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A Balance Broken (The Dragonsoul Saga #1)

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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  32 reviews
In a time before the Dragon Wars consumed Tarmor, the Dragonsouls ruled over the five races. Then, during the destruction of the Cataclysm that followed the wars, the Dragonsouls disappeared. Most wizards thought them destroyed forever, and a great peace settled over the land, each of the five races finding its place, decimated and hidden as it may be.

But the winds of Chao
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Hardcover, First Edition, 450 pages
Published July 16th 2012 by Imagined Interprises
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Lucinda
The Dragonsoul Saga touches your soul! Outstanding.

I was extremely excited upon hearing the news that I would have the opportunity of reading a new epic fantasy saga through a Goodreads giveaway, as I am a huge fan of this genre such as enjoying works by many authors from Anne McCaffrey to Christopher Paolini. Book one a balance broken is the first installment in a new series that continues with ‘a darkness unleashed’ by an accomplished author whom I predict great things to come, exceeding all
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Amy Macneill
It is amazing to see this in print - and with a map of a new world! The story line is classic fantasy, but it has strong female and male characters, a feature sorely lacking in most fantasy novels. Not only that, but both female and male characters lack overtly annoying traits (which strong female characters tend to have in this genre). Although most characters are likeable, character development is a focus of Book One of the Dragonsoul Saga and it will be very interesting to see how things turn ...more
Joshua
In a genre ripe with destined heroes sprung forth from meager and humble beginnings, one must as an author bring more to the table then a simple tale of wonderment. It becomes a prerequisite to be able to paint with one's words, to literally compose symphonic masterpieces with language, transporting the reader into not only another world, but the very mindset of the characters as seen through the eyes of the author. It is this very thing that J.T. Hartke excels at. Crafting a world via visual de ...more
Sasha
This book is an extraordinary book can't wait to read the next installment. Superbly thought out charters , the orcs are better than Tolkien orc's in my opinion. They have more thought and personality. The author has put a lot of thought and time into each of his charters and plot. One of my favorite charters is Maddi a younger thief who discovers that she is also a healer..... This in my thinking has thrown her for a loop. She helps the poor which is different for her since she had been a thief ...more
Adam
I can sum this book up in one word.....Awesome!!! Everything about this book is great. The characters are extremely well developed, the world is very detailed and is put together as well as Tolkien or Frank Hebert's worlds, the magic system is elegant to say the least, and the intricate story made the book something I couldn't put down. I am definitely going to put this on my shelf of favorite books. Reading "A Balance Broken" reminded me of how much I enjoyed reading Tolkien, Dune, or Stephen L ...more
Colby
This is a fantastic book that challenges your preconceived notions of a fantasy world. You think you know where the story is going, but the author zigs when you think he'll zag. He fools you with the steadily paced first few chapters, then crazy stuff happens and doesn't let up. And then there are dragons.
Scott
This is an amazingly well developed story for a first time writer. He took some traditional concepts of fantasy and made them his own. Great character and world development. The only complaint is I have to wait for the next one to come. If you haven't read this yet, do yourself a favor and grab a copy today.
J.T. Hartke
Aug 04, 2012 J.T. Hartke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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What I have tried to do here is take the classic archetypes of the genre and prove that they are not stereotypes. Good and Evil are relative in the world of Tarmor. I hope that by the end of this volume, you are not certain which side you are on.
Kari
Great first book by JT Hartke. Started out a little slow with the introduction of characters, but worth the wait for the action :) Can't wait for the second installment!!
Zachary Roner
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A year and a half ago I entered a giveaway to receive this book. I did not win, but for some reason I kept it around on my lists. Time past and I wound up forgetting about this book, but recently as I scrolled through my to-reads I saw this book and I figured it was time.

As the story begins we are introduced to two characters who both have visions that tell them that they will be integral in changing and shaping the fate of the world. When this
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Sarah Hemrich
As a middle school teacher and librarian, I have read countless novels written for 12 - 18 year old readers. I have read more than my fair share of fantasy because those are the readers that want to talk to me about their novel. I can honestly say, J.T. Hartke’s novel is fantastic. I truly believe that it will take off like wild fire with my students. Tallen and Maddi are protagonists that will enchant the readers. J.T. has done a wonderful job of developing the characters throughout the novel. ...more
Jessica
I won a free copy of this book though First reads, and when I entered, I thought the book looked promising but I wasn't sure it would be any good. Well I am glad I entered, and am eagerly awaiting book two. I would defiantly recommend this book to people with a love of fantasy.

To start the prologue shocked me... I am not used to reading fantasy books where orcs are semi-intelligent creatures capable of being almost human. Usually orcs are mindless creatures led to the slaughter by some evil mast
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Monica
First, I must preface this review stating that I wouldn't consider myself a fan of fantasy genre, but that didn't stop me from picking up a copy of J.T. Hartke's first book of the Dragonsoul Saga series, and I'm glad that I did. My tastes in literature include preferences for the vivid imaginative descriptions of Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth, the strong female protagonists of Jane Auel's works, and the mesmerizing yarns spun by Tolkein. Perhaps these interests are why Hartke's writings cap ...more
Sam Johnson
This summer, I met JT at the Gen-Con in Indianapolis. While walking through the vendor room, I happened to strike up a conversation with JT about his book. I decided to give it a shot.

