Farmers & Mercenaries (Genesis of Oblivion, #1)
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Farmers & Mercenaries (Genesis of Oblivion #1)

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2009 Moonbeam Fantasy Award Winner for Excellence in Literature

Named Dragonroots Magazine's Best New Fantasy Saga of 2009

The characters in Farmers & Mercenaries are well-developed. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, and readers easily become invested in the fate of each. The pace of the book is quick and the story lines solid. Readers will turn pages late...more
Hardcover, 463 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Imagined Interprises, Inc.
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Stephen
There’s nothing wrong with this book other than that I have read this story so many, SO many, SO SO SO MANY times before that I am just exhausted with it.
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It’s just another identical clone soldier in the massively bloated, ever expanding Army of the Republic of Conventional Epic Fantasy. What might have been cutting-edge and trail blazing back when Frodo and Samwise were holding hands and skipping towards Mount Doom has become cookie-cutter and tiresomely blasé. Wow has become WOE and awesome h...more
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Farmers and Mercenaries, the first book in the Genesis of Oblivion saga, introduces us to the world of Talic’Nauth. Talic’Nauth is ruled by the Essence—the life force that dwells within all things. The Essence can be drawn upon by the Shapers, those with the ability to see and manipulate this life force. Alant Cor, our first protagonist in a set of three wait-and-see-how-they’re-related tales, is an Initiate to the Shapers. Alant finds himself called to th...more
Vasya
I didn't think that I would like this story as much as I did. The beginning wasn't overly promising, because I had a feeling that I was stuck in a place with the characters from where there's no escape, that I'm going to have to endure the whole book, but as the story progressed and as the characters started to go on the path that would lead them to the "real story", I started liking it more and more.

There are four main characters in this story - Arderi Cor, his brother Alant Cor (and I believe...more
Trisha
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Scott
Aug 07, 2012 Scott rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Shelves: favorites
I must say I am a bit angry with Drake on this book. There should be a warning to not read it late at night. I hit a point, eyes drooping and body desiring bed, that I just could not force myself to put it down. His descriptions are very vivid and I had almost no trouble getting caught up in the world... getting out of it took finishing the book (and now I need to start the next one). The magic system he has created is intelligently balanced between power and believability. I must admit my favor...more
C.M. Fenn
Took a bit to get into (slow to start) and I nearly gave up on it, when it suddenly took off and I couldn't put it down! So glad I stuck with it and I'm eager for more!
Bryan Doran
This book turned my back on to the fantasy genre which I have stayed away from since reading Lord of the Rings as a child.
Caren
What a great story and interesting characters! I can't wait to read the sequel.
Donna Barth
I really did want to like this book, but though it has some good writing and a reasonable plot, it never truly rose to my expectations. The plot is acceptable, but a fairly standard feeling one involving prophecies and coming of age magic. Part of the issue was that the book was split into short chapters each featuring a completely different character and plot. Now, I have seen this done many time, often very well, but this was not one of those times. In this instance, the constant jumping disco...more
Moriah Writes-a-lot
This review used to be much more scathing but in response to some of his comments on another scathing review I have watered down, well drenched my review. I would like to say I have learned a lesson here. I doubt it will stick though.
Drake's lectures are great and he is funny, engaging, and good humored. The book, however, was not. The book was praised as fast paced but I feel the first half of the book is not needed. The book would have probably been 3 stars had Drake not relentlessly pushed th...more
Brendan
This book was recommended to me by a friend. I mention this only because my friends generally have good taste, and I was surprised to be so unimpressed by it. Maybe it's just me, but it felt like one of those books that's ok, but not particularly great in any way.

All the characters are essentially stock characters, and only about half of them are likeable. This may be personal taste, but I felt there were way too many chapters, and the viewpoint switches between characters more often than necess...more
Daniel Cann
The first book in the ‘Genesis of Oblivion Saga’ introduces the reader to a sleepy farming stead where a young man, Alant Cor, is found to be one of the few humans who can manipulate the magical force known as the Essence. Not only can he manipulate it he has more power over the Essence than any human in known history. His younger brother Arderi wonders whether he possesses the same ability.

