 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DYHK754
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic tale told with unusal skill. December 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Tarnish is a new take on the classic Hero’s Journey tale. A young man leaves on a quest to get help for his village which has come under attack from strange creatures. The theme is classic but Brink does a remarkable job capturing the mentality of a boy on the cusp of manhood. Anyone who has made that painful, awkward transition can feel the authenticity of young Wil’s emotions, ranging from the unshakable confidence and feeling of immortality, to troubled self examination. I can’t remember ever reading a book which captured that transition better than Brink has with Billy Cole’s transformation to Wil Thunderstrike.

The world Brink has created is rich and detailed, well drawn with enough backstory to give the setting depth, but not so much as to be overwhelming. I was impressed with the world, and I’d like to see more of it.

My only criticism is the plot and pacing. It tends to meander, and there’s a lot that could be tightened up. Places where I wasn’t really sure where it was headed. Not a suspenseful “what’s going to happen next?” but a perplexing “where are we going with this?”

I think the voice and the setting carries the story through. I will confess that my patience can be bought with voice, but I found this book well worth the time spent reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with cleverly unique storyline mechanic. July 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Full Disclosure: I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads novel!
I bought myself a digital copy anyway, just so I could keep reading it when not at home!

I loved this book. I was all prepared for some long-winded, drawn-out, fantasy rehash and was completely flattened by how clean and original the writing felt. It's told in the first person by a young man, and the kid could as well be my own brother. He's very easy to relate to, a very real person. The other characters are as well, in the general sense. There are, of course, some larger-than- life characters, but that's to be expected.

The storyline was exciting and kept you thinking. Multiple point-of-view threads kept the storytelling fresh and really helped in making the characters personable. I LOVED Brink's storytelling mechanism: the TALES interwoven with the story. As plot devices they were a great way to update the reader on decades of history (taken with a grain of storyteller's salt). Plus, they were really entertaining and interesting.

There are multiple typos throughout the book, but they're not so awful that you get distracted form the story.

I saw another title by J.D. Brink "The Prince of Luster and Decay" starring a soldier named Jacob Knox... If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go find that book now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a new author a different look June 23, 2014
By Paul R.
Format:Paperback
After meeting author at store I like ancient type adventures and paged through book and found it interesting. Not in writing,but the story line. It caught my attention, it also helps to read another book of his titled The Prince of Luster and Decay. A look at a young mans adventure in growing into a man.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting & well-written May 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
It is a book about heroes, magic and adventure. There are tales within the tales which make it even more interesting. The story tells us about the journey of Billy Cole as he sets off to get help to save his village. He dons the personality of Wil Thunderstrike, a storyteller & a hero so as to get help. The story begins on a very interesting note & develops at a good pace.

Billy is a 16 year old boy who is the son of a famous retired hero & was trained by another famous retired hero. He wishes to prove himself & become a hero like the character he takes on when he leaves. He is not an infallible hero; he makes mistakes, gets into scrapes & gets out of them. He grows up on this journey from boy to man. I couldn’t help liking Billy.

The story had a good pace & kept me on my toes with all the twists & turns. It made me laugh, bite my lips & cheer for Billy. I liked the stories his mentor told him & all the different stories gave the story an additional flavor & made it even more interesting. I loved the ending, the scenes were well written.

Billy was someone I could relate to - his uncertainty, his need to prove himself, the blind faith that youth have on their abilities, seeing the real world & being tested by it; all of it made him even more likable to me. I could relate to a lot of it. The female characters are portrayed as strong women & I liked nearly all of them. His relationship with his father & with his mentor is well written.

The book is like a roller-coaster – full of twists & turns & you keep asking “what’s going to happen next?!” The way the story built up was good, my anticipation kept on building along with it. The ending did not disappoint. It was an exciting story. I liked it. I felt my heart race with Billy’s and I felt it break with him. I felt as though I was with them in the story & I enjoyed the ride!
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More About the Author

If taking a college fencing class, eating from the trash can, and smelling like an animal were qualifications for becoming a sword-swinging barbarian, J. D. Brink might be Conan's protégé. But since that career path seemed less than promising, he has instead been a sailor, spy, nurse, and officer in the U.S. Navy, as well as a gravedigger, insurance adjuster, and school teacher in civilian life. Today (summer, 2014) he and his family live in south Texas, where the heat makes smelling like an animal a natural part of life. In his writing, as in life, Mr. Brink enjoys dabbling in multiple genres.

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