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Book One of The Dawning of Power Young Adult Epic Fantasy trilogy. Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war.
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by White Wolf Press, LLC (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jessica Alter I just read CALL OF THE HERALD; the novel's plot stands alone even though it's not a stand-alone novel. It possesses an action-packed story arc which…moreI just read CALL OF THE HERALD; the novel's plot stands alone even though it's not a stand-alone novel. It possesses an action-packed story arc which evolves the main character, Caitrin, right to the book's dramatic denouement.

While it does contain some story threads which clearly reach forward into the Godsland fantasy series's epic story line, CALL OF THE HERALD is a complete novel. It satisfied me as a reader while also making me want to pick up INHERITED DANGER (The Dawning of Power #2) as soon as possible to find out what happens next to Caitrin and her allies.

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James
May 07, 2011 James rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was a free ebook -- and for good reason.

I didn't have high hopes for a book that's provided for free (i.e. a free one that's not a special promotion or a classic), but I have to say, this book fell short of even my low expectations.

The main problem with this book was that it was simply boring. Terribly terribly boring. The entire premise of the book could easily be summarized in one or two sentences. Here we go, I'll give it a shot..."A girl from a small village discovers that she is t
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Allison
I was disappointed that this didn't live up to the reviews comparing it to the Lord of the Rings or the worlds of Shannara and Harry Potter. Instead, this book taught me to be more careful in what I buy, especially if it's self-published and free on Amazon and has under 50 reviews that are all extremely enthusiastic. I think there's something about free that affects how people judge these books. My craze of buying free books came to an end with this. I'd rather pay for something of higher qualit ...more
Lindsay
Mar 17, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
This book was another surprise for me.

Yet another free ebook that i picked up off amazon and i thoroughly enjoyed it.

First the Bad:

1. Catrin moved from a scared little farm girl to a leader just a little to quick for me.
2. I wish we could have seen Chase, Strom and Osbourne deveoped just a little bit more.
3. I thought the General could also have been developed a little, let us see just a little more inside his head.

The good

1. The story is solid, great plotline, lots of potential for future books
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Pauline Ross
So - there's a prophecy, and a farmboy, sorry, farmgirl, with unexpected talents, and a holy war... Stop me if any of this sounds familiar. Well, nothing wrong with the traditional storylines, if they're done well, and the author makes a reasonable show with this one. There's a prologue, which sets the scene and gives a bit of useful background, and then there's a comet, and then straight to our heroine, sweeping out the barn and away we go, with the unexpected outbreaks of power, and the hasty ...more
Jason
Mar 23, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
4 Stars

Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone has been on my to read fantasy list for a long time. This is a traditional fantasy with a coming of age story at its center. The writing and the world building made this book a real page turner and the short length did not hurt either. I enjoyed this book as it fits right into my personal taste but it really did not offer much in originality.

That being said this book was a page turner for me. I devoured it in a sitting and didn't mind because I knew th
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Caffee K.
Dec 05, 2014 Caffee K. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fantasy
Shelves: rathbone
Though it is almost 200 pages (according to my e-reader), it felt too short. This was because of how well written the story was.

Believable development for the main character - from no one to someone with a TON of power and has to figure out what to do with it. The supporting characters are also well written. One or two may be a tad on the shallow side, but this only mirrors how some people are a tad shallower than others.

The story itself sucked me in quickly, kept me pinned within the world tha
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Scott Gray
Jan 30, 2012 Scott Gray rated it really liked it
In "Call of the Herald," Brian Rathbone undertakes a challenging -- but ultimately successful -- balancing act as he uses a straightforward narrative style to create a complex fantasy world. In doing so, he's crafted a story that should appeal to a broad age-range of readers, as a teenage girl named Catrin discovers that she is the heir to a power long thought lost -- and that she has become the singular target of an invading army that threatens her homeland in order to destroy that power. The w ...more
Scott Wozniak
Jul 16, 2014 Scott Wozniak rated it it was ok
I quit reading at 45% done. It was SLOW. There are many, many scenes that do nothing but provide a sample of their daily life--but nothing changes at all. The heroine goes fishing and catches two fish. That's all. The father wakes up nervous in the middle of the night, but all is well and he goes back to sleep. And on and on. The initial magical moment happens, but then we go thirty or forty pages before another happens--no explanation given on what happened or why. They just try to go back to n ...more
TDCbookreviews
Sep 14, 2015 TDCbookreviews rated it it was amazing
Catrin, a young woman who lived a quiet life is put into an extremely dangerous situation when one fateful night throws her onto a path she never asked for. Powers she never even knew she had causes her to be declared the Herald of Istra. A prophesied being who will destroy the world as her people know it. Forced to go on the run will Catrin be able to harness her powers and save everyone she holds dear?
This book is a must read for any fantasy fan. Mr. Rathbone has woven a beautifully detailed w
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J.D. Begley
Oct 03, 2015 J.D. Begley rated it liked it
Overall, I liked this story. If it would allow it I'd give it 3.5 stars. I'd give it a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. The author made the protagonist a likable character. She truly cared about her friends and family and had a good work ethic.
What I didn't like about this story is the author sometimes got a little overly descriptive about some things that shouldn't matter. Partially because of this, it wasn't util 30% into the book that anything really began to happen.
The other things that bothered me
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Patricia Hamill
Catrin is a girl caught up in events beyond her control. Her simple existence as a farmer’s daughter and a student at the local school is uprooted when she defends herself with a power she never suspected she had. A power granted by the mysterious Istra and its companion comets, which are fast approaching the world of Godsland and bringing with it an age of power and strife.

