- Paperback: 414 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 31, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1448695317
- ISBN-13: 978-1448695317
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,442,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Chronicles of BALTRATH: The DARK WIZARDS Paperback – October 31, 2009
About the Author
Gary Kuyper is a South African who began his professional literary career writing self-help and general interest articles for Daan Retief Publishers who produced a monthly book for their woman's club called Woman's Forum. These articles would sometimes require research and had titles as diverse as The Human Brain and Body Painting! Being a professional photographer on a part-time basis he has managed to have articles on photography (With accompanying photographs) published in books and magazines. He has also done some free-lance photography and photojournalism projects for numerous local newspapers. Over the past four years he constantly managed to be one of the top finalists in the Nova Short Story Competition (A competition for budding writers of science fiction and/or fantasy). Last year (2008) He had the pleasure of seeing The Crystal Glow, a children's fantasy story (Written in rhyme) - grace the pages of the local SF & Fantasy Fanzine Probe. This year Probe will be publishing his fantasy/horror story - The Devil's Little Tadpoles. Gary is also an avid film buff and amateur film maker. A few years ago he took first prize in the SA Ten Best Film Makers Competition with a short film entitled The Crimson Cobra - An action-packed martial arts movie. Being a qualified prosthetics make-up artist he has used his talent on both amateur and professional productions and has appeared on television in a youth program especially made for enlightening people in the art of special effects make-up. He has a vast knowledge of music and has appeared on the local Television Music Quiz Show Note for Note. In 2008 he entered the SF / Fantasy Mini Radio Play Competition and took first prize with The Adventures of Captain Max Power of the Intergalactic Police - an obvious homage to the early Flash Gordon radio series'. A number of skilled professionals are now planning to produce Max to CD and have it aired on a local radio station (SAfm). All his literary and photojournalistic accomplishments have been done on a part-time basis due to the fact that his full time career is lecturing mathematics as well as engineering science at a Technical College. Gary is presently working on Book 2 of The Chronicles of Baltrath.
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My 2 favorite genres are SF and fantasy. I've read quite a number of novels in each of these categories and have begun to find the fantasy getting quite banal; that is...until now!
Gary Kuyper has taken the genre and given it a new breath; a new twist that is so interesting it keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is the best page turner since...well that would be difficult to say as this novel is so novel it's in a category of its own.
Just take my word for it that you won't be disappointed.
After events at the end of chapter 4 the book is especially difficult to put down. In fact, I called in sick at work just to be able to finish it; and believe me it was worth the risk! Unlike many novels today that fail to deliver when it is time for the climax, Kuyper delivers in aces.
People will be talking about this book decades from now. It truly is destined to become the next great fantasy classic.
Directors take note - although this is the first in a series, it is a stand alone novel and will make one terrific movie.
This is also the type of novel that can be read again and again; I know I will.
The author, although having a sharp vision of the world's geography and physical presense, seems most interested in culture and explores in depth the foundation of a culture he has imagined but which has verisimilitude I found hard to resist. A World where women's beauty is judged on the size of their eye-teeth? Oh yes. I am sure there will be many suprises and challenging contrasts with our own culture along the way for the reader of this excellent novel.
Well Balrath, as a world, delivers more than just swords and sorcery with it's many varied and descriptive new creatures, battle ideals and a truly original storyline. Right from the off you'll be drawn into a world of huge compelling characters, honour, intrigue and good old bloodthirsty sword fighting against armies of similar sword weilding foes and one eyed giants, and that's just the first chapter!
The rest of the book doesn't let up either as it twists and turns keeping you guessing right through to the end. Trully a masterpiece in the genre to rival the likes of Eddings and Feist with a unique and stunning world, if you like fantasy then you'll love this book.
I will certainly keep my eye out for more in the Chronicles of Balrath series from this author and highly recommend this to anyone who loves the escape of a brand new world and it's many varied and colourful inhabitants.