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Adventurer, wonderer and wanderer, creative thinker and eccentrically unconventional, Julius Bailey tends to tread the peculiar paths. Born to the humidity, tropical sights, and gators of Florida, he lived in the Sunshine State for fourteen years of his life before moving to the rolling hills and red clay of Oklahoma. At the age of twelve he fell in love with a book called ‘The Secrets of Droon: The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet.’ From thence his love of reading bloomed. Having taken a keen interest in the fantastical realms of Fantasy, his jaunts mainly focus thitherward. He currently resides upon a hilltop thronged with hilltops, and avidly welcomes communication from his readers. Visit him on the web at http://juliusbailey.blogspot.com/
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Product Details

  • Series: The Læl Chronicles
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 150282437X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1502824370
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,536,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I first started reading Strife of the Mighty, I was transported back to high school freshman maybe sophomore English when we were reading Beowulf. That's not a bad thing I enjoyed Beowulf and got really excited to really dig into Strife of the Mighty. Now I'm not a big fantasy reader but will give any book a try, I'm glad I did. Julius Bailey has written a poetic lyrical novel that pulls you right in and holds onto you right up until the end.

In the far away land of Vrandelin, Brandegan tries to warn villagers of Vararel of danger, the do not believe him and they are attacked by giants. Journeying to the capital city of Darfandor, Brandegan, Allon and Merch are met with danger and adventure with every turn they make. I was kept on the edge of my seat with every page turn. If you love an action packed fantasy read, Strife of the Mighty is for you and you will not regret reading it!

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There's a long historical background to the world of this book, full of names I can't pronounce and creatures I've never imagined before. The landscape changes as the characters take their journey. Cultures and characters change from place to place, and magic is everywhere. A fascinating read! The pace is steady, though there were times (during battles, mostly) when I couldn't put this book down without feeling unsatisfied. The highlights of this novel, for me, were the instances where the characters are able to interact without speaking, the parts that made me laugh (thank you Merch!).

My favorite character is Merch. His strength is born of love for his friends, which I admire. Allon is another favorite, mostly because of his appreciation & love for his wife.

PS. I purchased two copies as gifts and Amazon let me download the Kindle version for free because of that. Pretty sweet perk! Thanks, Amazon. =) (I don't know if 2 copies is the minimum for this deal).
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This book need a bigger hype than it has in fantasy circles because this is a very good book and a very strong fantasy book who has everything you can ever imagine. It is a typical epic fantasy book but it has so much more than that too and it makes it so awesome.

I got dragged into the story and I love how the writing is done with the book, the way it is written mixed with songs and poems in a very good style. The style reminds me a lot of Lord of the Rings but still it is so much more and different. I love this writing style and how it kidnapped me and turned off the world around me.

The characters is well developed and I felt with them, I loved with them, I went into war with them and so much more with them. It felt like I was part of them and not just an outside viewer, This is something I enjoyed and made the book strong.

I must say the book has a few faults and this take down the review one star but I also know that fantasy series is built up differently and this is a very strong first book and I hope and think the series will go on and be epic and when it happens this book may get better because all question I have may be answered, This book is good for people who love fantasy and also people who likes fantasy BUT dont want to have to much information that make the book "heavy".Some fantasy books and series is so much information that it makes people hate them, this is more a book with a story that is easy to follow and it is nothing bad with that, it can be good and as I said I really enjoyed the book and love it and I cant wait for the rest of the series.
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This was my first time reading anything by Julius Bailey but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent story. Mr.Bailey has given us a story that will suck you in and keep you there from start to finish and then will leave you wanting more from this author. This fantasy of dark creatures and magical kingdoms leads us on a journey of danger ,love tragedy and battles that top off everything else,and the hero or heroes that come with it. The characters were so well written and the way they were developed make's you fell like you were they along side them ,you felt they love ,and it still we are traveling with them .The way the author has written a mixer of songs and poems really makes this story little like Beowulf and that's good thing I enjoyed them both. In the land of Vrandelin ,Brandegen is trying to warn all the villagers of Vararel danger and no one believes him ,soon they are attacked by .But on his way to the capital city ,Darfandor, Brandgenan and Merch are soon met by some danger and adventures with every turn they take. But the only thing that Allon Bracken really wants is to be united with his wife. It was a fast pace with some exciting twists with plenty of adventures. I could tell you more about this amazing entertaining story ,but that would spoil the story for you. I highly recommend that you read this story ,you won't be disappointed.
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Strife of the Mighty: Book One of the Chronicles of Vrandalin has everything I expect from a traditionally styled epic fantasy. The story features dark beasts chasing the heroes, swords that may just be a bit magical, a journey fraught with danger, a little love, a little tragedy, and, of course, an epic battle to top it all off.

I love the pairing of two regular guys with the mysterious traveler. It’s always fun for me to follow the perspective of the unlikely hero, or heroes in this case. Allon and Merch were great, and Brandegan is the epitome of the timeless wizard or epic warrior, reminding me strongly of favorite characters from other fantasies I adore. Then again, I kept picturing them as hobbits tagging along after a ranger, though I think that was from more of a vibe than any particular feature.

The pacing of this story was great, fast when it needed to be fast, and slower when it needed to be slower. I thought the fights were pretty well choreographed and exciting. Danger seems to fade out, letting the adventurers get a little comfortable, and then there comes some kind of beast or other enemy. But what I liked most about these impromptu battles was how they all actually move the plot along. They all do in some way. Most in a big way.

Playing counterpart to the fights and chases, and like many of the more traditional fantasies, this one features fanciful detours into lore, poetry and song. I read most of them, but I must admit I skipped through one of the songs. It was nice that these little offshoots were in italics, easy to identify.
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