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Defender (Sanctuary #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,555 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published June 22nd 2011 by Robert J. Crane
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Jo Woolfardis
Jul 06, 2016 Jo Woolfardis rated it did not like it
The basic rules of writing are fairly simple yet somehow are often ignored completely. One of the main ones is "show don't tell" and I'm afraid this book is all tell and very little show.

Shaky dialogue and far too heavily influenced by Tolkien that there were almost direct quotations. Using words that are different just to be different. Put the thesaurus down. The attempted humour is exceedingly cringe worthy and the characters all speak like those kind of people who laugh at their own jokes.

Mar 17, 2014 Joshua rated it did not like it
Just couldn't keep on reading it. To me it read like someone's World of Warcraft Fan Fiction...
Apr 22, 2013 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
Traci Loudin
I'm not having much luck with any of the books in the Quest box set. This one reads like a role-playing game, complete with dwarves and elves fighting dragons. In fact it's a 100-man raid group, with healers, druids, and everything! Yet despite the fact that they warn of how dangerous the dragon is, the dwarf and elf somehow find time to chat about their mutual hatred... during the fight!

"“I’m sorry,” she said without a trace of irony or sincerity. “Should I say ‘please’ when I direct you to he
Matthew Coiner
Dec 30, 2015 Matthew Coiner rated it liked it
If you've ever played a MUD, then you've read the first book. It's basically a bunch of people who go from room to room hacking and slashing. There are no real consequences to the actions and you're able to go back in a few days/months and do it all over again.

I honestly think Crane played MUDs online and wrote down his favorite adventures. It's not really until later in the first book that any character development begins to happen and even then it's shallow.

It's a fluff series and has a few c
Apr 16, 2014 Jodi rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 31, 2016 Sarp rated it it was amazing
Whoever gave this a two star can't even fathom the epicness of this series. How a single man can link so many plot points together baffles me. At the end of Sanctuary Book Eight, I was left speechless and in tears and feeling so many things, so do not stop in the first book. Give it a chance, you are merely missing out on something great.
Mar 26, 2016 Chris rated it did not like it
Picked this up because of some of the great reviews......put this book down without getting through more than a few chapters. It feels like I'm reading someone's raiding diary from world of Warcraft.
Sinéad McKenna
Aug 02, 2015 Sinéad McKenna rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book series from one of my favourite authors.
Jessica Horton
Feb 26, 2017 Jessica Horton rated it really liked it
This book brought back wonderful memories of the 10 plus years I spent playing Everquest. I loved the characters brought to life.
Cyrus is a human warrior and a great leader. He just wants what any human warrior wants and ends up finding a really good guild to have adventures with. He has some great friends, healers, druids, wizards, necromancers, paladins, and the races, trolls, elves, and of course all the bad things that needed to die, like the dragons.
I honestly felt like I was playing a gam
May 16, 2017 Hilary rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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Miguel Ángel Alonso Pulido
May 06, 2017 Miguel Ángel Alonso Pulido rated it did not like it
Shelves: ficcion
No he sido capaz de acabar el libro. Y eso que Robert J. Crane me gusta como autor y he disfrutado de otros libros suyos, pero de este no. Me gusta que me cuenten historias de fantasía, no una campaña de World of Warcraft o Dungeons & Dragons a la que ni siquiera se molesta en intentar dar algo de profundidad. Se nota que es la primera novela de Crane, porque explica demasiadas cosas y cuenta muy pocas, entre otros fallos de principiante. Lo bueno es que tiene libros mucho mejores, así que m ...more
Jan 12, 2017 Roger rated it liked it
All in all this wasn't a bad book, it is action packed and interesting. The friction/romance between two characters gets annoying at times and the general lack of description of the main character is a common gripe, but I would recommend it if you just want a fun read with some decent action scenes.
Mar 24, 2017 BonusMom rated it it was ok
Not bad