As fantasies go, this one’s pretty good. I always enjoy a good coming into powers story, and this one was no disappointment
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Bob Clarkson
May 12, 2015 Bob Clarkson rated it really liked it
This book was recommended by a friend and when I looked for it on Amazon, I found it free. I didn't think twice about dowloading it.

But then, I jumped to Goodreads to check the reviews and thought, "Old boy, this may be one you can't finish the fourth chapter and will confine it to electronic Hell.

Some reviewers claimed Cat was a whiney fearful chíd who suddenly developed super power and a kick ass attitude.

Evidently, I didn't read the same book. All you have to do is to back to the early 1800's
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Heather Williams
May 07, 2014 Heather Williams rated it it was ok
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Robert Rumble
Feb 26, 2014 Robert Rumble rated it really liked it
Call of the Herald
Book One of The Dawning of Power trilogy
By Brian Rathbone

An entertaining, adventurous fantasy novel.

When I stared reading the book I had no idea of the adventure that I would take. Journey with Catrin a teenage farm girl that suddenly develops strong magical powers. Shortly after first time her powers manifest, her country is invaded and she must learn to cope with her new found powers while staying one step ahead of the invading army looking for her.

Catrin and a few friends
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Benjamin Spurlock
Jan 21, 2014 Benjamin Spurlock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
(Full disclosure: My copy of this book was a gift of the author, and he and I communicate on Twitter.)

Call of the Herald is a perfect example of an axiom I learned from a writer much further along than I am. "If you tell the same story three different ways, you have three different stories."

That is to say, this is not the work of an iconoclast. Brian Rathbone doesn't try any avant-garde storytelling techniques, nor is the plot so complex that one needs a flowchart to keep it straight. Rather, t
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Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
Well, this was a free eBook from Kindle and the blurb had me intrigued. It has been a while since I have read a truly fantasy type novel, one involving Gods and powers and a totally different world to ours. I was excited to get started, but that excitement was soon lost, in amongst the pages of this book.

But, it was free. So, I read on. And although I was tempted to leave the book at several times, it did somehow manage to pull me back in. How, I'm not quite sure, but I read it until the end so
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Erica
Dec 13, 2013 Erica rated it liked it
Seventeen year old farm girl Catrin was just an ordinary student. That is, before her powers began to awaken. In an effort to save a classmate from harm, she unleashes her magic on the bullies, creating an explosion. She has no idea why she suddenly has these powers, and she must embark on a journey to save her homeland from evil.

I had a hard time getting into this book. There is a lot of prose, some of it rather nice. It just seems to move too slowly, and I get a little more description than ne
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Andrew Ferrell
Apr 04, 2015 Andrew Ferrell rated it really liked it
Took me some time to finally get to this one on my to be read list, but once I did I found myself stealing a minute whenever I could. Even if I only had time to read a page or two, I was taking it. I was sucked in from the first few pages right to the end.

Brian creates a believable fantasy world complete with religion and a rich history. The main focus of the story is a young girl named Catrin caught in the trap of prophecy. Catrin is a simple country girl with a lot of heart and common sense, b
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Flora Viggiano
Aug 25, 2015 Flora Viggiano rated it it was amazing
The book has a strong female heroine. Catrin is an amazing young girl who sticks up for her friends even if it puts her in harms way. The small provincial town she is from is full of legends and myths about an ominous comet. When it arrives Catrin and her friends learn just what they are made of. It is an action adventure and mystery that will keep you turning the pages. I look forward to reading more about this young girl and the perils that await her. Nicely worded. Very vivid yet not over the ...more
Ashley
Mar 06, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it
I’m giving this book three stars because it really kept my attention throughout. It was enjoyable and painted great mental pictures, which only added to the experience.

