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Darkin: A Journey East (The Darkin Saga Book 1) by [Turkot, Joseph]
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READER PRAISE for DARKIN: A JOURNEY EAST (Book 1 of the Darkin Saga)

"From the beginning the author brings you into the characters charms and shortcomings. The story is engrossing. Sadness and humor in this tale. Hard to put down and go back to chores."
- Debi Stark
 
"I can tell you now after just finishing the book this afternoon that this book is worth every penny of its retail price, and is a steal for free. This book is full of fun characters, romance, action-packed adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat reading."
- Christopher Dickson
 
"An awesome read. Loved it so much I am lending it to my best friend to read. I know she will love it as much as I do."
- Kathy
 
"Another book that can not be set aside until finished! Again the author gets to an exciting climax and leaves you hanging as to what just happen. DARKIN 2 becomes a must read to discover what happen!"
- John Dickinson
 
"By his own admission the author drew his inspiration from `The Lord of the Ring', as indeed quite a few have done before him. However, unlike L.o.t.R, this book thunders into the action straight away, and it continues without much let-off."
- H. Starrenburg
 
"It is not often that I find a book that has a compelling story, and is beautifully written."
- Robert Fantina

About the Author

Author of five novels and many short stories, Joseph Turkot grew up and lives in New Jersey. He began writing and drawing at a young age. As a kid, he dreamed that he was A) Luke Skywalker, B) A hobbit, or C) Goku/Bruce Lee, depending upon what day it was. Today, he has crafted his own worlds, filled them with characters, and painted their stories. He writes in a variety of genres that include: realistic fiction, science fiction, dystopian, horror, and fantasy. Subscribe to the mailing list, found on his website, for notification of new releases.

Official Website: josephturkot.com
Facebook: facebook.com/josephturkotwrites
Twitter: twitter.com/josephturkot

Product Details

  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darkin Fantasy (August 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00902HZZ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed this book. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was how it ended. I know, it's the first in the series but it felt somewhat rushed towards the end and I feel it could've been wrapped up a bit more before ending. It's definitely one of those "cliffhanger" endings so, if you're not into that, you've been warned! Despite that, I would still recommend it! Will be looking into the next of the series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I've always loved fantasy and Tolkien in particular is one of my favorites. Thought I would give this book a go as it sounded promising - and I was not disappointed!

The theme of fighting for freedom against oppression (as in Adacon, the main character, who is a slave) is a popular one that anyone can relate to, and always makes for a very enjoyable, satisfying read. The story is woven together beautifully by this talented writer into an overall fascinating, page-turning tale. I loved the gritty battle scenes and the RPG like characters!

A quality piece of writing! For fans of fantasy, adventure or both, I highly recommend this book. As soon as I finished it, I felt an urge to read more so I immediately bought Book 2 in the Darkin Saga!
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Well written but the story was odd. Lot of jumping around from place to place. Plus two characters go from being life long slaves to highly skilled fighters with no real effort or training on their part. Plus the main wizard is out of proportionally powerful, able to effect events a world away but basically just observes during the final battle.
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It's easy to see the author is a Tolkien fan. The story is not identical but has similar story line without the ring being the focus. The story grabbed my attention and can very easily be read in a few days. The ending of book one left me wondering the mystery of Adacon, so I most definitely will read book two. This was a good read; Mr. Turkot has a wonderful and vivid imagination.
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Darkin is a country with an economy based on slavery, and this book is the first of a series to describe the (mis)fortunes of that country.

So the story begins with the slave Adacon escaping, and setting out to the east to live as a free man. But things happen, and soon he finds himself wanting to destroy Darkin's ruler, and fighting an evil wizard who wants to take over Darkin for himself.

By his own admission the author drew his inspiration from `The Lord of the Ring', as indeed quite a few have done before him. However, unlike L.o.t.R, this book thunders into the action straight away, and it continues without much let-off. Adacon and his friends are constantly on the move, being watched and being attacked. Even so, there is some time for romantic interest, something that was sadly lacking in L.o.t.R.

Off course, being set in an imaginary country which is part of an imaginary world precludes any charges of historical inaccuracy. Even so, I enjoyed this book a lot, and I am happy to recommend it to anyone who likes adventure fiction. I am certainly planning to read the next instalment.
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I really tried to enjoy this book. The whole idea seemed like an interesting story, but I found myself quickly being pulled out of the story by the escaped slaves talking like Victorian era gentry. Having read stolen books or not the slaves should not be as well spoken(and usually overly so) as they are. I understand what the author is trying to accomplish through such flowery verbosity, but it fell short of the mark for me and just ruined any chance I had to enjoy the story. It appears that there are many other people that are enjoying the story though, so don't take my word for it(good part about the first book in a series being cheap/free).
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There are several ways to create the sense of wonder that draws readers into a fantasy story. You can add a little of the fantastic to an ordinary story, or you can add a little normal to a fantastic one. Darkin: A Journey East by Joseph Turkot takes the latter path, as the reader enters the world of Darkin through the eyes of a young escaped slave named Adacon, who, having grown up a prisoner, has as little experience in this strange world as the reader. In this way the reader can easily relate to the main character, since everything he sees and experiences is new and wonderful to him as well. Adacon is just as surprised by all the golems, gnomes, dwarves and elves in the world as the reader would be if he stumbled into the strange world of Darkin.

The story never gets dull as Adacon and his new found friends begin a quest to overthrow their oppressors. They soon learn, however, that their world has bigger problems than they first believed.

I wish there was more detail about the treatment and conditions of the slaves in the beginning of the book - it might have cleared up a few slightly puzzling details. But the book is more about the story and the characters (and their quirks) than about the day to day lives of Grelion's slaves.

The author's take on magic (vapoury) was pretty interesting, and I am hoping that the sequel will explain a bit more about it.

The book ends with a rather masterful use of a cliffhanger; I will definitely have to pick up the sequel and see what happens next. If you are looking for an interesting fantasy novel, check out Darkin; the author intends to keep book one free, so there is really nothing to lose.
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