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- Print Length: 414 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Well-Tailored Books (May 4, 2020)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0872GQ751
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Through it all their Quest Master Traveller is determined not to fail. Titans Caravan will make it to Atlantea as promised, but first... A fantastic entry in the series it has everything we love about the first few books, action, mystery, epic beasts and more new memorable characters. Read and enjoy!
Austin Dragon is a maestro of mysticism and magic with his arc of works gloriously ranging from the noir futuristic Liquid Cool to the spooky Sleepy Hollow stories.
However, my favourite is definitely the Fabled Quest Chronicles, with its curious pantheon of the Titan's Trail Caravan, of which The Forest of Ancients is an impressive tome of 415 wonderful pages, which more than matches The Lord of the Rings and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe sagas, both of which have been celebrated in film and (in the latter's case), on national television too, which in my humble opinion, The Fabled Quest Chronicles should be too.
The epic fourth part of the series, (not to be the last, you'll be thrilled to hear) tells the long and ultra-populated (thankfully there's a comprehensive glossary at the back), story of the Titan's Trail Caravan's progress through the eponymous, indescribably vast Forest, where, led as ever by the magical, allegedly human - though I have my doubts - known only as Traveler or Mr Traveler and his shape-shifter 'dog-with-no-name', (who variously appears at a second's notice and/or necessity, as a horse, a griffin, a flying snake or by other creatures of Mr Dragon's vastly inventive imagination, for any purpose his master requires).
As afficionados like myself know well, others among the huge caravan include Princess/Lady Aylwen, her companion Maiden Gwynedd, King Aelreth, Mr Hobbs, Mr Estus,young Mr Quillen the artist and fairy 'minder' to twin sisters and their Quest, to reach the Kingdom of Atlantea, a mystical far, far away land, like the Atlantis of legend.
New friends and allies, plus enemies old and new, including the re-animated evil Four Kings, appear in various combinations to help or otherwise, in a magnificent epic saga that will make you gasp at times with awe, wonder or fear and absorb you into completely forgetting all about the Covid-19 pandemic and your Lockdown Blues, while you thrill and chill like never before, at an amazing, fantasy adventure, The Forest of Ancients, by Austin Dragon, the like of which you'll be satiated by - until the next time.
Grab a copy today - it's a (2)5-star superstory, that will totally grasp your imagination and keep you in its spell!
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Titan's Caravan rumbles through to the Great Forest, and, oh boy, Mr Quillen's pen has a life of its own and his Glossary gets larger with each step. No wonder, when all manner of life are huge in stature. If you think Traveler and his friends had a bad journey in the previous books, then you should ready yourself for all the new beastie monstrosities, and the shock of the comforting familiar becoming terrifying deadly.
The reader finds out a little more about some of the characters and, when you do, it feels like you have been given a choice jewel, to be hidden away from sight until it needs to be used for the benefit of all. The author likes to give us these like a dripping tap, a little drop here, a little drip there. This happens particularly when it comes to Traveler himself. He's a wonderfully known-but-unknown quantity, but what he does know and imparts to us is quality information. The others, I believe, would follow him to the ends of the earth, as he oozes confidence and standing (whether he actually feels it inside or not), and shows his leadership qualities when he has all the different races, types, sizes, and enemies, working as a team. I love watching his relationships with the other characters grow mile by mile. He's a fantastic kaleidoscope of a character. I wonder how he came across all this knowledge and became the Traveler we all know and love? I can't wait to read the prequel 'Quest Master' to find out.
Roll on Book Five!
I generally like how Austin develops his stories and want to whether all the characters we're rooting for will be successful in their quest so why isn't this a 5 star review.
Well there are two issues I had with this book that prevented that. The first should be simple to correct as someone did not proof read it properly. There were two sections where a few pages were duplicated and these duplicated pages need removing as it did cause a little disruption to the storyline as I first though I wa experiencing a deja vu moment.
The second issue is at times it feels like there is just too much repetition, I really don't need to read again and again of the different groups of characters being lined up when the Caravan is about to move off, when often this makes no contribution to the storyline. It just feels like this is padding out the story to fill the page target.
Anyway that's my two minor gripes and neither will stop me looking forward to Book five.