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Benjamin Ashwood

(Benjamin Ashwood #1)

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Epic Fantasy at its best. This classic swords and sorcery tale is inspired by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and Tolkien's The Hobbit. If you liked them, you will love Benjamin Ashwood. Life is simple in Ben's small town until an attack brings the arrival of exciting strangers straight out of a story. Before Ben understands what is happening, he embarks on a dangerous journ ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published November 17th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published May 26th 2016)
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True Rating 3.5 stars

This review is based on a digital copy I received from author A.C. Cobble. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

This story does indeed remind me of what I would consider a classic S&S (swords and sorcery) fantasy to be. From the beginning the action starts and it carries straight on through until the end. The main protagonist Ben has very little skills beyond what he would need for a simple life but when given
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Thuan
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

I read this book up to 30% and it failed to grab my interest. The book is not bad but it could use a lot of improvements, such as its prose. However, what made me stopped reading were three things: the way the story was narrated, the lack of an engaging plot and the flat interactions between characters.

First, the story felt like it was summaries of events being told like in book report. Second, the plot is fairly boring and for the 30% that I read, there weren't anything exciting to look forwa

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James Zirkle
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good read for those looking for something that's not exceedingly grim. Ben is worth cheering for while still being believable, and, while you've seen aspects of many of the supporting characters before, they are appropriately chosen and complement the story well. Additionally, the book has only one primary point of view, which is nice if you're looking for a break from constantly jumping between stories. I've read a lot of fantasy, and Benjamin Ashwood is a nice homage to many of the more ...more
Ryan Mueller
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, this book was enjoyable, but not as fast-paced as I would have liked. There were long periods when nothing all that interesting happened. I liked the characters and the hints we got of the world, though. The end of the book was also quite exciting and has me intrigued about the rest of the series.

Rating: 7/10
Shari Kay
Jun 30, 2017 marked it as mercy-rule  ·  review of another edition
Did not hold my attention...I think a younger reader might enjoy it though
Kristina
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good start

Very enjoyable and well written book. The world is well fleshed out. Can't wait to see how the next book proceeds.

The main character, Ben starts out in a small town, but quickly gets into some well intentioned trouble and is given an opportunity to travel the land and learn from some very interesting and well seasoned travelers.
The book ends on a cliffhanger and you will want more.
I like the fact that many of Ben's decisions you could see yourself doing. Bravo, that I didn't have to g
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Steve Scott
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Leona
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie-books, fantasy
This is a sword and sorcery tale, with a good amount of sword and little sorcery. It has a nice action-packed opening, with our hero the farmboy Benjamin helping his village folk battle a demon attacking their village. Shortly after, a strange group shows up, featuring a stern mage lady, a blademaster, an affable rogue and a noble girl with her maid. One can see the Wheel of Time influence, but it didn't feel derivative at all. The characters and the general atmosphere were different enough.

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Chris C
3.5 stars to be fair, not a bad read. Probably aimed more at the YA audience. However, not too bad if your like me and snatch reading time here and there as its quite easy to get back into after leaving for a day, or two.

Feels a little similar to the Wheel of time at the start. Young man (Benjamin Askwood) leaves village with charismatic strangers and explores the wider world becoming involved with a war brewing, involving his new friends. Will no doubt read the rest of the series at some point.
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Doug
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book.

Read in 10 hours. Couldn't put the book down. It was a blast. Fun and well done. Recommend this title.
M. Pickard
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've been reading this book for a while, and, not gonna lie, I was swayed by the ratings when I chose this book. I love fantasy, enjoy epic fantasy, and love the Wheel of Time series.

My first problem is that not only is this book claiming to be inspired by Wheel of Time, but it reads like fan fiction. Now, to be fair, fanfic isn't necessarily bad, in fact, it can be wonderful. But fanfic is written to further those bits of a story the fans wish the author had focused on, or to give alternate end
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C.S. Lane
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well Written Fantasy Adventure!

A C Cobble's novel, Benjamin Ashwood, is a well written fantasy adventure. It seems to be the beginning story of Ben's, the main character's, life and how it all changes when the small town he lives in suffers from a Demon attack. This attack spurs the town to seek the aid of a Demon hunter, but instead, they end up with five mysterious saviors, who slay the demon and heal the injured. Their help comes with a price though. Ben and his adopted sister are the payment
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Stephen
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Benjamin Ashwood is a classic swords and sorcery fantasy novel that chronicles the tale of a young man who finds himself in the middle of an epic struggle. Life is simple in Ben’s small town until an attack brings the arrival of exciting strangers straight out of a story. Before Ben understands what is happening, he embarks on a dangerous journey and begins a saga of his own. Ben starts on the road with a Blademaster, a Rogue, a Lady, a Thief and a Mage. Demons, magic and assassins are just a f ...more
Kathyelizabethannrachalblackman
Really enjoyable quick read

This is a short but very enjoyable quick read of one in a series as yet not completely finished as I understand it. It is a story set in medieval times involving a group of young people who are travelling to a Santuary, where the three girls are to be initiated into some sort of magical/healing society. They are guarded by two highly skilled warriors and the woman who recruited them into service. Also a part of the group is a totally innocent village boy with a keen se
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kartik narayanan
Once in a while, Kindle Unlimited throws up a gem of a recommendation. This is one of those books which I decided to read on a whim. And boy, does it deliver.

