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Highmage's Plight (Highmage's Plight Series Book 1) by [Aire, D.H.]
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From the Author

Highmage's Plight is the first work of fantasy I ever wrote, published in 2012, but first written almost twenty-five years before. To say, I did a lot of drafts over the years is an understatement. The Highmage's Plight Series is a mix of epic fantasy with sci fi.
The characters are long time friends and did not always do what I expected them to. They really have minds of their own and can be remarkably stubborn. 
The main character is George Bradley, an archaeologist from our future, who while working a dig in Northern Europe discovers it was not built by anyone human. It will not take him long to realize that it had been built by elves as he finds himself on their world across the galaxy.
He is not alone when he stumbles through the Gate that suddenly transports him to another world, where magic defeated technology. George has a crystalline computer staff, which links to his mind, what I call being "enrapport." The staff helps him envision digs and do analysis of various kinds. Falling through the Gate affects man and machine in ways George could not imagine. The computer staff becomes his alter-ego, a rather sarcastic one.
So, welcome to a world where gun powder puts out fire, where those of elvin descent know that human's cannot do magic because humans must not have souls, and where one archaeologist is going to be a trial to the Lord of Demon's schemes for destroying all life on that distant world... and George's challenges are only beginning.
 

About the Author

D.H. Aire has walked the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem and through an escape tunnel out of a Crusader fortress that Richard the Lionhearted once called home. He's toured archaeological sites that were hundreds, if not thousands of years old... experiences that have found expression in his writing of his Highmage's Plight Series. D.H. Aire's short stories and a serialized version of Highmage's Plight have been featured in the ezine Separate Worlds and appears in their first anthology, Flights of Fantasy, Vol. 1. The author is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and currently resides in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1307 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caliburn Books (March 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IOLHEE
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What I would have liked to know before I bought this book. (minor spoilers)

1. What type of book is it: adventure, action, drama, etc? This is not so much a book as a series of short, comic book length, stories bound together to form a larger tale.

2. What is the story about, in general? The story is about George, the archeologist of a distant future as he travels a magical planet with his super advanced magically enhanced computer.

3. What/Who is the target audience? Teenagers and Young Adults. I wish the book had more for Adults, given George's age, but it honestly sheds maturity as the pages turn.

4. How is the proofreading? Below average, with more than a few missing words, switched words, extra words, kindle format errors and such. It is not the worst proofed book I've read, but it sure is among the top 20. This work was put in a word processor and given a simple "Spellcheck". It shows.

5. Is there character development or exploration? We explore George and his group, but beyond George only 1 secondary character is mildly compelling. The rest, though not specifically cliché, ACT in cliché manners and roles. Not fun for me.

6. Are the characters likable? George is unlikable. As much as he is supposed to be intelligent, he feels unreasonable, mulish, stubborn and, eventually, like he is sulking. I tried to find good qualities, and the only `good' one I can find is that his flaws aren't worse! George has the sort of personality that most authors relegate to a secondary character; perpetually stubborn and irate even while caring for people's lives. He is an intellectual diva. I half expect him to say things like `How dare you!
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I had read sections of this book some time ago when they were published in a series of issues of an emagazine. I was impressed enough by what I read then to buy the book.

As the first book by a new author it is quite good - I have definitely seen first books by other now well established authors that were much worse. As such this is definitely an author to watch.

The one issue that I did have with the book is that it does not really read as a continuous story particularly since the book ends at a point that would be at best half way through the story. Instead the book reads more like a series of episodes that involve the same characters. Yes the adventures continue on one after the other but throughout it seems like one adventure has to be completely finished and resolved before the next adventure can start and that makes the book read more like a series of short stories about the same characters rather than as the first part of a novel (and the way it just cuts off at the end means that it definitely is no more than a part of a novel).
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good read....now where is the rest of the story!
I hate waiting long periods of time but am willing to do so if I can get a projected release date.....so again where is the next book already, or should I say....when is the next book!
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I like this series and eagerly awaiting the next addition. Reminds me of Eddingtons' series. Nice flow to the story and connects well with other books in series. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys other worlds.
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I liked this story. It was about a person from the future being sent to a planet in a fantasy setting. The theme is pretty much any advanced enough technology will be like magic. As such his tech is like magic to the people of this world.

I would give this book a 5 star rating if it was actually a complete book. However this book builds up a plot line and then ends in the middle of the plot. A lot of stories will leave you with a cliffhanger ending, this book didn't even make it to the cliff.
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This is one of the hidden gems of Amazon Kindle self publishing. There are a few typos and a couple places where the word editor the author was using used the homonym of a word, but to me it proved that this was truly a work done by someone who was doing what he loved.

This story is very good, I found it enthralling and truly enjoyed it. The price is great, the fact that there are 4 in the series is very nice and there are more coming (I hope!!!). A great value for my money and when I put the book down, I could not wait to start the next one in the series. They are long in length, and full of great characters and plot is just twisty enough to be enjoyable.
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A very good fantasy, a little difficult to read at first due to writing style but after a short while you get use to the style and the story move along very nicely. This story in my opinion I would call a techno fantasy adventure with a little of everything fantasy. I would recommend it, a nice brake from reading science fiction a solid four stars.
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Don't waste your time. Disjointed, hard to follow,minimal character development. The kind of author that thinks if he throws around words like proficy,mage, demon lord, ect. he has written a best seller. Too bad, the concept had promise.
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