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The Lure of Fools

(The Age of the Infinite #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  18 reviews
“Adventure is the lure of fools, and excitement glamour to the gullible. The siren song of the world is as music to the wanderer’s feet, but that dance leads only to the soul-less grave.”

So Jekaran’s uncle has warned him. But that doesn’t stop him from leaping at the exhilarating chance to single-handedly rescue a beautiful woman from a gang of lecherous thieves.

But the b
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Published August 10th 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published August 9th 2013)
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‘The Lure of Fools,’ or Tropey McTroperson walks through Tropesville, is an epic fantasy novel in which absolutely nothing you have not seen before happens. Behold! A farm boy with a thirst for adventure wishes for something more. Is he aware he is living in a fantasy novel? Perhaps

“He really did hate the so-called normal life of their small village. His childhood dreams were of traveling the world..”

But wait, there is more! He is also…wait for it…an orphan! And he grows up w
Alex McGilvery
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
The Lure of Fools
Jason King
Curiousity Quills Press

The Lure of Fools according to Ez, Jek's uncle, is the call of adventure. Jek though wants adventure. He wants to see more of the world than just the little village where he grew up being cared for by his uncle. It is to stop the lure that Ez forbids Jek from going on a well finding expedition, yet when Jek returns home with news that men are looking for a man with a half moon tattoo everything changes. Ez is not who Jek always believed him to be
James Wymore
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While a lot of fantasy feels tired and regurgitated, the Lure of Fools is fresh and fun. With a pervasive magic system touching every facet of life, and characters that you think you used to know, the book grabs ahold and won't let go. Jason King's imagery is breath taking. In an age of CGI and special effects, this book holds its own. You will be glad you read it.
Copy given for review curtsy of Curiousity Quills Press

Review contains spoilers

So there's a lot going on but not a whole lot happening all at the same time, if that makes any sense.

Jek, is a village boy with green eyes, something that is rare, is sent out to go on the well finding expedition, at first his uncle was against his going because he was afraid he would be attracted to the lure, “Adventure is the lure of fools, and excitement glamour to the gullible. The siren song of the world is as
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I honestly wasn't sure how much I would like this when a friend recommended it, but I really did enjoy it. The author does a great job creating a believable world. There was enough connections with traditional fantasy concepts that I could easily understand what things were, but there was just enough of a twist to keep things interesting. I had a hard time connecting with some of the characters, while others I could really see where they were coming from. The end is a bit of a cliff hanger. Not ...more
Craig Nybo (Author of Allied Zombies for Peace)
To all of you high fantasy fans out there. A new series is in town and it begins with The Lure of Fools. This book has everything one would want from great high fantasy, magic, swords, monsters, love, good, and evil. Jason hits the writing scene with his excellent prose and wonderful character development. He unspools a great story here that compels readers to keep the pages turning. This one is not to be missed for any fan of fantasy in the traditional sense.
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had a good deal of fun with this book. My only complaint is that it was too short, I finished it too quickly and then had to wait for the next book to arrive.

I liked that the author puts constraints on his magical talismans, having the need to be recharged by magic at Apieron wells. Gives it a nice flavor that makes it just that little bit different.
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
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Inciting curiosity in just the first chapter, The Lure of Fools (The Age of the Infinite #1) by Jason King, provokes readers' excitement by opening with a dark scene and a murderous character. Though the theme may not be new to fantasy novels – a farm boy who craves adventure – the characters read as precise individuals and as their paths cross their harrowing journey is anything but ordinary.

The book has a number of charact
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“Adventure is the lure of fools, and excitement glamour to the gullible. The siren song of the world is as music to the wanderer’s feet, but that dance leads only to the soul-less grave.”

Completely ignoring the words quoted above, Jekeran takes the magic sword from his uncle and sets out on an adventure that may turn so big it might just save all humans.

Admittedly, this was not the most original fantasy I've read last year, but I still
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found myself not able to put it down. I wanted to know what would happen, would the siblings come to blows? Would the farmboy succumb to the magical sword, or overcome himself? From crystal golems to spy-like intrigue, it is a great page turner, I highly recommend it and am looking forward to book 2!
Vicki Trask
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I'll keep this short and sweet guys. READ THIS BOOK. Right from the very first scene you get graphic and detailed imagery that it is just spectacular - Curiosity Quills knows how to pick 'em. His description alone will keep you turning pages. I'm taking off points for originality but this is definitely a fantasy recommendation.
Dacia Arnold
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a story chalked with adventure, obscure but endearing characters, and a “pick your own path” feel, this is the book for you
Jekaran is seventeen-year-old farm boy with dreams in his head of leaving the care of his uncle to chase adventure in the great wide world. His doe eyed best friend tags along incognito, which adds a touch of romance to the story.
Jek, with the help of many friends along the way, must take his uncle’s magical weapon talis (a coveted magical sword) on th
Michael Panush
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stop me if you’ve heard this one — a teenage boy of uncertain, mysterious parentage grows up in an isolated frontier town, longing for adventure. Contact with a dangerous force reveals the hidden identity of a nearby elderly man and sends the youth down a dangerous path, where he gathers unique allies, deals with a ruthlessly evil foe and ends up with the fate of the world in his hands. You can almost hear the lightsabers switching on, right? Or how about this one — a naive youngster in an isol ...more
Jason Norman
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Over the past few decades the fantasy landscape has been flooded with stories; stories inspired by their author’s youthful times spend reading the likes of Tolkien, Le Guin, or Weis and Hickman. The levels have risen so far it is not often you find an author, a story, which is above the waves. Recently, I was given the opportunity to listen to an early release of the audio book version of The Lure of Fools by Jason King. So, ever hopeful, I jumped at the chance to give it a listen.
Upon first gl
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

The first part of this book didn't exactly start off with a very sympathetic character. I felt a bit sorry for Jove at first... and then that was quickly derailed when I realised what he was like even before he became possessed; or whatever it was.

I liked the opportunity to see the beginnings of the characters that I'd seen in The Soulless Grave. It was good to be able to see more of Kairah in this
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I was given an audio recording of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In The Lure of Fools, the young farm boy, Jekaran, is charged with taking his uncle’s sword, a powerful “weapon talis” away on a common well-find to keep it from falling into the hands of the Rikujo, an infamous gang of thieves who’s leader will stop at nothing to acquire the magical weapon for himself. A young girl named Maely, who has grown up with Jekaran and is oblivious to his dangerous charge, disguises herself a
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a review. I must apologise as it got shelved with my "read" books and should have been read sooner than now.

This book is a good start to Mr. King's planned series. It has a great character in Jekaran and his Uncle Ezra, who is looking out for him. For fantasy lovers, it has everything - good and bad guys, magic (of course!), rescuing the maiden, good old monsters and no shortage of adventure for the hero. It's not a long book (I could have enjoyed a
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I started reading this awhile ago, but couldn't get through it. Mostly, it was just too violent and graphic for me. I was also not able to relate very well to the characters, and for some reason I found their names impossibly hard to remember. I won a signed copy of this book for free, after signing up for the author's email list at the Medieval Sensory Faire. Thus, I had briefly met the author, and I wanted to like his book, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
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*Jason is the author of Lure of Fools, Valcoria, The Soulless Grave, Thomas Destiny, and The Fork of Destiny's Road. All other books attributed to him are an error - especially the ones about weed and porn.

For years Jason King publicly proclaimed his identity as “the chosen one,” but medication and a stint in a minimum security health and wellness facility convinced him that was not the case. In o

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The Age of the Infinite (3 books)
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