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(Sanctuary #1)

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The world of Arkaria is a dangerous place, filled with dragons, titans, goblins and other dangers. Those who live in this world are faced with two choices: live an ordinary life or become an adventurer and seek the extraordinary.

Cyrus Davidon leads a small guild in the human capital of Reikonos. Caught in an untenable situation, facing death in the den of a dragon, they ar
Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published June 22nd 2011 by Robert J. Crane
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Joey Woolfardis
Jul 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
The basic rules of writing are fairly simple yet somehow are often ignored completely. One of the main ones is "show don't tell" and I'm afraid this book is all tell and very little show.

Shaky dialogue and far too heavily influenced by Tolkien that there were almost direct quotations. Using words that are different just to be different. Put the thesaurus down. The attempted humour is exceedingly cringe worthy and the characters all speak like those kind of people who laugh at their own jokes.

Mar 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Just couldn't keep on reading it. To me it read like someone's World of Warcraft Fan Fiction...
Αχ, απο που να ξεκινήσω.
Καταρχάς ειναι περισσότερο 2,5/5 και πραγματικά μέχρι ένα σημείο πίστευα θα κατέβει στο 1. Αλλά ας το πάρουμε απτην αρχή.

Το πιο βασικό πρόβλημα που είχα ήταν οτι μοιάζει υπερβολικά με βιντεοπαιχνίδι. Είναι κυριολεκτικα γεμάτο με φράσεις:
"Money buys armour, weapons, things with mystical power that can bear and deal damage better"
"Mystical equipment increases stamina"
"the armour increases the power of our spell caster's magic and in addition to giving more resistance to ho
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
As the two stars suggests, it was... OK.

First, the good. I like the possibilities of the world that Crane created, though I do think that he is cramming too much into one universe. The organizations known as guilds - groups of like-minded adventurers with common goals, beliefs, or values - is something that is pretty unique in my experience. Cyrus, the main character, grows on you over time, but since the whole story is told from his point-of-view, that's not surprising.

But now, the bad.

My main
Matthew Coiner
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
If you've ever played a MUD, then you've read the first book. It's basically a bunch of people who go from room to room hacking and slashing. There are no real consequences to the actions and you're able to go back in a few days/months and do it all over again.

I honestly think Crane played MUDs online and wrote down his favorite adventures. It's not really until later in the first book that any character development begins to happen and even then it's shallow.

It's a fluff series and has a few c
Traci Loudin
I'm not having much luck with any of the books in the Quest box set. This one reads like a role-playing game, complete with dwarves and elves fighting dragons. In fact it's a 100-man raid group, with healers, druids, and everything! Yet despite the fact that they warn of how dangerous the dragon is, the dwarf and elf somehow find time to chat about their mutual hatred... during the fight!

"“I’m sorry,” she said without a trace of irony or sincerity. “Should I say ‘please’ when I direct you to he
Mar 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Picked this up because of some of the great reviews......put this book down without getting through more than a few chapters. It feels like I'm reading someone's raiding diary from world of Warcraft.
Pietro Albano
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Got this free and it was worth every penny.

We get one dimensional RPG characters, really basic writing (no foreshadowing, simplistic descriptions) and we get the absolute worst spell on top of everything: Resurrection Spell. Really? Characters die then - snap - bring them back to life. Really?

May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Managed to struggle through only the first third of this novel, the first I’ve read by Mr Crane, before giving it up. Despite having read a third of the book I would be hard pressed to give any summary of the plot. There were two reasonably well written battles but they appeared to be unconnected. I do not think I will be reading more of this author.
May 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Wish I could have given it zero stars but that doesn't seem to be an option.
May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Pretty lame. No real story, just a bunch of aimless ramblings. It seems to be written for online gaming fanatics, not serious readers. For me, a waste of time.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I grabbed a 99 cent set of 7 fantasy novels called Magic, Myth & Majesty on Amazon the other day. One of the authors in this set, Daniel Arenson, is one of my favorite fantasy writers, and although I have already read the book of his that was included in this box set, I thought maybe I could find some other good authors or series to read from it. The very first part, Defender, by Robert J Crane had me enthralled. The main character Cyrus Davidon is just starting his adventure to become a gre ...more
Laura Jackson
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book
This was a freebie with Kindle. I got the first three books in the series. This series is confusing me. You know with trilogies where the second book is usually a filler. Well, this is very much a filler series. It's full of fluff and it feels like it's working up to... something. But I can't pick what. There is a nice range of characters with lots of different personalities and skills. I do admire the world he's tried to create; almost Tolkien meets World of Warcraft in it's appearance. It just ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whoever gave this a two star can't even fathom the epicness of this series. How a single man can link so many plot points together baffles me. At the end of Sanctuary Book Eight, I was left speechless and in tears and feeling so many things, so do not stop in the first book. Give it a chance, you are merely missing out on something great.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book series from one of my favourite authors.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a review for books 1-8 which cover the actual Sanctuary series. For those unaware, book 9 onwards is pretty much like beginning of a new series.

