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The Riddler's Gift: First Tale of the Lifesong (The Tale of the Lifesong Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Greg Hamerton
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Book Description

A shadow steals across Eyri. One by one, the Lightgifters are snuffed out. When darkness strikes her family, Tabitha receives a dangerous legacy. Soon the Riddler walks beside her, but is he on her side?

The more she searches for answers, the further into treachery she is led. The more she tries to flee, the harder she is hunted. And the more she sings the ancient Lifesong, the more the world begins to change.

Can she grasp her gift before the darkness captures the last of the light?

"In a darkening realm, which is better: the power to save your love, or to save your love from power?"


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"When you reach the end of The Riddler's Gift, you're left wanting more. Highly, highly recommended." --FANTASY BOOK CRITIC

"There are moments in this novel that are sheer magic..." --SFBOOK.com

"Utterly compelling ... with a blistering climax." --TERRY GRIMWOOD

"A highly recommended fantasy novel - enormous fun to read and extremely easy to lose yourself within." --FANTASY BOOK REVIEW

About the Author

Greg Hamerton is a high fantasy writer: most of his stories come to him whilst flying over mountains in a T-shirt. It's hard to balance a manuscript and steer a paraglider at the same time, but he keeps trying to share his stories, because levitation is close to magic, and magic can be shared when you know how to spell.

His writing tends to include danger, epic journeys and sorcery.
The Riddler's Gift is the first novel in the Tale of the Lifesong fantasy series, followed by Second Sight. A prequel is currently in development.

He enjoys a range of fantasy authors from classic world-building masters like Tolkien and Jordan to the magical realism of Charles de Lint and Richard Bach. He has also been influenced by the character driven fantasies of Robin Hobb, the wry modern fantasy of Joe Abercrombie and the sharp wit of Terry Pratchett.


He lives in the south of England, where he spends his weekends looking for the Lost Mountains, or the Prodigal Sun. To join him aloft, visit Greg Hamerton dot com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1104 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eternity Press (January 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AILORM
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive debut October 12, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent fantasy debut set in an alternate Earthlike domain called Eyri which was isolated and hidden with strong magic from the rest of the planet by a cabal of 8 wizards called the Gyre.

The Gyre is facing the most powerful Chaos wizard ever Ametheus who brought destruction and misery to the rest of the planet, but they are not strong enough to fight him directly.

Setting up Eyri and introducing a magical artifact and an wizard observer/adviser, they hope to nurture new wizard blood away from Ametheus' interference, so while Eyri is a relatively peaceful medieval like land with an order of magicians of light - lightgifters, there is also a hidden counterpart of the magicians of dark - shadowcasters to ensure conflict.

A new wizard will emerge only when a person can master both the dark essence and the light essence and across several hundred years, nobody has succeeded yet.

Tabitha Serannon is a talented singer daughter of a lightgifter mother and while working at an inn and entering in a local contest to represent her local town to a singing festival in the capital of Eyri in front of the king, she attracts the wrong attention from a shadowcaster Kirjath Arkell who has his own plans of accumulating power and independence from the ubber-shadowcaster Cabal, the dark master of the forces of the night.

Luckily the Eyri sword master Glavenor - a sort of chief constable of the kingdom with a magic sword - is at hand to save the day, but Arkell escapes and is set on revenge.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Left me lukewarm February 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This isn't a bad book. I finished it. Some people really love it, just not me.

I am a fantasy fan. I usually enjoy this type of story, with magic, battles, romance, good versus evil, so what didn't work for me this time?

My main objection: the female lead: Tabitha. Yes, she grew and learned things. That's good. My objection is that I felt she was pacifist 90% of the time. She did not advance the story except for a few critical times; mostly she was just swept up in it, pushed and prodded and led and guided by other characters and events. She spent most of her time reacting instead of acting: being abducted, imprisoned, carted around, saved, threatened, manipulated... That's okay for a background character, but as the leading lady, I wished for more. Perhaps it was the author's intention that she just be the damsel in distress who carries a mystical gift, but I found myself not really caring what happened to her.

I also found her romance and romantic interest standard and uninspiring. Maybe that's because he's just not my type. I thought that the apparent strength of their undying love occurred too quickly, almost automatically. On her part, it seems particularly that of an infatuated swooning virgin. I kept hoping that at some point in the story she'd discover a better attraction with one of the other two male leads whom I felt were eligible, but it never developed.

