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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  583 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Disgraced scholar Dennon Lark only wants to be left alone in his self-imposed exile—an exile that ends when a rebel army wielding impossible powers launches a series of brutal attacks on villages across the Kingsland.

Forced from his home, Dennon is drawn back into a world he wants nothing to do with. His research into the kingdom's lost past—the very research that sent him
Kindle Edition, 375 pages
Published September 23rd 2011 by Ben S. Dobson
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Moses Siregar III
Dec 16, 2011 Moses Siregar III rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Just about anyone who reads fantasy
Scriber might be my favorite fantasy book. It's not dense like Erikson or Martin, but it has the two things I always look for and rarely find together: great writing with great storytelling.

The best thing about Scriber is the telling of the tale through the voice of the incredibly flawed scholar Dennon Lark. This is first person epic fantasy, and first person is not easy to pull off, even harder when the lead character is a self-hating wimp. But it works. Brilliantly. One reason it works is bec
This new writer is one to watch.His characters are unique, consistent, and interesting. He manages to show the personal progression and growth of the main character the way an individual finds self discovery - slowly and naturally over the course of the journey - rather than beating the reader over the head with it. The story itself is compelling making it hard to put down. His fantasy setting is well constructed and introduced in a slow and easy manner so as to avoid long descriptive passages t ...more
Christopher Kellen
Scriber is, at its heart, a story about the value of history. The description of the book does it justice, so I will not repeat a basic summary in this review. The wrapping for the historical theme is an epic/heroic fantasy, filled with legends, monsters, betrayals, unexpected allies and true heroism.

The cast of characters, including the reluctant Dennon Lark, the stoic Bryndine Errynson, and her company of female warriors, is both charming and engaging. The fact that I can remember many of thei
What an excellent book! Dobson catches you at page one and literally doesn't let go until the novel's finished. The characterization is splendid, even the secondary characters get quite fleshed out. This is a quest fantasy, but not the typical type with a bad guy in a castle who wants all the power. Instead, the author has used some interesting twists to put kingdoms and nobles in jeopardy. Someone has to save the world, Scriber Dennon and Captain Bryndine Errynson and her all woman army are the ...more
Kilian Metcalf
Not many books can divert me from my usual reading pattern of "read a chapter on my Kindle, then move on to the next book in rotation." When I came close to the end of this one, I had to keep reading. Even fewer books make me cry, especially in a public place, but I was swallowing tears at the climax. If you like memorable characters, high adventure, and well-written battle scenes, this is a book for you. I have given to a writer friend who has trouble with battle scenes so she can see how what ...more
Mike Vasich
It is so satisfying to read an indie book that is this good! While there were small things that bugged me a little, overall it was a compelling and interesting tale that kept me turning virtual pages into the wee hours.

Here's what was good:
Great main characters. The lead, Dennon Lark, is a flawed, arrogant ass who sulks a lot, but is somehow still quite likable. He's got a lot of baggage that he can't get past, but he finds eventual inspiration in his near polar opposite, a warrior woman named
This is the joy of downloading Kindle freebies. Occasionally I'll find a wonderful author who's a talented writer and gifted storyteller. This is a terrific book. It makes me remember why I read epic fantasy for so many years.

The character development is outstanding. The book is told in the first person narrative of Dennon Lark. He starts out as whiny, self-involved, irritating, and obnoxious. Yet, as the story progresses, he begins to grow, and become a better person. Since the story is told fr
Early on, I didn't know this was going to be a 5-star book for me. It started out good, and it got better and better. In the first, oh I don't know, half maybe? There were some moments where the author dragged out the "revelations" and you knew what was happening long before the main character figured it out. So, when it got to the big "reveal" for those things, it wasn't an "aha!" moment, it was more like -- yeah, I figured that's what it was as soon as it was first brought up, I'm glad we can ...more
Ben S. Dobson's Scriber lured me in with its promise of an academic's adventure tale, which it handsomely delivered. Scriber recounts the story of Dennon Lark, a disgraced scholar of history, as he joins with a group of military women, who are shunned and belittled, to stop a serious assault on the kingdom. There are two major mysteries to solve - how the attackers, called the burners, manage to appear and disappear, seemingly by magic; and the reasons behind their attacks. This leads the band t ...more
Wow, this was really a very good book. I can imagine people might be a bit hesitant to start a self-published book, because there are quite a few that do not deserve to be published, but in this case you needn't worry. This book would be worth a lot more than the €0.85 that I now paid for it.

