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Idi & The Oracle's Quest: Coming of Age Fantasy (Born To Be Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Book 1 of 3 in Born to Be|
|Age Level: 10 - 18|
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- File Size : 2036 KB
- Publication Date : February 20, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 235 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01C1UDQKC
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The author writes:
"When I was little my Nan used to fill my head with magical tales, as we walked through the forest she would tell me there were Fairies and Pixies everywhere and I believed her. The beauty of magic and mystery never left me and I used to make up tales for my lads when they were young. I am a complete book lover and love it when I find a new world that I can get lost in. This became my dream, that I could write a story that people could escape their own life for a short time and get lost in Talia, the world I created. You have to have a dream for a dream to come true. I have the dream, I've spent twenty years of my life writing, re-writing, editing and re-editing Idi " The Oracle's Quest to create that dream."
Marcus watched as the shimmering light slowly stopped moving, and before him, Oleanna appeared. An Oracle – Defender and Guide of Talia - stood before him. He marvelled that a Spirit of the Land should appear to him. Everything about her was light, and she seemed to flicker between substance and nothing making it hard for him to focus on her.
The author created a fantasy landscape wherein her characters performed magic, rituals, exercising the power of knowledge strength demonstrating to readers principles to live by for survival and goodness, showing us how to become warriors of light. The story takes us on a journey where we meet:
• Marcus: ..he had picked the eleven Brothers to join him after a dream he’d had, many moons ago. One by one he’d found them, seen something within each of them that was good, then brought them to the edge of the world of Talia; far from the affairs of men and Kings. There he had become their mentor, teaching them all he knew: inner strength, the ways of the world, and all the while searching their hearts to reveal their motivation. He had watched their actions and deeply searched their motives until; one by one, he had become satisfied that they were men of the Light. Then he taught them the power of words and magic. Within ten years, they were as powerful as himself, within twenty they had left him far behind. A lesser man might have feared that they would eventually reject him because of his weakness, but he knew within himself, without pride or conceit, that they loved and respected him. He knew, not one of them would try to oust him from the band of Brothers.
Marcus was ordered to go on a quest of great importance. " Evil approaches and you must go with all speed. Head for the village of Clodoth, there you will find a young boy who you are to take on this journey with you.”
“He answers to the name of Idi, although this is not his name. He is without parents and is considered the village fool. You will take him, love him and show him the Way. His destiny is vital for the future of the Kingdom, and although he is not The One, he will be the person to save The One who is prophesied to come.” Before he could stop it entering his head, the thought hit Marcus: ...why couldn’t he be the one to save the prophesied One?
• More about Idi
“Now you’re just making fun at me. I saw you in the village, they might call me Idi but I'm not as stupid as they think.” Idi tapped the side of his forehead with two fingers, “I know more than they think you know”. He turned and sat back down on the riverbank, as if he was closing the conversation. Marcus smiled gently to himself and went to sit next to Idi. “Is that why you’re called Idi then?” he asked softly. “Yep, old Ma Rose always says, 'idiot by nature and Idiot by name', I don't know if I ever had a proper name like, but Idi's me name now.”
It is an adventure where good plays out against evil and power is fed by learning, moral standing ... .or magic? ....and won by fighting in a war?
Marcus says: “Nothing to fear from me lad. If you will keep me company on my journey I will teach you magic, so that no-one ever again will dare to call you stupid.” Idi's eyes could get no bigger, and his mouth would surely at any moment, consume the whole of his face if it got any larger.
The lesson by Oleanna surfaces:
“Words are containers of power, and no one can release the magic within, until they believe in themselves. You must believe magic is within, and then speak the words of power with the belief Marcus, if you are to behold true magic carried into the air. Remember always, that words, spoken in faith, are containers of power.”
• The magic pendant:
“Can you keep a promise?” asked Tarsin. “The pendant is magic.” “Oh,” said Absalom, immediately impressed. “It has a special power.” “What is it?” “It stops the eye of black magic from finding whoever is wearing it. I need you to make me a promise Absalom.” Absalom had never to take it off. Is he the one who is marked as " The One" to be King?
“Absalom asked. Tarsin nodded. “I had a dream last night, and in the dream someone told me that I was born to be a King. Is that right? Am I going to be a King one day?” Tarsin was surprised; he thought the boy was born a `normal’ without any special powers. “You are only born to be the person you become Absalom. Who can say whether you will be a King or not? That is not important. What’s more valuable is that you grow and become you.” Absalom pulled a face; he didn’t really understand what Tarsin was telling him. He brightened a bit. “I have been practicing all the weapons. I am very good with the sword; I would make a great King.” Tarsin smiled and ruffled his hair. “A great King is not made by his sword Absalom; he is made by his mercy and understanding.” Absalom’s face dropped again, he wanted to fight evil and save people.