While I had no problem with the writing per se, I did have some issues with the plot and character development. Our main character, a farm girl, becomes a leader with very little in between. The transition and the shift in her personality was a major bump in an otherwise seamless story. Bumps like these make me snap out of the bo
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Peter Plantec
Jul 27, 2014 Peter Plantec rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since a book has grabbed me. I didn't expect much from this one but i was desperate and it was free on Amazon. What the hell...right? So,I started reading it. Other's have given a synopsis of the story this is about my experience. I started reading, got hooked and this isn't even a genre I usually explore. I'm now on Book five in the second trilogy of the series. It is addicting as one gets comfortable in this alternate universe. Book one sets the stage for many adventures of t ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Oct 10, 2011 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing
Being a true lover of fantasy I was a little disappointed in this book. It fell somewhat short of what I expected and I had a time getting into it. I would still recommend it to those out there that like fantasy because this is my own opinion and others should always be allowed to judge for themselves. I think the author has great ability to write well but for some reason in this particular book it just didn't make the grade for me.

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Eric Townsend
Jan 18, 2016 Eric Townsend rated it really liked it
Call of the Herald is epic fantasy meets grand adventure, combining to create a fresh take of both genres. It is the path of discovery for a young girl, a quest to escape a dreaded enemy, all in search of teaching that will hopefully lead to the salvation of the entire world. Prophecy leads to discovery of great power, something everyone wants to control, and only a group of “regular” folk can end a war that has spanned millennia. How’s that for a plot?!

Unlike much of epic fantasy today, Rathbon
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Charles
Oct 20, 2015 Charles rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and am really impressed with the quality of reads I've been getting from smashwords and other free sources.

First, I'll say that I like the names. They all seemed pretty original but easy to remember which is a difficult concept sometimes. Focusing on the main character, Catrin, I thought it does an excellent job of showing her struggles/curiosity/acceptance of this new power she has. To me, for a book of this genre, that's what makes or breaks the book. If its too eas
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Literarycat
Sep 15, 2015 Literarycat rated it it was ok
I struggled with a rating for this novel for numerous reasons. The main being while it is very generic and cliche, it would be a good book for someone who never read fantasy before or for a young reader. I read the book as someone who has been reading fantasy for years. That being said here is the review:

A lot of elements are generic and have been used countless times in the past. The author does not really take them and make them his own. It felt like I have read this story before. One thing I
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Mikaela Robertson
Aug 19, 2015 Mikaela Robertson rated it liked it
These books are hard to review, because they're as decent as many other fantasy books, and they were easy to read and I got through the first two quickly, but, for me, something isn't quite right about them either. There were times I was rolling my eyes, saying "what the?" and "omg". But I kept reading and skimmed over those things. I think if you aren't well read in the fantasy genre (but you like it), you'd probably love the books. If you're just looking for an easy read in a genre you like, g ...more
Karen
Jul 21, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it
If i could give it less than 1 star I would - god damn it was bad - the writing awful, heroine - well more person discussed most - it very much was a drag to finish - thank god it was a freebie - only sucky I brought the third book as the second was also free (which I've just given up on less than 5% of the way in - just could not bear it anymore so not ever going to get to the third - ick waste of money. well one more book to add to the list of less than 5 that i haven't finished
Sharon Hughson
Sep 22, 2014 Sharon Hughson rated it really liked it
This book gets 3.8 stars from me. Even though I felt like the author held me at arm's length, I really wanted to know what happened next.
I'm not sure if it was the author's style or the lack of individual voice that kept me from bonding with Catrin and the other characters in this book. I liked Catrin. She was a relatable character, but I just never FELT her emotions and conflict. Instead, I was relegated to the position of outside viewer, which is more for movies not books. The story isn't incr
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KJ Roelke
Aug 16, 2014 KJ Roelke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fantasy
I had seen somewhere that this book was like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. That's terribly inaccurate, but that doesn't make this a terrible book. The world and fantastical ideas (namely the power of The Herald) feel very similar to Eragon, especially how the protagonist describes her experiences with her powers. It was a good read for a free book, and if you like fantasy and are looking for a fun, easy read, this will do just fine!

This book has a very slow start. That's just a thing. Know
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Fionna Guillaume
Aug 09, 2016 Fionna Guillaume rated it liked it
Power always has to start somewhere... and in this case it's with a typical horse-crazy farm girl, who just happens to be a goddess reincarnated. Or so some seem to think...

I consider this a typical piece of YA fantasy, likely to appeal to the middle-and-high school reading group. For me, much of the book read like a drawn-out camping trip (and I have never really been one for camping!). There were moments of deeper interest, such as the mysterious kingdom buried in the mountain, and the desert-
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Fantasy author Brian Rathbone
A former horse trainer and computer programmer, Brian Rathbone used his old world knowledge and love of fantasy fiction to create The World of Godsland fantasy series, which begins with The Dawning of Power trilogy.

The World of Godsland fantasy series includes:

Call of the Herald
Inherited Danger
Dragon Ore
Regent
Feral
Regal
The Fifth Magic
Dragonhold
The Seventh Magic
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The Dawning of Power (3 books)
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