The best about the book was definitely the characters. Not only are they very well-drawn and show believable and realistic development, they are also unusual in that the main character is a withdrawn and som
Brandon Zarzyczny
I absolutely loved this book, it's one of my favorite books I've read this year. The characters are really unique, the story is great, the world building is extensive & very original, and I loved Ben Dobson's writing style. This is one more Indie/Self-Published book that I've loved as much or more than most books I've read that were published by the big-six. Again though, I kind of feel bad that I paid so little for such an amazing book, but the author has definitely earned a fan that will b ...more
Anyone who has played the Myst series on their computer has some idea of what it is like to read Scriber. The beauty of the world before you, one that is almost exactly the same, yet somewhat different from what you know, with a hint of fantasy thrown in and a need to focus on the written word are the real elements that charge your mind as you read. Knowledge in this world is power and while writing things don't make them happen as they do in the Myst series, the struggle to find what was once l ...more
Kate Lansky
I'll begin by saying that this book gave me pause on multiple occasions in the early pages. I felt myself get frustrated almost right off the bat, then felt my frustration grow. To begin, the book itself is introduced with a young woman one hundred years after the events of the book. We read two pages or so before we are pulled away from her and into the past. I was annoyed by this introduction: by giving me a character that I can begin to sink into, that I can feel in the weave of the story... ...more
Brilliant, Brilliant, brilliant! Scriber had everything an epic tale of magic, romance, tragedy, adventure and the never-ending quest for knowledge could possibly ever need to sear itself upon my cerebral cortex!

Scriber made me at first detest Dennon, he seemed weak and cowardly, but slowly, as the book progressed I came to appreciate his doubting ways and razor sharp mind. Dennon wasn't a fake character, I felt connected to him by his realistic reactions to the story. He questioned himself, bla
Kelley Ceccato
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I wish Goodreads and would go to a ten-star rating system. That would provide more shades of meaning, more subtlety, and the ability to differentiate between an excellent book and a masterful one. In such an expanded system, this book would be one of the few that earned a ten-star rating from this reviewer.

From the opening pages, Ben Dobson displays a rare command of voice and style, elements too often forgotten, misunderstood, or ignored by many authors, particularly independent ones
This was a somewhat typical quest fantasy novel. However, the author does a great job creating a storyline and characters that are vibrant. The characters have depth and their motivations are not obviously stated. There are many strong female characters and their struggle in a medieval type of world is well-represented. The Quest keeps you on the edge of your seat and you really want to find out what happens. The bookend chapters are also great and surprising, which really emphasizes history and ...more
Victoria Osborne
A good fantasy. The author brings to life a unique twist on fantasy. Though he presents magic in a life force that protects and nurtures the world he does it in a unique fashion.

Our protagonist is on a hero's journey. There is truly no other plot. The story follows an almost fairy tale like quest. Clues are dispersed throughout the land and leads to an ancient being who magically causes all of the burnt to stop attacking.

Since the climatic turn was nothing our protagonist did, but the interventi
I loved this book! Dennon is a slightly misanthropic scholar who becomes our reluctant hero as he teams up with a band of warrior women. Dennon was a perfect protagonist in that he wasn't perfect by any means - he has doubts and would prefer to run away from danger rather than charge straight into it. Yet despite everything, he turns out to be a good person and maybe a hero himself, much to his surprise.

The plot was quite entertaining as the main characters go on a Da Vinci Code style quest to
Verodarling Melani
This book is really good. I had read the reviews, but I hadn't expected it to be so good. The story itself is well written and interesting, but the characters, oh, the characters... I felt that these people I was reading about had truly lived, somewhere, sometime.
And that last line... it killed me, but in a good way (if that makes any sense).
A beautiful story. Finally a successful fantasy book about strong women warriors without the stereotypes of homosexuality or whiney personalities. It's consistently fast paced and peppered with dry and often cynical humor from the main protagonist. The world and character building were so engaging that they forcibly drag you into the pages. The character development was highly realistic, especially the narrators, and I am overjoyed to have picked this up. There aren't enough adult fantasy books ...more
I have to confess I started the Book with a wrong impression. I thought it was a fantasy story with a Big romance part in it. That is not true but nevertheless the book was really good.

