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Disgraced scholar Dennon Lark only wants to be left alone in his self-imposed exile—an exile that ends when a rebel army wielding impossible powers launches a series of brutal attacks on villages across the Kingsland.

Forced from his home, Dennon is drawn back into a world he wants nothing to do with. His research into the kingdom's lost past—the very research that sent him
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Kindle Edition, 375 pages
Published September 23rd 2011 by Ben S. Dobson
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Moses Siregar III
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Just about anyone who reads fantasy
Scriber might be my favorite fantasy book. It's not dense like Erikson or Martin, but it has the two things I always look for and rarely find together: great writing with great storytelling.

The best thing about Scriber is the telling of the tale through the voice of the incredibly flawed scholar Dennon Lark. This is first person epic fantasy, and first person is not easy to pull off, even harder when the lead character is a self-hating wimp. But it works. Brilliantly. One reason it works is bec
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Kat
This new writer is one to watch.His characters are unique, consistent, and interesting. He manages to show the personal progression and growth of the main character the way an individual finds self discovery - slowly and naturally over the course of the journey - rather than beating the reader over the head with it. The story itself is compelling making it hard to put down. His fantasy setting is well constructed and introduced in a slow and easy manner so as to avoid long descriptive passages t ...more
Alissa
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-ebooks
Very nice read, steady and entertaining, 3.5 stars. This is a classic fantasy story, with a quest, mysteries, ancient powers, lore and debates on morality and redemption. The plot is linear and well-done, the prose is flowing and very apt. The best features are the worldbuilding and the characters, scriber Dennon and captain Bryndine with her company of warrior women. There is a feeling of Dungeons and Dragons, and I wasn't surprised to see in the author's bio that he likes to play the game; I t ...more
Melinda
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
What an excellent book! Dobson catches you at page one and literally doesn't let go until the novel's finished. The characterization is splendid, even the secondary characters get quite fleshed out. This is a quest fantasy, but not the typical type with a bad guy in a castle who wants all the power. Instead, the author has used some interesting twists to put kingdoms and nobles in jeopardy. Someone has to save the world, Scriber Dennon and Captain Bryndine Errynson and her all woman army are the ...more
Emily
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Early on, I didn't know this was going to be a 5-star book for me. It started out good, and it got better and better. In the first, oh I don't know, half maybe? There were some moments where the author dragged out the "revelations" and you knew what was happening long before the main character figured it out. So, when it got to the big "reveal" for those things, it wasn't an "aha!" moment, it was more like -- yeah, I figured that's what it was as soon as it was first brought up, I'm glad we can ...more
Christopher Kellen
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, indie
Scriber is, at its heart, a story about the value of history. The description of the book does it justice, so I will not repeat a basic summary in this review. The wrapping for the historical theme is an epic/heroic fantasy, filled with legends, monsters, betrayals, unexpected allies and true heroism.

The cast of characters, including the reluctant Dennon Lark, the stoic Bryndine Errynson, and her company of female warriors, is both charming and engaging. The fact that I can remember many of thei
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Kilian Metcalf
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not many books can divert me from my usual reading pattern of "read a chapter on my Kindle, then move on to the next book in rotation." When I came close to the end of this one, I had to keep reading. Even fewer books make me cry, especially in a public place, but I was swallowing tears at the climax. If you like memorable characters, high adventure, and well-written battle scenes, this is a book for you. I have given to a writer friend who has trouble with battle scenes so she can see how what ...more
Gerrie
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the joy of downloading Kindle freebies. Occasionally I'll find a wonderful author who's a talented writer and gifted storyteller. This is a terrific book. It makes me remember why I read epic fantasy for so many years.

