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The Third Sign (The Chronicles of Klune) (Chronicle of Klune) Hardcover – June 17, 2009

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Wilson's cliché-laden fantasy debut opens with callow youth Calen fleeing from an unprecedented attack upon his city. He seeks out forestwalker legend Arvan Eleron to help deliver a critical message to the rulers of his land: the attackers are renegade arlic, Minotaur-like creatures who have traditionally been friends of humankind. It's up to Arvan and Prince Rell Krollner to gain the support of the human lands and their remaining arlic allies before the prophesied Destroyer arises. Wilson's laughably flawed prose (He could have sworn he had heard, or felt, someone ask an unanswerable question) alternates between gratuitous minutiae and insufficient information, easily overpowering a simplistic and hackneyed plot populated with talking animals and a headstrong, rebellious princess. Even the most generous and undiscriminating fantasy readers will find little to like. (June)
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Wilson's fantasy debut recalls the complexity of classic epic fantasy in the tradition of Robert Jordan. Combining adventure with mystery and memorable characters, this is a good choice for committed fantasy fans. --Jackie Cassada, Library Journal

In The Third Sign, Gregory Wilson pulls off the single most difficult feat of magic in an epic fantasy: he makes it real...A very satisfying tale from an intriguing new voice. --David Niall Wilson, Bram Stoker award winning author of Deep Blue
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Product Details

  • Series: Chronicle of Klune (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (June 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594147655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594147654
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,568,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory A. Wilson is Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing and fantasy fiction along with various other courses in literature. His first academic book was published by Clemson University Press in 2007; on the creative side, he has won an award for a national playwriting contest, and his first novel, a work of fantasy entitled The Third Sign, was published by Gale Cengage in the summer of 2009. His second novel, Icarus, will be published as a graphic novel by Silence in the Library Publishing in 2015, and he has just signed a three book deal with The Ed Greenwood Group, which will be publishing his Gray Assassin Trilogy beginning with his third novel, Grayshade, in 2016. He has short stories out in various anthologies, including Time Traveled Tales from Silence in the Library, When The Villain Comes Home, edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy, and Triumph Over Tragedy, alongside authors like Robert Silverberg and Marion Zimmer Bradley, and he has had three articles published in the SFWA Bulletin.

He is a regular panelist at conferences across the country and is a member of the Gen Con Writers' Symposium, the Origins Library, Codex, Backspace, and several other author groups on and offline. On other related fronts, he did character work and flavor text for the hit fantasy card game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, and along with fellow speculative fiction author Brad Beaulieu is the co-host of the critically-acclaimed podcast Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans, a show which discusses (and interviews the creators and illustrators of) speculative fiction of all sorts and types. He lives with his wife Clea, daughter Senavene-named at his wife's urging for a character in The Third Sign, for which his daughter seems to have forgiven him-and dog Lilo in Riverdale, NY.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on July 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The country of Klune is a land surrounded by hostile elements bent on its destruction. It is populated by humans that live in a rather medieval world. Beyond its borders the world is filled with unusual and supernatural creatures. While the land has been peaceful for the last ten years, something strange is afoot.

Calen Gollnet is a young man who lives in one of the larger cities in Klune. He is a student, though not particularly serious, but his father is a noted scholar and teacher of ancient myth, language and history. When their city is invaded by outside forces, Calen is forced to flee alone into the dangerous Razorwood forest to the south. He has a message for the king of Klune - the ice tomb of the evil Ek'thon has begun to melt. Calen has the idea that the hero, Arvan, the forestwalker who is said to live in the forest, may be able to help him get his message to the royal family.

In the style of J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Jordan, this fantasy epic is filled with political intrigue, tests of loyalty and strength, fearsome battles, as well moments of kindness, familial love and friendship between both men and other creatures. There is prophecy of doom and destruction, but a will for good to triumph over evil.

