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The Chronicles Of Irindia: Book One: The Gatherer (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, June 6, 2012
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D. John Watson grew up in rural Mansfield, close to the University of Connecticut campus. He and his family moved to Southeastern Florida in 2007, where they still reside. The Chronicles of Irindia Book One: The Gatherer is his first major novel published, but by no means his last. Book Two is expected to be released in the Fall of 2012.
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The land of Irindia is being taken over by Lord Draga, an evil wizard who is using dark magic to destroy everything that stands in his way. His only goal is to bring his master, an evil demon banished to another world, through the only gateway remaining that will release him from his prison, the Mirror of Irindia. However, use of this mirror has to be given willingly, it cannot be forced. Empress Alassa rules over all of Irindia and therefore the mirror. She must keep the mirror from Draga's grasp, regardless of the cost.
At the age of 13, David has been moved by his parents to a farm in the country and has been forced to leave everything he knows behind, even his older sister. One day he finds an artifact at a farmers market that he has to have. While in his room, he wishes he could be anywhere else. He is instantly transported to Irindia where he learns of his fate as The Gatherer. According to legends, he must gather the fragments of the Stone of Irindia and harness its power to defeat Lord Draga. The Gatherer is the first book in The Chronicles of Irindia series.
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book. However, a few chapters in I found myself wanting David to see his quest through and defeat the evil Lord Draga. By the last chapter I ended up really liking this book and wanting the story to continue. I think it is well written and the story flows well, however, there are a few typos and such but I can overlook a few simple mistakes if the story is worth reading. I'm not usually a fan of fantasy books but I thought Watson did an excellent job of describing the land of Irindia in detail. I found it easy to paint a mental picture of the land and all the creatures that call it home. I think you will enjoy this one and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
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David must learn to fight, to wield magic, and guard his mind. He must do these all the while escaping the evil clutches of the dark wizard Draga who will stop at nothing to gain ultimate power and dominance. All the more interesting is the fact that David's appointed guardian and teacher is Draga's estranged brother, Suma.
I enjoyed the characters Watson introduces, and he does a splendid job at constructing and describing a rich and detailed world with many races, traditions, and magic. The narration and introspection add to what I believe is a very solid story. There are even little moments along the way that I found humorous or endearing (I instantly liked Lazo, and the bartering Suma the wizard). Another character I liked was Gindu, and I was engrossed with the Empress Alassa and her predicament of being a prisoner of Draga's. Would she yield control of the Gate and allow Draga's demon master through? What possible threats could the dark wizard leverage against her and did she have the strength to stand it? Alassa is one brave young woman, and I think the author did an excellent job at portraying both her strengths and vulnerabilities...
The rest of my thoughts on this fun read can be found at my blog.
The story depicts a young hero on his quest to go back, and while doing so, frees an Empress and destroys a dark wizard trying to bring his darker master through to Irindia. The hero has a mentor who possesses a secret he cannot divulge. The hero is opposed by a wizard and other creatures which will do anything to destroy him or gain his allegiance.
The story really grabbed my interest and was written at a good pace and I could not wait to get to the next chapter. I am looking forward to seeing the author's next piece of work.