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The Seven (Fist of Light Series) [Kindle Edition]

Derek Edgington , David Korn , Bethany Beard , Jordan Harris
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Caleb Holden is a facetious, caustic seventeen-year-old teen who doesn't have enough sense to stay down for the count. His story is not of a poster boy for success, but rather of a troubled teen who was forced to grow up fast, lest he fall into oblivion and obscurity. When the amulet he wears around his neck begins to talk, as well as give him lip, his life is thrown for a loop. This sets in motion a series of events that will eventually lead him to his destiny, or a gruesome death. Given the power to alter the darkness that plagues the world, he jumps at the opportunity with little hesitation. As with all his pursuits, Caleb doesn't give up or in until he sees a challenge through to its conclusion.

The Seven is a full-length Young Adult fantasy, approximately 140,000 words - about 500 pages. Due to the prevalence of obscene language, The Seven is recommended for readers 16 years and older.

** The Seven has recently been revised and re-published. Those who have already purchased The Seven electronically will have the ability (I'll attempt to have this done without customer involvement, although if you delete and re-download it, it'll update) to receive the updated copy through Amazon**


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About the Author

Derek Edgington is a seventeen-year-old teen from the small town of Pleasanton, CA. His artistic talents are famed for their stick figures and abstract qualities, for that is the only way you can describe inadequacy in the visual art form. Derek finds it incredibly surreal to write about himself in the third person. Being a prolific reader within the realm of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, one could only expect to pick up a thing or two, if only by reverse osmosis. He tried and failed to write his first two novels at 12 and 14, but found that he hadn't the depth of thought for such an undertaking. At 17 he tried again, the writing flowed in a way he had never experienced and The Seven was born. Thank you to all those who have taken a chance on this novel; I hoped you enjoyed reading it as much as I obsessed over writing the damn thing. This book is planned to be a series, the next one to be titled Leviathan. For more info (or if you're so bored you can't see straight) visit derekedgington.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Derek Edgington Productions; 2 edition (January 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X9H4RE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely written by a 17 year old April 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This novel has a decent plot and reasonable flow but the author spends way too much time showing off his vocabulary. I can see that he has talent and good ideas but at this point his prose can only be described as purple. A few years in college and a decent writers group should cure this problem. I'll read anything he writes 4-5 years from now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling January 19, 2012
By gcap
Format:Kindle Edition
I am usually a fairly picky reader when it comes to fantasy. I almost never read what other people recommend and always select my own books. The Seven was undoubtedly one of the better novels I have read. Caleb Holden's witty sense of humor and unique outlook on life reminded me much of friends I had in my youth. It was an amazing read and I didn't skim or skip a single page. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a compelling and artistic look into the life of modern fantasy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Character not believable March 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the sample, which is the first 2 chapters. This is written in first person by a seventeen year old character that has been on the run, in and out of foster care, and sometimes homeless for the last 5 years. The following are examples of how he talks and thinks:

The Squeaking of aged wood marked my progress as I wandered towards the smell of food.
"Capricious, like a hummingbird," went the apt description.
Expelling a groan at the loss of life-saving heat...
The suggestion was obviously poised so that I would be brought back to the topic at hand, with a little downgrade of social status.
Sparkling blue eyes sat under carefully manicured eyebrows. His reddish-golden locks tumbled down over his face in a pleasing disarray, the fad that apparently had become popular since I instigated it.
History was a rather droll affair...
My best reassuring smirk was tendered.
Jas's concentration wavered and then panned to his left.
The lunchtime bell rang with crystal clarity from the food courtyard to the grand stand. I polished off the last of my apple and threw my detritus in one of the provided trashcans that were spaced periodically throughout the seating area.
I made it outside the door before recalling the pressing necessity of waiting for Jas.
...but we were far enough distanced to make it an arduous task to discern the contours of expression.