Because this is only the first in a planned series of books, a fair amount of time is spent introducing the characters and developing their place in the plot scheme. Once the action begins it moves at a fast and furious pace. Also, because it is the first in a series, the story doesn't really reach a conclusion. Instead, a battle is fought but the war has only begun.

I enjoyed reading The Third Sign and wish that succeeding volumes were already written since I'm not happy waiting months or years for the completion of the plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Full disclosure - my friend wrote this book so I may be a bit biased.

Though there are elements of this story that echo more famous epic fantasies, particularly Tolkien (the main threat comes from the east, "let's ride out to meet it despite our diminished strength", a last minute troop surge gathered from the south) it stands on its own as a unique, gripping tale that deserves a place alongside its genre counterparts.

The author has clearly spent a lot of time dreaming up this world - the races have clear motivations and histories, the geography helps to enhance the story rather than sit alongside it, etc. This makes reading the story a much richer experience. I particularly dig the arlics myself. I thought further information about the spellcasters backgrounds (where do they come from, are there likely to be more of them found in Klune (if so, where are they?), do they operate under some centralized order or independently) might have helped strengthen the pivotal scene involving one of them. (Sorry to be vague but don't want to spoil).

Of course I am pleased that the requisite chick power was present, through beautifully named Senavene (and I was pleased she did not echo Eowyn in being responsible for the death of a main threat - just helping out a bit).

I also think the book does great at being a stand alone story, but one that leaves you wondering what happens next--

(SPOILERISH QUESTIONS)

Who is Calen, really?
Where is Vourne?
What else does our devious merchant have planned?
What else can you tell me about Arvan?
(and because I have been, am, and will always be a shipper...)
Will Calen and Senavene get together eventually? ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BMWilson on November 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Third Sign is a high fantasy epic. The story takes place in Klune, a fictitious world full of humans and otherworldly beasts of great power. As with many fantasy novels, there is a prophecy, one that tells of the return of a great evil. Three Signs must be fulfilled before the great prophecy is realized and this book deals with the fragile balance the world finds itself in as a great evil threatens to destroy the steady peace it has realized for 10 years.

Calen Golnet is one of the main characters of the novel. He's a teenage boy (perhaps 16 or 17) that finds himself thrust into the middle of critical events that will likely decide the fate of Klune.

Wilson does a wonderful job of carefully balancing character development and pace, blending both elements into a strong story with a diverse band of characters.

If you're looking to complete a series right away, this probably isn't the buy for you as it seems the series won't be re-continued for another couple years (perhaps 2013-14), but if you're willing to start and wait, this tale has all the makings of being a truly special series. I've read it twice already and will likely re-read it a third time once the series continues after its hiatus. I very much doubt you'll be disappointed with the read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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Calen is a young, common boy. He is no big warrior, powerful mage or mysterious rogue. He is not the hero you expect. He is not particularly strong, not gifted with magic. But, most importantly, Calen doesn't believe in himself. The doubt of what one CAN or CAN'T do is a common problem on this twisted world of ours, where our values are set towards individuality, taking advantage on every situation : WE ARE SELFISH. Calen may be not the hero you expect, but he has much to teach us: nobility, altruism, courage ( not foolishness ) and, most importantly, will. But also, Calen's friends will not be forgotten, as they are most unique as well: Arvan Eleron, the mighty and just forestwalker, last of his kind and powerful ally of Calen on his quest. The mighty Arlic, Sarrtax, the honorable protector borders, and Senaveve and Rell, the princess and prince of Klune, daughter and son of the fair and strong king Vourne Krollner. The antagonists are also unique: the minions of the powerful and deceased Olaric, whom's curse still haunts Klune, and if it is fulfilled, maybe there will be no way to stop it.
What Gregory Wilson does with this book is impressive. He makes you think about your actions, your values. "The Third Sign" is a great book by itself, but as a starting point for a whole new and epic series, its nothing less than amazing.
I hope more people get the chance to read "The Third Sign", as everyone should have the chance to go deep into the beautiful and ravaged world of Klune.
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