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Birthright (The Technomage Archive Book 1)

Birthright (The Technomage Archive Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

B.J. Keeton
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BIRTHRIGHT is the first book in THE TECHNOMAGE ARCHIVE, an epic, world-hopping space opera. (And be sure not to miss LINEAGE, the second book in the trilogy, now for sale on the Kindle store!)

Damien Vennar used to be a god.

As a technomage of the Archive, Damien had the power to create entire universes. Then, five hundred years ago, he gave it all up. He suspended the nanites that made up his bloodstream and began to age—and eventually die—like anyone else. For centuries, Damien has lived among those who once worshiped him, his real identity fading into myth and legend.

Hundreds of years later, when Ceril Bain finds Damien’s old sword buried in his grandfather's garden, he is put on the fast-track to follow in Vennar's footsteps. Over the next six years, Ceril trains as a technomage aboard the Inkwell Sigil, a ship with the ability to travel between dimensions. Just as Ceril is preparing to undergo his Rites and finish his training, the Inkwell Sigil loses power. Stranded in space with no way back home, Ceril and four of his classmates are given their final assignment: go into uncharted territory, find a way back home, and bring back the one person who can fix the ship—Damien Vennar himself.

While away, Ceril and his team find themselves in a predicament when they confuse an attempt at first contact with an attack and kill two of the world’s winged inhabitants. They are shortly captured and imprisoned, and the only thing keeping them alive is their angel-like captors’ belief they may be the subjects of an ancient prophecy about a group of magic-wielding messiahs. But that’s impossible. Isn’t it?



B.J. KEETON is a writer, teacher, and runner. When he isn't trying to think of a way to trick Fox into putting Firefly back on the air, he is either writing science fiction, watching an obscene amount of genre television, or looking for new ways to integrate fitness into his geektastic lifestyle.

He is also the co-author of NIMBUS, a steampunk novel for people who don't know they like steampunk.

About the Author

B.J. KEETON is a writer, teacher, and runner. When he isn't trying to think of a way to trick Fox into putting Firefly back on the air, he is either writing science fiction, watching an obscene amount of genre television, or looking for new ways to integrate fitness into his geektastic lifestyle. He is also the co-author of NIMBUS, a steampunk novel written for people who don't know they like steampunk. It is available on Amazon Kindle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Started slow ok when I got into it. 8 Jun 2013
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I found the beginning and middle section of this story slow and boring. It improved a lot as it got going but it was a little gory in places for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 6 Jun 2013
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An enjoyable read if a little cliched and predictable occasionally but I will read further Technomage books when I get them as some nice surprises turn up in the narration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 4 April 2013
By Just Me - Published on
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In my honest opinion, this is the best book I've read in years. The last time a book has held my attention this much was when I stayed up for 24 hours in 1996 to read all of Tad Williams' Green Angel Tower book in the Memory, Sorrow, Thorn trilogy.

This book took me totally by surprise. Being a self-published book I thought it might have numerous flaws. The only flaw was me thinking that. I'm not saying the book was perfect, but it was amazing none the less. There were only a couple things that I found I did not care for.


1. The Prologue was boring to me. It was uneventful and it almost made me shelve the book. There was a lot of back and forth dialogue that was just slow feeling. That said, chapter 1 hit the ground running and the book never let up from then on.

2. This is my personal preference: I thought the book chapters could've been broken up into large sections or "acts". I was a little confused when the author jumped from new student to 1 year later, then 6 years later. I think larger sections would've helped the tradition for me. Again, this is my personal preference and in no way did it detract from the story.

3. When the author went from new student to year 1, he recapped some Ceril's bullying problems. I feel this recap was unnecessary and redundant. Just a couple chapters before I read the same exact thing. It felt like a TV show season premier recapping the pervious season. Luckily, this was the only time he did this. The reset of the book flowed nicely.


1. At first I thought this was going to be another Ender's Game or Harry Potter type school kid story, but the author surprised me quickly. He kept me on my toes through the whole book. Just when I thought I knew where he was going, he threw me for a loop and kept me guessing. It was amazing and crafty.

2. The characters in the story were bold and stayed out of cliche roles. I felt very connected with the characters, but surprised when they did unexpected things. It was refreshing to have characters unchained from normal formulaic roles.

3. The writing style was balanced perfectly. Not once did I lapse into a comatose speed reading session. The author had an amazing grasp on visual descriptive writing and snappy dialogue. It was refreshing to see the story unfold and not just read words on a page.

