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Bury seamlessly weaves together history, magic, and mythology and through several plot twists and double-crosses, makes you question who the bad guys really are. His explanation of the 'bones of the earth' is fascinating and believable - I won't give the story away if, like me, this is a phrase you haven't heard before. He also alludes to the use of advanced technology by the people of knowledge, the Kobolds, and I'm interested to learn more about them. I hope they show up in future books!
If you're looking for a read that blends history and fantasy, pick this book up and be prepared to lose yourself in an intriguing story. Five stars.
I prefer historical fiction. When I searched for a novel dealing with real life in Eastern Europe in the dark ages, I found this novel. While it has elements of fantasy in it, I’m sure any reader interested in the Pannonia/Dacia area during the dark ages will enjoy reading it. You’ll have to suspend disbelief a bit. But if you’re willing to do that, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this novel.
Like a boat propelled down the Danube by the current, the reader is swept along with the hero from Dacia to Constantinople and then back again in a wonderful story of Romans and heroes and monsters. I was reintroduced to some folk characters I’d not spent time with for years.
The novel is well written with colorful descriptions of the land and environment, and three dimensional characters. I thought I’d be put off by the novel’s length. By the end of the novel, I felt cheated it didn’t continue. The text of the paperback is easy to read except for one flaw. There are numerous editorial mistakes throughout the text. These glitches are confusing and broke up the flow of the story. But they aren’t enough of a problem to interfere with the pure enjoyment in this novel. If it weren’t for these flaws I’d give the novel a strong five rating.
When the village where Javor lives gets attacked by a hideous creature, Javor's life will change dramatically. Join him in his way to Constantinople, a trip that will be full of dangers, finding enemies, dragons, and other creatures. Little by little, he will learn more about why the events happening are happening like that. People think that Javor is weird, but while you read, you discover why he is so special, and that was something that I loved about this book. It is sweet, it is innocent, and it is completely honest. One of my favourite characters from now on.
I highly recommend this book.
The only bad thing I found, and that's why I removed one star, is that there are many typos and some missing words. It doesn't make the reading difficult, but it can be a bit annoying.
Author: Scott Bury
Publisher: The Written Word Communications Company
Format: Kindle Edition
Interest: Fantasy / Series
Rating 0-100: 93 (5 Stars)
With his debut novel, Scott Bury has firmly established his place in the fantasy genre. The plot is solid, the pace is quick, and the characters are well written. Typically I read two or three books at a time, jumping from one to the other between sittings. I was not able to do that with this one. My intention to read the first chapter or two failed miserably. Several hours later and I found myself half-way through the book.
When you follow the main character, Javor, you can expect excitement. What you can't expect are the plot twists. The most unforgivable sin in any form of storytelling is predictability. That is not an issue with this book. You never know what's around the next curve in the road, hidden in a dark cave, or even whom you can trust. Just when you think it's safe - WHAM!
The world that Bury writes about is familiar to anyone that is a student of history. He has researched the era for accuracy and deftly blends fantasy with reality. Before long, you begin to wonder if some of his fantastic creatures and characters really existed in our distant past. The story pulls you in, and the action pushes you from one page to the next. It's a heck of a good story, and I highly recommend it.
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Martin, a good adventure story and an allegory. I, for one, enjoyed it.