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- 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: #677,435 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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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 [...]
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.
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.
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