• Beautiful character descriptions in a land of fantasy :
Oleanna smiled fondly at Marcus. He would not know of it until the end, but Marcus was regarded highly amongst the Oracles, and he would be the builder upon which the foundations of the New World of Talia would be formed. Marcus saw a flicker of movement behind Oleanna, and stood in awe as her wings unfolded and opened. They fluttered in the air as if shaking off tiredness, then stretched upwards and outwards, the snowy white feathers unfurling with little movements, like gentle waves hitting the beach floor. She saw him watching her wings and smiled at him with understanding. Slowly, the wings lifted her from the floor and once in the air she began to shimmer, flickering in and out of reality. “Be brave and believe in yourself my noble man,” she whispered as she disappeared.
• Landscapes and settings
Secret passageways, castle and kings, servants and warriors, lakes and elements of water and fire, light and darkness, witches and magic ......
The belief is-
that a great war is coming to Talia.” “The demons do not bother us Amber.” “I do not mean the demons, they are a part of it yes, but they are only pawns to the ones who want to destroy the Earth.” The thought of the Earth being destroyed was too much.
“Sometimes the Earth talks to me Lily, as I am sure the Waters do to you, the Earth is afraid.” Now Amber began to shake and Lily looked at her, concerned. Through chattering teeth Amber continued. “Blackness is building in the underworld. They are drawing on the depths of old magic and evil is leaking into the Earth. It has been happening for years now and no one has noticed for a long time; blackness grew in tiny amounts, seeping into Earth and whispering its innocence, and so it was basically ignored. Now we can ignore it only at our peril.” Amber was shaking so much that two of the Earth Clan moved to hold her. "
The story is simply told but complicated by the numerous characters we meet on our way . I gather in book two it will be easier to associate , recognize, remember and reinforce their roles as it would be the reader's second chance on this adventure. The great war is coming, How will power be won?
A good book for young adults for character - formation.
11 August 2017
One only needs to read the opening pages if this epic magical novel to become immersed in Tracy’s dream world – ‘“Oh mother of all demons!” Idi cursed as he swayed on the wet, moss-covered stepping stone. This was the furthest from the village he’d ever managed to get; he had hoped that maybe, just maybe, today he could have escaped his wretched life of despised orphan. The snowmelt hurtled downstream and the stone Idi stood on shook under its power; his cold dirty feet curled tightly over its slimy surface. Knees bent and his arms out-stretched steadying himself, he shook his head, flicking his long greasy hair out his face. He daren’t for a moment take his eyes off it. On the other side of the river waited an enormous crow. It was about the same size as the huge wolves he’d spotted stalking the forest recently. The bird’s claws scratched at the river bank, whilst its beady black eyes focused on Idi with intent. If Idi hadn’t have been concentrating so hard on where to step next, he might have noticed the huge bird arrive. Looking past the crow to the mountains so teasingly close behind, Idi ground his teeth. It isn’t fair. I need to get out of this cursed valley.’
The book is lengthy but Tracy’s synopsis condenses the story (part 1 of her series) well – ‘Idi, called to protect the future king of Talia needs the guidance of Marcus, a sagacious magician, to defeat the sinister Norvora. Yet his greatest challenge will be overcoming his entrenched belief that he's stupid. Held prisoners within a magical orb the Sister Witches wait to be released. When the prophesied one is crowned King he will have the power to set them free. At all costs he must be found and turned away from the evil that is seeping into the world of Talia. Idi’s life so far has been full of sorrow. He longs to leave the village and to go in search of adventure. When Marcus, the Magician, turns up and asks Idi to join him on a Quest Idi doesn’t hesitate. They set off together across the lands of Talia in search of the mother who bring the new King into their world. They must find her before Norvora and his minions do, the Oracle is relying on them to keep the new King safe. But the world of Talia is changing, the demons becoming bolder and time is running out. The Witches must decide which side to fight on and Idi must learn to be the greatest magician Talia has ever seen if he is to save them all.’
The British verbiage adds to the beauty of this story - ‘Whilst Rubin had lived with them, Turtledoff had wanted several times to tell the lad about the book. Surely after all, this was to be the son he had never had? But something always held him back. Now as he looked at Cassandra, he knew why. He would tell her about the book one day, but the book was to be passed down to Absalom: he knew that with complete certainty. Absalom was the One and he would be the catalyst in determining the new Talia.’