The story follows about five or six different POVs. I considered Tabitha's to be the main POV. Then Ashley, the Riddler, the Swordmaster, and the two main bad guys. One of those POVs seemed all but abandoned at the end, and we never wrapped up with the character, which made me wonder how important he actually was, even though he was a very active protagonist in some parts of the story.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the magical world of Eyri October 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow, what a plot! The main character, Tabitha Serannon is a charming young girl, a Truthsayer with aspirations of becoming a Lightgifter and healer like her mother, but then she hears the Lifesong and her whole life changes. Suddenly we are thrown into this magical world of Dark and Light fighting to rule the Kingdom of Eyri. Tabitha is helped (or is she?) on her journey by the Riddler, Twardy Zarost, who was hilarious. I laughed many, many times at his great sense of humour. There were riddles to solve, evil demon beasts to fight, Light to save, characters to hate, characters to adore and of course there was love ... and who couldn't love the gorgeous male lead in this book, the Swordmaster Garyll Glavenor. A true gentleman and leader of the Swords who has a soft spot for Tabitha, and she for him.

Although this book is very long with 643 pages of small print (although if you find small print hard to read, there is also a Kindle edition), it is well worth reading. I found that I couldn't even begin to second guess where this plot was going. Fast moving storyline which becomes deeper and thicker the more into the book you move. The characters are well rounded and arouse an array of emotion. Hate, love, fear, hopelessness, happiness, thrills and exhaustion. You name it and I felt it for these characters. The ending is nicely rounded up with no loose ends, but I've come to love Eyri and it's wonderful characters and am looking forward to reading the second book in The Tale of the Lifesong.

Magical! That's how I would describe it. I was hooked from the very first page and I could tell I was in for a fabulous reading journey. Greg Hamerton did not let me down. If you love fantasy, go and lose yourself in The Riddler's Gift.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you another world!
Definitely sucks you into the world of Erie
Published 8 days ago by Linda G. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story for those who like magic and fantasy!
I enjoyed reading this book, it was a solid tale with good characters and a really interesting take on magic. Twardy Zarost is the character that shines the most in this story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Denise Trans
5.0 out of 5 stars The Riddler's Gift by Greg Hamerton
What a Gift Greg has given us! A wonderful story of Love, Courage, Self-discovery, Honor, Truth & Right vs Wrong set in a complete world at once familiar yet distinct from others... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phillip Miska
4.0 out of 5 stars Wizard Watcher
Better than most! Not so far out there that you couldn't imagine it happening. Loved the involvement of light versus dark. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read with new twist
Magic has a new source and it is The Riddlers gift. This is a great story. I wasted no time looking for more work by the author.
Published 3 months ago by Lisa M. Nevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Real good book. Kept the reader in suspense
Real good book. Kept the reader in suspense.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars second reading
Whilst I've read this book before I also have the full collection in paperback form. Recently coming across my written collection of books stored in my office since moving in I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by boofhd
5.0 out of 5 stars Riddler's Gift
I enjoyed this book so much, I bought the second. Having finished the second, I want to go back and read both again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andi D
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait to read the next one.
For a fantasy, there was enough character development to satisfy and keep you wondering what would happen next. I'm starting the second one today.....
Published 5 months ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating
This book captivated me from the moment I picked it up. I am a sucker for magic and wizards. Captivating!
Published 6 months ago by Cheri
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More About the Author

Greg Hamerton is a high fantasy suspense writer: most of his stories come to him whilst flying over mountains, hanging from a thread. After landing his paraglider far enough away to need a map to get home (i.e. he is lost), he begins writing.

His tales tends to include danger, epic journeys and sorcery, because magic can be shared when you know how to spell.

The Riddler's Gift is the first novel in the Tale of the Lifesong fantasy series, followed by Second Sight. A prequel is currently in development.

He enjoys a range of fantasy authors from classic world-building masters like Tolkien and Jordan to the magical realism of Charles de Lint and Richard Bach. He has also been influenced by the character driven fantasies of Robin Hobb, the wry modern fantasy of Joe Abercrombie and the sharp wit of Terry Pratchett.

He lives in the south of England, where he spends his weekends looking for the Lost Mountains, or the Prodigal Sun. To join him online visit greghamerton dot com.

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