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THE BLACKGLOOM BOUNTY (The Scythian Stone Saga Book 1) by [Baxley, Jon F.]
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Starred Review. A fast pace, sly humor, amusing dialogue and a richly researched background lift Baxley's fantasy, the first of a new series set in medieval Britain. When Merlin's long-ago apprentice Kruzurk Makshare (aka the Boozer) receives a dreamlike visitation from the legendary mage, he learns he must destroy another former apprentice, the villainous Seed of Cerberus. To do so will require a visit to the demon-guarded Blackgloom Keep. Enter young Daynin McKinnon, who discovers a curious rune-covered headstone, which may be the fabled Blackgloom Bounty, and brings it to Kruz's attention. Kruz believes it will provide entry into the fortress, while Daynin hopes the sale of the stone will restore his family's fortunes. The colorful cast of good guys and ne'er-do-wells includes the Pictish ghost of Brude McAlpin liberated from his tomb, assorted pursuing Caledonians and a bemused Prior Bede, whose monastery serves as a hiding place for the Blackgloom Bounty. Suitable for fantasy enthusiasts of all ages, this novel evolved from an e-book, The Scythian Stone. (Apr.)
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"Taking place in Medieval Scotland, this tale of magic, adventure and love really captured my attention..." -- Fantasybookspot.com Review by Tyler, Febuary 2006

"This series opener...originated as an ebook...and is a good choice for fans of epic-style sagas and Scottish history." -- Library Journal, March 15, 2006

"This terrific medieval fantasy...will elate readers for its fast-paced, action-thrilled story line starring a strong cast." -- Harriet Klausner, Amazon's #1 Ranked Reviewer!

"Two thumbs up for a colorful cast of characters, nonstop, rapid-fire action and compelling storyline!" -- Nancy McCulloch, PRWEB Article, March 20, 2006

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  • Print Length: 445 pages
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2006
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  • Language: English
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The Blackgloom Bounty by Jon F. Baxley is Mr. Baxley's first foray into the fantasy genre. The second book in this series is titled The Regents of Rhum and is forthcoming, no exact publication date as of yet. The series is set in Britain, albeit with a fantasy medieval twist. This is evident in the verbiage characters use, as well as landmarks they talk about. I was a little hesitant at first, as traditionally fantasy books set on Earth don't work well with the style of fantasy I like. However, Mr. Baxley mixes the two almost seamlessly and allows the reader immerse themselves in the story while using the area as nothing more than an anchor. I barely noticed it was earth, and when I did it did not detract from the story at all.

The plot of this book, is actually several plots interspersed among several subplots. The main story arc follows a young man who becomes caught up in a series of events that are out of his control, but are also very important to his destiny. One of the subplots is that of a noble seeking revenge for a deed done on his family. Another subplot is that of one of the characters trying to plan for the eventual downfall of a foe, and how he maneuvers others into actions to help him accomplish this. Yet another subplot is that of a long lost `hero' who is now back and seeking to decimate all who helped in his clan's downfall. There are a couple other subplots as well, but delving into those may be possible spoilers and I would not want to do that. Suffice it to say, this novel is deep in plot and the various plots tie-in to each other fairly well. The one downfall of having all these interwoven plots is that, at times, I had a little trouble discerning what was what and who was doing what. It took a paragraph or more to remember each angle.
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This book was pretty interesting. I have to say I liked the dialog (you blaggards!) and I really enjoyed a lot of the minor characters. I think I cared more about the minor characters than Sabritha and Daynin. I didn't really like Sabritha that much. I was also much more interested in the magical side of things and think they definitely could have been added in more as the story progressed. The thing I was curious about the most was the Scynthian Stone and Merlin's part in everything. In fact, the bit with Merlin in the beginning is what drew me into the book; I was really curious about the part he would play in the story. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed in that he barely played a role at all and the sorcerer that he was corresponding with barely used any of his magic.

Aside from that, the story was pretty interesting in Daynin taking back McKinnon keep. He makes friends, and enemies, along the way. I am really curious about his part with the Blackgloom bounty and why he was needed -- I guess there are some questions that will eventually be answered in later sequels ;)
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This book is pure dreck. The characters are flat, the prose is painfully stilted, and the author's abuse of the English language is shameful. It's full of oximorons (like "equally greater"), cliches, and outright misuse of words (like brace - which the author frequently uses to mean many. It typically means a pair). Don't waste your time or money on this one.
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While this book seemed to drag along slowly at times, it all came together in the end and left me wanting to read a sequel. The varied story lines were intermixed with short moments that made it an effort to follow until I got well into the book. In the end, though, a very satisfying read!
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In 988 Britain, Merlin visits his former apprentice Kruzurk "Boozer" Makshare for the first time in seven decades with a boon to stop another former student the powerful Seed of Cerberus. Kruzurk thinks back to when he and the Seed were pupils of the great mage and he caught his peer stealing Merlin's tools. For his efforts Boozer was cursed and Merlin was gone.

Kruzurk knows the quest begins at the demon-guarded Blackgloom Keep. On the journey he meets Daynin McKinnon, who shows him a rune-covered headstone, which is probably the legendary Blackgloom Bounty that will gain him entrance into the keep though the lad wants to sell it to replenish his family's dwindling fortune. While Daynin meets clever Sabritha Kilcullen, Kruzurk uses the young man to further his efforts to destroy the Seed. Others join his adventure not realizing how Kruzurk manipulates them as pawns in his efforts to overcome the insurmountable odds and achieve his boon.

This terrific medieval fantasy with its Camelot connection will elate readers for its fast-paced, action-thrilled story line starring a strong cast. From the opening dream visit of Merlin to the final confrontation and more, the tale never takes a breath yet the motives of the key players are fully developed especially Kruzurk's desire and Daynin's struggle between fortune, love and good deeds. Jon F. Baxley adds to the legend of Arthur with this strong medieval Britain fantasy.

Harriet Klausner

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This is nice escapist fantasy fiction. It is very Celtic in setting and outlook. I would not call it Arthurian at this point though I could see it going in that direction. Itwas a fun read and I look forward to more.
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