We have a giant in our midst – a dream spinner and talisman creator who is most assuredly poised for a successful career as an important author. Grady Harp, August 17
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IDI & The Oracle’s Quest is a magical story with many different and wonderful characters. This is the perfect book to read when you have a free day and a long evening. I felt that this book expresses that everyone is special through the character IDI an Orphan living a life where he doesn’t feel loved or understood and doesn’t feel special at all. But life and growth can make all the difference.
The story itself follows Marcus and the band of brothers as they prepare to meet the chosen one. However, Marcus is sent by a magic oracle to help IDI discover he is magical and special and hopes he will help him discover the chosen one. However, will Marcus convince IDI of his hidden powers? Will they go on a journey to find the chosen one? Read this book to find out.
I loved all the magical characters in this book, each one very easy to imagine and very different from others. My favourite was Turtledoff, a dwarf-like creature with a friendly attitude and broken old English speech. He was a very interesting and lovable character.
I enjoyed how the land the characters travelled were just as imaginative as the characters themselves. I thought the author did a great job at showing that both land and person worked together to protected the worlds around them. Often the thought that no one is alone popped into my head.
I also loved how the author quoted what different names mean. I too enjoy looking up and learning what different names mean and thought this feed nicely into IDI desire for identity. The little images within the book leading your way through some of the story gave the book itself a beautiful quality while reading.
I think people who enjoyed Merlin the TV show or read the book, would enjoy IDI &The Oracle’s Quest as an adult. If you enjoy books that take you on a quest of magic and discovery. Followed by characters that will not only touch your heart. But will also take you under their spell and make you believe in creature you’ve yet to meet. Then you’ll love this book.
Idi and the Oracle's Quest is a fantasy fiction by T N Traynor. One of the most memorable things about this novel is the underlying message, through the downtrodden, undermined Idi we learn anything is possible through belief. conditioned into believing he is worthless it takes a lot for Marcus to instil in him confidence and self-appreciation, and it is during this the great journey unfolds. Magic combines with action, adventure, and manipulation to craft a fable of epic proportions. War is coming, ancient forces stir, and adventures begin. A great start to the series, tensions are high, the threat is emerging, and the path can lead either way, to destruction or salvation.
When an evil wizard intrudes on a lover's meeting, Princess Cassandra is forcibly banished from her father's kingdom, and finds herself preparing for the birth of a prophesized babe. Cassandra meets new allies, who help her to go into hiding for many years while else-where, a boy named Idi (often picked on by his peers) is taken in by a grand magician, Marcus, and taught to draw on his inner gift of magic.
For years, the evil wizard searches for princess Cassandra, while Marcus trains Idi up to be an exceptional header and magician.
On more than one occasion, we see Idi's magic save the lives of innocents, giving us a glimpse into his selfless and compassionate nature. This giving nature is tested when Idi and Marcus come across a young babe, and Idi being the compassionate boy he is, takes the child in (when he is but a child himself) and raised her as his own.
I came to adore this book for its brave and loveable characters, and its uniquely crafted world. Traynor paints a vivid picture of the fairytale world of Talia and, in my opinion, has a genuine talent for worldbuilding. I found the politics of this world to be interesting, often creating high-tension scenes that lead to conflicts between good and evil. I turned the pages, unable to stop reading, for its characters genuinely felt like people I had gotten to know personally.
The book raises various issues, such as:
~ The existence of a traitor in King Hamish's own castle (Havenshire.)
~ A clan of elemental witches, hell-bent on destruction.
~ The killing of innocent people, in the name of evil (black magic.)
All of these issues show an unfair world, where much evil exists. I began to think about the history of our own world and the countless battles the human race has raced, of which (sadly) I'm sure there will be more to come. There is an almost dictatorship like feel as the evil wizard begins to take over the running of the kingdom of Havenshire. I find this situation somewhat comparable to one in real life~ the issue of President Donald Trump, who appears to me as an evil man, only seeming to care about profiting from his country, and not for its actual citizens.
I found it enlightening that throughout all of the darkness in this novel, true belief was the key to Idi finding his magic ability when he and Marcus stumble across an injured baby girl. The depth of love Idi has for this child never ceased to amaze me. With her love, Idi is shown to be capable of anything, defying any and all odds against him.
End Quote: 'It can only mean one thing: the war has begun.'
Book one ends on a cliffhanger, which I think only adds to the charm of this clever tale, for its last sentence sparks the start of the next book.
Idi & The Oracle's Quest is a wonderfully written tale of Fantasy, which I would wholeheartedly recommend to lovers of Fantasy worldwide.
My Rating? Five Stars.
Although the story features good and bad fairies, pixies and wizards, it's a very grown up fairytale that gripped my interest right up until the final cliffhanger. This is the first instalment of a high fantasy trilogy, and I can't wait to read Parts 2 and 3!