Call of the Herald (The Dawning of Power, #1)
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Call of the Herald (The Dawning of Power #1)

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Book One of The Dawning of Power 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.
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Published (first published January 1st 2008)
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James
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...more
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
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...more
Jason
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...more
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
Scott Gray
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
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...more
Ash
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...more
Kitty Bullard
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.

Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud / http://www.greatmindsl...more
Robert Rumble
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...more
Karen
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
Heather Williams
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KJ Roelke
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...more
Benjamin Spurlock
(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...more
Andrea Ika

Blurb
Call of the Herald is Book One of The Dawning of Power 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.

My thought
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...more
Scott Wozniak
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
Sandrine Spycher
The language is good, with a huge amount of details, although they are sometimes a bit too many and put useless weight on the text.
The outline of the story is very good. There is a complex development of the adventure and a great intrigue with interesting turns.
Also, the history of the land is very detailed, which makes the land look realistic and interesting.
However, some behaviours of the characters seem somewhat incoherent with the character's previous descriptions. They seem to evolve a bit...more
Peter Plantec
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
Jesenia Sanabia
Book Review: Call Of The Herald: Book 1 of the Dawning Of Power Trilogy
By: Brian Rathbone

Truly an adventurous read! This book will take you on an adventurous journey with various beautiful scenary. As a young girl named Catrin learns of her destiny. Many loyal companions accompany her to her destination as she flees an army that is after her.

I really enjoy how the author Brian set the tone of the chapters with a quote. The love and loyalty shown in this book is truly refreshing. Also the braver...more
Roderick Baxter
This book started out a little slow a d it was not until around half way in before it started to get interesting. When it did though, the action became very fast paced indeed. Towards the end we seemed to be almost continuously fighting different foes from skilled horsemen to ships carrying skilled warriors. All this amid the storm of the century. Although the ship and it's crew with Catrin aboard escape by the seat of their long john silvers, (they are pirates after all), it would seem that Cat...more
Jordan Williams
The story has a good plot and a sound setting to create an epic.
Rathbone fails to properly convey character's thoughts and feelings and seems to constantly repeat the same descriptions.
I also struggled to understand the progression of time for large parts and I was always at a loss to where the characters were in the environment (a map would have been useful). I was especially concerned at the certain progression from a desert to the ocean in a swift horse ride. Very bemusing yet it seems crit...more
Toi Thomas
I have no idea how I originally got a copy of this book. I literally found a copy of it on my laptop and then downloaded it onto my Kindle. Later I looked it up on Amazon and downloaded a copy to compare, but there were no differences other than the covers.

The idea of being the chosen one is not a new concept and the reality of it is not without its ups and downs. So this is the story of Catrin and how she goes from being a farm girl to a (whole vessel of sorts) herald of war while possessing s...more
Cole
First let me say I really wanted to like this book. The author gave away the ebook free on Amazon, and I like that. Sadly, in this case you get what you pay for.

The characters in this book all act like they come out of the same person's head. They are unbelievable and flat. Character changes are forced rather than developed.

The writing style is awkward to say the least. If you did a dramatic reading of this book out loud, you would be constantly tripping over your own tongue.

And the plot! This i...more
Ps Brittain
Catrin didn’t know it, but she was the special one. Growing up as a poor country girl, she was looked down upon, due to her position. But she took it in stride until that one day where she unknowingly destroyed her surroundings. She was no longer looked down up. Rather, she was shunned by the townsfolk and later hunted down by different country filled with religious fears. Catlin’s powers grew, but she had no control over them.

Quote: “Moans broke the eerie silence, and Catrin heard someone behi...more
John Carroll
As an avid reader of fantasy, sometimes it's hard to try someone new rather than re-reading books I love, but I'm so glad I opened this book.

The first character you meet, Catrin, is a strong female lead. It doesn't take long to get to know who she is. Other key characters are introduced quickly and fleshed out without taking the reader out of the story. In fact, it didn't take long for me to get into the story to the point where I didn't want to put it down.

Catrin is a seemingly normal young wom...more
Patty Marion
I don't read fantasy often, but this one was recommended to me and I became hooked! For fantasy, I give it a 4 because it had all the fantastical elements and is extremely engaging without resorting to profanity, gratuitous "bodice ripping" or graphic violence.

Although it is fantastical in that it occurs on another planet (Godsland)and heroes and villains have supernatural powers, the characters are such ordinary people living an ordinary life until the comet Istra returns to their orbit. It's...more
Bc
This is a decent book; especially for the price ($0.99 for Kindle version).

The plot is good. The storytelling is good. The writing is good. Overall, you'll be entertained.

Some areas I would have liked to see done better:

-- Character development. It's not too bad for the main character and the primary secondary character. However, beyond them it's pretty meager. Why introduce secondary characters at all if you aren't going to develop them and make them important to the story?

-- Consistency in...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
General Dempsy. leader of Zjhon Empire's Navy, is coming home after many months at sea and fears that the rest he was hoping for will not come to pass. General Dempsy sees preparations for war being made in Greatland and wonders what Archmaster Belegra is up to now. Archmaster Belegra believes in ancient prophecies of Istra and coming of the Herald in Godsfist. Archmaster Belegra orders General Dempsy to attack the Godsfist and return with the Herald as well. Meanwhile in Godsfist, Catrin Volker...more
Martha D
Title: Call of the Herald
Author: Brian Rathbone
Format: Kindle (E-book)
Read: Dec 19-26, 2012
Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes.

Summary: "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" This quote summarizes this story quite well, and is the blurb on Goodreads.

Review: I w...more
Deborah
Although a little slow to start, Rathbone creates vividly real characters, struggling with everyday problems.
Catrin and her friends are from the poorer, working families, looked down upon by the wealthier students at the academy. A minor prank brings retribution from the bullies, and in her effort to protect her friends and herself, Catrin unleashes an incredible power that makes her a feared and hated outcast.
Rumours and superstition cast her as the prophesied Herald of Istra, and much to her d...more
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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


More about Brian Rathbone...
Inherited Danger (The Dawning of Power, #2) Dragon Ore (The Dawning of Power, #3) Regent Feral The Dawning of Power (World of Godsland #1-3) (The Dawning of Power #1-3)

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