The book is not bad if you can get past the writing. The writing itself is very good and there are few grammatical errors but it reads as though going through a checklist. Write this and then this and then.....The story is maybe ok for young readers but it failed to spark enough interest for me to get the next book, and barely enough to finish this one.
May 05, 2017 Nigel rated it did not like it
Managed to struggle through only the first third of this novel, the first I’ve read by Mr Crane, before giving it up. Despite having read a third of the book I would be hard pressed to give any summary of the plot. There were two reasonably well written battles but they appeared to be unconnected. I do not think I will be reading more of this author.
Matthew Soulsby
May 04, 2017 Matthew Soulsby rated it it was ok
Not the worst book I've ever read, but not good by any means. If you know anything, at all, about World o Warcraft, then you'll recognize that this is nothing more than fan fiction. I guess, that's why it was free...
May 07, 2017 Art rated it did not like it
Wish I could have given it zero stars but that doesn't seem to be an option.
May 18, 2017 Dave rated it did not like it
Pretty lame. No real story, just a bunch of aimless ramblings. It seems to be written for online gaming fanatics, not serious readers. For me, a waste of time.
Mar 10, 2017 Nicholas rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
The opening of this first in a series reads much like a Dungeons and Dragons encounter, and much of the lore and background, such as adventurers' guilds, godly realms and race-based kingdoms would not seem out of place if it were used in that game, which does make me wonder about the origins of this story, but once it gets going it is told well enough with a style that is engaging without descending into being florid.

Cyrus is a fairly standard fantasy protagonist with a personal quest and a sens
Mar 10, 2017 Barry rated it really liked it
Great read! Best ebook I've read. The writing was a bit simplistic at the beginning, but picked up as the story went. The fighting was a bit simplistic, but was easily overlooked.
Tim Gray
Mar 10, 2017 Tim Gray rated it really liked it
It's a glorious romp that I thoroughly enjoyed - it is Dungeons and Dragons essentially, but nicely executed. Get's a thumbs up from me but probably best read by those who love the fantasy genre. Swords, Sorcery & Sanctuary - it all comes together nicely.
James Hockley
Apr 03, 2016 James Hockley rated it liked it
Overall ... I like this book. It took a little while to get there, but I like it. The plot certainly thickens as you get closer to the end, and intrigue builds satisfyingly. Yes, I like this book.

Now, it does take a while to get there, and you are left with doubt plaguing at points, but once we have a taste of the scale of the problem - rampant gods, crazy dragons, and a big war on the horizon - the whole thing makes more sense. There are some 'turn-offs' in the novel, but overall this is a good
Nathan Watt
Mar 22, 2015 Nathan Watt rated it it was amazing
If looking for a well made fantasy story that is riddled with excitement, well placed interactions that make you laugh or annoyed, and the need for more, then Robert J. Crane has written The Defender just for your needs. A brilliant book, and better start to what I hope will be a series of equal quality.

In a story where battle is prominent, usually the Character shows growth in their abilities. I find that this doesn't appear to be the case in The Defender, instead, our main character currently
Anna Zollinger
Oct 27, 2013 Anna Zollinger rated it liked it
It was a pretty decent book. Quick read.

There wasn't much character development, which I didn't like- but I am a huge fan of character development in novels. 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 actio
Les Anderson
Aug 08, 2016 Les Anderson rated it it was amazing
This is a great book!!! First of all, the prologue draws you in. Then, we are introduced to our main character, Cyrus Davidon. Very quickly, we can see that he is a skilled and principled warrior. He joins an adventuring guild and, because he is both smart and skilled, soon becomes the General of the guild, leading both battles and recruiting drives. It is during the recruiting drive that we begin to see Cyrus’ relationships grow. There is also a healthy dash of intrigue, with someone stealing p ...more
C.L. Savage
Oct 30, 2015 C.L. Savage rated it liked it
D&D Adventure come to a book.

Page 1, go on a quest to slay a dragon, along the way are elves, dwarves, trolls etc.

Along the way are are laughs aplenty, but there isn't much depth. Every enemy is beatable, eventually. The main characters have spell casters to heal them and so forth, but everyone they come against disdains magic. It is pretty pale, but the funny thing is I like reading the books. The battles are boring, not very well described and the author jumps around. Big ogre smash, we ch
Kayla West
Apr 22, 2014 Kayla West rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2016 Joe rated it it was ok
I read this book as part of the "Quest" anthology of novels.

This was essentially the author's fantasy of Dungeons and Dragons meets World of Warcraft. The entire book is about "guilds" going on "adventures" to accumulate treasure. Even the titles and powers of the characters are straight out of D&D. There are Paladins, Rangers, Warriors, Druids, Healers, etc... Very little originality there.

Then there are the quests that the characters go on. These are essentially straight out of WOW. There
Cat Sheely
Feb 16, 2017 Cat Sheely rated it liked it
A fun read. Will now get the next book
Chris Philbrook
Feb 19, 2014 Chris Philbrook rated it it was ok
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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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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“Nothing bruise but my massive arse and my bigger ego." He blinked. "Who cast the spell on me? I can see now."
"It was me," Vaste said from behind him. "I was afraid you'd fall into me, and frankly I'm not sure I could support your 'massive ego' since I'm too busy carrying your arse.”
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