- Libro de bolsillo: 450 páginas
- Editor: Medallion Press (1 de enero de 2010)
- Colección: The Futhark Chronicles
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1605420654
- ISBN-13: 978-1605420653
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The Keepers of Sulbreth (The Futhark Chronicles) (Inglés) Libro de bolsillo – 1 ene 2010
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Take note of the key points: magical medieval fantasy. And in it - a female protagonist. That's my kind of book! For me all the characters were believable - I either loved them or I hated them. I didn't see the twists coming, but they provided great cushion-in-front-of-eyes moments. All I will say is that you will be champing at the bit for the next book! -- Enduring Romance blog website "A delightful, fast-paced save-the-island thriller." --Harriet Klausner, Midwest Book Review "I didn't see the twists coming ... You will be chomping at the bit for the next book." --Gazelle
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In this magical, medieval fantasy, forces must combine to save the kingdom of Futhark from the evil abyss that threatens it. Sitting within this land and high above an unexplored sea is Sulbreth, the seat from which the Otten family has always ruled. Standing next to their throne are the Keepers, gifted sorcerers who hide a guarded truth only the king understands. When Prince Jonared takes the throne, he also inherits a tragic and dark shadow ready to befall his land. He and the Keepers summon Sabelline Shelton, a rare sorceress gifted in metallurgy, for a duty she has always feared. But even her exceptional talents are not enough to forestall the soulless enemy issuing forth from the dark places of Futhark. When Cage Stone enters Sulbreth in a tournament to secure his sister's future, he too is called by a prophetic destiny to help fight the otherworldly foes and renew the seals that protect their kingdom.Ver Descripción del producto
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Cage Stone is the "Aragorn" of this tale. He's a stud that every woman would have a picture of gracing the bedroom wall. A man could only be so lucky to be built like Stone. But on top of that, he's an incredible athlete with part Elven blood. Although he could sleep with any woman he wants, he doesn't abuse his ability to deflower girls because, well, he's a bastard. And in the kingdom of Futhark, even if you look like a tattooed Ryan Gosling, you are still one rung beneath someone who knows who their father is.
Cage wears the shoes of "hero" in this story really well. I liked him almost instantly. And by participating in the tournament, he gets chosen for some awesome magical enhancements that involve extensive tattooing of his entire naked body. But they only make him look prettier (think eyeliner for bold long eyelashes). Enhancements like super vision, super speed, and well...you get the picture.
The women who do this magic are the Keepers, and I found Gourley's magic system fascinating. I liked the idea of weaving spells into tattoos. Sabell is the female lead in this book and does most of the needlework on Cage's flesh. She's an intelligent, vulnerable, and sexy spellcaster that is none too experienced with men. Good thing Cage is a gentleman because they are commanded to learn to sleep together for protection since a magical blanket that can bestow invisibility to those underneath it is only so big.
Gourley also knows how to create monsters. There's an undead creature in this book called a gromf that is REALLY well done. This isn't just a passage where a writer says "a zombie attacked and the warrior killed it." It's a bonafide well thought out horrific creature with sagging skin, rotting teeth, and a smell that could knock over a horse. the gromfs are magically created assassins...demons...and if they claw or scratch you, it's fatal. You become one of these horrible things and nothing can save you. They're capable of surprising bursts of speed, of hiding their own stench and even their own presence if that is the intent of the one that sends them. And the gromf ends up being scary. It's a fitting end when one turns on a woman that completely deserves her fate. I guess that's what you get when you play with dark magic.
The book ends with a cliffhanger. We are left with our hero Cage and the lovely spellcaster Sabell entering a tunnel that goes to someplace most people would choose to avoid. I can only imagine the horrors that await. It's probably a good thing that Cage is such a good warrior. He's probably going to need every bit of his strength and every bit of her magic just to keep them alive.
"Keepers of Sulbreth" is a five-star read for those of you out there who love epic fantasy. Gourley gives every minor character in this book a role to play, and each has a personality and motivation that is distinctly their own. She's like a female George R.R. Martin, building an incredibly intricate and detailed world through the growth of her characters. I'm glad I stumbled across this book and can't wait to read the sequel.
When Prince Jonard becomes the ruler, he learns of the break in the protective seal that could lead to an invasion by monsters. They send the rare female practitioner sorceress Savelline Shelton accompanied by elven half-breed Marshall Cage Stone to close the tear before the soulless enter causing havoc and destruction to the masses. They are destined together to save the nation if they truly are the Chosen One and his Keeper named in an ancient prophesy; if not they will die horribly.
The first Futhark Chronicles is an enjoyable quest fantasy that raises intriguing philosophical questions about whether someone ignorant to critical facts can make real choices. The lead couple is a dynamic pairing of two outsiders; he being illegitimate halfbreed and her being a woman. Although the plot starts off slow as Susan Gourley introduces the audience to her realm, once established, the plot accelerates into a delightful fast-paced save the island thriller.