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The Master's Chair (The Chronicles of Terah) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 21, 2013

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Book 1 of 3 in the Chronicles of Terah Series

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Product Details

  • Series: The Chronicles of Terah
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481211331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481211338
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,951,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author has created an excellent fantasy world, strong characters and a compelling epic fantasy story line. An almost random group of people depart earth to an alternate magical earth, Terah, where one of them is expected to be the next Master Sorcerer - if he can survive that long. Unfortunately, it was difficult for me to keep interest in the story since I felt that the plot progression was too slow and the conclusion was weak. Story ended up focusing too much on mini-quests and training which worked great to better understand the characters and the setting, Terah, but it was done at the expense of plot progression. Overall, I felt that I was taking the grand tour of Terah to learn all about its citizens, politics and geography but that this was done at the expense of the plot. Conclusion was also disappointing for me since I felt that the author passed on an opportunity for a more satisfying concluding epic confrontation. I enjoyed this novel but I was hoping for better.

The Master's Chair is the first book in The Chronicles of Terah. I could not find intended length of series in book, on Amazon or on author's website. The next book in this series has been published, The Dragon's Flame (The Chronicles of Terah # 2). Author's website indicates that she has notes on a third book but it has not yet been started.

No significant editing issues were noted. The Master's Chair is 15,759 Kindle locations long. Standard length "paperback" novels seem to run in the 4,500 to 7,000 plus Kindle location range. Long novels can range from 15,000 to 20,000 plus Kindle locations.
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I enjoyed this book. It took me into another world for a while and kept me interested and entertained. I love books with magic, dragons, elves etc....with just enough danger, but not too disturbing. I was glad to see Kevin's character develop thoughout the story, from being uninteresting to becoming who he was born to be. I hope to be able to see what he accomplishes in the next book.
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This story about an alternate world where magic rules is not a particularly original idea, but it is very well done. Kevin and a selected group are translated from Earth to Terah, where Kevin is destined to become the Master Sorcerer because he is the (displaced) son of Badec, the current Master who is dying. The characters are well defined, interesting and likable, and include many mystical magical characters as well. The group arrives in Terah where they face many trials and a steep learning curve in order to survive prior to Kevin taking his rightful place.
This is a BIG book, well written and entertaining. A portion of the book's strength is the detail that adds believable texture, but frankly, some of the prose could be shorter and crisper without impact, and on a few occasions I found it dragged. For example, the first 20% or so of the book is filled with excruciating detail about how the group is selected. The same is true about the cross country trek. Later, as more magical characters are introduced, I found I had trouble remembering who they all were, and had to flip backwards to refresh my memory.
A few interspersed chapters are dedicated to the bad sorcerer, Rolan, but they didn't add much. There is no mystery here.
The story ends with Kevin becoming the Master Sorcerer, but without resolving how he maintains his position and presumably defeats Rolan. I hope the sequel is just as good and deals with the many open issues - I look forward to it.
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Great book I could hardly put it down. You won't regret reading it.
Was refreshing to be taken to the world of dragons and sorcerers. Sad when it ended.
Hope the author comes out with the second book SOON.
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"The Master's Chair" was a very well-written and entertaining alternate-world fantasy book. I wasn't sure what to expect from an author unfamiliar to me, but the book was first-rate. The plot, setting, characters and excellent writing combined to create a realistic magical world, and I didn't want the book to end. I immediately bought the second book in the Terah series, and I hope more books in this series will be forthcoming soon. The Kindle price was a bargain given the quality of the story.
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The Master's Chair is a dual-world story, and it is done quite well. I've read/watched a lot of media about our world matched up with a fantasy world, and The Master's Chair does this quite masterfully.

Length is definitely a talking point for this book. There is no question that at over 50+ chapters, and almost 250K words, this book will give a lot of bang for the buck. The author was quite generous with the amount of words shared. Admittedly though, I treat this as a double-edged sword. This book is a little outside the conventional in the word count department, and depending on how you feel about it, it may be a lot to digest in one book.

The characters themselves are very likeable, and watching the plot come together from both sides is intriguing. Finding out about an alternate life would be quite interesting, and the life discovered by the protagonist in this book would be fascinating.

The writing is pulled off in a good fashion. By the end you may wish you could also be pulled into the world of Terah. A literary adventure I'm glad I took.
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