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A sarcastic storyteller traps three characters in his web in order to get hold of a special book.

Daniel, Cassidy and Igor are three unique individuals, considered outcasts for different reasons. They are about to meet and stick together, as coincidences and forced situations lead them to a journey all around Europe.

As everyone is after the Book of the Forsaken, the comin
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Published July 3rd 2012 by Createspace
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Τα χρονικά της Αντάκρης by Κώστας ΖαφειρίουΊριδα by Σουζάνα ΧατζηνικολάουΚοράκι σε άλικο φόντο by Ελευθέριος ΚεραμίδαςΕφιάλτες by Άρτεμις Βελούδου-ΑποκότουΣυναίσθημα by Μανώλης Σιμιτσάκης
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Aug 27, 2013 Sat rated it really liked it
The mini-dossiers at the start of the story that sort of introduced us to the characters hooked me up and made me want to read more. I like that the plot is fast-paced, there are elements of action and suspense I found very interesting, and that there's a somewhat cozy mystery feel to the narrative. Keeping up with the narrator as he jumps from one character to the next was a bit of a challenge for me though. That said, I think using a "storyteller" instead of just writing in a 3rd person omnisc ...more
Sep 14, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
So, I've had some time to let things sink in, as I've been reading other books. And now that I'm finishing the 2nd book in the series I feel comfortable enough to leave an opinion regarding the 1st.

The premise is powerful. It's what will knock you out in the first place, and will draw you in again if you're put off at some point. It's an entirely new take on the supernatural creatures. That's what it's about. And it's gripping.

The writing style is one thing in the 1st book and a different one i
Bethanie Armstrong
Feb 08, 2013 Bethanie Armstrong rated it it was amazing
The Book of the Forsaken by Yannis Karatsioris

First in a series

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

The first time I ever saw this book I was skeptical. The moment I started reading it all skepticism left. This book is exceptional in the fact that the narrator himself is a character in the book and is made out to be the one that wrote the book. Yes I know that's confusing, but you'll have to read the book to see what I mean. He is the one leading the other characters.

The narrator seems to be some kind of
Yannis Karatsioris
Aug 05, 2015 Yannis Karatsioris rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authored

"The writing is of a very high standard, The text is engaging and the story is highly original. By introducing chapters/sections with quotations from ‘The Emerald Tablet’, the guiding principles of the alternate universe the author creates are ever present, hinting at the greater significance of events and making us want to read on to find out more."
Nov 21, 2014 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book of the Forsaken (The Game, #1) by Yannis Karatsioris

Cassidy, Daniel and Igor are three people thrown together in unusual circumstances. Pretty much social outcasts they find themselves on a quest , a search for a book known as The Book of the Forsaken. Soon these three men are traveling across Europe on an adventure of their lifetime.

A well written unique story. I really liked the three main characters, Cassidy, Daniel & Igor. They all had their own likable qualities, we learn a bit
Anzu The Great Destroyer
The Book of the Forsaken follows the lives of three rather interesting individuals: Robert Cassidy, Daniel Maladie, and Igor Rubinstein. Now these fine individuals are called “puppets” and are supposedly controlled by a stronger force that is our narrator. They are also given a set of supernatural abilities that will eventually bring them together in their quest to fulfill their purpose. What purpose is this? Something related to the Book of the Forsaken, the overly confident narrator - which tu ...more
Nov 06, 2012 Scottie rated it it was amazing
Edit: It kept going that way! I think this is a very unique book. The narrator makes the difference compared with other fantasy books, but even if the narrator wasn't this intriguing, I think the ideas and the atmosphere would be enough to put this book on its own pedestal, apart from the rest of the books in the same genre.

The only thing I can find as a negative is that the story doesn't end. We are left with a cliffhanger (an awesome one IMO) and thus the books in "The Game" series cannot be
Bit'N Book Tours
Oct 09, 2014 Bit'N Book Tours rated it liked it
The Book of the Forsaken is a tale narrated by a sarcastic, and somewhat twisted Demi-God sat between two competing factions - the Magi (men of magic), and the Forsaken (ousted supernatural creatures). Although the Narrator clearly has his own agenda, whether he sides with the Magi or the Forsaken is unknown.

The three main pawns in the latest Game between the factions are introduced ‘Top-Trumps’ card-style. While I disliked the manner of presentation, it did bring to mind a group of higher being
Oct 20, 2014 Pluetea rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I had the chance to win this book through a goodread giveaway, thanks to its author.
I was first intrigued by the original introduction of the different characters, and loved the way they were described. The narrator gives a mysterious setting that just make you want to know what is happening and continue with the story. However, once passed the beginning, I found myself a bit confused with the events, the new characters and their involvement in the "game". At some points, a little more backgrou
Rick F.
Aug 27, 2012 Rick F. rated it it was amazing
"A sarcastic storyteller traps three characters in his web in order to get hold of a special book. Daniel, Cassidy and Igor are three unique individuals, considered outcasts for different reasons. They are about to meet and stick together, as coincidences and forced situations lead them to a journey all around Europe. As everyone is after the Book of the Forsaken, the coming Game is about to take place on the dark side of the moon. But there is a cost to that knowledge. Let alone to the wish to ...more
♏argot  (The Bookworm Experiment)
Note: This review was originally published on GR in September 2012.

