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The Book of Names: A Novel (Legends of Karac Tor) Paperback – June 20, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: Legends of Karac Tor (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (June 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160006227X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600062278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,599,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Magic and folklore at its very best!" — GP Taylor, New York Times best-selling author

"In the same vein as such master fantasy writers as J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis... The Book of Names is fast-paced and compelling, and readers will be clamoring for Briggs's next installment in this exciting and worthy new series." — Teenreads.com

"D. Barkley Briggs has a fresh story to tell, and he delivers it in a unique voice. His writing style brightens every page. The lyrical prose suits his intriguing tale and heightens the feel of another world. The Book of Names is sure to gather a following among young and old fantasy lovers.” — Donita K. Paul, author of The Dragon Keeper Chronicles

"A complex tapestry of magic and meaning, bravery and brotherhood.” — Jeffrey Overstreet, author of Auralia's Colors --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Teen brothers Hadyn and Ewan Barlow are forced to adjust to a depressing new life when tragedy strikes their home. Then a secret viking runestone opens the door to a world in peril, and they discover a crisis larger than their own pain.

In the Hidden Lands of Karac Tor, names are stolen from the young and darkness spreads. Hadyn and Ewan become targets of war, forcing them to make a reluctant choice: join the battle or risk losing each other and their home forever.

More About the Author

Dean "D. Barkley" Briggs is an author, father of eight, and a lover of words, but his real passion is equipping and discipling believers. He is a former pastor and church planter, but now leads a network of contending prayer called Ekklesia Prayer Communities (GoEPC.org).

Dean's non-fiction includes inspiring biblical insights to fuel the souls of Jesus followers. His fiction includes a pair of gripping medical thrillers, both of which will rerelease in new editions Fall, 2014, and five books in the critically praised, epic YA fantasy series, The Legends of Karac Tor. The final title, The War of Swords, releases Winter 2014.
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For more info, go to DeanBriggs.com, Facebook.com/DBarkleyBriggs or follow his tweets @DBarkleyBriggs.

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D. Barkley Briggs weaves an exciting tale that is absolutely captivating!
Jonathan
This first book, for instance, has wonderful writing, deep characters (I really got into them!), and an awesome plot and adventure.
Noah Arsenault
It leaves you hanging with suspense so I can't wait to read the second book!
Rebecca

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimfurd on August 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Who are Hadyn and Ewan Barlowe - the sons of a famous (slightly infamous) history professor or Champions of Karac Tor? Are these two teen brothers following the instruction of their father or are they answering the call of the great Aion? Do these two brothers have the strength to reach beyond the pain of death and conquer despair? These are only a few of many questions that can be answered by D. Barkley Briggs' novel, The Book of Names.

D. Barkley Briggs has created an enchanting tale indeed! The Book of Names takes two very average teen boys and transports them into the world of Karac Tor. All along their fantastical adventure the two young men have to reach beyond themselves and learn how to capture a strength greater than their own dreams to return home. The spiritual analogies are so seamlessly woven into the story that I would often have moments of insight flash into my mind long after I laid the book down!

In Briggs' tale, there is a battle between those who know they are named and loved and those who have become captive to a nameless despair. The struggle subtly builds in intensity until you find yourself anxiously cheering the Barlowe brothers to victory. This is beautifully written and amazing story of courage and strength that carries you on an exciting journey and leaves you begging for more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Noah Arsenault on December 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I hadn't heard a great deal about these books before a particular friend kept recommending them to me, but now I can see why he did. This first book, for instance, has wonderful writing, deep characters (I really got into them!), and an awesome plot and adventure. The Barlow family goes through severe grief, wonderful joy, and many other emotions throughout, looking to God for answers, and it made the book one of my top favorites. Any reader of fantasy (or even deep legend) should read this series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janna R. Ryan on August 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
I enjoy a good fantasy story, something that can whisk me away and let me get absorbed in another time or place and separate myself from my reality for a little while. I have found that in The Lord Of The Rings, Chronicles of Narnia and even Sharon Hinck's Sword of Lyric series (better known as The Restorer series) and now I can add D. Barkley Briggs Legends of Karac Tor series.

I quickly became immersed in the characters - 4 brothers moving to a new place with their dad, trying to adjust to life since the death of mom. The two oldest boys get sucked into another place through a portal on their new property... and then they find out that they are supposed to be "The Champions" for this place. All they want is to get home, some people are trying to help them while some don't want them to go - and there in starts the major conflict...

This book deals with many issues that I find incredibly important including the significance of your name and what it means and also finding your place and your giftings in the body of Christ. Dean addresses these issues in an eye-opening way that makes you stop and think about it. Well written with amazing attention to detail in his new world "Karac Tor" - I highly recommend this book for any fantasy lover (or enjoyer, or dabbler, etc...)!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. King on December 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Haydn and Ethan Barlow lost their mother to cancer a year ago. Both boys are still struggling to come to terms with life without her. After their mother's death, their father moved the teen boys and their 9-year-old twin brothers to a secluded farm in Newland, Missouri. While clearing a large briar patch at the edge of their property, Haydn and Ethan discover an ancient stone arch covered with mysterious runes. The arch acts as a portal between worlds. Ethan and Haydn find themselves transported to Karac Tor, a world in crisis.

In Karac Tor, a person's name is their greatest treasure. The names and deeds of each person who will ever live in Karac Tor are recorded in the Book of Names, but recently names have been disappearing from the book. Children from all over Karac Tor have gone missing - simply vanishing into the night.

The boys just want to find a way home, but some in Karac Tor believe that Hadyn and Ethan are an answer to prayer; that the boys are Champions to deliver them from the growing evil. The brothers quickly find themselves pursued by the evil forces that they're being asked to fight.

The Book of Names starts out rather sluggishly, but once Hadyn and Ethan arrive in Karac Tor, the book is difficult to put down. Ethan and Hadyn are both extremely likeable and believable characters. They're very scared when they arrive in Karac Tor, and I found this to be refreshing. Neither brother jumps right into a hero's role. They're regular teenagers who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances, and their reaction to this is quite appropriate.

I thought that the book peaked a little too soon. There is a very exciting battle towards the end of the book, and this is then followed by several chapters of traveling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Book of Names is the debut novel by D. Barkley Briggs. It is the first in a trilogy set in the Hidden Lands. The protagonists are brothers Hadyn and Ewan Barlow. They, with their father and twin younger brothers, have moved to Missouri after the death of their mother. Though their grief over the loss of their mother is key to the story, the plot is much more complex and satisfying.

While Hadyn is completing a chore for his father, he and his brother find a stone arch. An invitation to adventure is delivered by four strange birds, and they soon find themselves in the Hidden Lands. They meet up with the Grey Monks and are sent to the capitol where they may find answers to why they were called. Their journey is filled with trials and betrayal, but the boys also discover magic within them. They are caught up in the battle against an evil witch who is stealing the names-and hope, from the young people of the Hidden Lands.

Briggs has a very light touch with the morals. Sorge, the grey monk who guides them on their journey is a wellspring of riddles and sayings, but he let the riddles speak for themselves. The Book of Names is published by NavPress as Christian Fiction, but it would be a pity for anyone to miss this terrific story because of the Christian label. The story is a tale of the struggle between good and evil. God, church and prayer are mentioned, but author Barkley Briggs does not let them overwhelm the story. There is no preaching here.

I very much enjoyed this book. I will be watching eagerly for the next book to be released.

Armchair Interviews says: An excellent first book in a trilogy set in the Hidden Lands.
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