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The Book of Nepharid: The Never-Born: Volume 1 [Kindle Edition]

Nick Marsden
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Book Description

A failed wizard's apprentice becomes the hope of two worlds.

When the powerful Book of Nepharid is stolen, it is up to Gaelan No-Blood and his master, the Magus Ulrich, to bring the sorcerer Stormhand to justice under the guidance of the mysterious Never-Born. But the Never-Born has his own agenda and his manipulations lead the companions to pay a dear cost.

Trapped alone in a strange world devoid of magic but with wonders of its own, Gaelan will face the man even his master feared. Armed with a powerful weapon he doesn't know how to use, Gaelan must master the magic of the Book or witness the destruction of his entire world.

An Epic Fantasy and an Unconventional Urban Fantasy

The Never-Born is a fantasy trilogy in the vein of the classics that mixes the elements of epic fantasy as well as a light take on urban fantasy. Expect the unexpected, while reading a story rooted in myth and legend. Experience the familiar wonders of legend in new ways. From the fiery rage of a unicorn to the shocking origin of a god-like being. The Never-Born aims to bring the fun and excitement back to fantasy story-telling.

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  • Print Length: 280 pages
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Impulse Buy, But I Regret Nothing January 29, 2014
By Richard
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked this book up on a whim, because it was on sale for $0.99.

I have to say, for the price, I was pleasantly surprised! I was a little concerned when I first started reading, as the opening scene seemed a bit like a 'Beginner's Guide to Starting a Fantasy Story,' but as I read, I found myself ending up being pulled deeper into the story.

The author shows us a dab hand at scene-setting and the main character Gaelan is both interesting and engaging. The Book of Nepharid could stand some work--I'm not trying to say it is perfect--but I have read professionally-written stories that were less technically competent and not nearly as engaging.

I'm not sure I would pay the original $6 price for this book or the sequel, with the rich field of e-books out there, but if Volume II ever drops in price, I will certainly pick it up and continue the literary adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A professional, satisfying, engaging magical fantasy December 12, 2013
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I read a lot of fantasy, and I have to say "The Book of Nepharid" is one of the best independently published novels I've read to date. From the professionally designed cover to the generally excellent copy editing and formatting, this is a well-polished production from beginning to end.

That particularly includes the writing, which is crisp, clear, and engaging throughout. Marsden creates a satisfying world, then gives us several interesting characters to run around in it with. He manages to provide enough information and background to make the setting seem real without overloading us with too much detail. The story is the heart of the book and he never loses focus on that.

Speaking of the story, it's a good one. Tightly plotted, I never found myself wondering "Why would someone who seems so smart do something so dumb?" as I have with some of my other forays into independent authors. My questions were answered neatly within the flow of the narrative. I liked the "system" of magic he's introduced as well. It allows for the classic "it can do anything!" feel, while still managing to not have it be the answer to everything or unraveling the plot. I liked the main characters and even the antagonist. By the end, I found myself ready and eager to read the next installment.

If like me you're looking for good independent fantasy to read but wary of shoddy productions and mediocre talent wasting your time, worry no more -- Nick Marsden is the real deal and "The Book of Nepharid" will definitely satisfy your appetite for good, solid, engaging fantasy fare. It reminds me a lot of Barbara Hambly's Windrose Chronicles trilogy, which is one of my all-time favorites. Do yourself a favor and pick it up today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! September 29, 2013
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I have read a lot of fantasy books. I am pretty discerning about what is good and what is mediocre. I can tell you with confidence that this book is REALLY GOOD. It is original and well developed.

I love the main characters and cannot get enough of Those-Who-Serve (powerful creatures bonded to select humans). When I find myself analyzing characters and predicting their future decisions, an author has done well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic fantasy, rich characters September 14, 2013
By P. Eddy
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a rich fantasy world and an excellent story of coming into your own. The main protagonist, Gaelen, is an apprentice Magus (a wizard basically) but he has no magic within him. In the alternate world that we're in for the first 60% of the book, he is lost and unsure of himself because he can't believe enough (or do enough) to help his mentor save the world.

The antagonist, Stormhand, has stolen a book. The book of Nepharid. He takes it to Earth (our earth) in the 21st century.

Any more information would result in spoilers, so I'll just leave you with some general impressions.

The good/excellent

The two worlds interact a bit here and there. Initially, it's a little jarring until you realize what's happening. But once you understand, it's quite well done.
The characters are well written. They have real emotions, real reactions, not just the reactions you might want them to have.
I could SEE much of what transpired here.
The story itself. I found it quite satisfying, all around. I always wanted to know what happened next.

The less than excellent
I wanted more in several locations. There are some excellent and unexplored parallels between the alternate world and Earth. I really hope those are explored in the second book because I think there could have been a lot more done there, particularly with Ariel/Allison and Wendy.

Even with that less than excellent point, I still think this is worth 5 stars. Any book that I'll stay up reading late into the night because the story is that good, deserves 5 stars.
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