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Journey to Light

(High Duties of Pacia #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Long ago in a time known as the Anziên age, people lived in a complex and vibrant society which reached levels of technology and genetic engineering unimaginable to anyone now alive. Then 3,500 years ago, the Anziên era ended abruptly and traumatically. Why? No one knows but the downfall left survivors in a world of strife and hardship. This world badly needed peace and ...more
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Bob Craton
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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This review is from: Journey to Light: Part I of The High Duties of Pacia (Kindle Edition)

I was actually contacted by the author and asked if I would read and review the first book of his trilogy. Although this wasn't what I'd
Kenton Crowther
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This volume is part one of an epic and it rolls along filling in the details, an easy read.
A baggy, generous style for a strong story line.
The book is well proofed and edited, especially the first half, with only a few odd typos/mistakes.

Graice is a Sistere (white robe) and Sybille is a Madrere (light blue robe): they are nun-like women with awesome psychic powers over the simple folk amongst whom they live. These members of the Sisteria have an 'effect' they can put onto everybody, except the
Sophia Martin
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This first part of Craton's trilogy begins an intriguing story, with strong, multifaceted characters and a complex plot. The characters are likable and the interactions refreshing and believable.

I often balk at the flaws in indie-published fiction, but Craton's writing is high-quality in terms of grammar, structure, style, spelling, etc. There are some shifts in point of view within scenes, but nothing that confused me, as well as some creative use of quotation marks, but nothing that would jar
M.M. Mancey
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An original and refreshing tale, written in meticulous style with attention to detail, this book tells a story of a great civilization long past and the mystery left behind. It is a civilization based on nobility and the power of kindness and wisdom. Even after its demise, some of its remaining people possessing great but untold talents live in secret and in constant danger. There is a strong mystical element with the main magically-able Sisteres, possessing the power of compelling the mind.

Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
First and foremost let me begin by stating that I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you

The book grabbed my attention from the opening page, where it introduces a small child who had vivid and repeating dreams, whose grandparents dismiss as nightmares. As the book advances you learned that his grandparents are hiding a huge secret from him and only makes you want to read farther. THIS is where this book drove me insane as we go to the next
Vanna Smythe
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Very Entertaining Read

I'm a big fan of stories told from multiple points of view, so this book is exactly they type of book I love to read. All the voices of the main characters are well diversified and easy to distinguish between. Another thing I really enjoyed was the descriptions and set up of the world. It was very vivid and I could clearly picture the scenes in my mind, which to me is a sign of a great book!

The plot of this novel is complicated and multilayered, and is not yet resolved
Sherrie Cronin
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a complex and intriguing tale of politics, sacred duties and gifted chosen ones in a fictitious land with tantalizing parallels to our own. The strength of the story lies in the many rich characters and in enjoying the development of their only partially revealed destinies.
Because in this first book of three the author is weaving together several story lines that will certainly intertwine eventually, the reader has to be a little patient and be willing to not always move through the plot
David Jester
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Two different creatures cast out from their homes, on the run from an unknown beast. One mysterious stranger with an unknown past, leading the way for two powerful women. A young girl on a trading mission, with the hopes of her people behind her; a boy trying to run from his past. Journey to Light is a complex adventure story sown in a fantastical world and told from numerous perspectives.

The story seemed daunting at first, other than the narratives of the man, woman, boy and girl, there are
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bob Craton's Journey to the Light is the first installment of an epic trilogy, The High Duties of Pàçia. The story takes place in a complex world with numerous characters, and as is often the case with books of this genre, the first half of the story unfolds a bit slowly, introducing the cast of characters and explaining the politics, geography, linguistics and history of Pàçia. About halfway through the book, however, the pace picks up as each of the separate threads begin to merge toward the ...more
Laura Brewer
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes good soft fantasy story
Recommended to Laura by: World Literary Cafe
Shelves: fantasy
This story had a gentle, meandering quality that is a nice change from the usual fast paced work these days. The characters are well thought out, though their presentation could be better. The plot and the world building is complex enough that it encouraged me to read through to the end.

My only real criticism is the way the author handled the omniscient point of view. The story would be less impersonal and more real if each of the story threads had been told from a single character's POV in that
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story has a mystical old world feel. This story is fantasy but with a spiritual glow. There is magic to the scenes in this tale, and you can tell that the author is highly intelligent as the book is well written.

My favorite character at this point is Holder; found in the slums of a dirty, medieval city, by Graice; a gifted pure woman, after he tried to protect her from some drunks. His character is the most intriguing, since he cannot remember his past, and because it seems clear in the
Gabrielle Poplar
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Four main threads of thought run through this novel, each telling a tale of individuals with a past; the boy, Holder and Gracie, the Lupun and the Kiropteran and Caelia. The four threads run independent of each other until close to the end of the book, two of the threads interweave. Each of the threads spins a fine tale forming a background for the reader, although the mingling of the tale of Holder and Gracie and the Lupun and the Kiropteran shows the beginning of the tapestry that is sure to ...more
Jamie Marchant
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel reads more as an introduction to a novel rather than a full novel itself. It forms the characters, but we don't yet understand the central conflict. Nothing much happens. However, the characters are so fascinating that it full kept my attention from start to finish. My favorites are Rafe and Belo, a wolf and a bat-like creatures with human level intelligence. This download is free, but once you're done reading it, you'll want to buy the rest of the books in the series to find out what ...more
Lorraine Beaumont
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I will be honest, this is not what I normally read. However this was written well, it kept my interest and took me on a journey into an unexpected realm. This book is more of an introduction into a complex story-line. I enjoyed it so much I will definitely be reading the second book in the series. If you like a book that makes you use your brain a little this is definitely your kind of read!
Noree Cosper
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I would have to say that this book just wasn't for me. It has gotten some good reviews so this goes to show that everyone has different tastes. (If not this world would be a boring place.) There is a sensible start with the preface, solid description of a world and its peoples. The only detracting point to that is at the end of the preface where the author breaks with the entrance into the world by explaining to the reader that the story is full of disconnection in both location and character, ...more
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When he was a child, Bob Craton’s teachers often remarked, not always favorably, about his day-dreaming. He spent much of his time lost in his own imagination, often creating elaborate elementary school tall-tales, and the habit never went away as he grew up. Coming of age in the 1960s filled his head with dreams of saving the world and having a career in academia. Then the real world closed in. ...more

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High Duties of Pacia (3 books)
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  • And the Young Shall Lead You Home (High Duties of Pacia, #3)
“Well, runhh it all to harr,” Rafe grumbled. “Why does bein’ the nice guys always cause us so much trouble?” 2 likes
“Madrére Sybille, an elder of the Sistéria, is speaking to twenty-four year old Sistére Graice:

Sybille – I won’t lecture you but twenty-four is still young. Age brings experience and . .

Graice – And wisdom? That’s just what old people say.”
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