Who talks like that? Not any 17 year old's I know, or adults for that matter. That is a just a sample. There are dozens of other words and phrases similar to those. It just doesn't work for me for this character. I feel like the author is trying to impress me with his vocabulary and ability to create unique, descriptive sentences. They are great words, but overkill and distracting. The story so far is just too much detail of inconsequential matters. I'm just not interested. I will not be finishing this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What I see January 15, 2013
By Joey
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I will give the author this, he knows how to make a hook in the first few chapters but after that it goes downhill pretty fast, this book is reminiscent of several stories I attempted to start my sophomore year of high school. Here is my advice to you one, don't try and astound us with your superior vocabulary it just makes your story seem like you wrote it with contempt towards everyone not as smart as you, two take a writing course or buy a self-help book learn to make a story FLOW to me it seemed you spent to much time on descriptions, three make your character less sure of themself it makes it more believable to the readers, and four find some peers who you can talk to if you are having trouble (a significant other is the best you can get in my opinion but that's me). When you have done that please rewrite this cause you have a great idea however the execution is sorely lacking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A first time author with a lot of potential April 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Seven follows the life of Caleb Holden, a young man who has spent the last several years living on the streets. When Caleb was 12 years old men broke into his parents house and he followed the established family plan and grabbed some money and ran. He has kept hope alive for 5 years believing that his parents are out somewhere looking for him.

When Caleb gets put into a pretty nice orphanage after getting picked up off the street he decides to stick around for a while. He meets some people that actually have a chance at becoming friends for him. Living on the street for so long has given him some pretty major trust issues so that would be a first. As Caleb is enrolled in the local highschool he starts to learn that everything is not as it seems and trolls and goblins really do exist. Jas is another kid in school who Caleb forms a bond with and sort of walks him through all of the new discoveries he is making.

The negatives to the story are the dialogue being a bit advanced for most highschool kids and especially one who has spent a good portion of his life on the street. The other big issue I found was how much time Caleb spent inside his own head. I don't mean the training exercises he was being taught to do, but he has a very analytical mind and the reader is shown a bit too much of his though processes. There were times when I thought this slowed the book down a bit.

The good aspects were many and made the book a worthwhile read despite my earlier criticisms. The powers that were revealed in the book were well done with the specializations and the applications of them. The Were clans were also an excellent addition to the supernatural cast and they were used in a way that is a bit atypical for shapeshifters. This is a good read from a young other who shows an amazing amount of promise.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Stop Rushing It
It's interesting but you have to realize something as a young writer, don't rush your process. It is clear in the writing that you have had no formal training, but you're entering... Read more
Published 19 months ago by npa09000
3.0 out of 5 stars Tried too hard
I enjoyed most of this book, but my biggest complaints are the overwhelmingly verbose writing and the barrage of pop culture cliches ("ouch, Charlie, that hurt" was the worst). Read more
Published 20 months ago by Eric Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish there was less
This is one of the worst kindle books I have read to date. The premise of the story is solid, and I ignored many little things that bugged me up until the half-way point of the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by juxta_posed
1.0 out of 5 stars couldnt follow
i just couldn't follow the story, it seemed to go all over the place.
i had to stop attempting to read more before my headache got worse.
never could finish it.
Published 20 months ago by Funkybug
3.0 out of 5 stars Put the thesaurus down, and back away.
First, the good parts: The world that the author created is very interesting, and has a lot of potential. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Roiet
1.0 out of 5 stars Reads Like a Vocab Test
I bought this book for two reasons: I needed something to read on a long flight, and it was cheap. Apparently, I got what I paid for. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Collegekid
1.0 out of 5 stars OW, painful to read
As I read this book, I became convinced a literary professor had written it. The main character was not believable. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Scot39
3.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review
One of the hardest things about writing and publishing a paranormal young adult fiction right now just might be the fact that everyone and his writing partner is trying to publish... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Amy Edelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This is my first book review...how fun is that?! And my first time buying a book through Amazon. I was very happy and pleased with The Seven. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by K. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to take a whole weekend to finish..
The main character is likable. The book moves along as a generous pace. I thought the kindle price does not reflect the effort expended nor the value of the book. Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Kenneth Laws
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Derek Edgington is a seventeen-year-old teen from the small town of Pleasanton, California. He was used to a life of relative transience within the district, and has faced his own challenges throughout his short, but eventful life. The tools he holds in highest regard are his ability to see clearly, most of the time, and his drive to succeed in anything he set his will against. He sought a creative outlet in songwriting, dawdled drastically in poetry, but found both to be far out of his scope or breadth. His artistic talents are famed for their stick figures and abstract qualities within the realm of Photoshop, for that is the only way you can describe inadequacy in graphic art. Derek finds it incredibly surreal to write about himself in the third person.

There was, however, one thread of opportunity that remained, the silver lining that could not be ignored. Being a prolific reader within the realm of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, one could only expect to pick up a thing or two, if only by reverse osmosis. He tried and failed to write his first two novels at 12 and 14, but found that he hadn't yet developed the depth of thought for such an undertaking. At 17 he tried again, the writing flowed in a way which he had never experienced, and The Seven was born.

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