The character development is outstanding. The book is told in the first person narrative of Dennon Lark. He starts out as whiny, self-involved, irritating, and obnoxious. Yet, as the story progresses, he begins to grow, and become a better person. Since the story is told fr
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Doskoi_panda
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Ben S. Dobson's Scriber lured me in with its promise of an academic's adventure tale, which it handsomely delivered. Scriber recounts the story of Dennon Lark, a disgraced scholar of history, as he joins with a group of military women, who are shunned and belittled, to stop a serious assault on the kingdom. There are two major mysteries to solve - how the attackers, called the burners, manage to appear and disappear, seemingly by magic; and the reasons behind their attacks. This leads the band t ...more
Mike Vasich
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is so satisfying to read an indie book that is this good! While there were small things that bugged me a little, overall it was a compelling and interesting tale that kept me turning virtual pages into the wee hours.

Here's what was good:
Great main characters. The lead, Dennon Lark, is a flawed, arrogant ass who sulks a lot, but is somehow still quite likable. He's got a lot of baggage that he can't get past, but he finds eventual inspiration in his near polar opposite, a warrior woman named
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J.
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I wish Goodreads and Amazon.com would go to a ten-star rating system. That would provide more shades of meaning, more subtlety, and the ability to differentiate between an excellent book and a masterful one. In such an expanded system, this book would be one of the few that earned a ten-star rating from this reviewer.

From the opening pages, Ben Dobson displays a rare command of voice and style, elements too often forgotten, misunderstood, or ignored by many authors, particularly independent ones
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Férial
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As good as my first read.

Highly recommended.

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What an excellent book !! Such a great writing, such a great storytelling.

"Scriber" is the story of a quest. The quest of a lost knowledge. A knowledge that , if recovered, could save them all. But a knowledge that will also uncover deeply burried lies.

Scriber Dennon Lark (who is the one who tells the story) relunctantly (he is a coward...or so he thinks) agrees to "lead"
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Brandon Zarzyczny
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book, it's one of my favorite books I've read this year. The characters are really unique, the story is great, the world building is extensive & very original, and I loved Ben Dobson's writing style. This is one more Indie/Self-Published book that I've loved as much or more than most books I've read that were published by the big-six. Again though, I kind of feel bad that I paid so little for such an amazing book, but the author has definitely earned a fan that will b ...more
Patrick
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A special surprise

This is the best sword and sorcery tale that I've ever read. It let me picture what real men and women living through those settings might feel and think and see. I had a similar revelation watching "The thirteenth warrior" , my favorite Antonio Banderas film.

No spoilers but there are scenes aplenty for most readers to find at least a couple of places that demand tears. If you're not a fan of sword and sorcery, read this as an example of the best. If you have ever been, this b
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Yogesh Jain
I have read so many books in my life but there are very few that have left a mark on me like this.

The book is itself a life. We live a life of a historian. We see the work of the historian. We see how our history might itself have been misstated. This book gives our life a purpose.

What i didn't like is that the book has so less ratings and reviews on goodreads.. I am lucky to have stumbled upon this. If I have it my way, I will ask every reader to give this book a try and judge themselves

Reco
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zjakkelien
Wow, this was really a very good book. I can imagine people might be a bit hesitant to start a self-published book, because there are quite a few that do not deserve to be published, but in this case you needn't worry. This book would be worth a lot more than the €0.85 that I now paid for it.

The best about the book was definitely the characters. Not only are they very well-drawn and show believable and realistic development, they are also unusual in that the main character is a withdrawn and som
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Kelley Ceccato
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Kate Lansky
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'll begin by saying that this book gave me pause on multiple occasions in the early pages. I felt myself get frustrated almost right off the bat, then felt my frustration grow. To begin, the book itself is introduced with a young woman one hundred years after the events of the book. We read two pages or so before we are pulled away from her and into the past. I was annoyed by this introduction: by giving me a character that I can begin to sink into, that I can feel in the weave of the story... ...more
Mirrani
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has played the Myst series on their computer has some idea of what it is like to read Scriber. The beauty of the world before you, one that is almost exactly the same, yet somewhat different from what you know, with a hint of fantasy thrown in and a need to focus on the written word are the real elements that charge your mind as you read. Knowledge in this world is power and while writing things don't make them happen as they do in the Myst series, the struggle to find what was once l ...more
Lynxie
Brilliant, Brilliant, brilliant! Scriber had everything an epic tale of magic, romance, tragedy, adventure and the never-ending quest for knowledge could possibly ever need to sear itself upon my cerebral cortex!

