- File Size: 799 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: #604,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Forged in Death (The Death Wizard Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There were several good places in the book, followed by something I didn’t care for. However, what kept me reading was the story line, though I think it could have been written better. At least, there weren’t grammatical errors upon errors as I’ve seen in other books.
What chased me away from this epic fantasy book was the fact the main character was practically invincible to everything. I kept wondering why have a character that has skin that can’t be penetrated by almost anything? It kind of takes the fun out of the hero for me. He seems like a God, but isn’t… The Torgon, or Torg for short, is the main character in this book, and although invincible, the reader can at least connect with him on a few levels. Other than that, the characters in this book were one-dimensional. I didn’t really get a feel for them, despite the annoying background information on the characters that felt more like filler than anything else. It felt as if I was just reading about this world and wasn’t part of it.
I won’t read books 2-5. If I barely made it through the first book, I would hate to force myself to read the others. During some parts of the books, it seemed as if I was reading a book for children, due to the writing and attempt at humor, and then bam an adult scene, which confused me because it didn’t seem to go with the story. It was almost as if they were placed there just because the author could.
I had high hopes for this book and left it sorely disappointed.
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 [...]
I wished Amazon or the publisher would have given my some sort of warning that this book series contains some disturbing sexual content. Others may not be bothered by such content but I feel I should be warned and given a choice. I believe the author has the right to write whatever he wishes and Amazon has the right to sell it but some sort of warning label needs to be placed so I can make a choice to purchase or avoid this type of material. So, I decided to address the issue and contact both Amazon and the publisher, BelleBooks in Memphis, TN.
After discussing Melvin's Death Wizard series with Amazon, I have asked Amazon to place a content advisory on the Death Wizard Chronicles for adult/sexual content.
Until then, be warmed this book and Melvin's second book Chained By Fear contains sexual content of the following nature. Incest, sex between children, rape, child masturbation, grandmother raping granddaughter and more. The sexual content in book one is more adult oriented and by book two progresses more to incest/children. Some of the content is rather explicit.
Sad thing is, the underlying story is great but the sexual content leaves a sick, perverted residue that overwhelms and taints the series to the point I had to stop reading.
So far, Amazon's response has been great and both people I have spoken with at Amazon have agreed with me that some sort of action needs to be taken. I feel Amazon has taken my concern seriously.
I would like to thank Amazon for their response to my concerns regarding this material, including their legal department for taking the time to call me and discuss the matter with me. Jennifer and Rona, thanks for listening and helping.
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