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The Sword and the Flame: The Forging by [Bialois, CP]
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"This book was a wonderful rich world. Many charters who you really get to know and care about. This is one of the best new sword and horse fantasies I have read in a long while. I look forward with great interest to the next book. It will be amazing and full of wonderful surprises!" - Jeanne Garland "Itsatushy"
"I enjoy scifi/fantasy and this was a good one. Very enjoyable. Fast read, hard to put down wondering what would happen next. Had not heard of this author and will read more from them." - LMS
"This book follows several key characters as fate draws them together, forging a strong unit much like a blacksmith will forge a sword. To make it strong, he must beat at it for awhile, temper it. This misfit band includes a wizard, halfling, warrior (who has a secret of his own), cleric, and dwarf. Their experiences will forge the bonds of trust and friendship that will help them in their quest to save one of their party from an evil mage.

The characters were well fleshed out. Janessa the halfling was definitely my favorite of the bunch. She's so dang clever and fearless. She reminds me of a couple of the characters from my own novels ;)" - Shay Fabbro

From the Author

I've always wanted to write an Epic Fantasy story but I could never get past the first couple of pages without having some major issue come up. I've been an avid reader of the Dragonlance series for roughly twenty years and I loved how they created their own world. The idea of creating more then just characters appealed to me. Imagine, being the architect of a world, its people and mythos. Everything. It's a daunting task that was very intimidating.
The one thing that really troubled me was that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't stay focused on what I was trying to write. When I'd write a sentence, it sounded no where as good as it did in my head despite it being word for word. Does that make any sense? lol
I originally had an idea about a small group going treasure hunting and stumbling upon a sleeping dragon. It seemed simple enough at the time, so I sat down and began writing. I was about twenty pages in when I took a break and picked up Stephen King's On Writing and began reading. As strange as it sounds, reading about his life and what made him a writer helped motivate me. I can't explain it, but before I'd write I'd read a chapter of his book. 
Everything was going great until I finished reading his book. Needing another so called drug of choice, I picked up my collection of Dragonlance books and began reading. As before, I'd read a chapter or two before I'd start writing. It's a unique and odd feeling and the only time I've needed to read something to stay motivated. Considering it took me nine months to write The Sword and the Flame, I guess I needed it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PK6NTU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,767 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Found this book thought the amazing Emlyn Chand, and since she said to try i thought to give it one more chance. There are also words like "destiny", "dragon", "flame", so how can something go wrong with that combination?

What stand outs more for me at the book is the selection of characters. Or better the races. There is a team of a magician, a halfling, a dwarve, a priest and a barbarian kind of guy. All of them are so different in characters, ideas, beliefs and make an amazing team for an adventure. My favorite of all is Janessa the halfling of course. She is so funny, and clever and cute. She made the dark scenes lighter.

Apart of the great variety of the characters, there is also a story of adventure to be told. We start firstly by getting to know the characters and how they are connected and meet, so we can understand later how they come all together for some treasure hunting. My favorite part was, when they started searching in the caves where all the bad things started to happened as it was expected in an adventure like it.

Now there was only one certain scene that confused me but as a beta reader, when i informed the author (and after he talked with some other readers too), he decided to re-write it and make it more understandable. I've read the new scene too, and it now it's all clear :)

A good adventure which both stays close and has new ideas to what we know in epic fantasy. Great characters too who made the book easier and the story goes before you even notice.
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In the tradition of Michael J Sullivan comes CP Bialois!

So I got this book for free (God bless Amazon and the Author!) And I was expecting a generic rendition of something that "might" be considered fantasy (my favorite genre). And yes, I am a picky reader of said genre!

Instead, I was tossed into the abyss of another mind-boggling world with Halflings, Elves, Dwarves, Magicians, Gargoyles, Ogres, and DRAGONS (always a big sell for me)! When I stumbled upon the deadly scene with the Ogres, my first instinct was to hide under my bed with a can of Lysol because one can never be too safe!

This was NOT by any means a boring book, and it gripped me within the first 3 pages!

While the last page left me craving more of this wonderful writer, I did have a few problems with the Air Nymph. Here I was so madly in love with all the characters, and the BOOM there was another major player. That was a bit of a shocker, and probably intentional from the man who likes to mess with my mind... and the dust bunnies under my bed. (Please take note, that my can of Lysol is still safe until I meet my first Ogre.)

Yes! I will read the next one!
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I have started reading more fantasy recently and this book has shown me what I've been missing. With a great collection of characters and descriptions of locations that helped my imagination picture the setting, I'll be reading more from this genre and this author.

I especially liked how the relationship between the main characters developed. There is sometimes friction between the different personalities, but they are ultimately united on a mission to help one of the group obtain freedom.

I thought the story flowed well with time spent allowing the characters to see the consequences of their thoughts and actions. It's not the kind of book with action on every page, but a well thought out book written by an author with a fantastic imagination.
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I hope the author takes this the right way. As soon as I finished, I was in the Kindle Store to buy the second book. I have to wait two more weeks! I have done the same to my readers. No matter who you are, it just takes a while to get the finishing touches on a book.
This is a rambunctious ride from the beginning. Are they heroes? Are they villains? In the beginning, it's hard to tell. At first, I wasn't sure where he was going; many books start out that way. By the time I finished the last chapter, I knew, mostly.
This has been a great ride. How could it not be? A half-ling, a sorceress, a dwarf, a priest.... With this cast of characters you can't go far wrong. I can hardly wait.

Gj Powell
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This book follows several key characters as fate draws them together, forging a strong unit much like a blacksmith will forge a sword. To make it strong, he must beat at it for awhile, temper it. This misfit band includes a wizard, halfling, warrior (who has a secret of his own), cleric, and dwarf. Their experiences will forge the bonds of trust and friendship that will help them in their quest to save one of their party from an evil mage.

The characters were well fleshed out. Janessa the halfling was definitely my favorite of the bunch. She's so dang clever and fearless. She reminds me of a couple of the characters from my own novels ;)
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It reads like a game of AD&D, but unfortunately not a very well written one. The author apparently is unaware of a simple and frequently needed word: "than" -- not to be confused with then, which the author uses when "than" is meant. Combine that issue with plenty of awkward sentences, run-ons, and even a double negative or two, and it is hard to enjoy the writing. Found additionally at least one flaw in the story (scrolls are stored into a trunk without being looked at yet suddenly the mage can use spells from those scrolls?). The adventure itself is okay, if you can get past everything else, but then the author additionally breaks the basic rules of series and stand-alone books by ending on a cliff-hanger.

Although I found some of the characters somewhat interesting (as basically well-backgrounded typical AD&D-type characters), I didn't enjoy it enough to feel compelled to find the sequel to find out what happens to them.

I'd say don't bother with this unless you really don't care about decent writing and are willing to invest in at least the next book in the series to get some idea what happens to the characters
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