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Out of the Darkness

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Nameless, a slave-born pukah has fate stacked against him. He was born to fight, trained to win, conditioned to survive in the Arena. He wins his way to freedom, then fate begins to wreak havoc in his life. Struggling to learn how to survive as a free man, he finds himself taking on a personal war against the culture that created him. In this dark fantastical world of ...more
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Published August 21st 2014 by Smashwords
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Christina McMullen
Feb 19, 2015 Christina McMullen rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest, a book about gladiators seemed like something that I wouldn't be into. It's very likely that a normal book about gladiators might not hold my interest, but this is different. From the very beginning, I was hooked by the author's storytelling.

This is a complicated story. The main character has no name and very little interaction with others. Because of this, he understands little of his world. Simple ideas and concepts elude him, which can be frustrating to read at times. As such,
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Steven Hayward
Apr 07, 2015 Steven Hayward rated it really liked it
Born into the cruel and barbarous world of the arena, denied even an identity, a child is born and conditioned to survive in the dark; punishment and reward teaching him to respond only to basic needs and commands. Forged through adolescence into an efficient killing machine using only the natural weapons of a truly honed body, he survives into adulthood against all odds to claim his destiny and ultimately a freedom he is incapable of comprehending much less embracing. So starts the rise of a ...more
Neil Newton
Nov 18, 2015 Neil Newton rated it it was amazing
I just finished Katheryn Caffee’s out of darkness. I will start my review with a disclaimer: I am going to compare her to another writer. While this may seem somewhat off the mark for a review, I will mitigate any doubts by telling you that the author I’ll compare her to is my favorite.

Many authors of fantasy and science fiction aspire to create a world that is created “from scratch”. The ability to do this is a rare talent. Like most difficult endeavors, most people do it well enough, but don’t
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G.G.
Dec 27, 2014 G.G. rated it really liked it
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This book is different from other stories in many aspects. The first 2/3 of the book has no dialogue, but it adds to the mysterious life the protagonist leads. Nameless' story starts as a newborn baby. His mom dies giving him birth. He is 'tossed' to another pregnant slave woman for her to take care of him. From there, he fights his way into life, trying to stay alive, but not as a normal slave, he's left alone in a dark cage to fend for himself, never given a name, and never even talked to. ...more
Lavern Winters
Nov 07, 2015 Lavern Winters rated it really liked it
After the first part where I found it unbelievable any person could survive an infancy of isolation the book became much more interesting. A fantasy of sorts with the main character raised to fight in the arena. There are paranormal overtones though the training and rise within the arena are emphasized more. I found the development of the fighter and his training to be believable and the paranormal aspects unique. It seemed the plot got a little slower start than I while but as it progresses the ...more
Christy Smith
Apr 03, 2015 Christy Smith rated it it was amazing
A Wonderful Saga in the Making!

Let me preface my comments by saying that this is not my chosen genre. That said, I loved this book! This is the story of a male child born into slavery, growing up alone like an animal with only a child’s imagination as a companion. He lives in the darkness. Barely aware that there is “an outside.” He hears sound “from above.” Nameless is a blank slate, no one speaks to him, pays attention to him or befriends him.

He begins to understand that he gets punished or r
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Brandy Mulder
Mar 22, 2015 Brandy Mulder rated it it was amazing
I was so surprised by this book. I have never read a book so well done in 3rd person. It is gladiator meets martial arts meets sci-fi. It has excitement, intrigue, and it kept me up late a couple of nights because I couldn't put it down. There is violence and killing but it is not very graphic so I wouldn't have a problem letting say 15 years and up reading it. Possibly slightly younger if they are used to watching gladiator style movies. There is a couple of random spelling errors but they are ...more
Tanya Simon
Feb 09, 2015 Tanya Simon rated it it was amazing
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Nameless is one of the most interesting characters to come along in a while for me. He literally starts from nothing, as nothing and refuses to let it break something inside him, which is intangible but why he survives when so many do not.

From the first sentence I was drawn to the characters, the world, the writing style. Caffee spins a wonderful and horrific dream of the world before the world. She gently pulls you in and enthralls you until you do not want to leave the world she has created to
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W.C. Quick
Feb 14, 2016 W.C. Quick rated it it was amazing
I got hooked early on, empathy for a twisted little soul, raised in brutal darkness to serve "Her". Gives a Mothers Love new meaning. And I loved every word.
Kristin
Mar 21, 2015 Kristin rated it it was amazing
This book is different than what I usually read. I was very impressed with the character Nameless and the author's use of settings and plot. I'm ready to read the next book!
Richard
May 11, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it
Two things in particular impressed me about this book, the first of which is the author's single-mindedness. The opening chapters are brutal, uncompromising; her hero literally begins with nothing: a baby without parents, or even a name (no one ever bothers to give him one). As an infant he's put naked into a bare stone cell and grows up like a cave animal, alone, in pitch-darkness and only dimly aware that there is an "outside" beyond its walls: food appears at regular intervals (though not alw ...more
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Caffee K.
Jul 23, 2015 Caffee K. added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy
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Born in Houston, K. Caffee has a long history of spinning captivating tales for a wide range of interested people. One of her earliest memories is being lost in a huddle of adults as a kindergartener on her way to a church choir camp. Whatever she tale she had been telling was captivating enough the entire group missed a rest stop, and the bus driver proved to be very patient when the 20 or so ...more
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“As with all stories, they must start somewhere; often beginning with a notable deed or achievement. With him, we will start with his first and best achievement:

He survived.”
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