So, this series started off with a very strong feel of a LitRPG, but from book two on it starts to feel more of a proper fantasy. The first book is awkward. You can tell that the author is finding his feet. It is entertaining enough though, and the writing is much improved when you move to book two.

One thing that feels off as you start to read
Dan Lunghofer
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I picked up the boxed set of the first three books. That said, I will be writing reviews for each of the books as I finish them.

This book was very meh. It had the feel of someone whose exposure to fantasy was playing a little too much World of Warcraft (or similar MMO). The characters were a little under-developed, and I didn't really feel a connection to any of them.

One issue that I had is with Vara. She is a very young elf, who is very cold, a calculating warrior...who titters like a schoolgir
Sean Helms
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was like one I could have written while I was a DM and my group of friends gathered to play D&D for hours on end over our weekends. I still miss those days. That being said, this book read as a story of strung together adventures among gaming characters.
There was plenty of action and good interaction among the characters as they raided goblin and dragon dungeons, but very little plot whatsoever.
Folks who miss past days of dungeon-crawling with friends will likely enjoy this trilog
Jim Corbiere
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finished reading " Defender " by Robert J Crane. I really liked it. It is the first novel of the Sanctuary series. I am usually hesitant to begin a new author but I am glad I did. Mr. Crane can write a great story and I will be happy to continue the series. Cyrus Davidon is the leader of a very small guild. They team up with a few other undisciplined groups to take down a dragon. The mission is a failure and Cyrus and his guild are saved by the Sanctuary guild. Sanctuary invites them to join. Sh ...more
Miguel Ángel Alonso Pulido
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ficcion
No he sido capaz de acabar el libro. Y eso que Robert J. Crane me gusta como autor y he disfrutado de otros libros suyos, pero de este no. Me gusta que me cuenten historias de fantasía, no una campaña de World of Warcraft o Dungeons & Dragons a la que ni siquiera se molesta en intentar dar algo de profundidad. Se nota que es la primera novela de Crane, porque explica demasiadas cosas y cuenta muy pocas, entre otros fallos de principiante. Lo bueno es que tiene libros mucho mejores, así que m ...more
Harmony T.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
There’s a lot going on in this book. The world building is a bit weak. Humans, elves, dwarves, dragons, trolls, wizards, and on and on and on without much introduction to the vast array of characters. It took me a while to get into the book and then I did enjoy it. However, I have no idea what just happened at the end?? That appears to be a common response by other readers. I’m going to start reading the next book in the series now.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
All in all this wasn't a bad book, it is action packed and interesting. The friction/romance between two characters gets annoying at times and the general lack of description of the main character is a common gripe, but I would recommend it if you just want a fun read with some decent action scenes.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not bad

The book is not bad if you can get past the writing. The writing itself is very good and there are few grammatical errors but it reads as though going through a checklist. Write this and then this and then.....The story is maybe ok for young readers but it failed to spark enough interest for me to get the next book, and barely enough to finish this one.
Matthew Soulsby
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not the worst book I've ever read, but not good by any means. If you know anything, at all, about World o Warcraft, then you'll recognize that this is nothing more than fan fiction. I guess, that's why it was free...
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Somehow I was blessed enough to get the whole Sanctuary Series free on my Kindle. Often the free Kindle books aren't always that great, but this one was quite a surprise and a good story. Now I'm glad I got all 3 books and I look forward to continuing the series.
Christopher Caron
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Maybe more of a 2.5. I’d call this book junk food. I know it’s not the best but I actually enjoyed consuming it, in my own way. Perhaps not good enough to recommend over many other books, it’s not bad enough to abandon either. I will finish the series as it left me curious.
James Hein
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
This reads like a note taking session at the D&D game. All the elements were there but the construction was somewhat stilted. I'll give book 2 look but so far it has not impressed, but it did have the potential to do so.
Theresa Carter
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good start to a great series.

I read this book a couple of years or ago and decided to give the series a re-read. It is of the fantasy genre and reminiscent of the Dragonlance book series back in the day.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Gave up reading this. Too much telling how showing
Mar 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook, did-not-finish
Agree with other reviews that this is just a role-playing walkthrough. An impossible read.
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Robert J. Crane was born and raised on Florida's Space Coast before moving to the upper midwest in search of cooler climates and more palatable beer. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in English Creative Writing. He worked for a year as a substitute teacher and worked in the financial services field for seven years while writing in his spare time.

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“A plant cannot grow without rain – and rain does not come but through a storm - the mildest shower to the most tempestuous thunderstorm. And so it is with us. We grow in times of trial, in storm and rain. I do not think anyone loves the storms of life.” The paladin's face grew serious. “They sweep us to and fro – off the course we had planned for ourselves.” 1 likes
“Nothing bruise but my massive arse and my bigger ego." He blinked. "Who cast the spell on me? I can see now."
"It was me," Vaste said from behind him. "I was afraid you'd fall into me, and frankly I'm not sure I could support your 'massive ego' since I'm too busy carrying your arse.”
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