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The Sword and the Flame: The Forging Kindle Edition

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Length: 442 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"This book was a wonderful rich world. Many charters who you really get to know and care about. This is one of the best new sword and horse fantasies I have read in a long while. I look forward with great interest to the next book. It will be amazing and full of wonderful surprises!" - Jeanne Garland "Itsatushy"
"I enjoy scifi/fantasy and this was a good one. Very enjoyable. Fast read, hard to put down wondering what would happen next. Had not heard of this author and will read more from them." - LMS
"This book follows several key characters as fate draws them together, forging a strong unit much like a blacksmith will forge a sword. To make it strong, he must beat at it for awhile, temper it. This misfit band includes a wizard, halfling, warrior (who has a secret of his own), cleric, and dwarf. Their experiences will forge the bonds of trust and friendship that will help them in their quest to save one of their party from an evil mage.

The characters were well fleshed out. Janessa the halfling was definitely my favorite of the bunch. She's so dang clever and fearless. She reminds me of a couple of the characters from my own novels ;)" - Shay Fabbro

From the Author

I've always wanted to write an Epic Fantasy story but I could never get past the first couple of pages without having some major issue come up. I've been an avid reader of the Dragonlance series for roughly twenty years and I loved how they created their own world. The idea of creating more then just characters appealed to me. Imagine, being the architect of a world, its people and mythos. Everything. It's a daunting task that was very intimidating.
The one thing that really troubled me was that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't stay focused on what I was trying to write. When I'd write a sentence, it sounded no where as good as it did in my head despite it being word for word. Does that make any sense? lol
I originally had an idea about a small group going treasure hunting and stumbling upon a sleeping dragon. It seemed simple enough at the time, so I sat down and began writing. I was about twenty pages in when I took a break and picked up Stephen King's On Writing and began reading. As strange as it sounds, reading about his life and what made him a writer helped motivate me. I can't explain it, but before I'd write I'd read a chapter of his book. 
Everything was going great until I finished reading his book. Needing another so called drug of choice, I picked up my collection of Dragonlance books and began reading. As before, I'd read a chapter or two before I'd start writing. It's a unique and odd feeling and the only time I've needed to read something to stay motivated. Considering it took me nine months to write The Sword and the Flame, I guess I needed it.

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  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 442 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PK6NTU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,662 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves.

For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them.

I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick.

As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics.

I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me.

While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Yiota G. on April 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Found this book thought the amazing Emlyn Chand, and since she said to try i thought to give it one more chance. There are also words like "destiny", "dragon", "flame", so how can something go wrong with that combination?

What stand outs more for me at the book is the selection of characters. Or better the races. There is a team of a magician, a halfling, a dwarve, a priest and a barbarian kind of guy. All of them are so different in characters, ideas, beliefs and make an amazing team for an adventure. My favorite of all is Janessa the halfling of course. She is so funny, and clever and cute. She made the dark scenes lighter.

Apart of the great variety of the characters, there is also a story of adventure to be told. We start firstly by getting to know the characters and how they are connected and meet, so we can understand later how they come all together for some treasure hunting. My favorite part was, when they started searching in the caves where all the bad things started to happened as it was expected in an adventure like it.

Now there was only one certain scene that confused me but as a beta reader, when i informed the author (and after he talked with some other readers too), he decided to re-write it and make it more understandable. I've read the new scene too, and it now it's all clear :)

A good adventure which both stays close and has new ideas to what we know in epic fantasy. Great characters too who made the book easier and the story goes before you even notice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Delrio on June 27, 2015
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In the tradition of Michael J Sullivan comes CP Bialois!

So I got this book for free (God bless Amazon and the Author!) And I was expecting a generic rendition of something that "might" be considered fantasy (my favorite genre). And yes, I am a picky reader of said genre!

Instead, I was tossed into the abyss of another mind-boggling world with Halflings, Elves, Dwarves, Magicians, Gargoyles, Ogres, and DRAGONS (always a big sell for me)! When I stumbled upon the deadly scene with the Ogres, my first instinct was to hide under my bed with a can of Lysol because one can never be too safe!

This was NOT by any means a boring book, and it gripped me within the first 3 pages!

While the last page left me craving more of this wonderful writer, I did have a few problems with the Air Nymph. Here I was so madly in love with all the characters, and the BOOM there was another major player. That was a bit of a shocker, and probably intentional from the man who likes to mess with my mind... and the dust bunnies under my bed. (Please take note, that my can of Lysol is still safe until I meet my first Ogre.)

Yes! I will read the next one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan Knight on July 30, 2013
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A.D. & D. anyone?

The Forging is the first entry in C. P. Bialois' bestselling The Sword and the Flame series. The Forging shows a strong imagination and I hated to put the book down. As is not uncommon in the Epic Fantasy genre, the plot follows an ensemble cast and lingers on long descriptions of the wilderness around the City of Hope.

Bialois_The ForgingBerek is owned by Renard an unscrupulous circus operator. His father sold him to Renard. Apparently Berek displayed magic and the shame of it forced his father to sell him. Okay, this is fantasy. Berek is a pit fighter, a slave gladiator, who fights for the amusement of Renard's customers. Berek hopes to pay off his contract and win his freedom. Little does he know that no one escapes Renard's circus alive. Think Island of Dr. Moreau.

A merry band of merry heroes and heroines gather around Berek the Barbarian-Magician. Viola the apprentice Sorceress, Janessa the Halfling-Thief, Galin the Dwarf, and Gilliam the Cleric join him. Their object is a treasure hunt to find the gold Berek needs to buy his freedom. Each has their own motives for helping, those Gilliam's are the most straightforward. Fleir the Air Nymph-Woman joins the troop later. Not all of these titles are in the book, but it's fairly obvious to gamers.

In addition to the fellowship ensemble, are Mern and Fech. Mern is a vendor traveling with Renard's circus. He offers agrees to train Viola in magic. And Fech the Gargoyle completes the cast as Renard's pet.

Ranking:

Bialois develops his characters and they interact in long scenes on normally excised from action-adventures or thrillers. Critical reviewers should note the genre, and possibly consider the sub-genre before casting aspersions.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tami on April 10, 2012
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This book drew me in from the first paragraph. The characters are well developed and engaging. The storyline is fantastic, moves at a good pace. Not too fast, but doesn't drag along. I couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the second book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abel on May 27, 2015
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I really enjoyed this book it kind of reminded me when I use to read the books forgotten realms. A lot of action and killer story can't wait to read the next book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Jack Powell on August 21, 2012
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I hope the author takes this the right way. As soon as I finished, I was in the Kindle Store to buy the second book. I have to wait two more weeks! I have done the same to my readers. No matter who you are, it just takes a while to get the finishing touches on a book.
This is a rambunctious ride from the beginning. Are they heroes? Are they villains? In the beginning, it's hard to tell. At first, I wasn't sure where he was going; many books start out that way. By the time I finished the last chapter, I knew, mostly.
This has been a great ride. How could it not be? A half-ling, a sorceress, a dwarf, a priest.... With this cast of characters you can't go far wrong. I can hardly wait.

Gj Powell
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