The Threat of Madness
When his home is attacked, Jakob starts a journey that will take him far from home and everything he has ever known. Studying with a new swordmaster, he gains surprising ...more
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I'm just as confused at the end of the book as I was in the beginning. After reading the reviews for the next in the series, I'm done! It's okay to have SOME mystery in the storyline, but does every character have to be mysterious? No explanations for any of the main characters powers. NONE. Even the so called God's are confused by him. Everything is a secret that no one else can know, including the reader.
This book, and the subsequent two books (which is as far as I got in this seven-part irritation-fest) are just plain bad. Bad bad bad.
I'll give the author this- his writing style is competent. But his characters are paranoid, secretive idiots. I have no idea how many times I've read the phrase 'but he kept that to himself' or 'but they couldn't possibly help with that, so he didn't tell them'. This absolute refusal to share information keeps his characters locked in ignorance, ...more
It took me a while to start enjoying this book, as I found it quite difficult to get into originally. I'm glad I persevered as it ended up being a decent read. Will look to continue reading the series.
I'd advise reading Teralin Sword series before this. Even though the gap seems to be like 20-30 years, it explains a lot of background for the world and characters. Without it, I'd probably need more time to understand everything (and the rating would be 5 or 10% lower).
Good story, even though it can get a bit confusing at times. While it seems that the Desmahne might be the main problem, especially as they are seen within the groups of raiders attacking through the lands, there are more ...more
When his home is attacked, Jakob starts a journey that will take him far from home and everything he has ever known. Studying with a new swordmaster, he gains surprising skill, but also strange new abilities that make him fear the madness which has claimed so many has come to him. He must withstand ...more
The book was free and the author must have paid facebook a Ton to advertise his stuff all over my feed. I slogged through the morass of madness and mystery to the end, finding myself still unenlightened and annoyed at the world. All the bouncing around in visions and being the Super Special Dude with a mysterious sword thay gets sent on a mission... slightly annoying. And don't get me started on the Magi who hold themselves aloof and barely share information within their own ranks... ...more
The arrival of the mysterious Magi, along with their near invincible guardians, signals a change. For Jakob, apprentice historian, and son of a priest longing for adventure, it begins an opportunity.
When his home is attacked, Jakob starts a journey that will take him far from home and everything he has ever known. Studying with a new swordmaster, he gains surprising skill, but also strange new abilities that make him fear the madness which has claimed so many has come to him. He must withstand...more
This book has many secrets and I believe they are deep seeded. The author has a way of weaving in and out about these secrets and he does it very well.
The characters, as you get to know them, are special people. The bad entities are rising into power with little resistance. The main characters (good guys) have to worry about being infiltrated along with all the other issues. Who can they trust?
I shall waste no more time here.
This book goes on my very short Cant Force Myself to Finish shelf!! ...more
A great deal of depth to the characters. Alot of detail given in a manner that leaves you with even more questions than you started with. Looking forward to next book. Writing style has matured and deepened from other series, which were quite good too but this series has the potential to surpass them all.
The first book in tbe series is well written, intriguing, ans got me involved right away. I am not a big fan of polytheism, so I am wondering where this is going. This has been one of the better written tales that I have read in a long time.
At least, though, I was able to actually finish this book. Not sure if I'll bother with the rest of the series, though.
I usually know by the second or third chapter before deciding if the storyline greets me like a new adventure or as a practice in reading.
After several pages I was snagged and the hook sank in! It was often, after a few sentences, that I had missed a chapter change (my way of taking a break to stretch) and continued to the next. Do I recommend this book? Yes. But know this... I am taking a break to stretch, snack and begin Book 2 of The Lost Prophecy series!