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The Orb of Truth (The Horn King #1)

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In the hundreds of years since the Holy City disappeared, darkness has fallen over the land. Human kingdoms have seized control of the realm, scattering the other races into hiding.

Bridazak, a skilled thief, and his friends, a Dwarf and a fellow Ordakian, have dared to remain within the human communities and live relatively quiet lives, until they discover a mysterious, ma
Paperback, 242 pages
Published November 17th 2012 by LR Publishing
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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. LewisThe Orb of Truth by Brae WyckoffThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
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Aug 26, 2013 Some rated it did not like it

To say the good reviews here are suspicious is one of the biggest understatements you will hear all year. I'd highly suggest reading through the other reviews and see if anything odd pops up before you even consider purchasing this book. On top of that I'd love to know who voted the book all these things (and what "epic fantasy" book barely reaches 200 pages)?

This book is at the very best heavy-handed, mediocre and derivative. To compare it to Tolkein (as so
Alfaniel Aldavan
Oct 03, 2013 Alfaniel Aldavan marked it as probably-not
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I don't have a black-or-white opinion about a review that is paid, per se, but I consider utterly dishonest to hide that.

I've been initially torn about this particular case, of Brae Wyckoff's LRP Book Reviews site. Let me come in the open with the facts I know about, here. Make up your own mind.

I think it's a good thing that people try new ways to assist indie authors, because there is a need, these years, to create new business models, new ways to tackle th
Brae Wyckoff
Nov 18, 2012 Brae Wyckoff rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Lovers of Epic Fantasy
It's not legal that I review my own book, but I gave it 5 stars none the less. Very proud of it. Please disregard my review and check out some real readers reviews of The Orb of Truth. Time to get back to work on the next book in the series...The Dragon God!
Sarit Ghosh
Jun 28, 2013 Sarit Ghosh rated it did not like it
I read this book after the excellent Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. I chose it as it ranked above Blood song and top of the list for fantasy books under the radar. Rarely have I been so disappointed in a book. Yes I get its high fantasy and perhaps aimed at a young adult audience and the style is different but all the characters were excruciatingly one dimensional. There was no world building and no part of me cared a whit for the cliched Interactions. I just about finished it hoping that there wou ...more
Aug 16, 2013 Constance rated it did not like it
This book reads like a Saturday morning cartoon written by a D&D Dungeon Master with a thesaurus fixation. There is a villain (cue: evil laugh) who says things like "I'm coming for you, Halfling!" The evil laugh takes a whole paragraph of adverbs. And you just know the villain's going to fail and be left by the side of the road like Dick Dastardly in the Wacky Races, the literary antecedent he most resembles in my mind.

Certain types of fantasy geeks might groove on the familiar good vs. evi
James Maloney
Dec 14, 2012 James Maloney rated it it was amazing
If there's "nothing new under the sun" as Solomon proclaimed, where does an aspiring author take the fantasy genre? We've met vampires and werewolves, wizards and elves. What dank dungeons or misty forests are there left to explore?

But Brae Wyckoff has done a great job personalizing this question by writing an engaging story centered around Halflings, Humans and the quintessential Dark Lord. The Orb of Truth is a high-adventure "good versus evil" tale that blessedly stays away from serious alleg
Penelope Bartotto
Jan 31, 2013 Penelope Bartotto rated it it was amazing
Sometimes finding the words to best describe a book are difficult, and before you go thinking this is an issue of me not liking the book... let me remind you of that little issue about making assumptions.
Wyckoff has done something many authors could only dream of accomplishing, he has created a unique story that also encapsulates a myriad of fandoms into one glorious adventure. From Tolkien, to Baum, to C.S. Lewis, to Lewis Carroll. Honestly I was even brought back to this hilarious movie called
J. A.
Jan 15, 2013 J. A. rated it it was amazing
Readers of Tolkien, Feist, Lewis, Eddings, etc. will find this at first familiar, like bumping into an old friend, and then realize quite quickly that it is entertainingly unique. The world of The Orb of Truth is full of the themes we love as fantasy readers, but chases after deeper pursuits than first are apparent. At times filled with blunt, bold, page-turning action, the interludes are filled with solid story telling at a graceful pace that finally embraces core spiritual themes. Without spoi ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

