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The Prophecy (Bakkian Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Poole
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Book Description

The book that started it all. Welcome to the magical kingdom of Lentari!

Dragons, griffins, and BNPs (Bugs of Nightmarish Proportions). Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined what was in store for them!

After learning they had inherited an enormous mansion and a huge tract of land from a reclusive set of relatives, Steve and Sarah Miller decide to take a few days off to investigate their new-found fortune in the quiet northern Idaho resort town of Coeur d’Alene.

While taking inventory of the vast manor, they discover a unique set of doors on the top floor of their new home. Believing them to be an ornate decoration, the doors are accidentally activated. Staring at the impossible sight of a lush forest through the activated portal, they are presented with a tantalizing decision: check out the impossible or check in to a funny farm. Curiosity getting the better of them, they step through and both are instantly sent on a one-way journey to a land straight out of the fairy tales!

Realizing they were now stranded on a world populated with creatures that should only exist in their imagination, they enlist the aid of the local king and queen. Their troubles continue to escalate, however, as it is revealed their arrival had long been foretold by an ancient local prophecy which bestows upon them the status of Royal Bodyguards to the young crown prince.

Stuck on a foreign world where mythical creatures abound, trying to avoid being attacked by griffins, and hoping to impress a living, breathing dragon, the newly appointed babysitters must find a way to return home soon before harm could befall the young prince.

Some days it didn't pay to get out of bed.

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"I loved this book. It had so much imagination to it. Great for young and old." - D. Estrada

"There's adventure & a little humor and all the characters are just right. " - Happy2Day,

"I especially liked that this story revolved around a husband and wife team, rather than being the typical "hero's journey" of an adolescent boy." - M.L.


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jeffrey M. Poole is a freelance computer tech living in sunny Lake Havasu City, Arizona, with his wife, their Welsh Corgi, Keeley, and three cats.
Jeffrey's interests include astronomy, scuba diving, writing, and tinkering with any electronic gadget he can get his hands on.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1038 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Hungry Griffin Publishing; 4th Electronic Edition edition (December 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LB4TL0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,513 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! April 10, 2011
Format:Paperback
What a wonderful story. I enjoyed every page of it. The Bakkian Chronicles Book 1, has strong characters, is well written and the description helped me visualize as if I was an observer. I have to say that the other reviewers give away so much of the story and surprises by writing up a full synopsis. I prefer to simply give my opinion and allow the next readers to enter this highly imaginative fantasy as they enjoy the adventure and surprises for themselves. Well done!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Lentari March 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Bakkian Chronicles follow Steve and his wife Sarah as they find out that Steve's grandparents died and they inherit everything. They take a trip to their new house and find some strange things. There is a journal filled withed references to people and places they have never heard of, a safe filled strange items and an even stranger key. That key opens a portal to Lentari that they enter without understanding what they are really doing.

Their journey begins as a simple quest to find out how to get home. They learn that everyone in Lentari has a magical power called jhorun. They are then kidnapped to be sold as slaves and must discover their own hidden powers to escape. Next stop is the palace where they meet the kind and queen and find out that they are prophesied protectors of the prince. That is the point where their adventure truly begins...

This is an extremely well written story with great dialogue that had me engaged with the character and even laughing a few times. The pace of the story moves very well with lots of action, but does not sacrifice character development. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good fantasy read at a totally reasonable price. I am looking forward to the second in the series a great deal.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining YA fantasy April 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Prophecy - Book 1 of the Bakkian Chronicles, tells the story of Steve and Sarah, husband and wife from Idaho, whose lives are turned upside down when they are transported through a magical gate to the world of Lentari. On this magical world, they find themselves empowered with the ability to use jhorun (magic), and after finding themselves before the King and Queen, discover they are prophecised protectors of Prince Mikal, sole heir to the throne. Not too much is spoken about the 'threat' to the Prince, which I would have liked to have been fleshed out a bit, but it does give indication of future conflict.

The outworlders soon have the idea of returning with the Prince to Idaho, out of harms way, but in order to do so they need to have a magical key created by a dwarven Smith. Thus begins their journey through dragon / griffin / bug infested lands to find the dwarven home. I won't give too much away, but the story is excellent as it follows the evolution of the couple's self-taught magical tutelage on their way to secure their magical Key. The author weaves together realism, humour and a healthy dose of adventure in what is a very entertaining read. The book can definitely be classified as a YA read, though anybody between the ages of 12 - 120 would find it enjoyable.

