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Crucible of Dust
by C. James Leone (Goodreads Author)
Hammond Flynn escaped the destruction of his home a broken man. Once, he was a knight of the Order of the Penitent Blade, but when the barrier between the physical and spiritual worlds collapsed over the Order's land, a tidal wave of destruction enveloped everything Flynn knew. He fled that day, never looking back. As a refugee in the city of Wightgate, Flynn struggles to ...more
ebook, 49 pages
Published March 21st 2012 by Smashwords Edition
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May 06, 2012 Claire rated it it was amazing
When I first started this novella, I thought it would be a quick, light read. Boy was I wrong! I quickly realized this book was nothing to be taken lightly and settled in for the ride. And what a journey it was! What it lacks in word count it more than makes up for in a caliber of writing rarely found in Ebooks (at least what I’ve seen). Leone manages to weave more intricate storylines in half the time it takes other books. This story is dense with emotion, intrigue, imaginative world building a ...more
May 09, 2012 Book Princess Sophia rated it it was amazing
To me this book was the equivalent of literary cheesecake or fudge…a little goes a looong waay! So packed with evocative characters and descriptions about this weird and fantastical world that hinges on reality and the supernatural, Crucible of Dust is written in the same vein as many classic fantasy masterpieces that have come before (some of the writing was reminiscent of Tolkein, some of George R.R. Martain) with words being used to paint the canvas of the authors imaginative and wildly creat ...more
Hammond Flynn is a man who has some demons to face (literally). As a former Knight of the Order of the Penitent Blade, he watched as everyone he knew and cared for were destroyed by an evil supernatural power. Unable to stop it or save his men, he lives his life in guilt and despair until he is summoned to the side of the town’s most powerful criminal mastermind and is forced to do his bidding. But Flynn runs into something even more powerful and sinister than the shady mobster who sent him on t ...more
I really enjoyed this story, as it had so many interesting characters and events in such a short time frame. I liked the character of the priest, and thought what happened to him was crazy! I did like Flynn and felt that the author had the “reluctant hero” role down pat. A few things I didn’t really like were that there were a few times that names or places were mentioned but I had no idea what it was or why was important. I do feel like I eventually caught up and it was made clearer, but someti ...more
I thought this novella by C. James Leone was quite impressive for a debut. He shows himself to me a master wordsman who is capable of conjuring immensely appealing prose. However, as much as I enjoyed the narrative, I found the pacing to be a bit slow for my tastes, especially right off the bat. I was lulled into the story by the great writing, but I felt like I kept waiting for the characters to actually do something. Much of the most interesting parts of the story come by way of being “told” t ...more
It is clear that this was written by a pro who knows his craft. Perfect editing and grammar, beautiful sentence structure, the words strung together in a way that just flowed off the page (screen) and created this gritty, magical world in my mind. The world was incredibly original and picturesque with a steampunk/supernatural setting, and the plot unfolded at a natural pace and never felt forced or contrived. I haven’t read many of these types of books before but I just might start! I don’t know ...more
The Main character is a younger/middle-aged gentleman (I believe) named Hammond Flynn who was once in a group called the “Order of the Penitent Blade”, a group in my mind was much like the knights of the Middle Ages duty bound to uphold the notion of Good, Purity, Strength, and Wellness for all. When a horrible event leaves him feeling defeated and suffering guilt and shame, he is left alone as his home town and his comrades are killed by a nefarious power. Without giving away the whole plot, th ...more
I have a hard time pigeonholing this novella into any particular category. The steampunk element was there, but not the driving force behind the story. It more added flavor. But there was also a sci-fi vibe and a lawless, dystopian feel. SO many worlds converging into one unique story that I, for one, hope is just the start to something more and something potentially great. I thought the way characters were introduced and the plot unfolded was nicely done, with not too much information given aw ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Stacy rated it it was amazing
AMAZING. Crucible of Dust is the first work I’ve read by debut author C. James Leone, and I certainly hope it won’t be the last. I really enjoyed this read, and I loved how the story unfolded with a patient grace and brilliant elegance. This was a refreshing change of pace from so many books that throw everything at you right off the bat. Much of the beginning of the story is introducing us to a motley cast of characters and solidifying their role in the hero’s quest for redemption. The last thi ...more
This is different from my usual books, but I always enjoy reading different types of stories and discovering new authors. And that is what I felt like I did here…”discovered” a new author. The plot itself was just a bit “so-so” for me…felt like a lot of information packed into a short period of time and I wish I could have seen more of the characters in action. I wish there was more (…MUCH more) of Ana, and I wish we knew more of her story. I never was clear on if Cristof really was bad, when An ...more
C. James Leone spends most of his day in a cubicle where a computer tells him what to do. It really is as fun as it sounds. Having discovered that happiness can be found when a person pursues their dream, he has decided to pursue his own dream of writing professionally. In his spare time, he enjoys gaming and most anything that sparks the imagination.More about C. James Leone...