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Highlords of Phaer

(Empire of Masks #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Born a slave, descended of kings, Jareen Velarius just wants to provide the best life he can for his family, but Eidolan is a realm that challenges even the most stalwart of souls. Caught between his masters and those brave or foolish enough to strike against them, Jareen struggles to reconcile his role as a dutiful slave with that of a man who desires to be free. His goal ...more
Kindle Edition, 1, 325 pages
Published August 12th 2016 by Dingo Dog Publishing
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Michael Drakich
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given this book for an honest review.

When I started this book I had some concerns. I did not like the first chapter. I found the dialogue between the two highlord brothers contrived and almost to the point of making me groan. The author then, in the following chapters, dashes around his world introducing a prodigious host of characters and places in quick succession. It took me a while to properly retain the names and places. Unfortunately, there is neither a list of characters or a map in
Trudie Collins
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really good start to a series, easily on par with those of better known authors. I won’t say I couldn’t put it down, but I certainly didn’t want to. A real page turner, as the saying goes. From very early on you begin to like, and hate, the various characters and want to know what happens to them. There are a number of different interwoven story lines, but they are easy to follow and you don’t get lost. Some converge while others will do so in later books. If you enjoy fantasy, you sho ...more
Andy Peloquin
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for an honest review, and I thought I wouldn't enjoy it half as much as I did. I found myself pleasantly surprised.

The main character (Jareen) starts out without much depth to him, but with just enough hint of something simmering beneath his servile façade. When his world comes crumbling down around him, his response is to strike back—a sentiment I found believable and deepened the character greatly.

The world was rich, well-described, and drew me in. I found myself turning t
Radan Petrović
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably a four star book, rather than a five star one, but this series definitely deserves more attention, so I decided to up my rating accordingly.
Miles ahead of most self-published stuff out there.

So, yes... Read it!

I'm not sure what to compare it to, but I had as much fun reading this as I've had reading something like Powder Mage, Mistborn, or Riyria...
Peter Tremblay
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Story

Unpredictable with well developed characters, the story of a complacent slave that becomes the leader of a rebellion, is riveting. The twist at the end is exciting and makes you wonder if you should have supported the protagonist. Excellent.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really good prequel to the series!
Brock Deskins
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Highlords of Phaer is a fantastic prequel to the Empire of Masks series. It details the slave-led rebellion and the creation of the present world and politics of Hedon and the principal land of Eidolan. Jareen Velarius, a slave, uses technology invented by his master to combat the oppressive sorcerer highlords. With nothing left to lose but his life, Jareen will stop at nothing to bring an empire to its knees.
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Brock Deskins was born in a small town located in rural Oregon. At age twenty he joined the army and served as an M1A1 tank crewman, dental specialist, and computer analyst. While in the military he became an accomplished traveler, husband, and father of three wonderful children. Now out of the military he attends college to brush up on his skills as a computer analyst and gain new skills as a wri ...more

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