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Eye of the Moonrat (The Bowl of Souls #1)

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Justan was raised on the outskirts of the Dremaldrian Battle Academy. He watched his father ascend the ranks within the academy to become one of the most respected warriors in the kingdom. The only thing he has ever wanted is to become an academy student and follow the path of his father. Unfortunately, only the best can enter the academy and Justan is a horrible fighter. ...more
Kindle Edition, Ebook, 360 pages
Published May 13th 2012 by Amazon: Kindle Direct
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Lee Dunning I think around twelve or so. I'd put it in the same age range as the "Ranger's Apprentice" series.
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Dany Zaidi
This book is one of my all time favourite book. It has a heroic fantasy story line in which the main character is weak but gets stronger and stronger and before you know it he is the guy who everyone turns to. Although this is how most heroic fantasy goes I really like the fact that it all makes sense. I mean yea Justan becomes stronger but it didn't take him a chapter to become from weak to he-man. No it happens slowly but surely. I like the fact that he got stronger by his own efforts first be ...more
Paul Leitner
the premise of an incapable protagonist valiantly trying his best was intriguing, if not terribly inspired.
It was completely invalidated when halfway through the book, the protagonist is suddenly (in the book equivalent of a "rocky" montage) transformed into mr. perfect. And no, it does not get better or more believable in the next books of the series.
Timothy
The Eye of the Moonrat, all things considered is a good read. I will say the book does seem to start off as a young adult novel from the viewpoint of a teen who thinks he knows better then all how to become a warrior. There is growth in the character but the first few chapters can be a bit hard to get through. Though the book starts out as a coming of age story you tend to loose site of that rather quickly.

I thought the characters were well thought out. The showed growth and depth along the jou
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Gautam Surath
Eye of the Moonrat is one of those easy adds to your "to-read" shelf. Its got a decent overall rating and the synopsis is intriguing. So it appears to have all the things going for it making 3 stars I give it a bit of a disappointment. But in some ways it has set up the books to come so well that it ensures you will continue with the series and that in itself is a job done. Trevor handles the multiple POV's nicely and each protagonist has been very interestingly crafted. You know these protagoni ...more
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Look at that cover! How could anyone say that they didn’t want to know what this story was about after seeing that calm yet creepy cover. As soon as I saw it I needed to know more. Thankfully I am well aware of the narrator, yet the author is new to me, so I had some idea of what I was in for.

This is a total unadulterated fantasy story. Full of all of the creatures one would expect, Ogres, Orcs, Gno
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Ben Hale
Eye of the Moonrat follows a young man that wants to master weapon skills like his father. At first glance it might appear as your run of the mill fantasy, but there are a number of things that set this book and series apart.
First, the progression of the main character's growth is exceptional, and in many ways, unexpected. At many points he struggles a great deal before accomplishing anything. The author did an excellent job not making him too strong right from the beginning.
Second, the villai
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Laura
We start out with Justan being portrayed as an underdog - brilliant at strategy, but unable to perform in physical combat. His second and last try at getting enough points in the entrance tournament to the Warrior's Academy fails, but he's given an unexpected chance to try one more time.

As he begins his training, it's quickly shown that there's no disability or other physical limitation holding him back, simply the fact that he never pushed his physical limits and generally assumed that he knew
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John Cook
This was one of the biggest surprises I've stumbled across in recent memory. I had a lot of fun reading this book. In many ways it is a standard coming of age fantasy but it was more than that. The author introduced many standard fantasy races (dwarves, elves, goblins, etc.) but he added his own little feel to each and made them fresh and exciting while at the same time comfortable.

While the main plot line is great I find myself really intrigued by the secondary story lines (I won't spoil them f
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David Stringer
I really enjoyed this book, and recommend with ease! As a genre I was getting a little tired of it, and so begun this with a sense of 'here we go again'. But I was pleasantly surprised.

It wasn't full of the usual exotic and absurd names that you struggle to keep up with, get confused by and subsequently follow. The writing style has a nice simple flow to it and the author has done a great job keeping the story and character development going throughout the story.

One big feature I liked, was the
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richard g roach
Interesting reading

I found this book interesting even though I rarely like stories of magic, wizards and such. The book is filled with goblins, orcs, elves, images and wizards. The hero is both a mage and warrior in training, but I found him to be disappointing, even though I cannot explain why.

The characters are not fleshed out quite enough but that could just be me. I find it hard to dislike this book, yet I am not fully engaged by it. In many ways I was disappointed by the story line. Perhaps
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Kristine Low
This was hard for me to put down -- I loved it for some reason. Mainly the characters were so likable and I found myself wanting to see what would happen next! I'm anxious to continue reading!
Andy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Eye of the Moonrat tells the story of a boy whose only desire is to enter to warrior school in hopes to follow in his father's foot steps. This was a fast fun read and though it follows a classic fantasy theme the author was very creative. I read all the books in the series as well as the novella Hilt's Pride written by Trevor H. Cooley ( a self published author ). I am anxiously awaiting the fourth book in the series and Trevor H. Cooley will remain on my reading ...more
Ethan Gregory
Full review and more available at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...

*****
My Thoughts:

Ogres? Wizards? Dragons? Rats? Ethan are you sure you're okay? Rest assured friends, this is Ethan and I am definitely not ill. As you guys well know, Ethan here is not a fan of high fantasy. I don't do ogres, I only recently became a fan of dragons, and any rodent that isn't my guinea pig and I are probably not going to be pals. But have you met Trevor Cooley? While I'm not here to say that I'm now the b
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Tiphanie Neely
Interesting, disjointed, ridiculous, entertaining, stupid, cliche, sweet. These are the words I think of when trying to describe this book.