As a big fan of middle earth sagas where halflings, dragons and dwarves live, I couldn't wait to get started with this book! The story starts out a bit slower as characters are introduced and the story line unfolds. By the middle you will be so entranced into this world and lives of the characters you won't want to put it down. And the ending is so action packed it is like the movie is playing in your head and you can visualize the scenes
Dec 06, 2012 Katherine rated it it was amazing
I received The Orb of Truth as a prize from a contest the author held...I was not obligated to review it, but after reading it I wanted to review it and let other people know what a great book it is.
The Orb of Truth is a wonderful fantasy adventure and is appropriate for children and adults. The characters are very likeable and endearing. I like that the characters that were chosen to hold the Orb of Turth (God's voice) were a little flawed but genuinely good people.
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Jim Henry
Jan 31, 2013 Jim Henry rated it it was amazing
Brae Wyckoff is a fresh voice in the fantasy genre. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

Jim Henry
Tony Breeden
Dec 19, 2012 Tony Breeden rated it it was amazing
The Orb of Truth is a wild romp of a read, full of epic drama, humor and high adventure. It is one part Christian allegory, one part fantasy adventure.

One thing that became obvious as I read this book is that author Brae Wyckoff is both a fan of fantasy adventures and a man dedicated to using his writing craft to convey Biblical truth.

The story centers on the friendship and adventures of thieving halflings Bridazak and Spilf and their dwarf friend, Dulgin. In the grand spirit of most role playin
Kitty Muse Book Reviews
Dec 26, 2012 Kitty Muse Book Reviews rated it it was amazing
"Arise and return to Me what was never lost, only waiting."

Those words transform the fates of two Ordakians, Bridazek and Spilf, thieves and fighters. With their Dwarf "associate", Dulgin, they set off on a quest--to find the source of a mysterious box.

This box literally lands in Bridazek's lap; the culmination of a dream he has had nearly every night of his life. This last had a different ending, though: the words "It is time". He wakes to find the box where nothing had been before, and starts
K.C. Sprayberry
Apr 05, 2013 K.C. Sprayberry rated it it was amazing
The Holy City disappeared hundreds of years in the past, and now mankind wallows in greed, corruption, and dissolute behavior. Into this venality comes an unlikely trio of heroes, Bridazak, an Ordakian, Dulgin, a Dwarf, and Spilfer Teehle, another Ordakian. These three embark upon a difficult journey, knowing little but what they hear from an orb. They gather other followers as they journey to the stronghold of King Manasseh to overcome what they believe is the source of what is destroying their ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author to give an honest review.

Where do I start with this book? It is magical, fantastic all wrapped into one!
Fantasy books like this normally take me a while to get into but The Orb of Truth had me pretty much from the first chapter. I found myself wanting to stay up a bit later than normal as so I could read more about the adventure.
The Orb of Truth is action packed! You will encounter halflings, dwarfs, elfs, wizards, dragons! Even talking objects. There was hu
Dec 04, 2012 Cheree rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written story by Brae! The Orb of Truth is an Epic Adventure of three guys trying to find there way to fulfilling a prophecy. Through heart ache, loss, battles against evil, sacrifice, new friends and love they prove that nothing worth fighting for is easily attained. With lots of action at every turn, I watched as Bridazak and his friends learn many life lessons and even though this is a fantasy similar to the Lord of the Rings; I feel many people can learn something from it. This i ...more
Esther Jones
Jun 27, 2013 Esther Jones rated it did not like it
I downloaded this book because I heard that it was similar to The Hobbit. Well, it does have Elves and Dwarves, and the main character is a halfling. And they go on some kind of quest. I guess that's similar. But J.R.R. Tolkien was a good writer. Brae Wyckoff, unfortunately, isn't.

