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The Flame Within: Keepers' Garden Trilogy, Book One [Kindle Edition]

Eric Noss
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Book Description

The royal seat of Keepers' Garden has been usurped through assassination and the loose confederation of city-states within its borders is crumbling. After months of conflict, the Liberation and Imperials have emerged as the two major contenders for the throne.
But as one battle draws to a climax, another, darker cloud looms on the horizon.

The Flame Within follows Spirit Knight Aralon Mittel, part of a select elite of the soldiery trained in magic and the sword since late childhood. Yet Aralon is less known for his personal achievements than he is for being the younger brother of the missing Hyval Mittel, the Garden's greatest Spirit Knight.

Aralon is accompanied by Darvin Hegg, his former instructor and now his second officer, and Kiyana Irhan, a Mist Elf from beyond the reaches of the Garden. Join them as they attempt to end the Garden's civil war and are propelled into a conflict more profound than any had ever imagined...

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About the Author

Eric Noss had his first short story published when he was seven years old and has been writing ever since. Currently he lives a double life?technical writer by day as a Training and Development professional and fantasy writer by night. Eric lives in Houston, TX with his wife and two cats, Milo and Percy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 853 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 18, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OI1Y1G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid addition to the genre October 3, 2008
The Flame Within by Eric Noss is the first novel in the Keeper's Garden Trilogy. The second book in this trilogy, which sounds like it is currently being written, is In Hyval's Wake - there has been no word on when to expect that for release though. This novel appears to be the first novel that Mr. Noss has published. As with some first time authors, you never know what you are going to get. It is almost like reaching your hand into a grab bag and pulling out an unknown prize. Here are my thoughts on this novel.

The plot of this book has a couple layers to it. The main story arc centers on two groups of people. The first group is the Imperials and the second group being the Liberation. The Imperials have usurped the royal seat while the Liberation is attempting to regain control after a series of assassinations. The assassinations are never discussed in great detail, but are mentioned several times in passing. While I found this to be odd at first, because of my desire to know more. I actually like how it was handled. Sometimes we do not get all the information we crave, but that puts us in the same boat as the characters which allows the reader greater empathy for them. While the confrontations between these two groups are the crux of the story there are a couple notable additional sub plots. Such as a characters desire to know what happened to his brother who has been missing for some time, as well as a promise that a characters makes and the repercussions of that promise. For the most part the story is rather linear, but that works for the story and how the characters interact with each other. The plot keeps a consistent flow, and never seems to bog down in details. It is a solidly constructed story that kept me interested throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Adventure November 10, 2008
It is a time of civil war. A time when the Keeper's Garden is plagued by death, treachery and assassination. For Spirit Knight Aralon Mittel it is the most challenging time of his life.

Leading a ragtag army of the Liberation, Aralon Mittel has vowed to take back Almach Tur from the usurper Salinar Gederin and to put Iyennya Farin on the throne. It will be a difficult task for Mittel's army as Gederin's Imperial Red Lion legions have spread death and destruction through the whole realm. On top of all this, Aralon has his own personal demons to exorcize in the process of trying to free his beloved Keeper's Garden.

Another set of eyes are also looking for Aralon. Mist Elf Kiyana Irhan has ventured into the Keeper's Garden bound by a blood oath to bring Aralon Mittel back to Pit'Ten Arkha for the Pilgrim. It is the Pilgrim who has special need of Aralon.

Aralon's fate is in the hands of the Keepers as the Evil tries to destroy the Garden and pull down the rightful heir to the throne. Aralon, Darvin Hegg and Mist Elf Kiyana face the armies of the Imperial Red Lion head on and the true evil behind Salinar Gederin.

Eric Noss has skillfully written an enchanting tale of courage, fortitude and high adventure in this debut novel, The Flame Within. The first book of a truly daunting tale of magic, love and devotion to duty. The reader will be left anxiously awaiting the next installment of this trilogy. Highly recommended for all those Lord of the Rings lovers out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The shadow of one's brother is always hard to emerge from. "The Flame Within" is the first book of the Keeper's Garden fantasy trilogy. Spirit Knight Aralon Mittel is charged with ending the civil war that consumes his home country. But it all seems so difficult to pull off, as everyone expects Aralon to be his brother, who has gone missing and is viewed as the greatest hero the world ever knew. "The Flame Within" is a fantasy novel of expectations, political intrigue, and rising above it all in honor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, classic tale April 20, 2010
They say there is nothing new under the sun. The talk is, all tales that can be told, have been told. We just re-hash them.

True or not, I think the best we can do is take our tale and throw our unique voice over it and try to make it our own. That's what I felt reading The Flame Within. Something comfortably familiar yet unique as well.

I do not write elves in my fantasy because I don't feel I can throw my own take to them, I liked Kiyana and honestly, I want to see more of her journey with Aralon.

I'm glad I was able to read this and will happily recommend to my family and friends and fans of the fantasy genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! January 22, 2009
I absolutely enjoyed this book! I have never been interested in fantasy novels, but before I knew it I was making time to continue reading. The story is well-written and kept my interest until the end. The author gives you just enough information to make you wonder and keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a little bit of everything: love, war, the struggle between good and evil. The characters are portrayed clearly and each has their own unique and magnetic personality. It was easy to escape into the storyline. I definitely recommend this book and can't wait for Book Two.
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