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B.T. Narro
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Book Description

At just seventeen years old, Jek Trayden’s power with Sartious Energy could be the greatest in the world, but that power comes at a price—a darkness within him that attacks while he sleeps, producing nightmares so real they leave him bruised and bloody.

With the attacks worsening, Jek can’t refuse an opportunity to end his nightmares for good when the King promises him a cure in exchange for a task.

But after the King’s true intentions are revealed, Jek finds himself in a fit of rage, stealing the King’s fearless and livid daughter from the palace—on her wedding day—and fleeing the city with the wrath of her father on his tail.

Jek’s about to find out there are some things in this world worse than his darkness.

*A note on this novel in relation to the series:*
The Sartious Mage can be read as the first or second novel in the Rhythm of Rivalry series, but it should be read before the third.
This novel takes place in the same world as Bastial Energy, but on another continent with different characters that play a major role in later novels.


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  • Print Length: 290 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQ4QDPS
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The Sartious Mage by BT Narro is a fantasy novel filled with magic, kings, and princesses. It's been awhile since I've ready anything so traditional in the character choices, and if I had read the back of the book, I might have bypassed it (oh, ho hum, princesses are so DONE). Thank goodness that's not what happened.

Chapter One started off with a situation. It wasn't a dangerous situation, just curious. The narrator was riding a horse and he had a kid holding him across the belly. Who is this kid? Within the first page we find out the boy is a prince. They've been riding for days. Over the course of the first chapter it's slowly revealed that the narrator has kidnapped him and the kid has no idea. The narrator has something called a "darkness" and Narro lets that be a mystery for awhile.

For a hook, intriguing is better than dangerous any day.

All the exposition is interwoven really well. Narro doesn't rush it, but lets his world unfold naturally. I LOVE that. The characters are very likeable, but full of flaws. The narrator, Jek Trayden, is impulsive and easily angered. He doesn't make great choices, but his choices always make sense. The secondary character, Lisanda, brings a world of conflict, and a world of interesting. I liked the magical system. There were two parts to it that could be used separately or together. There were also lots of people carrying wands on their belts, which always makes things more interesting.

Throughout the book, there are bigger things happening as a backdrop--a world on the verge of war--and notes of future dangers facing the kingdom. Though The Sartious Mage stands alone, this book is part of a series. In fact, it is Book 2 of a series.

Excuse me, but I'm off to read Book 1 now.

Full review on my blog: [...]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raspberries August 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all, Micah Vail. Loved him. After reading the scene during which he convinces Jek to make off with the princess, I burst into an uncharacteristic (and highly embarrassing) fit of giggles that in turn amused my family no end. The initial standard was therefore set quite high, quite early in the narrative. After Micah began his hiatus from the main plot, I must confess that I expected a long slog through cliches (face it, the 'kidnapped princess' isn't exactly a unique idea) . Luckily though, the development of (and between) the two main characters kept me entertained. The only problems I had with this book were the lack of development of the antagonist Exo, and the feel that Jek's true personality wasn't coming through in his narration. Other than those quibbles, I enjoyed this book intensely and found it lovely light reading. Thank you for the meal, B.T. Narro, it tasted of raspberries, the perfect blend of sweet and tart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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If you like fantasy adventure that is action packed then you will love The Sartious Mage by B.T. Narro. This book kept me glued to its pages from start to finish.

The author did an excellent job of developing a story that was both believable and realistic. The plot was full of twist and turns that kept you guessing what was going to happen next. Even with all this it was easy to follow and a fun read.

I like the way B.T. Narro developed each of the main characters in the story. He takes the time to give a background of the individual which makes them more real and easier to identify with.

I really enjoyed reading The Sartious Mage by B.T. Narro and I highly recommend this book.

[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Do you know how you read a book and don't really want for it to end? Well, I had that feeling while coming to the last pages of "The Sartious Mage."

Jek Trayden is a titular Sartious Mage. Despite being only seventeen years of age, he is the most powerful mage in the Kingdom of Goldram among those who can manipulate the Sartious energy. The book starts with Jek performing a kidnapping. He, among some other freelancers, kidnaps Harwin, a young Prince of Zav, a territory that is threatening the war to Goldram. Methods aside, the goal is noble--to avoid the war, and bring the kingdoms to a negotiating table.