The story is about the scriber Dennon Lark who made a mistake during One of his projects and is now trying to be forgotten. He lives in a small village and is Not really happy there. He is very selfish in the beginning and tries to avoid all responsibility if possible. But then the kingdom is in danger and Bryndin
Amazing story of what it truly means to be a hero and the concept of loyalty, duty and pride in promises.

The book has strong, well developed and realistic characters. I love that women played a strong part in the development of the story. There were also multiple heroes/heroines and the story would not be the same without a single one of them.

No part of the book felt weak or underdeveloped ... Although I did wish for a longer epilogue.

I ended the book feeling satisfied and inspired, rare for a
What an excellent book !! Such a great writing, such a great storytelling (as far as I can judge anyway).

"Scriber" is the story of a quest. The quest of a lost knowledge. A knowledge that , if recovered, could save them all. But a knowledge that will also uncover deeply burried lies.

Scriber Dennon Lark (who is the one who tells the story) relunctantly (he is a coward...or so he thinks) agrees to "lead" the quest and will be helped by a bunch of women (great and deep characters) among which is th
A story about history, women fighters, a hide-in-his-books historian, and an epic quest beginning. This is the story that Dobson weaves for you when you read his book that follows Dennon our scholar, Bryndine our captain, and a whole slew of other great characters. One of the best things I like about this is the voice being that of Dennon, with the beginning and end coming from a hired sculptor named Elyse. Dennons humility and his insight to those around him make you cheer for his success.

Pauline Ross
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This is a book that surely strikes a chord with every avid reader: the society it describes is one recovering from the worst of all traumas, where all the books were burned. Not just a few heretical ones, but almost all of them. Just a few precious scraps of information remain from the collected history and scientific knowledge of the time before the burning. Dennon Lark, the scriber of the title, is an academic, dedicated to recovering as much of the lost knowledge of the pre
Kyra Halland
I have a soft spot for books about disgraced scholars and lost or forbidden knowledge, so Scriber was right up my alley. Scriber is the story of historian Dennon Lark who, several years after a terrible accident in the course of his search for the lost knowledge of Kingsland, is living in obscurity in self-imposed exile and only wants to be left alone. All that changes when Bryndine Errynson and her band of female warriors (considered sacriligious in Kingsland) come charging into his life with a ...more
An excellent fanstay story I can't imagine how the author contrive to make this story. Ben S. Dobson must have a really superlative imagination to create such a good story. It started from Scriber Dannon Lark who's trying to look for the missing history books of Kingsland, which while looking for it digging in the garden it collapsed. Disgraced and run into hiding in an isolated village.

While Illias the Scriber of history in Kingsland who sponsor Dannon as a Scriber wanted him to come back, and
Michael Lee
I picked this up based on the Goodreads review by J. Gunnar Grey, who I think is a very sharp judge. She raved about this one, so I had to see what she was so excited about.
In a nutshell, Dobson writes great prose. His characters, scenes, dialogue, all of it works. The story is well organized, and spun from from really good ideas.
While I got off the fantasy shelf, it's not the kind of wizards and swords kind of story that has become so expected in the genre. There are swords and sword fights, an
This is a great story. I would highly recommend it. (I debated between four or five stars... Ultimately 5 stars won because the characters were just that good.) It was only 2.99 for my kindle, so the price was right. This is good fantasy with some fantastic and memorable characters. Overall the book was much more memorable than many I have read recently, including ones that I really enjoyed.

*****These may contain spoilers **********

Things I liked:
1 - The story. This was just a really good story
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Ben S. Dobson is a Canadian fantasy author with a hat and plenty of heart. When he isn't indulging his lifelong passion for epic tales by writing top notch fantasy, he probably can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons, or watching a Joss Whedon show, or something equally geeky.

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