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The Bow of Destiny

(The Bow of Hart Saga #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Chosen as 2016 Book of the Year by Fantasia Reviews!
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Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.
Athson has seen things that aren't there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possessio
Published September 28th 2015 by Smashwords
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Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

P.H. Solomon’s book was one I initially overlooked last year. However, after being introduced to it through a blog tour, then enjoying Mr. Solomon’s two prequel short stories, I was intrigued enough to want to see where he was going with this story and hoping it would be exactly what the doctor ordered to satisfy my classic fantasy craving. And while I had a few issues with the narrative, overall, it was a very solid debut with room to grow into a fan favorite
P.H. Solomon
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is not my review since I am the author. Instead, I'm just sharing additional 5-star reviews from elsewhere:

New 5 Star rating from a reviewer on NetGalley:
"Wow. The characters are larger than life in this. You could almost expect them to climb out of the pages, I'm not even kidding (and promise I'm more sane than Athson at the beginning).. This story is very well-written. It certainly leaves you desperately wanting more. There's a good thing there are more books, though I can hardly contain
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'd been hearing good things about this book and after following the author's blog, I figured why not give this one a go. Unfortunately I was rather disappointed. The biggest let down for me was the writing style. I found it very difficult to engage with at times. Particularly at the start, where it seemed to jump point of view mid-paragraph without much notice. Too many pronouns were often thrown around making it difficult to tell what applied to whom. There were also a lot of unnecessary descr ...more
Mae Clair
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy novel and this book reminded me of everything I’ve been missing. A great plot, strong characters, cryptic visions, a quest, adventure, and magic. The writing is polished, the scenes vivid, and the pacing perfect for keeping the reader flipping pages. Truly, an epic fantasy novel with twists and turns aplenty.

The author’s world is populated by humans, elves, dwarves, giants and trolls (among others), and he does a great job of giving each race its own
Staci Troilo
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Fantasy at its Finest

I’ve never written a fantasy story, but I love to read the genre. There’s something about being transported to a different realm where various creatures live in unfamiliar habitats, food and currency are foreign to me, and (almost always) there’s an epic quest.

P. H. Solomon’s THE BOW OF DESTINY fulfills everything I look for in a fantasy and more.

This is the story of Athson, son of Ath, who was raised by elves when his parents were violently killed by trolls and an evil wiz
Denae Christine
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good story

I was very hooked for the first third. Then the book slowed down (two conflicts were resolved that I thought were over too easily). Then the last bit felt disconnected. We had a bunch of small conflicts with the trolls but no real climax. It felt like scrambling around in the dark without accomplishing anything.
The last couple pages were shocking and sad.
I wanted to see Athson struggle more with his fits and seeing things, but it never caused any problems. Oh, take a potion and a magic
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea of the series looks interesting but the characters... God, is Athson a moron! Ok, I can understand him being plagued by his past - after all PTSD is something even fantasy characters may suffer from, but his mindset and behavior is not that of a 20 years old, hardened-by-life man. He behaves either like a 4 years old having a temper tantrum, or like a 14 years old teenager plagued by uncertainty - its really annoying! And the other "suffering" characters are really no better!
I gave it
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a classic fantasy book. If you love quest stories this book it definitely for you. The descriptions are very good and the majority of the characters are well developed. The plot is well developed and the plot twist at the end will get you. Can't wait for the second book to come out ...more
Chris Stoesen
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I really enjoyed the book and was very disappointed when it ended. I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
Nancy Foster
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't take long to get me hooked. While I can indeed understand the quiver of some reviewers that disliked the dour personalities of the heros, I kind of like a change where we don't have the token class clown and the brooding teenager that makes stupid decisions. This novel seems to be written for an older audience (no sex and the worst swearing you'll read here is when Athson yells "dragon balls!").

The premise begins with a confusing note. We soon meet Athson, a human ranger that is
William Stuart
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
After a couple of science fiction books, I'm back to fantasy with The Bow of Destiny (The Bow of Hart Saga Book 1) by P. H. Solomon. This one comes from an Amazon recommendation and I'm glad they recommended it!

Synopsis (from the author): Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.

This unique epic fantasy will keep you turning pages as Athson discovers his destiny is both inconvenient and unavoidable.

Athson has seen things that aren't there and suffered fits since being t
Mar 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read2018
I got a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

For a first book in a series, I found it okay. I think the problem was I read it after reading a fantastic fantasy and I was unfairly comparing it.

This book has a good story plot, the characterisation is well developed and the writing was okay. I know that other people really enjoyed the book but it did not capture me.

Overall, I do not regret reading it and I would recommend it.
Paul Morley
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given this as a free copy and was pleasantly surprised.A good solid fantasy novel very much in the vein of Lord of the Rings.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic adventure!

This is the beginning of an epic adventure (think Lord of the Rings) with none of the characters in this group without an amazing past or secret (or both) trying to stay alive and defeat evil. Throw in lots of unexpected twists and a spark of young love, and you have quite a tale! I was not required to write a review for this free book.
Bianca Scharff
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This felt like a fun adventure story it reminded me of Lord of the rings but was so different in that the main character has PTSD which I loved and had a tell that his PTSD was starting again when he would see a dog that was not real named Spark. There was something that was just great about a fantasy character who actually had PTSD from the Fantasy violence he endured in his life. This is something you never see in a book. Usually a character goes through a brutal battle or rough childhood and ...more
Autumn Birt
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
First off, let me say this book has one of the most absolutely gorgeous covers out there! I was drawn to the story because of the cover for sure, which I can’t always say (or always use to judge). And the blurb is really good too. I’m drawn into the challenges Athson faces and emotionally invested around the time I read “tragically orphaned as a child.” P.H. Solomon gets points for both of those right off the bat.

