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A Hero Born (Realms of Chaos #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  477 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
An apprentice swordsman, Locke has ridden the narrow trail to the City of the Sorcerers to see with his own eyes the Ward Walls that hold back the realms of Chaos. It is Locke's dream to become a Chaos Rider, and seek his destiny beyond the Wall. It is Locke's hope that somewhere, in the wildness where time and change rage out of control, his lost father still survives. Bu ...more
Paperback, 421 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Harper Fantasy
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Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
In many ways this was a typical fantasy novel. The story seems based on a typical dungeon crawl, and the acknowledgements by the author bear that out. However the world is an imaginative one divided between a realm of chaos full of monsters and dark magic, while the other half is normal. Those exposed to the chaos realm changed and mutated by it.

An evil sorcerer finds a way over the ward wall that separates chaos and normal realms. There he grabs a mystical weapon, with which he plans to resurr
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I didn't give it five stars because half way through the book they still hadn't even assembled a team to send to Chaos. When they finally got to Chaos and their first battle, I felt like there were only 50 pages left, so it felt like the rest of the story was a bit rushed. For a while there, I thought for sure that there would be a sequel to the book. So I docked a star for the book making me question the length of the book. Despite that, I really liked the author's des ...more
Jacob Smith
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
i really liked "a Hero Born", specially for its originality. the author did a great job on creating his own world with it's own creatures and it's own laws. Of course, every story has been done before, it's how you tell it that makes the difference, and Stackpole does a splendid job of telling it in his own way. Stackple has a wonderful sense of character development, and our hero progesses alot not only in his quest, but in maturity both socially and on the battlefield. there is a wide range of ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm about 2/3rd of the way through, and I'm not going to bother finishing this. There's much more on my shelf that I'd rather get to.
It started out really well with an interesting premise, having the chaos behind the wall, and introducing characters and a realm warped by it but so little was done with it, as it was just brushed aside as "evil, destroy it."

So many exceptions to the world were used just for the sake of pushing the plot and main character forward. We're told early on and numerous t
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
First of all, do yourself a favor and don't skip ahead in the book, you'll ruin it. This story is Stackpole at his best. An original setting, convincingly and logically written. The author clearly considered the implications of the environment he created. The foreshadowing was available without being obvious; characters were well described and seemed to stay within prescribed personalities. The only qualm I had with this book was that toward the end it was hard to keep track of who was alive, wh ...more
Uldene Lawyer
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
it feels like it took forever to get through this book. I first read it years ago and held on to my copy because I really liked it. reading through it again, it's still a good book but the problems with it become more noticeable. the imagry is very vivid but tends to go on and on. and the dialog tends to be a bit stiff. the most interesting thing, and what I remembered most over the years, was the twist at the end. knowing it was coming didn't really ruin the story but made the authors attempts ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This was/is an interesting and entertaining read. My only dislike is the main character seems to be a vehicle through whom the author is basically going "See how smart that idea is? I am so smart. And this thing is witty, I'm witty too. See how witty I am?" Exempting that, I do own the book and reread it every now and again, and not because I dislike it.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Your basic '80s 'I have a sword and a legacy!' RPG fantasy. Nothing catching or compelling about it. In fact, I probably remember more from Weis (sp?) and Hickman's first Dragonlance book (another RPG story, which I only read once back when it first came out) than I do from this book less than two months later.
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I decided to try out Michael Stackpole after reading his X-Wing Star Wars books. This novel is awesome as are his books TALION: REVENANT and ONCE A HERO. Unfortunately, many of his other books I've tried aren't as great.
James Shrimpton
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Barring the pointless expositional initial chapter this started off well but then I found myself steadily revising my rating downwards as it went on. Some great concepts but too flawed in their execution sadly.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really good sword and sorcery tale. Started maybe a bit slow but picked up quickly and kept me reading.
Aug 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Stackpole has a knack for taking basic fantasy themes, and twisting them to create a unique story. This book is engaging and interesting.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was ok. I read it because Isaac liked it. It has a pretty good surprise at the end. I would recommend this book if you like fantasy.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
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An enjoyable but flat fantasy, in classic style. I can't say anything in this book really surprised me, but sometimes that's what you're looking for in a book.
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