This review also appears on my blog, The Bookworm Experiment.

Rating: 5 stars

The author kindly provided me with a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review, which follows:

Dossier-like, we are introduced to the three puppets – Robert Cassidy, Daniel Maladie and Igor Rubinstein – and their special abilities. They are sent to Russia to accomplish a different mission, each. The events in a castle and a restaurant in Mo
Oct 11, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read. I enjoyed the way the book opened with the background for the "miraculous trio". The trio is brought together to find a special book, but not in the way you would think. That's when the story really starts to roll. The story kept me interested and wanting to read on. It was funny and had quite a bit of good action. I am looking forward to picking up the next book. Oh and don't forget to read the footnotes. I typically skip over those, don't skip over these ones. You ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Yro rated it it was amazing
Oh well, my problem with books is that I get bored easily... and that didn't happen at all with this book! Not even for one second!
I loved the details of the "puppets", I think that even the dates of birth have to do with astrological signs hehe!
I really enjoyed that bit of confusion, even the loose ends didn't bother me... because I thought: "The author has a plan"!
Highly recommended book!
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Scott

From the prologue on The Book of the Forsaken sets you up for an urban fantasy that you’re not likely to forget. Exquisitely written and plotted, this novel engages the reader in a web of deceit and lies, never sure of whom the real main antagonists are. It weaves these webs so deep that even with the authors prodding, you don’t get the immediate “big picture.”

The “puppets” (alternatively called “pawns” – the chief antag
Paul Freeman
Jun 17, 2014 Paul Freeman rated it it was amazing
The Book of the Forsaken is one of the most unusual and original fantasy stories I’ve read. Basically centred around three main characters, all of whom possess special powers of one sort or another; a petty-criminal Irishman who can manipulate fire and project his sight to see what is happening elsewhere, a suave French bookseller who can teleport anywhere, and a Russian magician who can perform much more than mere illusions, particularly when it pertains to death; handy as he doubles as an assa ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
Every now and again you read a book which might not be in your comfort zone, maybe its the author who's sparked your interest, maybe its the book cover - in this case its the synopsis. This alone had me intrigued, it was unique and different. Something these days I feel is hard in popular genres like Urban Fantasy.

Firstly, the thing I loved mostly about this book is how its almost narrated like a play with the narrator sitting on the stage telling you the actions of the characters through his ow
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Oct 07, 2012 Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota* rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Well there are two reasons i accepted the book for review. First,'s fantasy and seems pretty interesting. Second, it's written by a Greek author. And i always try fantasy from Greek authors when i can. This is obviously in English of course and even got an award from HarperCollins.

The the whole book is completely different than everything i've read before. You see the narrator is part of the story. He is the puppet master. He controls the characters..or not. You don't
Note: A copy was graciously provided to me by the author.

I always feel bad when a decent story theme that appeals to me ends up not working out, and given that I love fantasy/urban fantasy as a collective genre in all age ranges, I was all for reading this particular book in the get-go. Yannis Karatsioris has an interesting premise in "The Book of the Forsaken" in terms of the ideas and layers behind it - I saw what he was trying to do in some aspects of the narrative here, but I think the execu
Mary Fan
Aug 02, 2012 Mary Fan rated it it was amazing
The Book of the Forsaken is written on the intriguing premise that the storyteller himself is a character. That is, the words on the page, the words that you and I, the readers, are seeing, were put there by a narrator who mischievously refuses to identify himself. The brief prologue hints that this narrator is a demi-god of some kind, one with the power to manipulate the destinies of the people he calls his “puppets.”

The first three chapters of the book introduce us to these puppets: Robert Cas
Oct 13, 2012 Celeste rated it really liked it
"I’m a tool. I execute anyway I understand. I don’t need to know the details. We only need to be on the scene and act with intention. Fate takes care of the rest."

I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting myself into when I opened up this book. (And compliments to Mr. Yannis Karatisioris for providing me with a copy of it in exchange for an honest review.) And when I finished it, I still wasn't sure what I had gotten myself into. But I am perfectly OK with being in this state of uncertainty. I t
 ~♡~ Unsolved Mystery ~♡~
Feb 26, 2016 ~♡~ Unsolved Mystery ~♡~ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to ~♡~ Unsolved Mystery ~♡~ by: Given by the author for an honest review

- My Description -
Three men come together through different situations, but for the same reason in the end.
Two men have to assassinate two different men.
One has to acquire a book, The book of the Forsaken.
They all run into trouble from people and beasts who want that book.
What is so special about that book? What does it foretell?