I commented at one point, very close to the end, "This book should just be called Rookie Continues To Make Stupid Mistakes And Somehow Lucks Out Of Problems." He's like the trust-fund kid of the fantasy world. Someone's always there to bail him out, and he acts moody and petulant and endangers those around him when things don't go his way. By a quarter of th
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Lee Dunning
Perhaps my biggest disappointment was that the Moonrats turned out to be nasty things, and not obviously a major aspect of the plot. Yes, there is a pretty cool fight scene in the forest with the varmints, and the villain communicates with a female presence via a petrified moonrat eye, but based on the title and the cover image, I was really gearing up for major moonrat shenanigans.

But it did get me to pick up the book, and in the end that's really the job of the title and cover.

That aside, Tre
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Nicola Hawkes
This is an easy read, with an epic feel and a grand cast of creatures (humans, ogres, wizards, warriors, dwarves, gnomes etc) all with their own reasonably defined species characteristics that don't often veer too far from standard fiction. In addition there are some new creatures, which are interesting (rogue horse, moonrats). It is a very reassuring traditional beginning to a series, perhaps a little stilted sometimes- not sure whether it wants to be in "formal" style (think Thomas Covenant) o ...more
Steven
Very good the beginning was okay but luckily it progressively got better so far i'm am happy with this book i can't admit i would have done things the same way lol he was very complacent in my opinion but still i started on the second book so far it's pretty good can't wait to see what happens so many mystery's so many possible outcomes it keeps you guessing and i believe thats one of the things i like most about this book

I hope you all enjoy it as much as i did :)
Danielle
Meh. Free from amazon, so I didn't waste any money. Concepts are interesting, but the writing is very much that of am inexperienced author. Too much exposition, too much telling rather than showing.
Kristoffer Jarvis sr.
Super fantastic adventure . I absolutely loved this whole series so far . I still have to read book 5 and on. I'm excited to start them . I have put them off for awhile in hopes that audible.com would get off there butts and record these books... Ah well. I guess I better fit them into my busy life and if audible ever gets around to it then I'll listen to them then too.
defenbaker
A great series!

I started reading the sample thinking what is a Moonrat? The writing pulled me in so I read it as a KU book (really enjoy Kindle U), and quickly devoured it and went to the next, and the next, and all the way through book 8. I am happy I found the series where I did, not having to wait for the next one for awhile, but now I want book 9 right now lol. I found that the characters grow realistically through the series with unexpected twists making me root for my favs and hoping the b
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Vaelin
Another great Indie read! I was initially a bit wary of the title and the fact a lot of readers were mentioning it reads like a YA coming of age story (first 15% was a bit worrying) but was very happy with how it panned out. It certainly kept me wanting to continue reading and find out what was next (always a good sign LOL)and I will certainly be reading Book 2!

Dgilfoy
I rather enjoyed this book and the remainder of the series so far. It's Young Adult, but there weren't many boring parts and I enjoyed the world building of the Author. The Magic system (at least the Spirit aspect) was rather interesting.

I didn't give it a five though; it was still a little raw, IMO. Many of the characters were a bit flat, and while there was some growth/development, it wasn't enough for a five star book (or series). Some of the mythic creatures seemed a bit different than stand
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AndyS
Fantastic Book!
Loved it...
Sam Lonberg
Enjoyable read. The main character is ok, but the supporting characters are quite good. There is a lot going on this story, so the writing is pretty bare bones and straightforward. It does pick up near the end, so I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Nut
I stopped reading at around half of the book because I could not tolerate Justan anymore. As portrayed in the beginning, Justan is a 17-year-old boy who lacks in physical strength but brilliant at strategy. As a good strategist, I expected him to be an intellectual, planning type. Instead, he acts like a 13-year old arrogant brat, who believes he is better than anyone else. He cannot see his faults until someone points them out for him in a hard way, and always acts foolishly before thinking or ...more
Raychel
I like how the hero isn't naturally skilled or strong, he really has to work at everything. I also like that he has flaws, he's arrogant, full of himself, and unwilling to ask for help. It makes him human
Roger Walker
It was good, but I would've liked it more if it was written more as a standalone book. It feels only halfway done (because it is) even though I finished a full book.
Rob Davies
What a fantastic read this was. Brilliant story, excellent characters and very well written. I was gripped from the first chapter. Bring on book two!
Carrie Snider
I actually read Trevor's manuscript and edited it a bit before he published it. I enjoyed the story, and Trevor's passion comes through.
John Hoddy
Really enjoyable fantasy. I loved the characters, especially Fist the ogre. Definitely reading the rest of the series.
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I was born in South Carolina and have lived all around the United states. Utah, New Mexico, Michigan and Tennessee.

I started reading novels in second grade and my love of Fantasy started with Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain series. I couldn't get enough, continued with David Eddings, Tolkein, Robert Jordan. All I wanted was to become a published writer.

The characters and concepts that even
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Other Books in the Series

The Bowl of Souls (8 books)
  • Messenger of the Dark Prophet (The Bowl of Souls #2)
  • Hunt of the Bandham (The Bowl of Souls, #3)
  • The War of Stardeon (The Bowl of Souls, #4)
  • Mother of the Moonrat (The Bowl of Souls #5)
  • Tarah Woodblade (Bowl of Souls, #6 / Jharro Grove Saga, #1)
  • Protector of the Grove (The Bowl of Souls, #7 / Jharro Grove Saga, #2)
  • The Ogre Apprentice (The Bowl of Souls, #8 / Jharro Grove Saga, #3)
Messenger of the Dark Prophet (The Bowl of Souls #2) Hunt of the Bandham (The Bowl of Souls, #3) The War of Stardeon (The Bowl of Souls, #4) Mother of the Moonrat (The Bowl of Souls #5) Hilt's Pride (The Bowl of Souls, #1.5)

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