I couldn't finish this book. It was painful to read. It really needs a professional editor. The grammar is so wrong I cannot help but wonder if English is Mr. Wyckoff's second language. If so, it is understandable, but
Amanda Orick
Feb 11, 2013 Amanda Orick rated it it was amazing
I would never have picked this book for myself if not for reccomendations of others. I love fantasy and books with adventure and have read many. However, I have never read one quite like this. Throughout the book i am reminded of The Lord of the Rings and The Dungeons and Dragons game and the book The Oath by Frank Peretti. However even with all these infuences it still has it's own unique story line as it weaves in a religious element without being preachy. Adventure found me on every page and ...more
Eric Dontigney
Dec 08, 2012 Eric Dontigney rated it really liked it
Brae has achieved one of the harder things to do in modern literature. He has written an epic fantasy that is fast paced, action packed and family friendly. The novel unabashedly embraces a Christian ethos without the beating the reader over the head with the message. In short, the story comes first, as it always should in a good novel. Brae excels at a world building and painted a compelling picture in my mind of a land torn apart by ancient powers of darkness and war. Where Brae stumbles a bit ...more
Feb 23, 2013 Leah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book was funny and adventurous! I adored the love the main characters had for each other and loved the storyline. I really enjoyed the fact that God was a big part of the story. I thought Lester and Ross were a riot! Brea was masterful in creating this exciting story. He sucked me in like a moth to flame! But instead of it devouring me I devoured it!! And I particular loved the Great Oculus' riddle "Rigid but born to perfection"........ beautiful. All I have left to say is; It Is Time, for ...more
Terry Ambrose
Nov 19, 2012 Terry Ambrose rated it really liked it
The love that Brae Wyckoff has for the world he's created shows through in this first installment of a new fantasy-adventure series. His plot keeps moving as the characters find themselves gradually learning that they must deal with greater and greater challenges. The book shares some of the standard fantasy characters, dwarves, elves, dragons, and more. But, it also brings in new characters that will set readers' imaginations in flight. I'm confident that readers in this genre will not be disap ...more
Deborah Dorchak
Jan 17, 2013 Deborah Dorchak rated it liked it
Shelves: indies
I was pleasantly surprised by Brae Wyckoff's Orb of Truth.It was a nice, light read. The characters were believable and their adventures reminded me of many a dungeon crawl from back in my gaming days.

This book is definitely family friendly with an inspiring, overreaching message, that tweens, teens, young adults and parents will enjoy.
Tiffeny Moore
Feb 23, 2013 Tiffeny Moore rated it it was amazing
Ok so here is my honest review, this book was a great book it had a great plot and kept you enthralled. Now this book wasn't exactly my type of book but it was still beautifully written and kept me wanting to finish it. i would recommend this book to everyone to read. thank you Brae Wyckoff for sharing your great book with me :).
Apr 07, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
Although I do believe that other reviews I have read have gone overboard with likening the book to others, this is a very good read. If you have ever been a D&D fan, most of this book comes right out of a dungeon. I enjoyed the various doors and locks.
The pace of the book is excellent. I would recommend it for all game aficionados and anyone who likes high fantasy.
Nov 19, 2012 M.J. rated it really liked it
"Magical!" Great description. Lots of action. In his debut novel, the first of a series of promising adventure novels, Brae Wyckoff has created an epic fantasy world that is at once magical and entertaining.
Kurt Springs
Mar 13, 2015 Kurt Springs rated it really liked it
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.


Bridazak is an Ordakian and a skilled thief. He and his friends Dulgin the Dwarf and Spilf, a fellow Ordakian, are some of the few nonhumans that dare live openly. One hundred years ago, the Holy City disappeared and plunged the world into darkness. Human kingdoms have taken control, sending the other races into hiding. The three friends live relatively quiet lives until they discover a mysterious artifact. This thrusts them into an adv
Heather Alexander
Apr 02, 2013 Heather Alexander rated it really liked it
I am a huge paranormal fan and don't read a whole lot of sci-fi/fantasy. Having said that, this was a fantastic book. I have read the Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia and this stands up to them or perhaps with them. Bridazak is a thief who lives in the human realm as his realm was taken over by the humans. Most from his realm have fled, but him and some pals have stayed and quietly gone on. When a magical artifact is discovered and a prophecy comes to light, Bridazak and his pals g ...more
Brian Bigelow
Feb 25, 2013 Brian Bigelow rated it really liked it
I can't say I've seen a more skillful mixing of some of the elements that you would find in epic fantasy by the masters Tolkien and CS Lewis with various Christian beliefs. It's a very well written book and I wish it had been out back when I was in high school which is now beginning to be many years ago. I would have definitely torn through this book many times. This author is quite talented and imaginative.
Mar 08, 2013 Carey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
To all the lovers of the Epic Fantasy genre, this book certainly does not disappoint. There are so many great things I could say about this book, but to put it simply this book is amazing! I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Jan 16, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2013
I received this as a Goodreads First Read. Thank you!

Great story, likable characters, fun entertaining read.

Look forward to more by Mr. Wyckoff.
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