"Cradle of the Gods has a wonderfully well-crafted plot that moves at a good pace and takes the reader on a gripping journey of fantasy, magic, discovery and peril. I like the way the world of the characters is revealed gradually as the story unfolds - we discover the background and intricacies of Ghile's world as he encounters events himself. I found myself sharing in his bewilderment, fears and determination, and rooting for him to survive and succeed in his mission. The many characters are wonderfully varied with strong, well-defined personalities and motivations. I especially liked Gaidel, druid daughter of the All Mother who connects through song to nature and life and her words: "Life was...an eternal song one had to join to find harmony". Her philosophy adds to the book's extra message about life and meaning. Thomas Quinn Miller's brilliant imagination has created an array of captivating, powerful and believable beings and species that interact and attempt to wield their influence and powers over one another. I was reminded at times of the conflicts and challenges characters faced in the world of Lord of the Rings. The story kept my interest throughout and ends with the indication of further missions and challenges for young Ghile and his friends - enticing the reader into future sequels of the book. Excellent vivid writing, great story and characters, and all the ingredients of an imaginatively entertaining, thought-provoking and action packed fantasy. Recommended." -- Hilary Hawkes Readers' Favorite"The Cradle of the Gods (The Soulstone Prophecy Book 1) by Thomas Quinn Miller is the first part of what is certain to be a blockbuster YA fantasy series. Thomas Quinn Miller created an extraordinary story flawlessly delivered through impeccable writing, an epic cast of memorable characters, and a unique setting, all of which blended together perfectly to create this remarkable world of the Cradle and its surroundings. The intricate plot comes together with one part flowing into the next to bring to life one of the most memorable fiction fantasy stories I have read. I am excited for the journey Ghile is embarking on. I cannot wait to see where it leads him and his accomplices, and all the challenges they will have to overcome in an attempt to fulfill the prophecy.
-- Faridah Nassozi Readers' Favorite"It is delightful to find a detailed, immersive fantasy world which does not bog the reader down in page loads of lore and history. The realm of Allwyn, its magical system, gods and everyday ways are delivered to the audience in a stylish and highly readable narrative with Thomas Quinn Miller's imaginative prose. Ghile is a likable hero, but for me the supporting cast were superbly fleshed out, each making a new mark on the world as you meet them and never a disappointment. My particular favourite was the enigmatically named Two Elks, though apprentice Riff made a close second. Equally plot driven and character driven in nature, Miller strikes a storytelling balance which is rarely found in fantasy of this ilk. Expect dwarves and gods, heroes and monsters, but so much more. Don't miss The Cradle of the Gods."
-- K. C. Finn Readers' Favorite
About the Author
Thomas Q. Miller grew up in a small rural town in Illinois. At the age of thirteen he read his first novel, Dune, by Frank Herbert. That was the spark that ignited his passion for reading. It was the popular fantasy Dragonlance novels by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis which cemented his love of fantasy. He grew up devouring those heroic tales of swords and sorcery and like so many others, always wanted to add a little of himself to the genre. He feels if even one person reads his work and experiences that seed of excitement he still experiences from a good science fiction or fantasy read, it will all have been worth it. Thomas currently resides with his lovely wife and children in northern England.