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The world of Arkaria is a dangerous place, filled with dragons, titans, goblins and other dangers. Those who live in this world are faced with two choices: live an ordinary life or become an adventurer and seek the extraordinary.

Cyrus Davidon leads a small guild in the human capital of Reikonos. Caught in an untenable situation, facing death in the den of a dragon, they ar
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Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published June 22nd 2011 by Robert J. Crane
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Jodi
I grabbed a 99 cent set of 7 fantasy novels called Magic, Myth & Majesty on Amazon the other day. One of the authors in this set, Daniel Arenson, is one of my favorite fantasy writers, and although I have already read the book of his that was included in this box set, I thought maybe I could find some other good authors or series to read from it. The very first part, Defender, by Robert J Crane had me enthralled. The main character Cyrus Davidon is just starting his adventure to become a gre ...more
Ryan
As the two stars suggests, it was... OK.

First, the good. I like the possibilities of the world that Crane created, though I do think that he is cramming too much into one universe. The organizations known as guilds - groups of like-minded adventurers with common goals, beliefs, or values - is something that is pretty unique in my experience. Cyrus, the main character, grows on you over time, but since the whole story is told from his point-of-view, that's not surprising.

But now, the bad.

My main
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Pat
Jan 01, 2012 Pat rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not a gamer, and tend to gloss over battle sequences, so the beginning of Defender left me cold. I was interested in the guilds and the different kingdoms, enough to keep reading. I found Cyrus to have potential as a hero (and it's nice to have a main character with a "normal" name). I would like to read more background, of characters as well as cultures, as it would make the action seem much more plausible. All in all, though, Mr. Crane has provided us with the beginnings of what could be a ...more
Kelly M
I enjoyed the read. It was a different experience from most fantasy novels. I felt like I was playing a video game while reading this book. It was quite straightforward and light, with even the plot twists not surprising or impacting you too much.
There could be more character depth, and world depth. For instance, the world felt very much like a light video game because the idea of everyone having boring town lives or training in a variety of fighting academies being people's only choices didn't
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Kayla West
This book actually had a game-y quality to it to me. It reminded me of a fantasy video game, which, you know, is pretty cool. If done right at least. And this story was certainly not done wrong, although I was a bit confused in the beginning, which actually takes place quite some time after the main events of the book. Now this same thing was repeated at the very end, after the main events of the book have finished, but by that time I understood more of the character telling or reminiscing on wh ...more
Lisa
This book was ok. Most of the book was going from battle to battle. I'm not opposed to action books but the purpose of the battles were "adventure" and to gain your fortune. It seemed like this ongoing battling had been going on for centuries to no apparent purpose. The gods would have their realms raided, seems like they gods should have been a bit more diligent or something. Cyrus the main character wants to build a magical sword but no hint is given to why he needs said sword.

Finally at the e
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Chris Philbrook
So I snagged this when it was promoted via BookGorilla or BookBub because the premise sounded neat. And it did. Great premise.

The good news about Defender is that it's very well written. Structurally and grammatically the book holds up well. There are sections of dialogue that's terrific. Very well written, compelling, and in a few cases, pretty damn poetic. Well done on that.

I had several problems with Defender, hence the low review. The book reads like a written account of a D&D session, o
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Joshua
Just couldn't keep on reading it. To me it read like someone's World of Warcraft Fan Fiction...
Johanna
The story was interesting and I liked the diversity of the world. The main character Cyrys began to grow on you as the story progressed. I really did not like how magic could get you out of almost any dire situation and even death was not infinite. I would have liked t know more of the other characters involved and will likely look into the other blogs in the series to see how things develop in the books.
All in all the story was well written, very action packed and the characters develop nicely
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Kathryn West
I am guessing the author has played MMO's; this book made me want to revisit my WOW subscription! That is however, not a criticism nor was the book derivative of its type. The characters were well-developed and the over-arching plot of the components for a weapon of mass destruction being amassed by an unknown foe was interesting and kept me hooked. The book is also quite a good length, no feeling short-changed here as is the case with some freebies! If you like your Sci-fi fantasy and even more ...more
Jenalyn
This book was interesting. It had a lot going for it but way too much going on for how long it was, or how short it was. I was all for the weird names since this was such a deep fantasy but there were so many people I couldn't keep them straight. And then was that person an elf, dark elf, troll, dwarf, human, dragon, ghost, or etc and what magic or skills that person had...well it was too much for that size of book.
And then all the different "adventures" they went on were good and fine but all s
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Sandra Glenn
It was a pretty decent book. Quick read.

