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- Print Length: 72 pages
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- Publisher: The Written Word Communications Co.; 3 edition (November 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ARUEYE
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Initiation Rites: The Bones of the Earth, Part 1 (The Dark Age) Kindle Edition
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What I didn't expect was a story that sucked me in with its expertly written scenes... visuals of earthy characters and a time so raw that life was laid bare in the face of unspeakable evil. You'll cheer for the unlikely hero and weep when his life is devastated by life-sucking grief. Wow, who knew?
No spoilers here... read the book. Scott Bury will weave his spell and you'll want more!
Next book please Scott!
I have one caution, which I only give because I have seen this novel labeled as Young Adult. It contains explicit sexual content that makes it unsuitable for younger readers, in my opinion. So don't make presumptions based on Javor's age. The Bones Of The Earth is not written for someone his age. It's intended for an adult audience, which I highly recommend it to.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention my favorite scene, which is probably the most epic action scene I have ever read: a battle with a dragon. Talk about vivid! This is a scene that I hope one day to watch wide-eyed on "the big screen" while absently shoveling popcorn into my mouth. Bury sure knows how to choreograph and describe a fight.
A grim version of the Hero's Journey: all young Javor, who always feels different from the rest of village, wants is to marry Elli. Marauding soldiers kidnap her and another girl and as Javor sets off with his only friend to rescue them. But when a savage monster attacks his village, the desire for revenge fuels Javor into hunting the beast- especially as it came looking for something in his possession. He soon learns that humanity itself is endangered and he's one of the few who can help stop it. Whether he wants to or not.
A little sketchy on some details and could use a little tightening up, but an intriguing introduction to a new series.
Armed with his great-grandfather's special dagger, Javor first sets out to rescue two village girls, then to seek revenge for his parents deaths -- the very beginning of an epic quest where nothing less than the fate of the human race is at stake.
Author Scott Bury demonstrates his considerable writing skills by masterfully weaving a story that, at times, has you holding your breath as you wonder what's coming next. Especially enjoyable is how he plays out Javor's gradual realization of what his true destiny might be. Part one of "The Bones of the Earth" series, I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment. Highly recommended.
Author: Scott Bury
Publisher: The Written Word Communications Company
Format: Kindle Edition
Interest: Fantasy / Series
Rating 0-100: 93 (5 Stars)
With his debut novel, Scott Bury has firmly established his place in the fantasy genre. The plot is solid, the pace is quick, and the characters are well written. Typically I read two or three books at a time, jumping from one to the other between sittings. I was not able to do that with this one. My intention to read the first chapter or two failed miserably. Several hours later and I found myself half-way through the book.
When you follow the main character, Javor, you can expect excitement. What you can't expect are the plot twists. The most unforgivable sin in any form of storytelling is predictability. That is not an issue with this book. You never know what's around the next curve in the road, hidden in a dark cave, or even whom you can trust. Just when you think it's safe - WHAM!
The world that Bury writes about is familiar to anyone that is a student of history. He has researched the era for accuracy and deftly blends fantasy with reality. Before long, you begin to wonder if some of his fantastic creatures and characters really existed in our distant past. The story pulls you in, and the action pushes you from one page to the next. It's a heck of a good story, and I highly recommend it.