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4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  812 Ratings  ·  127 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
Nov 18, 2011 Moses Siregar III rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 19, 2014 Alissa rated it liked it
Shelves: read-ebooks
Very nice read, steady and entertaining, 3.5 stars. This is a classic fantasy story, with a quest, mysteries, ancient powers, lore and debates on morality and redemption. The plot is linear and well-done, the prose is flowing and very apt. The best features are the worldbuilding and the characters, scriber Dennon and captain Bryndine with her company of warrior women. There is a feeling of Dungeons and Dragons, and I wasn't surprised to see in the author's bio that he likes to play the game; I t ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Melinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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
Feb 22, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Christopher Kellen
Oct 06, 2011 Christopher Kellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, indie
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
Kilian Metcalf
Sep 23, 2012 Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2013 Gerrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Oct 02, 2011 Doskoi_panda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
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
Mike Vasich
Mar 22, 2012 Mike Vasich rated it it was amazing
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
Brandon Zarzyczny
Sep 20, 2012 Brandon Zarzyczny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Dec 24, 2013 zjakkelien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
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
Kelley Ceccato
May 21, 2013 Kelley Ceccato rated it really liked it
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Kate Lansky
Jan 15, 2013 Kate Lansky rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Apr 22, 2012 Mirrani rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nov 17, 2011 J. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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
Jul 18, 2012 Poonam rated it it was amazing
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
Melania Ramona
Nov 04, 2013 Melania Ramona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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).
Sep 20, 2014 Helen rated it it was amazing
Had actual tears rolling down my face reading the end of this.
Jun 22, 2017 Kili rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Wonderful

I do not write reviews often. However, this book...I could not keep from writing just how wonderful it is. There are one or two grammatical errors that only someone searching for fault would hold against it. The tale is told in such a flowing way. It drags you in and makes it real. I have flagged this in my own library as a book of worth. One to recommend to any looking for a solid, well written story of valor, strength of spirit and friendship. Truly, if you read no other b
Pauline Ross
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-book-burning age a ...more
Scriber is a stand alone fantasy novel that I enjoyed from the very beginning. Dennon Lark is a historian living in self imposed exile in a small rural village. He is tangentially aware of the instability going on in the kingdom but does not realize how bad it is until the king’s warrior niece Bryndine Errynson arrives looking for nearby rebels. Dennon may hold the key to finding the secrets behind the rebels, but the only ones who will help him are Bryndine and her company of female soldiers.

Jan 16, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heroines, magic
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
Jul 16, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing
I tend to be wary of free self-published ebooks I pickup on Amazon, no matter how highly rated. The plots are often mediocre, and with my OCD even the best story can be ruined with bad editing. But I'm extremely pleased I picked up this one, because it breaks the mold.

This book is an excellent example of what's becoming an increasingly rare species: a solid standalone epic fantasy, not designed to hook you into the commitment of trying to buy and read a whole series, however good it may be.

The P
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
Eoghann Irving
May 26, 2013 Eoghann Irving rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I have had very mixed success with self-published books, but it's ones like Scriber that make it worth taking the chance on new names. This book came so close to getting a full five stars but there are a couple of missteps.

Dennon Lark is an interesting protagonist because he is so flawed. He's downright annoying in the early chapters of the book. Perhaps a little *too* annoying in fact. But I see what the Ben S. Dobson was going for. It's a redemption/growth story. And as Lark begins to grow, he
Feb 17, 2017 Mirjam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I love the worldbuilding. The concept of The Forgetting; the forgotten heroes; the deliberate altering of history... it's rare to see such an academic, postmodern viewpoint in fantasy books. This book actually made me long for more stories about those forgotten heroes (Prince Fyrril and Adello's "rebellion" in particular).

It's great that the main characters are chiefly women. Their dynamic with Dennon is entertaining and heartwarming, and (view spoiler)
I really had a hard time rating this. I think I went into this with the wrong concept of what will happen and it took me a little while to realize I was wrong. I think mainly because I read romance mostly, I had that in my head but really this is a fantasy story.

First off know this: there isn't a hero and heroine here, there is a man and 20 warrior women. This is an epic story of a writer who just wants to hide away from everyone but gets dragged into a war of the world. He whines and complains
Eirian Houpe
Jun 16, 2012 Eirian Houpe rated it really liked it
True success in the fantasy genre!

Ben S Dobson has created a perfectly rounded, fast paced and riveting story of courage, morals and the value of history and education, and has nestled it all successfully within the pages of his fantasy novel, Scriber. This book is a must read for fantasy fans, and those that do not ordinarily read fantasy alike. The world is familiar enough that the fantasy elements of the story blend seamlessly with the historical genre elements, (e.g. sailing ships, knights a
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Ben S. Dobson is a Canadian fantasy author. When he isn't writing to indulge his passion for epic tales, he probably can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons, or watching a Joss Whedon show, or something equally geeky.

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