The only criticisms / observations / cons I found with this book are very minor. Another edit could tighten up the flow of the novel. Over-use of the word 'that' is evident throughout (although perhaps it was because I had just finished a very long editing of my own two novels, thus in my own editing mode). A couple of re-mixed paragraphs focusing on the mis-use or repetition of some words would iron out the kinks.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hon, We're Not in Idaho Anymore April 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not in the habbit of reviewing the books I read because of the high volume of them that I do read each year. That said, this book deserves a review, and a five star one at that.

Simply put, The Prophecy (Book I of the Bakkian Chronicles) is the single best indie book I've ever read. I daresay that it was one of my favorite fantasy novels.

The premise of the story is that this married couple (Steve and Sarah) are transported to a world of magic when they accidently activate a portal in a house that they inherited. As things progress, they discover that they are part of a prophecy and have great destinies before them.

The characters in this story are very likable, but they aren't perfect either. They feel fairly realistic, though the fact that so many characters use the same terms of endearment does detract from that a small amount.

This is a great debut novel, and I urge everyone to read it. With the way it ends, it could be read by itself, though I feel that not going on and continuing the series (which is planned to include at least two more books) would be unwise.

The only thing further that I have to say is that this is clearly a debut novel. It does have imperfections in it, but it excells wear it counts.

PS Jeffrey Poole actually suggested this book to me in a forum on here, so I want to take this time to thank him. Thanks for writing this work and bringing it to my attention, Jeff. I look forward to Book II a great deal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A debut worth reading May 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The first book of the Bakkian Chronicles is what you call a good start. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and Poole does a decent job of worldbuilding. One thing that first time fantasy authors often miss is making the rules of magic and the universe they create internally consistent. But Poole's world of Lentari has a well-planned, thought out system of magic. The rules of magic on Lentari remind me in a lot of ways of the rules for Piers Anthony's Xanth novels (every person has a magical gift, and only one gift, at varying levels of power), but he adds the further twist of being able to use magical artifacts to increase the strength of those gifts. It's a fairly well structured idea, and it works very well in the context of this story.

Steve and Sarah, our protagonists, are a likeable couple, and though I thought they might have adapted rather quickly to their newfound circumstances, they are also very consistent throughout. They're definitely a committed couple, with no internal conflict between them, and mesh well in their journeys in Lentari.

As with any novel, particularly a debut, there are a few issues, but nothing that would cause me to not recommend this book. The author has a tendency to head-hop within some scenes, switching POV to ancillary characters to illustrate some minor points. While this can potentially be distracting, it's not enough to take away from the delight and wonder our main characters experience throughout the story.

Another thing that struck me was in the dialog of some of the characters. At times, Lentari folk seemed to speak with decidedly modern, even American, expressions, while on the flip side, our two protagonists occasionally adopted what felt like an oddly formal tone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Building the plot takes a little longer in the beginning than typical novels however the author took great care to develop the characters and bring the, to almost real life like... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Christopher S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy book
A very good read if you are a fantasy book reader,definitely good for both young and old alike.enjoyed it very much.
Published 1 month ago by Allen B Anders Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Another great book that I never knew existed before with a new spin in the writing style of fantasy novels
Published 1 month ago by Ian Alexander Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of surprises.
An easy read with interesting plot twists to keep you turning the pages. Good book for all ages! Time to order the next book.
Published 1 month ago by Laurie Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Great characters and funny
Excellent book. Great characters and funny. Not often do I read and find a character like Steve so funny and entertaining.
Published 2 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragons and Griffin.
what a wonderful easy to read story full of adventure and intrigue. I look forward to more fun and dragons in the next book.
Published 2 months ago by Charles Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I loved this book and will read the next one In the series. It's not you normal cookie cutter fantasy but it's a good story.
Published 2 months ago by JasonW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by TwiztedKitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Great Series! Great Author!
Such a fun series. Great story lines, interesting characters, and developed worlds. Keep it coming!
Published 3 months ago by Stan Plan
5.0 out of 5 stars and an easy read.
This trilogy is a must read. I found it to be engaging, well written, and an easy read.
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More About the Author

Jeffrey M. Poole is a fantasy author living in sunny Lake Havasu City, AZ, with his wife, Giliane, tabby cat Argo, and Keeley the Welsh Corgi.

Jeffrey's interests include astronomy, archaeology, archery, scuba diving, collecting movies, and tinkering with any electronic gadget he can get his hands on.

Fans can follow Jeffrey online at his blog: www.Lentari.com!

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