I loved the fact that the main character in Bow of Destiny is basically suffering f
Micki Peluso
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Bow of Destiny; The Bow of Hart Saga Book 1

By P. H. Solomon

Athson, son of Ath, has been living with the Elven Rangers since his family was killed along with his whole village 10 years ago. Savage Trolls showed no mercy, and serve a Wizard who is beholding to a vicious Dragon. As a young boy the massacre leaves him with spells in which his dead family appears to him, including his dog, Spark. The elves give him a potion called Soul — Ease which help during his ‘fits,’ and has to be used often
James Bizzell
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you love Fantasy stories about Rangers, then this is the book for you! There’s plenty of camping, tracking, hiking, and evading pursuers in the woods. Throughout the first half of the book, you can practically smell the wood-smoke, feel the dew on your pillow, hear the footsteps on pine needles. It’s cool when the heroes’ traveling party uses scouts to stalk ahead, looking for trouble, or where hunting parties take hours or days to track each other down before a vicious fight.

And there’s ple
C.p. Bialois
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been waiting for this since reading the prequels, and it was well worth the wait.

The author kept enough of the story a mystery until the right time while maintaining an engrossing story full of description and heartfelt love and angst. One of the highlights for me was the way the story started off with Athson having some difficulty before gradually moving away from some of the elements. I would say more, but I don’t want to spoil it. Sorry.

The characters were well written and engaging to th
E.A. Walker
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This is very much part one of a series, which for me was the worst thing about it. However, Solomon writes with a vigorous imagination and pays attention to atmosphere. The story is ultimately engaging (although too much information is given through Athson's feverish thoughts in the first few pages, which this reader found confusing). There is good tension, and good pace except, perhaps, where there is a little too much camping and watch standing - but Solomon has managed to keep this from becom ...more
Maggie Thom
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting read. Atheson is an interesting character because he really struggles with what's real and what's not. He's never sure if what he is seeing and hearing are fact or fiction. His medication, when he remembers to take it, seems to help him manage this. In the midst of this he finds himself on a quest that is stopped or threatened by trolls at every corner. And then he has the dark wizard and the dragon to deal with, along with his hallucinations. There is a lot of action and ...more
Stephen Levesque
I found this book to be a very entertaining and interesting read. Athson reminded me of Aragorn at times (which is a very good thing), and Solomon creates a rich and descriptive world for readers to immerse themselves in. The premise in my opinion was unique, complex and riveting all at the same time. I was really rooting for Athson to find himself and discover a happier life, leaving his haunting past where it belongs - in the past. The cover is great too. I think it really encompasses the sto ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot was okay. It was his writing style that I couldn't deal with. It did not work for me . A lot of nonsense sentences. At times I had to reread the sentence to figure out who or what he was talking about. The Goodreads member Hayley says it best in her review. His editor completely failed him. ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

The epilogue killed an already irritating story. The hero is such a dope. He comes to conclusions with no basis in fact. The withling behaves normal, so do the dwarves, but the hero and heroine act like they're manics. Won't be reading any more.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too much. Too many dreams- nightmares. Boring
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

Pretty Good Reading Can't Wait To Read The Next One Mr Solomon
Would Like To Get For Free On My Kindle Fire
Al Burke
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Epic fantasy that ticks all the boxes (almost).

Okay, this isn't quite paint-by-numbers epic fantasy, although it's close, but there's enough good stuff in here to separate it from the pack and earn it that award it won a couple of years ago (see bumf above). The plot revolves around the usual destiny deal, with a teenager being sent on a perilous mission to retrieve the titular Bow of Destiny. It's all in here - a dragon (the big bad kahuna), underground dwarven cities, trolls and goblins, even
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-kindle
The Bow of Destiny by P.H. Solomon encompasses all things I love about traditional epic fantasy: a large cast of characters (including giants, elves, trolls, a noblewoman in disguise, and a lowly boy who has great potential), a quest, and loads of fighting scenes. The story surrounds our main character, Athson, whose family was murdered when he was a child, leaving him to be raised by elves (Athson is human). Since this tragic event, Athson has been dealing with hallucinations of his family memb ...more
Harmony Kent
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an epic fantasy the likes of which I haven’t read in years. It grabbed my attention immediately and kept it firmly in its grip. I finished this book in two sittings, which says a lot at somewhere in the region of 350 pages. I got a copy via KU, and would have given a solid 5 stars if not for the many sentences with missing words, as well as hyphens trying to do the job of dashes, all leading to re-reading being needed to make sense of the narrative at those points. Apart from those hiccu ...more
Mar 07, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Bow of Destiny was a book that didn’t meet my expectations. It had a standard fantasy plot, taking place in a standard fantasy world. The blurb hinted at a more compelling story, with a protagonist haunted by his past. Instead, the protagonist was one of the least likable characters and the plot was fairly predictable. The writing needed work and the ending feels both anti-climactic and unearned. I found aspects of the story intriguing, including the magic system, and enjoyed many of the sid ...more
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