Enter Clytus Rillion, the commander of a band of mercenaries who embarks on a personal quest to cure his d...more
Moriah
Aug 14, 2012 Moriah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This review used to be much more scathing but in response to some of his comments on another scathing review I have watered down, well drenched my review. I would like to say I have learned a lesson here. I doubt it will stick though.
Drake's lectures are great and he is funny, engaging, and good humored. The book, however, was not. The book was praised as fast paced but I feel the first half of the book is not needed. The book the book is on the cusp of 2 stars since Drake relentlessly pushed th...more
James
Farmers and Mercenaries, the first book in the Genesis of Oblivion saga, introduces us to the world of Talic’Nauth. Talic’Nauth is ruled by the Essence—the life force that dwells within all things. The Essence can be drawn upon by the Shapers, those with the ability to see and manipulate this life force. Alant Cor, our first protagonist in a set of three wait-and-see-how-they’re-related tales, is an Initiate to the Shapers. Alant finds himself called to the fabled Isle of Elmorr’eth, home to the...more
Brian
This is the first book the author has written. It's a pretty fun story that at times had me really interested that I couldn't put it down. My main complaint about the book is the names and names of places! They are such crazy names that I have a really hard time remembering what is what or even how to even pronounce it. One other thing that the book could do without was in about the fifth chapter a guy gets killed and it was a bit graphic. Get past that and it's not like that the rest of the boo...more
Sandy
I enjoyed listening to the audiobook in the car. The plot is fairly standard, involving the requisite wizard, warrior, and assassin(arrives in book 2) and the cat-guy(another warrior, I guess.) Fun story that I want to return to on my drive.
Seth
An interesting read. The setting seems fairly original to me. It has interesting characters that are given adequate spotlight time to get to know them each. Action is few and far between, but it is well written and engaging.

The story starts out following 4 main characters. Two are brothers, though they never interact in this book. One brother does meet one of the other characters, but otherwise the stories are separate, with one not being clear on how his tale will relate to the others. That br...more
Brianne
I got this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
I'm not sure how much I like this... the characters seem a bit hollow, and I don't know enough about the story to keep my interest. There's a certain familiarity that I get through all fantasy books but there's also a totally new world and powers that Drake has created that is confusing. Creative, but unclear, as I read it became more clear, but it was a struggle.

I have to say it was an interesting experience getting his book. I at first di...more
Ben
Really fun an interesting world being slowly built as the reader progresses. More and more subtle bits of the puzzle come together as you get further into the book. Its pretty easy to put down during the first half the book (because its such a slow build up) but by halfway through he has you really invested in these characters and you can't wait to see what happens to each of them. The book is written from multiple perspectives (my favorite fiction writing style) so you stay involved in everyone...more
Isaac
A book in the spirit of David Gemmell with its strong character development and action. Maxwell Drake was able to surprise me, which a fantasy book has not done in a while. A well paced book that puts the main characters in peril. I don't want to put in any spoiler out but Drake drops everything you thought you knew about his world on its head and leaves the reader turning pages to find out what happens next. His first book is strong out of the gate, I can't wait to read the rest of this series...more
Debbie
First of all, I am very grateful to be one of the lucky ones to win a copy of this book in the giveaways. It felt like Christmas when I got my copy in the mail. The best part about it is how very good this book is. It's a wonderful, layered saga with different narratives weaved together in a way that makes it difficult to put down. Maxwell Alexander Drake has created a richly complex and dramatic world filled with unforgettable characters. I highly recommend it and can't wait for the next in the...more
Gregory Close
A decent debut in the epic fantasy genre. Solid world building lays a good foundation for characters that vary a bit in their strength and place in the narrative. Klain, a leonine humanoid, was the standout character for me - I found the human protagonists much more formulaic and less interesting (not poor characters, simply less intriguing in motivation, backstory and narrative voice). Klain might just be the best of a few good reasons to follow this to book two.
J.W. Braun
This book is very character based, and the beauty is that this plays to the author's strengths. He simply knows how to create interesting characters that you can't help but feel close to, and with these characters in place, any story he puts them into is going to be wonderful. Farmers & Mercenaries is an interesting read from beginning to end, and it had me thinking about all the events I read about long after I closed the book.
Jd Guinn
Jun 03, 2011 Jd Guinn is currently reading it
I just received this in the mail as I was on Vaca. Am finishing the first of another series but will get to yours next. As with the others, I was pleased to receive a copy signed by the author. I must say that I am a bit put off by the short chapters and multiple character offerings. Those though are opinions that may be edited later! Thanks for the advance copy!
Damien Allen
This book is a brilliant piece of fantasy. The voice this was written with is more mature than much other fantasy I have read. It was an enjoyable read and, save for a couple of typos within the text, (using "till" instead of "'til" and "if" instead of "of",) I see little flaw in how it was composed. I shall certainly be looking to continue the series in time.
Stephanie
I admit, I'm planning on meeting Mr. Drake at a writers' conference soon, so I downloaded this book onto my Kindle. Within the FIRST CHAPTER it went from "have to" to "want to." The world is rich and full, the characters so real they could walk out of the pages...and the plot itself feels orchestrated by a master (so far ;)). Big thumbs up!
Lorraine Martin
I am one of the lucky ones who got an advanced reader copy of this book. This is a very good book about strong family ties and good moral values, set in a rich fantasy world full of action. The book is an excellent read for fantasy readers and those who don't typically read this genre. I loved it and can't wait for the next one!
J.T. Hartke
Give these wonderful characters a few pages to grab you. By the end you won't be able to put it down. Different from many in the classical genre, F & M has plenty to offer any reader who loves a classic yarn of action and adventure.
J.T. Hartke
Give these wonderful characters a few pages to grab you. By the end you won't be able to put it down. Different from many in the classical genre, F & M has plenty to offer any reader who loves a classic yarn of action and adventure.
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