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War of the Black Tower: Part One of an Epic Fantasy Series (The War of the Black Tower Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 299 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Series: The War of the Black Tower Trilogy (Book 1)

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"Thank you, Mr. Connor, for restoring my faith in a genre that I had nearly abandoned!"

-- J. C. Smith, Amazon

"This is a must read for fantasy lovers.

This is one of the best epic fantasy stories I have read. The entire series had me enthralled from the moment I began reading. I highly recommend this trilogy and the War of the Moonstone books for anyone who enjoys a superbly written fantasy adventure."

-- R. Lewis, Amazon

"As someone who has read and re-read Tolkien stories for years, I was instantly drawn to this book.

Baleron is a debonair rapscallion but he does love his family. I could just see the precarious glint in his eyes as he did things that were mischievous including his womanizing . . . This book quickly became a favorite read. It was the first I read by this author but definitely will not be the last.

I could see this book being made into a movie as it has all the right elements."

-- Beverly Clark

"Thankfully, Jack Conner knows he is not JRR Tolkien, and he doesn't try to be. Therefore he has a style that is his own, and I dare say it is more readable than Tolkien's.

. . . The War of the Black Tower really MOVED. As much as I hate to admit it, I found myself saying, Ok, I'll read just ONE MORE chapter before I go back to work..."

-- Steven M. Bohne

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  • File Size: 4420 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Fantasy Series and Epic Fantasy Books; 5 edition (July 22, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I49CR50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,893 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I write epic fantasy, horror, steampunk and adventure, all with a focus on atmosphere and fast pacing.

I love Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire, Breaking Bad, Mexican food, Star Wars, Casablanca, King Kong, and pizza. Deep dish.

I have a wife and two cats (though the cats would probably want me to put them first), and I live in Austin, Texas.

I want my readers to have a great time with my writing, no matter the genre. I hope you have as much fun reading my novels as I do writing them. My influences range from George R. R. Martin to J. R. R. Tolkien, from H. P. Lovecraft to Anne Rice, from Robert E. Howard to Clive Barker.

I would love to hear back from you, so don't hesitate to look me up on facebook at facebook.com/jack.conner.98 or just email me at jackconnerbooks@gmail.com .

Be sure to check out my website: http://jackconnerbooks.com .

To join my newsletter and receive updates on my writings, as well as to receive the four free books in the Jack Conner Starter Library, go here: http://jackconnerbooks.com/newsletter .

Until next time, happy reading!

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Bohne on March 19, 2014
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Let's get one thing straight. Right now. I HATE most fantasy novels. Why? I'll tell you why:

#1. Most fantasy authors try to be JRR Tolkien. Here's a tip: there was just one, he's dead, and you are never going to be him. Give it up. Thankfully, Jack Conner knows he is not JRR Tolkien, and he doesn't try to be. Therefore he has a style that is his own, and I dare say it is more readable than Tolkien's.

#2. Most fantasy authors try WAY too hard to use anachronistic language for drama. They fail. "By the hair on Oden's beard I will double and redouble my strain until the golden orb never sets on Algeneir and my hatred, like an over ripened fruit, lies sallow on my tongue." A couple pages of this crap is all I can take and I put 99 out of 100 fantasy books in the trash bin. Jack avoids this. The dialogue is fresh and not so hokey you are tempted to puke.

#2. Most fantasy authors don't believe in sentences. They write paragraph! My God, people don't talk 458 words without stopping! Yet most fantasy authors have not learned this! Jack, however, doesn't fall into this foolish trap. BTW, I think any author that writes more than 12 lines in a paragraph should be forced to write their next book on a typewriter with the 'e' key not working and have to use carbon paper.

#3: Most fantasy novels d r a a a a a g. The journey to Golfdor may be just two miles long but it takes 58 pages to get there. Is there some state law that says you have to go into intricate detail about mundane items in order to call your work a fantasy novel? This is why I don't own any firearms. If I have to read one more fantasy novel by the average fantasy author, I'll kill myself. But "The War of the Black Tower" really MOVED.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. Fruge on September 29, 2014
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“The War of the Black Tower: Book One of a Dark Epic Fantasy Trilogy" is a swashbuckling epic fantasy adventure. Imagine the reach of J.R.R. Tolkien, the propulsive action of Robert E. Howard and the modern grit of George R. R. Martin, and you'll have some idea of the thrills awaiting you in "The War of the Black Tower: Book One of a Dark Epic Fantasy Trilogy", sword and sorcery for grown-ups."

Blah...blah... blah... NOT! That has become standard marketing hype, so don't believe it.

If THIS is what constitutes “sword and sorcery for grown-ups”, then it doesn’t speak well of the modern-day adult mindset. It is either that, or perhaps the phrase “grown-up” no longer connotes such things as circumspection and maturity? Truthfully, when most folk reach for a book classified as adult which claims to be Tolkienesk in any sense, they do not expect to pick up some cheesy rip-off whose main “hero” is a promiscuous, under-age teen whose sexual exploits are laid out for them in page after page of lurid detail; i.e. – “her salty wetness”!
Please Jack! That is nothing more than cheap porn shop novel, trash!

When most of us think of adult level fantasy we are not expecting one to avoid such topics as underage promiscuity altogether, but we do expect it to be treated in a mature fashion. So why is it then that the only adults in this tale who do act to reprove, restrain, and punish such misbehavior are portrayed as bad guys themselves; i.e.- His father the king… General Tines… and every husband whom he duels, defeats, and often kills? The so-called people of “light” could seem to care less.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Clark on April 25, 2014
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As someone who has read and re-read Tolkien stories for years, I was instantly drawn to this book.
Baleron is a debonair rapscallion but he does love his family. I could just see the precarious glint in his eyes as he did things that were mischievous including his womanizing.
He was instantly my favorite character. Even when I found out he had some serious issues brewing, I felt he would find a way to do the right thing.
There is a good amount of drama and suspense throughout and I was thoroughly immersed within a few minutes. This is a fast paced read- nothing drags.
This book quickly became a favorite read. It was the first I read by this author but definitely will not be the last.
I could see this book being made into a movie as it has all the right elements.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Linson on March 11, 2014
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Read this book! Breathtaking action and very cinematic. I would KILL to see this made into a movie. The writing is tight and evocative. Baleron is a great main character, conflicted but noble. The villains are terrifying. Really a wonderful epic fantasy all around, layered with darkness. Definitely fantasy for adults. But it’s terrific. If you like sword and sorcery or high fantasy, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 11, 2014
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I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but I wasn't expecting this! This book is simply amazing! I absolutely loved this book! Awesome epic fantasy action. Baleron (LOVE the name) is the hero, and of course he has a curse, but he doesn't let a little curse stand in his way!

This is a well crafted story and I absolutely enjoyed reading it from start to finish. It's an absorbing and attention-grabbing work that had me engaged from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene effortlessly, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling.

The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. This interesting and compelling work, as I said, had my attention from the beginning. The novel is paced faced, with lots of twists and turns that will take the reader on an intriguing journey. The setting is very much like Lord of the Rings, but not. I wish there were more epic fantasy novels out there like there like this one!

The character development, as I said is fantastic, the storyline flows effortlessly, and the writing is absolutely stellar. The descriptions are so vivid you feel like you are right there within the pages of the book. Seriously, once you start, you will not want to put this book down for any reason.

I love books where I feel like I'm in another world, and wow, did I ever feel like I was right there with this one! I can't say enough good things about this book! Get it, you will be so glad you did!

Obviously, I highly recommend.
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Probably not. "War of the Black Tower" is fast and fun, but it's also very dark and contains some adult situations, not to mention a great deal of violence.
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