The only reason Jek gets involved in such an enterprise is because of the reward. King of Goldram, Danveil Takary, promises him a cure for the "Darkness," a condition Jek developed after becoming able to manipulate Sartious energy, and inexplicably related to this magic. Even if the cure takes the magic away from him, he will do anything to get it.

Well, the King has different ideas. Jek, backed into the corner, on the advice of Micah Vail, the King's adviser, goes from one royal kidnapping right into the other. While escaping from the castle, Jek kidnaps Princess Lisanda Takay. On her wedding day, of all times.

This is not a stereotypical "a guy steals a princess" story. Jek, by everyone's account, and as we can see from reading the book, is actually a very nice young man with a soft heart. The spoiled, demanding princess turns out to be a pretty reasonable and bright young woman, who is strong enough to keep the promises she makes. The circumstances in which the two find themselves, are not exactly conductive to build some sort of connection between them. But the adventures await and who knows what will happen...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Can't wait to start the next book.
Published 6 days ago by jamie c. trattles
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Kind of a generic fantasy novel (like the others in the series). Standard orc/elf/hero's journey stuff without too much thought put into it, but nothing that will make you dislike... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Bost
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
well written
Published 3 months ago by Max Higgason
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely love this and B.T. Narro's, "Bastial Energy"
I'm so glad I came upon "Sartious Mage" and its precursor, "Bastial Energy", as the first books to read upon my return to fantasy literature. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cheri174evr
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad result, especially given the fact that "Bastial Energy" ...
After about 25% I just could not read it anymore. Really bad result, especially given the fact that "Bastial Energy" is really decent book.
Published 4 months ago by Radoslaw M. Scislo
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend
I loved the entire "The Rhythm of Rivalry" series. It started out slow setting the stage but I ended up reading all the series without taking up another book.
Published 4 months ago by Chuck & Carol Hanebuth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm seriously hooked - love every minute of this series.
Published 5 months ago by hummingbird carol
5.0 out of 5 stars could be a chick flick
Nice story, lots of character development saved for future books without hurting story line, had an ending that completed the story but left room for future stories, all in all a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ron Kell
1.0 out of 5 stars Promising start degenerates into boring, repetitive drivel
The book gets off to a promising start. I liked the character of Jek and his anger at being cheated by the evil King. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alcairha
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea didn't love the writing style
This story is written in first person, which I'm not a big fan of.the author uses some great analogies to explain what characters are feeling and the setting, but i felt the flow... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mal
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More About the Author

B T (Brian Thoele) Narro was born in 1985, in San Francisco, California, where he still lives. He loves intricate stories with surprises, humor, romance, but above all, deeply developed characters and worlds that are so real they seem to live on once the novel is finished. This is what he strives for as a writer.

Brian's passion for fantasy started in middle school. He had a lot of inspiring teachers, one of which was his sixth grade English teacher, Rick Riordan (long before he was famous), who loved to enthrall his students by masterfully telling Greek myths from memory.

By sophomore year in college, Brian had finished his first full-length novel. Although immensely proud of it at the time, Brian eventually realized his friends were being generous when they told him it needed work. Years after graduating with his bachelor's degree in creative writing, he continued to scribble down scenes for the same story as he worked as a customer support representative at a computer game company.

An injury to his hands left him unable to use them for more than turning on the television, so working a mouse and keyboard eight hours a day was completely out of the question. Between recovery exercises and visits to many doctors, Brian used voice recognition software to start writing seriously again, which served as a cure to his painful boredom and a distraction to his even more painful injury. Workers comp eventually ran out, and his hands hadn't improved much. Living with his parents, and suffering from an injury that seemed as if it may be permanent, his mood was morose at best. But his novel, Bastial Energy, was nearly done. He published it and was overjoyed at the result of more than a thousand purchases in the first month.

Now Brian is a full-time author. He still uses voice recognition software, but more so out of preference than necessity, and--while he loves his parents--he's thankful to have moved out of their home. In terms of writing, Brian likes to outline the entire novel before writing the first draft. He loves to write and feels thankful he can spend every day doing just that.

Visit B.T. Narro's new website for insight from the author about each book, high definition maps, and more: www.btnarro.com

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