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Set in the mythical world of Thran, a young warrior named Brutal Mixnor sets out on an adventure to uncover the truth about his father's mysterious disappearance after a battle years earlier. Some longtime friends and few new acquaintances join him in the search, each with their own reasons for braving the danger-filled wilds of the Cruel Pass. Follow the companions as the ...more
Kindle Edition, 655 pages
Published December 3rd 2018
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Karas Jim
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has a very solid structure, coupled with decent and fundamental character and plot development. The two narratives, that of Brutal, the son, and Anthall, the father, complement one another in a very satisfying manner.
Overall, this book verges on being yet another stereotypical fantasy book, but is rescued by the powerful impact of Anthall's narrative and by the lingering sensation that is impinged on the reader, of a limitless world which opens up in front of the major characters, a wo
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Janet
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first tome reading a fantasy book.
I couldn’t put the book down.
The character development was great. It was helpful to refer to the maps.

I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

Bella Wimmer
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
(No Spoilers) Overall, I thought this was a good Dungeons & Dragons inspired fantasy novel! This book contains a lot of fight scenes, which can be daunting, but were well-written in true D&D style. There is certainly no lack of action here.

This book had a LOT of characters, with multitudes of good, neutral, and evil characters. Something that I look for personally in a story with many characters is their development as a group, which I thought this book somewhat lacked (if you’re looking for a f
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Fiona Davis
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this awesome book! I loved the fact that it shared so much in common with Lord if the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons and Game of Thrones! Tiberius, the half elves and Bealty were my favourite characters by far, Ty and Bealty being so cheeky, funny and capable and the elves, well just so very elf like! Was very disappointed when the book ended! Dying to find out what fate has in store for Arianna and Bealty, as well as the other characters
meagh
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good read, a bit rough around the edges in some places but fun. Like many have noted, you can really see the inspiration from Dungeons and Dragons, so if you are a fan this book is something you will probably enjoy. It is fun to read about the characters starting and progressing in skill and strength in the same manner as they would in a D&D campaign. In fact, I think that this book could probably be adopted into an adventure module down the line for characters level 1-3 :) ...more
mrs nicola cuckow
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great read!! I received this book from Brian McLaughlin as a free review book through Voracious Readers Only. There are many,many,many pages but the interest never wanes!! As this is only book one, there will be more to read yet!!
Wendy Buchanan
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free copy from voracious readers. I found the book to be a bit to busy, but a bit a a unique take.
Rebecca
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I say Thran is an epic fantasy book, I am not kidding! At 655 pages, this novel stands its ground in the fantasy genre. If you enjoy role-playing games you will recognise the format of the narrative and character types. The structure of the narrative is like Dungeons and Dragons, or perhaps a more modern example, Dragon Quest.

One of the biggest factors that I judge fantasy novels on is the world-building. It was very clear to me from the beginning that a lot of work has gone into developin
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Zoe Crowden
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Update: I finished this a little while ago.
3.5-star review- The number of males in the story vastly outweighs the number of female characters, but I’m holding out hope the numbers will grow more equal as the series continues. Thran book 1 starts slow, but picks up in the second half or so, especially as the characters begin to develop.
There’s a lot of D&D and fantasy cliches, but there are hints that some of the cliches being used could be subverted and used to develop unique and interesting i
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Dan Kalin
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Brian McLaughlin has put together a long story, first of the series, built using the methodology of the old Dungeons and Dragons game. That can be a blessing or a curse. If you enjoy seeing all of the touch-points of the Dungeons and Dragons universe as a primary feature, you might enjoy the book immensely. However, if you're like me, I want the story and character development to be first and foremost. For example, when watching a marionette show, you want the story to be so compelling the strin ...more
P. Bellis
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy from voracious readers, and will try to give it my honest review.

The book is heavily D&D/RPG inspired, maybe a bit too much for my taste...

Let's start with the good:
Brian does a good job at describing places, scenes and people in a colorful and interesting way - not all writers manage this, making things kinda flat.
Also the premises for the story seem very interesting.

The not so good:
Names - names of places, rivers, mountains are just weird and 'off'. Why would a loving a
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Karen
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*I received a complimentary free copy from the author through voracious readers only*
I enjoy a few good fight scenes that further the plot with more focus on character relationships. This novel focused more on the action and the fighting sequences, which isn't bad it is just not what I enjoyed. The story is split into current time and three years prior, switching point of view from one character to another frequently. I would loosely compare the story idea to The eye of the World by Robert Jorda
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Abi
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but it felt a little too much like a game of D&D, especially during the fight scenes - I could almost see the author rolling the d20 then writing what happened based off of the roll. This made it very story driven with little focus on character development. However, the world and the poltics behind the world were fascinating. The descriptions within it can also be dense and long, slowing down the story significantly. Overall it was an interesting read.
I received a complimenta
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Liza
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a disclaimer, I got a free copy of this book from the author, but that does not bias my review. Overall it was an enjoyable story to read, with good setup for future books. I just took one star away because the storyline was a little slow in the beginning, and there were a few occasional grammatical errors. In the middle of a fight scene, it was sometime confusing how the point of view would jump between characters over a few sentences, but once I got used to that, it was actually nice gettin ...more
Myra Mcculloch
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I it a bit drawn out in places. H found the credibility of some characters lacking. A good basis for further books
Ashley
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the world of Thran. If you want to read a book with fantasy, action and heroics combined with heart breaking sorrow and a quest to seek out a missing father and defeat an unspeakable evil this is definitely the book for you! The characters are easy to get familiar with. I enjoyed watching them flounder in their inexperience with combat and watching them learn how best to use their abilities as a team. Can't wait to see the next one released! Thank you to Brian, the author, for a free ...more
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Brian McLaughlin grew up in northern Minnesota. In the early 80's he was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons by a friend which lead to many hours, days, and years of playing the game. In most cases he was dungeon master, which helped lay the foundation for storytelling. After college and working in the paper industry for over 18 years, Brian decided to try his hand at writing on the weekends. Falli ...more

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