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The Arkaelyon Chronicles Vol 1; (Book 1 & 2); Druid's Bane & Maig's Hand [Kindle Edition]

Phillip Henderson
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The Arkaelyon Chronicles Vol 1.
(Contains both Druid's Bane & Maig's Hand)

Druid's Bane (Book 1)   (13 reviews  4.6 /5)

The Illandian Spring Tournament is about to reach its crescendo, and with the king's only daughter, Danielle de Brie, and her twin brother, Kane, preparing to face each other in the tourney ring for the deciding match the citizens and nobles of Arkaelyon's capital city are in a fever of excited speculation.

Determined to free herself from the fear her twin brother has always provoked in her and to show the world that men such as Kane de Brie can be defeated, Danielle has every intention of making her brother's title her own.

But even as the two royals climb the stairs to Illandia's famous dueling ring, Danielle has no idea that a rescind coven of druids are about to change her world forever or that the deep animosity between Kane and her is fated to plunge the realm into civil war.

A dream the night before is the only hint she has of the dangerous manipulation that is stirring in the shadows of her father's realm. But the frightful vision is so diabolical that she writes it off as likely the product of her fatigue after a hard fought week of competition and the fact she is about to face her greatest fear in the tourney ring.

But when she makes passing mention of the dream to the Lord Protector, Father Joseph's response and the secrets he and a priestly order protect are destined to set her on a desperate and perilous path to prevent the fulfilment of a prophecy that if realised will not only see to the destruction of her father's kingdom and every land on the continent-but herald the rise of an ancient and tyrannical order of Larniusian Druids who have waited centuries to restore the authority of the dark goddess across the face of the world.

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Maig's Hand (Book 2)   (4 reviews  5/5)


With his world in ruins, Kane must either run and hope monastic and royal assassins do not find him, or accept the Archbishop's offer and embrace high treason.

While the opportunity to replace his father as Arkaelyon's king and bring bloody revenge down on his sister's head is appealing--more than appealing, the prospect of being a pawn in a thousand year old struggle between Orthodox Goddians and Larniusian druids disturbs his atheist sensibilities, and more so when he learns the price he must pay to be Maig's Hand.

Meanwhile, Danielle's search to find the truth of her dream and the disturbing prophecy it contains continues with her usual gusto. However, the truth she finds could cost her James' love, destroy her parent's reputation and rob Eden of his birthright. More still, her persistence will see the streets of Amthenium run red with blood and force her into a deadly showdown that will change her life and the lives of those she holds dearest forever.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1371 KB
  • Print Length: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Acclaimed Books; 2 edition (23 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XTS5QK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #419,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 22 Mar. 2012
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This is a good story with interesting, well-defined characters who engage the reader, and an interesting story with plenty of details and attention to plot. The first few chapters are a bit awkward perhaps, but things definitely settle in after that, well worth a read. My only gripe is that the author consistently uses the incorrect words throughout the story - the use of "sort" instead of "sought" occuring every time the word is used, but there are other examples scattered around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining fantasy omnibus. 19 Mar. 2012
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This is an omnibus edition previously published in two parts as
Druids Bane
Maigs Hand.

Part one Druids bane deals with politics in the realm of Arkaelyon and the emnity beweeen princess Danielle and her brother Kane. One is destined to become Maigs hand and the other Druids bane. Their destinies are entangled with the ancient struggle between the Larnian and Kathusian druids.

Danielle is the champion of the people and her brother deeply in cahoots with the greedy nobles of the realm and a corrupt archbishop. Just as on is a champion for the mother goddess and the other the hand of death - they also champion opposing philosphies of rulership.

This long emnity has culminated in a tournament where each hopes to best the other in a show of arms. Each will face the other in the arenas of their choice - the political and the martial and only one will prevail.

The book is a study of opposites, bother and sister are opposed to each other in every meaningful way, physically , politically and philisophically. While the characters and politics are very well written for a fantasy novel the culmination of book one is decidedly downbeat.

Book Two Maigs Hand sees the brother and sister manifested as the named champions of their respective druid factions. Prophecy is coming to pass and each is imbued with power and responsibility. Each faces assassins , intrigue and manipulation by those around them.

The political subtlety and slow pace of the first book evaporates as more outright magical forces take control of the destiny of the pair. The action picks up and is a nice counterpoint to the first book. Together the two books work very well - on their own im not sure Id have picked up book 2 as the first was very slow paced.

Looking forward to further books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A First Class & Epic Novel 15 Feb. 2012
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Not since The Lord of Rings have I been drawn so deeply into a fantasy tale that is so engaging. The author is highly skilled at both writing and story telling, and the plot engages from the very first page with preparation for a 'tourney' between sibling rivals.

