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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...more
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Published July 3rd 2012 by Createspace
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Τα χρονικά της Αντάκρης by Μενεστρέλ του ΜιραβάλΊριδα by Σουζάνα ΧατζηνικολάουΚοράκι σε άλικο φόντο by Ελευθέριος ΚεραμίδαςΗ καινούρια διαθήκη του Σμου by Γιώργος Τυρίκος-ΕργάςΗ Χώρα των Χαμένων Ευχών by Γιώργος Χατζηκυριάκος
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Mickey
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 of the moon. But there is a cost to that knowledge. Let a...more
Sat
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
Angela
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...more
Bethanie Armstrong
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...more
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
Scottie
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...more
Yannis Karatsioris
Sep 15, 2012 Yannis Karatsioris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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What HARPER COLLINS UK had to say about THE BOOK OF THE FORSAKEN

"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."
Rick F.
"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
Celeste
"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...more
Joe
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
Melanie
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...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
3.5 stars

Well there are two reasons i accepted the book for review. First, well..it'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 story..no 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...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...more
Rose
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...more
Mary Fan
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...more
Yro
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!
Janie
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
Paul Freeman
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
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...more
David Welch
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...more
The Lit Bitch
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...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
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...more
Sam
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...more
Andrea Cooper
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...more
Ivan Amberlake
“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...more
Ivan Amberlake
THE BOOK OF THE FORSAKEN by Yannis Karatsioris

“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 plac...more
Maree  ♫ Light's Shadow ♪
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author to review.

I came down very midline on this one. There were aspects of it that I thought were fantastic, parts that had me baffled, and moments where I could only shake my head.

The introduction to the book is very smart and quirky, where we specifically don't get to know the narrator who poses an intriguing challenge with quite the attitude. I have to say that the narrator was easily my favorite part of the story. It's a practically omnis...more
Filipe
Oct 07, 2012 Filipe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers of adult urban fantasy
I found this book very engaging. It's told mostly by the POV (point of view) of a "super entity" that (according to him) is playing The Game "moving the strings" of the characters (or as he calls them, his "puppets"). He has a strange kind of humor, and it's from it that we will "know him".

The (other) main characters are 4 individuals with some "special" talent. During the book they will encounter the usual "urban fantasy" vampires,etc. but it's not about them (they are an "interested part").
The...more
Hypia Sanches
*I received this book from a GoodReads giveaway*

I really liked it. Well, anything with supernatural elements on it, it's almost sure I'll enjoy it.

The author presents three different characters with supernatural powers, from different countries, who end up meeting, and there are a few other interesting mysterious folks.

There is a book called "The book of the forsaken", which is related to supernatural beings (faeries, leprechauns, and many others) - the "forsaken" ones; and the three leading guy...more
A. Dinsmore
Disclaimer: I received a free ebook in exchange for my review.

I was really excited for this book. The premise sounded different and interesting and I was looking forward t o getting lost in the author's world.

But that didn't happen. From the introduction of the characters, the info-dump of their psychic abilities and how they came to discover them, the more than slightly confusing plot, to the borderline insulting narrator and the (in my opinion) completely unnecessary footnotes.... it made th...more
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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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