This book reminded me of the classics like the 'Sword of Truth' series. Except that, there is an amount of realism that pervades it through out. Characters dont magically learn everything. The hero is not a super-hero. Odds do matter. and so on and so forth.
Curtis
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable Narrative and Story

A well-done rolling narrative. The story is good, the characters are interesting (and not flat), and the world and background all make for quite a good read. The editing is good also, though some modern terms and non-ly adverbs appeared. (I even saw knickers on a horse, but found it funny.) Overall I recommend it; it's a good read, and I look forward to the next book.
David
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
if you are thinking about purchasing this book then you already like the genre. This will not disappoint you, but it mightl surprise the reader in that the main character has no appreciable powers. Very satisfying read with enough resolution to read it now and enough promise to preorder the next book due out this Christmas.
Wayne
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read from a new author

I picked this book up because I could not find anything else to read. I'm glad I did. I encourage you to give this book a try. It was well written, the characters were likable, and the plot was excellent. I enjoyed it so much I pre-ordered the second book due out in December 2016. I hope you give it a try.
JoJo Gozy
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I always forget to look to see if the next one is out. Not till 2017. Picture a sad face. I'm not going to give any spoilers, as a matter of fact, I don't like to say anything except, it was GREAT! Can't wait till next year!
Cory Rose
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Pretty good

Good storyline good characters good dialogue and action, and generally just pretty good. Not the best, seemed to be missing all the little details that make a story really good, like something you enjoyed but knew could have been better.
Jed
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful

The quality of writing is abysmal. It's hardly believable and the situations feel forced. Events happen without any reason and are often ridiculous. It feel like something a 12-year-old would write.
Maria
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Book!

Really enjoyed the book. Good characters and story. The first chapter or two had a glaring need of editing with words missing at the page changes. I did not take stars away in the rating due to the editing. Looking forward to the next book
Jon
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not big on reviews but this was an incredibly well written book by a master storyteller. I highly recommend.
Loren Kuttler
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow

this was an overall spectacular read! that's all there is to say, it is a wonderful book and I am thoroughly looking forward to the next advancement in this story.
Mark Ostroff
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as the Green Rider Series

When I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. It kept me wondering what was coming next. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
James Hockley
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of, ah, Ben. That's right - Benjamin Ashwood. This is a classic fantasy adventure where a small character (Ben) from a small town is thrust into a much bigger world, and discovers something in himself that he never knew he had. Oh, and it's also a love story. This book is set in a richly imagined world, and this world is explored exceptionally in this first book. There are perhaps a couple of head-scratching moments, but overall this is a strong start to what promises to be a g ...more
Artrain
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The review is for the series. I've read 3 books as of now. It will contain vague spoilers, though I will avoid mentioning anything specific.

The first book began on a promising note. The book seemed to have a very Eragon-ish feel (depends on you if you take it in a good way or bad). The main protagonist was also a little similar. But as I went on reading it I quickly realised there was something very wrong with the book. 95% of the portion I was reading was just description and info dumping. Rem
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Ben
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads to read and review.
"Benjamin Ashwood" is a book of mages, sword-masters and demons with sharp claws and long teeth and pointed horns . The plot, set in a mythic country, involves dynastic wars, treachery and deceit, and a love story. Its not bad, its just slow. In a word: Meandering.
The hero of the title is a young man who wins some renown in the village in which he lives by killing one of the above mentioned demons terrorizing the area. In th
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skatoulaki
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently started a re-read of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien is pretty cerebral, so I decided to give my brain a break. I wanted something in the same vein (magic and sorcery, quests and adventures, etc.), so I got Benjamin Ashwood as a Kindle Prime selection. Minor formatting glitches and some minor annoying grammatical errors, but overall I loved the story and the characters. When I finished this one, I read the second in the series as well, mistakenly thinking the third book was alr ...more
Mitchell
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was another Facebook recommended book that popped up on my news feed. In the ad, mind you, it made the comparison to the Wheel of Time series as a mark for the book. Well, they weren't kidding. This book is remarkably similar "The Eye of the World." Small village young people, including a precocious young man? Check. Random visit by skilled adventerers from the bigger cities? Check. Taking the young man along with them (Plus one of the young women from the village who has latent talent in m ...more
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