This is a 'grown up' story, which contrasts with some of the lighter fantasy novels I've seen. In my view, fantasy requires an edge and this book delivers that by the bucket load. At over 700 pages, it's an epic tale and one that I'm very keen to follow in the next volume. I suspect this is a novel, and author, we'll hear a lot more about.

5 stars without a doubt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arkaelyon chronicles 24 Oct. 2012
By Alan G
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First few chapters had me fed up and I almost deleted the whole book. Decided to carry on after I'd read all my other books. It did get better, in fact quite exciting although the repeated captures, escapes, captures, rescues, captures and constant failures did get tedious, although they were exciting and nerve wracking. I would say though that for £0.00 price it was a very good buy, although why anyone would pay for the two books separately when they're free as one book is beyond me?
Alan G Gardner
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3.0 out of 5 stars poor bang for the buck 2 Oct. 2011
By Brian Chrisman - Published on Amazon.com
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I did finish this novel, though at times it was difficult.
I now wish that I had read the first book separately, instead of as part of this combined novel.
So get this... there's a prophecy... actually... a few prophecies... in fact, I'd say there's a 'Plethora of Prophecies' scurrying about, intertwined in this dense and difficult book.
The writing was clean enough that I made it through without too many 'hiccups'.
But roughly the first half of the combined book is an exercise in various difficult-to-distinguish characters falling all over themselves to establish exactly how fair, liberal, equitable, and just-generally-democratic they and their close companions are. Of course, all of these characters are hereditary rulers of various kingdoms and duchies, and the resulting irony is left entirely to the reader.
This book wasn't bad, but I'm not going to read further installments. In my estimation that merits 3-stars (see below), though I don't have any doubts that certain readers will love this series and others will consider it an abomination.

UPDATE:
Author plans alterations to material that brought my review from 3-stars to 2-stars. Updating my rating accordingly. I imagine refinements and changes may make quite an impact on the book overall. As an additional note, it's nice to find indie-authored books like this which aren't littered with grammatical catastrophes. :)

(A portion of this review has been removed because it will no longer be relevant.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 21 Jun. 2012
By Kat - Published on Amazon.com
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I downloaded this book not positive of what I would get since it was two books in one. I was not disappointed. The author drew me in and kept me interested until the very end. Very talented author. Cannot wait to read more from him. :)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading 6 May 2012
By Patg - Published on Amazon.com
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I received the chronicles (1st 2 books) free from the author (thank you, Phillip!). Sci-fi is my genre of choice so I don't read a lot of fantasy. I really enjoyed the author's 1st 2 books, though. These books are extremely well written. The author has a lot of characters which are very well developed and an incredible amount of detail in these 1st 2 books and yet, unlike many authors, he manages to keep every thing straight. Editing and proof reading are very well done. I've gotten hooked and will read any subsequent books by this author. This author has a lot of promise and,it seems, a long and fruitful career ahead of him.

A very good read and I highly recommend the 1st 2 books (and not just because I got them for free!).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly loved this book- 26 April 2012
By Nicky - Published on Amazon.com
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Where has this book been hiding? I am thrilled to have stumbled onto this novel. Vivid & gritty the author breathes life into every page. So few fantasy books feel as realistic-if you are a fan of George R.R. Martin & the like than I highly recommend this 2 bk volume.You know you've found a gem when you become almost more interested in the nastier chacters than the heros. Oober thanks to the author for amazing book and I am looking forward to future titles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colossus 28 Feb. 2012
By Michael Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is from: Druid's Bane (The Arkaelyon Chronicles, Book 1) (Paperback)
I have never been a fan of Fantasy novels, but agreed to read this as a kind of a challenge. I'm glad I did for I find Phillip Henderson has a gift, and is indeed a rare talent. His style of writing is on a level with almost all of the wordsmiths I have read, and I've read many over the years. This is a novel that would sit comfortably on the book shelves along with other giants of the genre; even with historical novels of repute. Druid's Bane is so well written that it seems remarkable that Henderson has been able to hold together the various warring factions in this epic and not lose sight of the major thread running through it; the battle between good and evil. The main character is Danielle de Brie, the Lady Brie who strides like a colossus through the epic battles that flood the story. She has a healthy passion for the love of her life, James Sydney, and for the common folk who she would defend with her life if necessary. Indeed, throughout the story, Danielle is called upon to fight against the evil that stalks the land of Arkaelyon and beyond in a conflict that is riven with inherited evil, demonic sacrifice and family bitterness. This is a powerful novel and should elevate Henderson to stand shoulder to shoulder with his literary peers.
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