There wasn't much character development, which I didn't like. The storyline does seem a bit unique though, so that's a perk. It was sometimes a little stale in places though. On top of it, the book moved excruciatingly fast and wasn't very detailed for the most part. Life just kind of whizzed by for the characters and I wish there'd been more time actually spent of the story with less action.

The action itself is pretty poorly done as well. I like the ingen
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Garrett Alley
A fun read in a sub-genre I hadn't tried before (but had always meant to!). Some of the meta stuff (explaining what a character class is, etc.) seemed to try to pull me out of the story, but that's just part of the genre style.

Part of me wanted more detail and "day in the life of" scenes, but then I really appreciated the quick pace.

All in all I enjoyed the story very much.
Nancy
I look past a lot of the sentence structure and awkward word choices because I like a story. This one is great, lots of characters to get involved with a lot a action, my kind of book. Try it, the price is good and you will love the next one. I am beginning Champion, number three and it has not let me down yet. Good job Robert Crane
James
Great book!! Love this series!

I gave it 5 stars since it brings to life the interactions of most guild's in any MMOROPG that I have played from Ultima everquest and even world of warcraft. if you spent any time in these games and were part of a guild life these books are for you!!
Timothy Cummings
I was surprised that I liked this story, I almost put it down in the first chapter because it read like either an AD&D or Everquest game but I'm glad that I kept reading. If this story was influenced by the writer's gaming adventures they must have been a blast
Carol Fitzsimons
This is much more of a fantasy than The Girl in The Box. This is set in some fantasy land with elves, gnomes etc working for a Guild to search for adventures, Cyrus is the mains character and is a a human warrior, who joins the Sanctuary Guild. The first book tells of how Cyrus joined the guild and his journey to become an officer of the Sanctuary Guild. This is an enjoyable book that gets you hooked from the start.
Patty winrod
Captivating

sometimes a little drawn out and losing my attention and then something exciting will happen to grab your attention back in to the story but all in all good book
Doug Meidling
I want more

this book was amazing it was so good I can't even get to the point it is so good I like think it was amazing.
Naomi Ferley
for my first fantasy book on this scale, I thoroughly enjoyed it! so much more than I thought I would. Can't wait to read the next one! Might be hooked on this genre now
Cheryl M-M
I received a free copy of this book for my review. Mercenary Guilds full of elves, trolls, goblins and every other fantasy figure you can imagine. There was a lot of conflict and fighting, but the story is also about trust, friendship and leading others. My favourite character was Vara, her tough gal attitude made me chuckle quite a few times. It was a story I think the lovers of scifi and fantasy will delight in. I think the writer could spend a little more time developing the relationships bet ...more
Deborah Hawley
Great book!! I do think Cyrus and Vara might get together???
Zls Publishing
This book was alright. Some of the story lines I had to skip past because it was just way too much detail that did not enhance the story but made it boring.
Cassandra
Decent, pleasant read. Enjoyable.
Nicolette
I get all crazy when it comes to series, especially if the world isn't totally clear to me at the end of the first book - and yeah, I'm still a little lost. HOWEVER, being a Team Sienna stowaway on the Team Cyrus ship (and now conflicted over who I love more) I have no worries about going forward because I know it'll be explained to me - even if it's in a frustrating, tear-my-hair-out-throwing-my-Nook-across-the-room way.

I have one other book in line before I hit Avenger. Can't wait! :D
Steve
Fun andenture.
Elizabeth
I got this novel as a free nook book. After reading it I am longing to find out where everyone ends up, who is against them, who is a spy, who is more of a friend than Cyrus knows. I also want to know what happened to create the beginning and end of the novel where we view the present, and why are events happening now. I have been hooked by this novel and really want to know where this story line will lead
Muhammad Gibran
I like the setting. its similar with Adventurers Wanted by M. L. Forman. But somehow its lack of something, I'm struggling to finish the book. I really don't like the use of ressurecction magic, its overuse and make the the story flat. everyone who die can live again....so boring.
Helen
love Cyrus Davidon. He seems niaive sometimes and very knowledgble at others. He fitted right into Sanctuary without hesitationbefriending most but quickly learning where there might be problems. The story is full of excitement, interest and sadness. I certainly waz carried along on its wave. A great book by Robert J. Crane
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Robert J. Crane was born and raised on Florida's Space Coast before moving to the upper midwest in search of cooler climates and more palatable beer. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in English Creative Writing. He worked for a year as a substitute teacher and worked in the financial services field for seven years while writing in his spare time.
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