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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Eyed Mayhem Publishing; First Ed edition (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979454506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979454509
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,613,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mayher, with an active imagination, writes in step with literary luminaries such as J.K. Rowling. This book will surely draw a following. --Samuel McPherson/Richard Criscuola, authors of OutStar One Dark Discovery

Knights, dragons, intrigue the first installment of this series is a searing work of fantasy. When Darien learns he is not a prince, but a dragon slayer, he sets out to save his kingdom from perils outside as well as in. --As seen in The New York Times Book Review

Knights, dragons, intrigue the first installment of this series is a searing work of fantasy. When Darien learns he is not a prince, but a dragon slayer, he sets out to save his kingdom from perils outside as well as in. --As seen in The New York Times Book Review

Knights, dragons, intrigue the first installment of this series is a searing work of fantasy. When Darien learns he is not a prince, but a dragon slayer, he sets out to save his kingdom from perils outside as well as in. --As seen in The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Lauren C. Mayher has worked with New York City radio station, 101.1 JACK-FM, and holds a bachelors degree from the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University.

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The book ends on a cliff hanger making you want more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Gray on February 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Legend of Darien: A Hero rises by Lauren C. Mayher is the first book in The Legend of Darien four book series. As yet there is no title, or release date for book two. Although, Ms. Mayher indicates she hopes for a mid-2009 release. This novel is set in a world of Ms. Mayher's creation, and since it is her first novel readers do need to read any previous work to jump right into this novel. This book is marketed as a Young Adult novel, however after reading it I think most fantasy fans will not notice a difference. After reading countless fantasy novels, I did not feel much of a difference between this novel and a traditional fantasy novel.

The overall plot of this book is somewhat linear and clichéd. Although, to be fair, if this book is a Young Adult novel, the common clichés that a typical adult reader would notice may not be as noticeable to a more novice reader. The main plot is the typical young man who, due to a series of events in thrust into finding his destiny. There is a subplot of the young man, Darien, finding an old mentor sage type characters that tutors him in the ways of helping him find his destiny. There is a separate subplot of the evil behind the scenes seeking to foil the heroes attempt at that destiny. While the plot is heavily clichéd, I think anytime you read a book it should be judged on it's own merits. As such, the plot is solid, well written, and makes logical sense. For an adult reader it may be heavily clichéd, but it flows well enough to hold a reader's interest. For a younger reader, it may very well captivate them and should surely hold their interest.

The characters in this novel, much like the plot, are what you would expect to find in a fantasy book. There is the hero who is seeking to fulfill his destiny.
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By Courtney on January 3, 2012
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I enjoyed reading The Legend of Darien: A Hero Rises. The characters are well developed and the storyline and unique and interesting. The book ends on a cliff hanger making you want more. I am looking forward to Mayher's second book...hopefully an edition I can purchase for my kindle!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By McKenzie Westmore on December 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Legend of Darien: A Hero Rises is a well-written fantasy that transports you to another world, where anything is possible. I couldn't put this book down, it was so good!! A must-read for all readers who enjoyed the Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings series!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By go6car on September 27, 2008
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This is a fantastic read - full of layered characters, plot twists and turns, and innovative use of fantasy that tells a compelling and timeless story. Unlike clichéd fantasy tales, Darien is original in its roots, and delivers on its promise to thrill, inspire and entertain.

The author's profound and colorful tale is so full of intricate details and landscapes, that the reader is immediately transported into a fantasy world full of imagination and aesthetic. It's a read that is sure to delight folks of all ages. This book begs to be made into a feature rich movie. Hollywood, are you listening?!
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