It took me several weeks to get through my pile of unread books before I had a chance to read A Balance Broken. From the first chapter through the last, I was hooked. The storyline is very well done. The characters were developed with care and brought to life in a way that I had no problem envisioning each of them
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Brandi
Excellent book! An amazing accomplishment from a first time author. The writing is superb, with flowing descriptions and true to life characters. Hartke adds a personal connection to characters giving the fantasy genre a nice nudge of change without failing to transport the reader to a clearly unique fantasy realm. I love the addition of strong female roles, which are often a mere side-note in many fantasy books. This is especially true of the Maddi character, who is my favorite and reinvents an ...more
Robin
the first half reads a little slow as hartke takes his time laying groundwork and introducing the characters. first to you and then to each other and taking time out to let their relationships bloom. then second half takes off and what seemed like a nice, sometimes bumbling little story develops a sharp edge. with scenes of intense action and roiling emotion you suddenly find yourself out of pages and breathless for more! an excellent first novel and i look forward to the next installments.
Dave Kirlin
Good first novel of an up and coming writer. The novel focuses on laying the groundwork for a much larger epic, focusing on the challenges faced by two of the main characters and outlining what will be an epic battle. Integrated into the world is an interesting take on magic, and the book is filled with small details that help pull the reader into the story. Is a must-read for any fantasy novel lovers.
Tom
I've read hundreds of epic fantasy books in my lifetime. This has to be one of the best fantasy books I've read in a long time. I never read books a second time through but I had to on this one. It was so good. There are hundreds of ways the second book can end up and I can't wait until I get my copy so I can see where J.T. is taking us.
Steve Miller
Solid characters & action make this a "goodread" for any fans of old-school fantasy. I was pulled deeper into Tarmor as the story unfolded, promising more and better to come from a new author of the genre. I'm looking forward to J.T.'s continuation of the saga! Thanks J.T. & Goodreads for the opportunity to test-ride this giveaway!
Julie Luckenbill


The characters are awesome. I felt they were realistic to how they are being developed. The book reads very smooth and JT keeps you wanting to read more. It was hard to put the book down. Now I'm ready for book 2. Even I have to wait another year for the final copy of book 2.
Rich
This is an excellent initial offering from Mr. Hartke. I have not read a lot of the fantasy genre, but found his character development, and setting descriptions very engaging. I'm looking forward to reading the forthcoming books in the series.
Ivy Zheng
Aug 30, 2012 Ivy Zheng marked it as to-read
The title and the cover looks fantastic! The summary looks very interesting and I can't wait to read the book. I loved how books are about dragons and other fantasy things.

I really hope I get to read the book!
Tempest
i really liked this book. it fit together well and has a thought out plot a well measured pace and characters that are likeable. all in all a book well worth a look at.
Liana
Aug 31, 2012 Liana marked it as to-read
This looks like a WOW of a book! I've always loved dragons. (x Oh mah gaw. That cover looks fabulous! I would really like to read it. It honestly looks really cool.
Margaret Matthew
A great read! I'm now completely enthralled with the characters and the storyline and can't wait for the next installment!
Andrew Rose
This was an old school fantasy novel, part Harry Potter, part Tolkien, featuring the spirits of two Dragons who are trying to claim the body of a young wizard to make certain the balance is broken. The characterization was well realized and you can see clear motivations for all of the antagonists as well as the heroes. The world seems familiar enough to not require a lot of special description but unique enough to hold surprises as well. I've already downloaded the second book and can't wait to ...more
Carlos Jr.
Wow dragons! Great title and awesome cover. A must read.
Emily
Now that I've finished, I'd describe this book as a comforting, familiar fantasy novel by a talented writer who has crafted a compelling story around well-worn, tried-and-true fantasy tropes.

But I'm not going to lie--it took some time for me to get to that point.

I say "comforting and familiar" because I love fantasy. I love magic and dragons and all that. So to fall into a story about those kinds of things is right in my comfort zone. But there isn't much new here. In fact, the beginning almos
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Patrick
I bought this book as a souvenir from Gen Con, along with some art prints and a solar panel that only produces about 10% as much power as it would need to be the primary source for my phone. It's published by a tiny independent press called Imagined Interprises, and no, "interprise" is not a word in any dictionary I could find.

The book was... pretty good, I guess. It has nothing really exceptional about it. It's obviously heavily influenced by Tolkien (but who isn't?), and its relatively sympath
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Richard Radgoski
Jt Hartke has created a wonderful world, crafted a great story centered around memorable characters and events and this book is another that demanded I finish it by reading late into the night and early each morning. Most times, I struggle with names, but I remember these - Slar, Tallen, Earl Boris, Jaerd, Thomas, Maddi, Dorias, Britt, Darve, and many more. In one of my status updates, I claimed there were multiple POV characters. That isn't quite true, as the author writes in 3rd person omnisci ...more
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