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Eye of the Moonrat (The Bowl of Souls Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 11 in The Jharro Grove Saga
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From the Author
I came up with the main characters when I was a teenager. I loved fantasy novels and I loved comic books and the first versions of these characters really showed those roots. Over the years, I kept notebooks about them and their history. I made a few attempts at writing their adventures. It wasn't until years later that my wife finally told me to stop dreaming about this story and write it down.
I wrote Eye of the Moonrat and most of what became Messenger of the Dark Prophet over a 15 month period. Then began a ten year process of editing and rewrites and submissions to publishers and agents. Those were long frustrating years and there were several gaps of time when I had thrown my hands up and put it all away. But the book got better. I honed my writing skills and added to it until the first book became two.
I had a small group of family and friends that had read the first two books and eagerly wanted more. They encouraged me to publish on Amazon for Kindle. I resisted that advice for a long time, but finally in May of 2012 I gathered my nerves and put the first book out there. I was inspired by the feedback. Book two and three came out soon after, followed by Hilt's Pride in December.
It has been more successful than I thought possible. If you had told me in 2011 that I would have four books out by this time in 2012, I would have thought you were crazy. Thank you for giving my books a chance. I promise to keep writing.
- Publication date : May 12, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- File size : 1566 KB
- ASIN : B0082V0ZHM
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #353,150 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Other reviewers have said/complained that this book reads a lot like a Young Adult offering. I would say it's certainly YA, but don't understand why that's a bad thing. A lot of fantasy books nowadays seem to be little more than conduits of the author's sexual fantasy-- worlds where rape, incest, and a plethora of other acts are not only given a very prominent role in the overall story, but are even glorified through the care with which they're so graphically described. For me personally, YA means that I'm going to be able to enjoy a well-crafted story without feeling as if I've been dragged through the dirt afterwards. So I see it as a big plus.
Mr. Cooley is clearly committed to weaving an exciting tale-- so much so that he doesn't have to cheapen it with bawdy content. It's apparent to me by the way his female characters are depicted (as capable and strong) that he intends to treat them with respect throughout the story. I also really like the way Justan interacts with his female companions: he is protective, but not overly so. He treats them as equals.
Overall, this book has been a breath of fresh air, and I'm very much looking forward to continuing with this series.
This book is so very good. One can almost immediately connect with the main character, an average boy with a really strong will and daddy issues which leaves him with a debilitating pride and need to prove himself by relying only on himself. It's both sad and inspiring at the same time. Then we see him gradually see his faults and work to correct them. Then finally after all his hard work, when everything he's worked for is about come true, his hopes are dashed. There's hope for him but first he has to get his newly discovered magic under control by spending (wasting in his opinion) 2 years training. There are 2 possible love interests for the main character, but it is so well done that it doesn't intrude on the main story line. The secondary characters have just enough depth that you remember them and enough mystery that you want to get to know them better. The story flows beautifully and at the end the author gives us closure for the most part but creates anticipation without being annoying. I have already bought and read the 2nd and 3rd books. It is a brilliant series and I can't wait for the fourth book, possibly coming in march according to the author's website.
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Messenger of the Dark Prophet: The Bowl of Souls: Book Two
Hunt of the Bandham: The Bowl of Souls: Book Three
I managed to pick the title up for free at one point, but after reading it, have purchased the next couple & plan on finishing the series. It's a pretty quick read that is entertaining. Lots of common elements, but a fun ride. I actually like some of the characters and want to see what will happen next.
I was a little concerned at first, considering the main character is 17 years old and the first character introduced is an obvious anagram. (I know this because I'm not good at anagrams and this one hit me over the head!) I was beginning to think it is a young adult fantasy. As the story progresses, I'd say it's not directly aimed at YA, but there aren't any major adult-only themes, so younger readers are welcome as well.
I'm recently drawn to very grand, epic works (WoT, GoT, etc.) but don't have a lot of reading time (so I listen to those during my commute.) The titles I read are usually shorter like this one, but then at times leave me disappointed. Not so with this book.
Top reviews from other countries
I like the way James Foster reads. The words are clear and distinct which brought the rating of this audiobook a couple of notches up!
When I first started reading/listening to this book, it seemed like this author is one of those who makes the characters act or be stupid to create a situation where they could save the world... a version of "too stupid to live" (TSTL) kind of writing style... Justan, our main protagonist, sounded like a know-it-all, obstinate learner. That didn't endear him to me at all... I wasn't enthralled, to say the least. However there was nothing better to read and the book was in my phone already so I continued listening to it. I was glad I did because as it turns out, Justan wasn't TSTL but just make mistakes like any of us does. It was annoying at first but it also made the character more real and enabled the reader to connect with story more firmly. However, the super-villain on the other hand is all evil which bears no semblance to reality and is so much like Dr. Evil in Austin Powers instead. The character is painted more of a parody of evil than a real evil. This has the effect of the story having a clear cut delineating line between good and evil. It follows that the plot is quite straight forward as well. A formulaic bad guys attack, good guys defend, and there ensues a fight between good and evil. Then the book ends in a cliffhanger. The end. However, the world building is good enough that I wanted to keep on reading. Kudos to the author for achieving that much! The only thing marring that world building is it's slight middle grade tone. In its portrayal of the evil villain, it gave this book a middle grade slant. I'm not a fan of this particular quirk. I was looking for a proper epic fantasy. In that score, I was a bit disappointed.
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 3.5
Ending = 2
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 3
Plot = 3
Narration = 5
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
This is the first in a set of 5 Kindle books. However there is a a volume 1.5 which I have yet to read which I guess is an off-shoot story. At this point volume 5 is yet to be published. It is due Sept/Oct this year. Mr Cooley writes very fast. There is none of this gap of years between books which you get with some other writers (mentioning no names, ok ok - ice and fire are clues). The story zooms along and is easy to read. It could almost be young adult fiction in that there is no sex and little to no swearing. I am currently on book four and I got here in less than two weeks. I now want to slow down so I can go straight to the final volume when it comes out.
One final point....its sooo cheap! What £2.60 or so? Cheap but classy. It costs less than a cup of Starbucks vanilla coffee and is better for your waistline. Trust me, you will love it.
I enjoyed the simple plot, the arch baddy, the interesting segways into Deathclaw and Fist. In places I found the plot too basic (need a suspect? Oh, here is someone behaving suspiciously), but a small part of me delighted in the fact that Justan gets the mystic bow, the wonderfully dangerous animal companion, the offer of magic swords - just like those childhood stories (and funnily enough, just like Lord of the Rings).
I will definitely be reading the next in the series, and I wonder/hope/speculate whether the plot will become more sophisticated as the books progress, and whether that will increase or decrease the charm...
To start off with you want to smack Justan but slowly he grows up before your eyes and we begin to see the making of a strong, likable character. Fist, Deathclaw and Gwyrtha all bring a different perspective to the story and add more depth to the characters. They all play a central part to the story which I like rather than just being extras added for the sake of it.
This story is a continuing saga and I like all the twists and turns that it offers and also the fact that there is a war going on and some of the characters that you like die as well and those who live suffer greatly.
As I said before like this story and looking forward to the next installment.