- File Size: 820 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (August 20, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 20, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0091KI1XS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We're only in the prologue, and the book is already giving me the willies. And that's a good thing.
Torg eventually escapes the pit and embarks on an Odyssey-like journey back to his desert home to stop Invictus from enslaving the world of Triken.
Jim Melvin's world-building was at once fantastic and logical, from the unique human cultures to the strange twists on traditional monsters. It's obvious Melvin put a lot of thought into the ecosystems that support his world. For example, Torg discovers a race of monkeys that live deep underground. How do they sustain themselves? By carving meat off a gigantic tentacled monster that inhabits the caverns, like microscopic mites on human skin. How does the monster survive? By eating the monkeys. It's an elegant symbiosis, and Melvin portrays other unique creatures similarly throughout the book.
Forged in Death has a non-traditional magic system - Torg enters a state of temporary death, feeds off the power of the afterlife, and then returns to his body magically recharged (which is why he's called a "Death-Knower"). The evil wizard Invictus, however, gets his power from the sun. This is a switch from most fantasies, which usually have the good guys feeding off the sun and the villains using death for their evil schemes.
The book also felt like a primer for real-world Theravada Buddhism (something the author acknowledges). The characters, Torg in particular, describe the principles behind meditation, karma, the eternal quest for enlightenment, and reincarnation. As one who's ignorant of Buddhist scriptures, I now want to read up on the subject to learn more.
I do have some quibbles with an otherwise outstanding novel.
The hero Torg was a likable character and an all-powerful wizard. But at times he seemed too good and too all-powerful. He won every battle unless he chose to lose, like when he allowed his enemies to throw him into the pit. I wanted Torg to fail or make more mistakes, and then watch him overcome those failures to become a different man by the end of the book.
Also, Forged in Death was a cliff-hanger book. I'm not a fan of the style, but it's a personal nit-pick of mine and not anything Melvin did wrong. Readers who enjoy cliff-hanger endings, however, will see no problem with it.
Forged in Death was beautifully written and a worthy addition to the epic fantasy genre. I hope to see Torg challenged a bit more in future books. I also look forward to learning more about Invictus, whose brief appearances painted him as an "interesting" villain. And the final battle between Torg and Invictus -- Triken's two most powerful wizards -- promises to be truly world-shaking.
Cross-posted at The New Podler Review of Books [...]
It's definitely a page turner, and if you like Tolkien or Terry Brooks and the kind of epic adventure that makes you stay up in the wee hours to keep turning the pages anxiously to see what's next then this is the book for you. Of course now I have to shell out some cash to buy the sequel having been baited with the first book being free but I think it's worth it. I'll just pass on my next coffee purchase at Starbuck's and there you go!
I noticed one bad review that complained about all the sex that we should have been warned about and to that I say that sex is a natural part of life and it's nothing to be ashamed of or afraid of. To make a good recipe for an epic fantasy you have to sprinkle some sex in for flavor. Otherwise maybe a Disney cartoon would be more appropriate such as Cinderella.
I have no problem with graphic sex in a fantasy novel and I honestly never encountered any graphic sex in this one. Hints and innuendos about certain acts yes but never explicit descriptions you'd find in an erotic novel.
Anyway, enough about that. I enjoyed it as I'm sure any open minded adult would enjoy it and I would definitely recommend it. Looking forward to reading book two which I'm fixing to purchase.
In Torg, an Asekha warrior who has lived for a thousand years, and who has achieved Sammaasamaadhi (to the uninitiated, a type of near-death experience wherein your physical body...ceases) more times than his number of years, we have such a person.
In his long, long lifetime he has gained knowledge, wisdom and not a small amount of "magic" through his sammaasammaadhi practices; to this reader, he reminds me more of an enlightened(?) or ascended(?) being than a wizard! Be that as it may, a hero...SUPERhero...he is.
I have read reviews about "Forged in Death(Death Wizard Chronicles)" which have criticized the "perfection" of our protagonist, Torg. Some have said that he doesn't fulfill the requirements of a hero, which is that he must have some weakness; they say he is too perfect.
I say, "Read the book more slowly; take in the whole story, not just the words." Torg does have weaknesses, only not the kind that "normal" people have. His "weakness" lies in sometimes succumbing to the distractions of love and loss, when his full concentration is required for the task at hand. He knows who and what he is and accepts his destiny. This does not indicate that he is perfect.
The legendary aspect of this book that makes it a great read; just as the tales of Ulysses, Hercules and even Merlin takes us into the mythical wonders of days gone by, so does "Forged in Death" give us new tales for our inner child to emulate, with our swords of fallen oak branches, staffs of metal tubing from a construction site and our capes and robes made of bedsheets!
The quest of Torg and the battles in which he engages with the likes of succubus-like witches, demons, ghouls, dragons and magically transformed birds of prey, with a heartbreaking love story for good measure, are indeed the stuff of legend.
This book is well written, beautifully choreographed and, depending on the reader's intestinal fortitude, should be worth following as the Death Wizard Chronicles series continues.
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