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Beam is a smuggler, a murderer, and a rogue, who lives by the age-old rules of "Finders, keepers" and "To thy own self be true." Abandoned by his family and raised in a run-down priory by an old monk, he is consumed by his anger. He measures the worth of the world's citizens less by the character of their hearts than the gold he can pick from their pockets. However, when h ...more
Paperback, 550 pages
Published October 10th 2013 by Caelstone Press
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Timothy Reaves
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the things I both love and find frustrating is when an author spends the time to develop such an interesting and shadowy world history for their books setting that you want to read books in that settings past. I love this because it means that there exists the possibilities for prequels, and stories of other people in the same world. I find this frustrating because the author only has so much time, and is likely never going to have time to fully explore their own creation. I would truly l ...more
Jen
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
The Pleasure of Memory seems an odd name for this fantasy. Beam's memories are more disturbing than pleasant.

Beam, the antihero, is a thief and a smuggler whose various activities include gambling, whoring, and grave robbing. Although he doesn't seem to seek violence, he is always prepared for it.

Even as Beam acknowledges his tendency to criminal behavior, he exhibits a concern for others in several situations; he fights against this tendency, yet usually grudgingly submits to it.

The story open
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Gabriella Gricius
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Why Read: NetGalley came from heaven and gave me this book… of which I now feel inordinately obliged to read all of the trilogy. It was primarily chosen because I have a taste for the science fiction adventure type, and if you know “Wheel of Time”, it’s basically a fantastic version.

Review: It did take me too long to read it. I’ll be the first to admit it. On my TBR (To Be Read) List for at least 2 months, I was getting annoyed of seeing it over and over again on my shelf. So finally yesterday,
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Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: Yes.

The Pleasure of Memory is creative fantasy where dreams and visions intertwine almost imperceptibly with reality. Welcome Cole allows his story to unfold using delightfully poetic imagery. Here’s an example:
“The sound of the rain was as appealing as a lullaby, soothing and entrancing, and he rode its happy rhythm like a magic horse into the fog of sleep.”

That’s one fancy of saying some guy took a nap. But I’m a sucker for beautiful writing so I lapped it up like a thir
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Paul Allard
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first volume of a fantasy series which ends with enough of a cliffhanger to intrigue
the reader sufficiently to want to know how the story continues.

The main characters are a smuggler/grave robber called Beam and a mage called Chance.
Their joining forces constitutes the main part of the story and they are eventually joined by a
female warrior called Koonta.

The plot is about a clash of races, betrayal, demons, companionship and weird and horrible creatures.

I felt that the central thi
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Yellagirlgc
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Beam is a rogue whos on a quest even he wasnt aware of. He believes he's found a blood red jewel that'll set him up for a very long prosperous time. On his way to sell it his destiny gets in the way.
Chance is a water cael mage intent on protecting the borders from invasion. When his apprentice is taken his guilt overwhelms him but duty comes first. He has to warn the Allies of a coming invasion from savages and devils. After
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Dana
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I chose this book by the cover also, thought it was a horror book with the big red eye. I read some fantasy books but they always become a series which this one too doesnt disappoint. That's the reason for only three stars. The book starts off slow picks up when Beam meets up with Chance. Then the story gets really good and the dialogue between the two is fun. My major problem with this story is it's one big cliffhanger. Nothing is tied up and you know you're going to have to wait for the next o ...more
Veronica
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I almost passed this book up (on netgalley, thanks Caelstone press for the free copy) because of cover and the title but I'm glad I didn't! It started off a bit slow but once the story got going, I couldn't put it down. Good characters, good story and funny banter. Can't wait for next book.
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
This was a very well-written book, however, it didn’t grab or hold my attention, which is something that I find often occurs when I don’t immediately connect with the main character.
Edgar Maready
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Exceptionally good book. Fairly minimalist on the descriptions of physical things, but very engaging characters. Can't wait for the next one.
Kon Domtmor
i think it's a good book for make my knowledge as well
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Welcome Cole is a writer of fantasy, contemporary novels, and urban fiction. He spends his time in the lakes and forests of Traverse City, Michigan and in the desert and mountains of Castle Rock, Colorado. He has degrees in Nursing and Business Administration, and writes at every opportunity. His book, The Pleasure of Memory, will be followed up shortly with his contemporary fiction novel, Henry’s ...more
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