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Rhidauna (The Shadow of the Revenaunt) (Volume 1)

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Rhidauna was my first novel, an epic adventure story for both Y.A. (Dutch rating 15+) and Adults.
I started on the original Dutch version in the summer of 2009, and wrote it and the second volume, Zihaen, more or less in one sitting. 
 
For the Dutch market, a novel of over 250.000 words was far too long, so on the advice of W.J. Maryson, (a well-known Dutch fantasy writer who alas died far too soon in 2011) I split the manuscript in two parts.
 
Then I went looking for a publisher. The first one, a major Dutch imprint, was interested, but they went into a reorganization and it came to nought.
 
I then offered my books to a genre publisher, specialized in fantasy and sf, Zilverspoor, in Maastricht.
They accepted the first three books of the Rhidauna series, The Shadow of the Revenaunt, and published  the first book in 2012. 
 
The English version appeared under the Red Rune Books label in 2013, with a cover illustration made by the well-known Dutch artist Jos Weijmer.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Shadow of the Revenaunt
  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Red Rune Books; 1 edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9491730010
  • ISBN-13: 978-9491730016
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,985,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another great book from Paul E. Horsman! I previously reviewed Shardfall, the first in the Shardheld series. Now I have been just as charmed with the start to his The Shadow of the Revenaunt series.

The reader finds themselves going along with Ghyll Denhalf to sneak out on a wild boar hunt. Ghyll and his companions have no idea that their lives are about to change forever. From there we are introduced to a great cast of characters who come into the travelers lives as their epic journey unfolds. The mystery of who wants them dead grows thicker as the book goes on and the characters come into their own.

Fabulous fantasy, engaging scenes and the start to a great series. What more could you want?
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4.5
This is the second book I've read from Mr. Horsman (Shardfall) and this won't be the last.
Rhidauna is very well written and immediately drew me in. There are so many books I read that I put down after only a chapter so this is a huge compliment. This book has old Gods along with history. I can already tell this is going to be a fantastic series. I read with my nine year old daughter.

The book doesn't have a tidy ending, meaning you will want to get the next one as soon as you can but it was a great read even though it isn't a stand alone.
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Rhidauna, The Shadow of the Revenaunt, is a traditional fantasy that takes place in a well-drawn world of mages, golums, shapeshifters, and men and women living in medieval towns and villages. The Kingdom of Rhidauna has had no King for eighteen years since the King, Queen and their two sons died in ‘accidents.’ The Regent hid the youngest son to grow up in obscurity for his safety, but now it is time for his return. Ghyll does not know that he is the heir to the throne, but when his home is attacked by Golems and burned into ash by Firebirds, killing all except him and his friends who happened to be on a boar hunt at the time, he finds papers that set him on a quest during which his identity becomes clear – at least to his companions. Someone is trying to kill Ghyll, and their quest involves many battles as they try to escape the various traps set by his potential assassins.

It’s a traditional format, that of the noble quest with a varied band of companions, a heroic secret king at its head and a large, devoted lifetime friend at his side. It’s a good tale; not particularly original, but well-constructed and solidly told with a good pace. Some stories in this style are heavy and ponderous, but this had a good balance of light and shade. I enjoyed the characters; Ghyll showed the kind of command over and concern for the people that one would want from a King, and his companions showed the fierce kind of loyalty befitting such a man. All up, Rhidauna delivers an essentially noble and heartening story that fans of the genre should enjoy. The end may leave some a little disappointed, however, because though Ghyll’s story has a satisfactory end, the antagonist’s story just stops rather than ends.
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The night before his Coming-of-Age, Ghyll and his two friends escape their castle on a clandestine hunt that would forever change their lives. They returned just in time to see their island castle destroyed by strange warriors and flocks of burning birds. Ghyll’s birthday turned into a nightmare as they fled into the night. This begins an epic journey to find out who is trying to kill them... and most importantly, why?

I was excited to read this book because fantasy is my favorite genre to read. The book starts out with a bang - very intriguing first chapter. It was a great start, but then the book faltered for me. While the characters are interesting, their quest became repetitious - the group is attacked, they fight well although one of them is injured, thus delaying their journey. Half-way through the book, I had the plot figured out. And, most importantly, there didn't seem to be any urgency for them to complete their quest. This is usually a staple in most fantasy novels. Of course, there are evil men chasing them, but the group plods along as best they can trying to decipher the clues. I thought there would be a great battle at the end, but I was sorely disappointed. The book ends abruptly with no conclusion to the main storyline. I'm sure there's a sequel to deal with this, but I like the major storyline at least resolved when I read a book. I give the author kudos for an interesting idea. I just wish he had dealt with the ending of this book in a different way.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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There's a new land to explore and magic abound. Sometimes it felt as if I was missing out on a few aspects but the different religions and their worshippers was distinct and a fascinating addition.

It begins with boyish trouble when three friends discover a new place to explore, and a bit more about themselves. When one of them is injured and their homes are invaded, they find themselves homeless and orphaned.

The return to the village is a somber one, but it gives them something important, a purpose. From here Ghylls, the leader and subject of a prophecy, with his warrior-like foster brother Olle, and their friend Damion take off on an adventure. Oaths of revenge burns in the background but doesn't dilute their morals. Along the way they find some magical, helpful friends. The camaraderie is fun to witness, especially amongst the original three.

I liked the three main boys, along with Uwella, a wikke who I wasn't sure they should trust, but she was pretty helpful and quite entertaining.

With danger around every corner, there is one evil that stands above the rest. One that's ruthless in his hunt for Ghyll. There was a neat network of sorcerers, magic swords, golems, and of course the classic good versus evil.

CONCLUSION

There's an adventure that doesn't go entirely as planned, but it could sometimes be a bit predictable and bogged down in a few sections, for me. That being said, I think the imagination and the time that went into creating the new land was really well done and intricate.
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