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A Tide of Shadows (The Chronicles of Llars Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Tom is a great literary voice in a sea of indies." -Best selling independent author, MR Mathias
Veteran Marine, lawman, and graduate of NYT Bestselling author Tracy Hickman's online workshop called the "Scribe's Forge."
I've always had a deep love of speculative fiction, particularly epic fantasy and science fiction adventures. I am so humbled and grateful for the chance to appear on your bookshelf, that I'm going to share a little bit of what you might find on mine. I grew up playing Dungeons and Dragons and reading Tracy Hickman, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, and Ann McCaffrey. Later I dug in to Robert Jordan, R.A Salvatore, M.R. Mathias, John Locke, Orson Scott Card, Robert Aspirin, Isaac Asimov, Joseph Lallo, and Brian Rathbone.
Some of my favorite works are The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Wheel of Time, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Ender's Game series.Â Though I've not read the books, I'm a huge fan of the Star Wars and Star Trek movie series'.Â I am also partial to reading Clive Cussler, CJ Box, Brad Thor, and Tom Clancy.
My future projects include a contemporary thriller series in the style of Bourne and Bond, a series of biographies of not-so-well known or loved (but influential nonetheless) Americans for children, a brand new fantasy series, 18th Century American Frontier fiction, and a series of Christian themed short stories.
How am I going to get all that done? Some of it already is. Stay tuned and thank you for taking the time to explore the wild imaginings. I'm a Dragon Highlord in my own mind!
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Top Customer Reviews
Pros: Good plot given that it's basically about a quest. The characters are individuals, not races. You are served up some delightful action and adventure. By the middle of the book the characters have started to develop and the really fantastic aspects of the world are starting to be explored.
Cons: The plot is indeed slow at beginning, and it is a long book. It's not a page-turner at the start, but if you stick it out you will be rewarded. It needs further editing is some places. The mix of modern terminology is a little distracting, but it is not so prevalent, nor egregious, as another review suggested.
If you enjoy an epic quest, then I recommend that you give this book a chance.
Certainly, at 99 cents, and just a few reviews - there is little to indicate this novel in particular is worth getting.
Let me convince you:
- It's really really long (fantasy requires immersion, fantasy usually focuses around world building and character building, the longer books tend to do better and this book is about 2-3 times your normal book length).
- It stays interesting throughout....the characters are always moving and there are new challenges and puzzles while staying within an overall theme, and the plot does make measurable progress rather than just wandering around just for fun.
- The people in the story seem fully real, and the main character has the key attributes of being likable but flawed, but willing to grow.
- The story while fantastical has real directness, there are no magical saves....everything must be worked for, when things go well - there is a price to be paid, good isn't all good and bad isn't all bad, the main guy isn't so stupid that he doesn't ask himself a hundred times whether he should just give up his magical quest every day
- Writing, it isn't perfectly elegant yet it reaches relatively high in a few places and some of the scenes are awesome. It's amazingly smooth given the length of the book.
- At the end, I just couldn't believe the author couldn't have continued the story for another several hundred pages....buying the next book when it comes out is an easy call.
- Given how much time/effort that must have gone into making this book, who knows when the next one will be available.Read more ›
- Leaden characters and the main character has no personality he swings between wiling to do anything to complete his mission to something else. The characters are just ill defined with the dialogue hurting and not helping. On one page you will get him wanting to keep an eye on someone and the next he will be shocked at their actions.
- The story lacks cohesion at times you miss the point of what anyone is doing. Or even what their goals are.
- Lots of side adventures that serve no real purpose to the overall story.
- The dialogue are long info dumps about other parts of the world and seem more like they are trying to describe something than a real conversation.
- The magic system is the best part of the story but even with the Carym having access to all these spells he just jumps right into combat each time. And even gets frustrated with himself about it. Well how do you think we feel having to read it? If he has all these options have him do something with it instead I kept reading about the other characters doing cool things and thinking what is the big deal with the Sigils anyway?
- The world does seem interesting and I could see that the author had spent time on fleshing it out.
- The overall plot had promise but the product lacks cohesion and focus.Read more ›
This is a well-written book, and for the sheer size of the novel it's a heck of a bargain at only $2.99
Okay, now a little bit about the story. I'll try not to spoil it for you:
The tale begins with the dark wizard Shalthazar who is a very old elf traveling the planes (other dimensions). He seeks to steal the power of the 'gods' and must bargain with temperamental Cjii. One of the Dark Gods contacts him and makes a deal with him: his soul in exchange for ultimate power. Shalthazar immediately takes the deal but knows he'll be able to find a way out of it. He wishes to use the Dark God Umber's power to vanquish a rival deity and steal his power for his own. (The Deities aren't real Gods, they're just powerful.).
Next we are introduced to the hero of the story: Carym of Hybrand. He's an honorable guy who had some really bad things happen in his life. You can really feel for him. He lives in a kingdom conquered by the evil Arnathians. When he witnesses some of their vile deeds, he must speak out and his friend Zach helps him fight the evil soldiers. They are now outcasts on the run. Carym enters the woods and is contacted by a magical wood-sprite. She tells him he is the "Chosen One" and must seek out the magical Everpool.
On the way Carym will face the forces of evil, encounter mystical and mysterious treasures, learn of the mighty Sigil Magic he will one day command, and meet tempting women. The end of the book is well-written and leaves a lot of questions unanswered, but I won't spoil it for you here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tide of Shadows is a fantastic debut novel. The primary character Carym is forced into a destiny he never wanted and must come to terms with skills he barely acknowledged... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Desiree
I liked that I didn't see what was coming next. I like it when a book keeps me on my toes.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book and have to say, Thank you.,for making this long enough so it took me several days to read, not hours. I look forward to getting the rest of your books.Published 4 months ago by Vicki B
This book is a fairly good read the author did a good job of tried and true plot development in the story.Published 5 months ago by Stan Marshall
A lot of grammatical errors. I've read through the first three books and they have errors throughout them all. Read morePublished 5 months ago by nathan
It was really interesting at first, and then I felt like I came across a Kindle book error and was suddenly reading a different book altogether. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Linda Wheeler
So far I have read 2 of the three books of this series and have enjoyed both. It is quest book that a nobody is given. The trials and troubles that he and friend have to deal with. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marlea Call
I really like endings. Happy or sad, they close the tale.
Here we have the beginning of several stories. Read more
He writes so the story has a good flow. Easily moves the scene from character to character. The story is visible in my mind, like watching a movie.Published 10 months ago by Mark
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