Scriber made me at first detest Dennon, he seemed weak and cowardly, but slowly, as the book progressed I came to appreciate his doubting ways and razor sharp mind. Dennon wasn't a fake character, I felt connected to him by his realistic reactions to the story. He questioned himself, bla
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Poonam
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a somewhat typical quest fantasy novel. However, the author does a great job creating a storyline and characters that are vibrant. The characters have depth and their motivations are not obviously stated. There are many strong female characters and their struggle in a medieval type of world is well-represented. The Quest keeps you on the edge of your seat and you really want to find out what happens. The bookend chapters are also great and surprising, which really emphasizes history and ...more
Melania Ramona
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is really good. I had read the reviews, but I hadn't expected it to be so good. The story itself is well written and interesting, but the characters, oh, the characters... I felt that these people I was reading about had truly lived, somewhere, sometime.
And that last line... it killed me, but in a good way (if that makes any sense).
Helen
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Had actual tears rolling down my face reading the end of this.
M60601
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I've enjoyed reading a fantasy this much and felt emotionally moved by it by the end. It hit the things I like in a fantasy and didn't hit the things I hate. Good characterization, good world building, great narration, no dominating romances, no explicit language or sex, no teen cringe.

It's good writing. It's good storytelling.

I had a lot of thoughts about the book concerning feminism, deontology vs. utilitarianism, loyalty and duty, cowardice and bravery, roles of
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Genevieve
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't often write reviews, but some books demand it and this is one of them.

Many authors write stories of heroes and their great deeds, but few rise to the level that make a cynical and jaded person like myself feel moved by the tale.

I will give no spoilers, but I urge you to read and decide for yourself. The world and characters are so well developed that I was shocked to find that this is a relatively new author, especially one who seems not to be well known YET...

I will also add that even t
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Kili
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Wonderful

I do not write reviews often. However, this book...I could not keep from writing just how wonderful it is. There are one or two grammatical errors that only someone searching for fault would hold against it. The tale is told in such a flowing way. It drags you in and makes it real. I have flagged this in my own library as a book of worth. One to recommend to any looking for a solid, well written story of valor, strength of spirit and friendship. Truly, if you read no other b
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Ken Mcgourty
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. The basic idea sounded interesting, a scholar traveling with a troop of experienced soldiers to solve a centuries old mystery. But, the scholar was such a wimp, it was difficult to empathize with his character. The ancient mystery of a forgotten era and the author's solution to was very well done, and that did get me to read to the very end. I will read "The Flaw In All Magic" next, because again the basic idea sounds interesting.
Shelby Miller
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this

I've read other books by this author, but Scriber is my favorite by far. The Flaw in All Magic series, for example, is something I enjoy, but in a lot of ways it feels like a D&D campaign in book form. Which is fine, but this book is something else entirely. The world feels fully fleshed out, the characters are as flawed as they are fascinating, and the story feels like an epic tale of legend.
Lila
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Normally I don't care for first person POV but Dobson wrote it well. I certainly didn't expect to be brought to tears at the conclusion. Fabulous, absolutely fabulous story. It is well written, believable characters with their many flaws and weaknesses revealed. Read it. You'll be glad you did.
Roger Gable
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hero that is not heroic

The protagonist is not a worthy person for our attention, but events shape and cut. Were it not for the companions the character would fail as he is inherently a failure. Good job Ben.
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Ben S. Dobson is a Canadian fantasy author. When he isn't writing to indulge his passion for epic tales, he probably can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons, or watching a Joss Whedon show, or something equally geeky.

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