- My Review -
This was a pretty decent read.
The characters are easy to get to know, and were likeable for the most part.
My favorite character was Cassidy.
This book
Aug 23, 2013 Janie rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.

This was a unique read!
I found the start a bit hard going with the character info but once I had got past that I was completely hooked.
The character's were all so different an yet they were all working towards the same goal, being orchestrated by one person like puppets on a string.
I enjoyed following them in their endeavours to get the book of the forsaken!!!
I can't wait to read book 2
Jun 04, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
*review copied from original account to my new one here*

Summary from Goodreads
A sarcastic storyteller traps three characters in his web in order to get hold of a special book.
Daniel, Cassidy and Igor are three unique individuals, considered outcasts for different reasons. They are about to meet and stick together, as coincidences and forced situations lead them to a journey all around Europe.
As everyone is after the Book of the Forsaken, the coming Game is about to take place on the dark side o
Fangs for the Fantasy
3 men, 3 exceptional men. One can remote view and control fire. One can teleport. One can do all kinds of dark and dangerous things – and uses them to horrify and even kill. All 3 of them lead very different lives – but all 3 of them are brought to Moscow, 2 of them to kill and 1 of them to steal

Yet it becomes clear that all of their tasks are linked – and there is a grand conspiracy they don’t even see and the book they have stolen is in high demand. Told through the eyes of a sarcastic being t
David Welch
Oct 21, 2012 David Welch rated it it was amazing
Book of the Forsaken

About half way through the book the thought occurred to me that this is a book for chess players, not for checkers players. I’ve read more than a thousand books over many years and this is the first time I’ve had such a thought. To be a bit more specific, the plot or story line is not easy to follow as it shifts from one character to another. There is also moral ambiguity since two of the three main characters are killers and the third is a thief. Is the reader to identify wi
The Lit Bitch
Oct 18, 2012 The Lit Bitch rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed the narrator of the story and I thought they way he told the story was unique however I found the footnotes distracting. I thought the asides could have been incorporated in the dialogue more rather than being specifically pointed out to the reader. I like to read the sarcasm myself rather than have it shown.

I have the same criticism of the characters. When we first meet the puppets they are first introduced quite literally. I thought the character intros and POVs wer
Mallory Heart Reviews
Dec 03, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it really liked it
Review of The Book of the Forsaken (Game #1)

First in a series, this novel is a [tongue-in-cheek] contemporary fantasy set in the framework of narration by Logos (The Word), who has decided that playing games with humanity is more fun than playing games with God (since God is omniscient). He chooses three humans he refers to as Puppets, each of whom of course has different sensibilities and each a different, unusual gift.

An Irishman, Robert, has the gift of spatial sight-that is, he can see “aro
Jun 04, 2013 Sam rated it liked it
This was a slight step out of my comfort zone as it sits more in the urban fantasy genre. It took a while to get used to but the style slowly grew on me. What I got was an enjoyable story with believable character, but slight problems with pacing prevented me from rating this book higher.

STORY: An unknown narrator walks us through the story of (mostly) three men; Igor, Cassidy and Daniel. Each have their own quirks and flaws and will eventually form an unlikely alliance as they chase after a mys
Andrea Cooper
Sep 01, 2013 Andrea Cooper rated it liked it
I liked the premise and seeing how the strings were pulled by the narrator. It reminded me of the black & white Twilight zone shows.

I didn't like the footnotes or the narrator much. The footnotes were distracting and I don’t think were needed. The author shows us the characters through the story. The narrator was too sarcastic for my tastes (maybe this was planned to have the reader sympathize with the three un-angelic characters). I also wondered, with their special powers, they continued o
Ivan Amberlake
Jul 29, 2013 Ivan Amberlake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Book of the Forsaken” by Yannis Karatsioris is the first book in “The Game” Series.

From the very beginning this manuscript stands out with its unique voice that can rarely be found in fantasy books. This is the voice of an omniscient narrator who traps three puppets in his web, in order to get hold of a special sought-after artifact, the Book of the Forsaken, that holds the knowledge of the Forsaken races and of the mystical Game that takes place once every five centuries on the dark side o
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“In the beginning there was Logos...and God of course. And it was all extremely boring for Logos because he could never beat God at any game...” 6 likes
“Just so ya know, mate, superpowers come at a cost."
"What superpowers are you-"
"Oi, listen. D'ya know Pinocchio? The wooden lad. Yeah, his superpower was ta lie ta everyone about anythin' he saw fit. An' I think 'tis cool if y'ask me. But it had a cost, it did. His nose grew longer with every lie. Ha! Ya see?"
"No, I don't."
"We're reality's lies mate. An' there's a cost ta'r existence."
-Robert Cassidy, on people with paranormal abilities.”
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