- Hardcover: 445 pages
- Publisher: Five Star (ME); 1st edition (April 5, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594144516
- ISBN-13: 978-1594144516
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,471,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Blackgloom Bounty (Five Star Epic Fantasy) Hardcover – April 5, 2006
From Publishers Weekly
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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 ;)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read 30% of the book & couldn't find a reason to keep going. I wasn't even interested in it enough to skip to the last couple of pages to see how it ended. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by the piper
This book was full of adventure and drama and I very much enjoyed it. I would recommend this book and plan on reading the next book in the series.Published on March 5, 2012 by Book Worm
I was pleasantly surprised with "The Blackgloom Bounty". Well thought out, fast paced, and fun to read. It is difficult to beat that combination.Published on February 26, 2011 by Jerry Cochran
I had read a comment from an earlier review and it said this novel was, "a cross between 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Braveheart'". It is true. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Kelley
I read the reviews and thought it sounded good. But honestly, I just cannot get into this book. I'm still trying to drag myself through it. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by @MindPhuck
A well researched and thought out book. Likable characters and constant action that kept me turning pages! Waiting for more.Published on November 29, 2010 by dmckee
This was a very cute tale. I enjoyed the characters overall, and you really can't beat the Kindle price.
It's an entertaining and quick read.