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Betrovia (Land of Betrovia #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In a land where the horrors of war are as common as snow and ice in winter... Patrik Veillein, as a newly-married young man, turns down the safety of small town life to help his uncle manage a road-side inn many miles away. But before he can learn even the basics of running a roadside inn, the uncle suddenly dies. If he had stayed where he was born, Patrik could have becom ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published August 11th 2011 by Createspace (first published 2011)
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Pat W. Kirk
Betrovia is the first of a three-part trilogy. This fantasy novel re-creates a time when a soldier’s weapons included swords, and bows and arrows. War ravages Betrovia. It tells the story of Patrik, an innkeeper: trapper, hunter, and artist; and his two daughters, Tamara and Galena, and the war that shapes their existence. When Patrik finds a package of scrolls, he decides to trust Teophelus, a neophyte priest, to help him get them translated. Teophelus agrees to help him. Teophelus soon discove ...more
Jake Yaniak
Dave King is a fantasy author who clearly has an eye for the grand as well as for the little things. Whether it is the politics of the kingdom or the politics of the kitchen, the author pays close attention to every detail. This is definitely my kind of fantasy story; it remains focused on the characters and their day to day doings without losing sight of the grander picture, and without locking you inside their heads like many modern fantasy novels seem to do.
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Brad Francis
I read Betrovia in anticipation of interviewing the author on my blog. I think we had a good chat, and you can read it here: http://christfictionandvideogames.blo...

For those wanting my mini-review, however, here it is:

In preparation for this interview, I’ve been reading Betrovia, the first book in the series. If you love authors who build vivid, rich fantasy worlds, these books may be right up your proverbial alley. I felt like Dave really loves the world he created and the characters in it. T
Betrovia is a trilogy about a fictional land called Betrovia. Names of places and people remind you of a place far away in another time striving to make their society work in the face of adversity and adversaries. I love to read fiction with adventure and Betrovia provides that through the pen of Dave King as he paints word pictures of the lives of common people and their relationships with royalty, middle class and servants of the day. The story keeps your interest as the characters' lives unfo ...more
Author Dave King did a good job of weaving a fantasy storytelling with Betrovia. This is actually book 1 in a trilogy, and I thought the plot while descriptivingly distracting, and at times reduntantly boring. I did like this idea of following along the innkeeper's family fantasy world, but did not successfully grab my attention upon completion to continue trilogy.
Evangheline Farcas
The land of Betrovia comes alive through great descriptions that paint a clear picture of the characters and the setting. This book reminds me of David in the Bible for there is a young man who becomes king much in the same way David the shephard boy did. There is loss and there are victories. This was an enjoyable read, it had a slow start but a great ending.
Suzie King
Kept me on my " toes" with unexpected twists and turns! Can't wait to read the next book!

Sorry to say I gave up on this one only a few pages in. I found Patrik to be way to strange. He reminded me of someone who is mentally off. He became distracted over the smallest thing. One minute he is asking his daughter why she is so hard on Kristof, the stable boy, and the next minute he is distracted by how the sunshine highlighted a cleaning rag on the table. His daughter never answered by the way and it took him a full minute to realize this. The entire time you are in Patrik's head you s ...more
David Herndon
A fascinating read. The characters, the plot, the setting -- it was quite the enjoyable book. The richness of the world Dave King has created is quite impressive. The depth and individuality of the characters not only bring them to life but they draw you into their lives. A good, clean read full of action and adventure- well worth your time
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