All my cons were minor things. They were mainly my preferences and probably more advanced readers would disagree with me. The story though was superb. I've been bored with the stagnant fantasy genre and I never could stomach Scifi writing, but the way the author blends the 2 makes a very riveting story.

I can't say how much I enjoyed this book. I know he has 2 more books left in the series and I can't wait to read them. If you haven't bought or read this book, you should.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very cool blend of sci-fi and fantasy 9 April 2013
By Steff - Published on
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In recent months, I have been taking a greater interest in fiction projects on Kickstarter, and I have the author of Birthright to thank for this. His book was the first project I've ever backed, and since then I've had the joy of discovering more authors, both independent and established, who have turned to such crowd-funding sites as an alternative to traditional publishing.

Not to mention, sites like Kickstarter are also beneficial for writers with great ideas who plan to put out their work by themselves -- writers like B.J. Keeton, with his novel that plays with genre conventions. Birthright was successfully funded in the summer of 2012, and all the hard work came to fruition earlier last week when the completed book went up on Amazon and backers like myself found ebook copies in our inboxes.

Birthright is the first book of a planned science-fiction/fantasy trilogy called the Technomage Archives. It begins with main protagonist Ceril Bain's discovery of a mysterious sword buried in his grandfather's garden. Gramps identifies it as a Technomage sword and tells Ceril stories about these high-tech wizard-like members of the Charonic Archive.

Six years later, Ceril is himself preparing to become a full-fledged Charon in his own right, after training and being educated aboard a space ship capable of inter-dimensional travel, called the Inkwell Sigil. However, right before he can begin the final step to become initiated into the order, the Sigil loses power and becomes stranded in space. Together with four of his fellow classmates, Ceril must embark on a mission into uncharted territory to find a legendary Technomage who may be the only person alive with the power to help them.

Know that famous quote from Arthur C. Clarke about any sufficiently advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic? I keep seeing this book's premise as an exploration of that very idea, with its creative blending of sci-fi and fantasy elements. This hybrid-genre book is unlike any I've read before. The "science-y" bits are fascinating and imaginative, always piquing my interest to find out more details behind the technology. At the same time, so much about the Technomages are magic-based and shrouded in mystery, enough to keep the hardcore fantasy fan in me happy and in her comfort-zone.

Like many self-published works, I think the book can benefit from additional rounds of editing and revisions just to sort out the pacing, tighten up the plot and tweak things up a bit, but I'd imagine writing and putting out a book on your own can't be easy or cheap. Bearing in mind it is an indie author self-published book, I really do think Birthright is quite fantastic as it is. The only real rocky part I felt was towards the beginning, before the "Six Years Later" kicks in and we skip ahead to Ceril's life aboard the Inkwell Sigil. Still, the marked difference almost makes me think this might be deliberate, to reflect Ceril's young age and innocence at this earlier stage in time, his simple and naive way of looking at the world and people around him. In fact, while reading the first few chapters of the book, the point-of-view and tone made me think Birthright was meant to be a Young Adult novel.

However, this definitely shifts as soon as we skip ahead the six years, which occurs about a quarter of the way into the book. It is noticeable enough that it almost feels like Birthright has an unspoken Part I and Part II. For me, it's like the book actually starts at this point six years later, when the plot picks up, the action and adventure begins, and Ceril grows up to become a more complex and interesting character.

Speaking of which, I find there really are no standard "cookie-cutter" protagonists in this book, and that's a good thing; like real people, they are multi-faceted and sometimes so hard to pin down. So many times I found myself shocked (for better or worse) with a character's decision when they do something completely unexpected, which keeps me wondering and on my toes. Ceril himself is not someone I would at first think of as a hero or even a leader (he's always saying things like how he has no desire to become a soldier because he doesn't want to risk himself, or that he doesn't want responsibility for other people's lives, not to mention he's the kind of person who would carelessly sleep through an alarm on the most important day of his life) and it's fascinating to see him grow into the role.

Finally, as a big fan of massively multiplayer online games, I was also really geeking out at the book's description of "Instances" and of the way the characters would travel to and between these "pocket-universes" that exist in the same physical space as one another by using swirly-looking portals. The author admits to being an avid MMO player on Birthright's Kickstarter page, and it's always such a treat to read books by a fellow gamer and see gaming references and nods to MMORPGs in their work. If he decides to do another Kickstarter for the sequel, I would definitely pledge my support again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining! 10 April 2013
By Jason Black - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
From one who have stuck primarily to the realm of fantasy I found this foray into the sci fi/fantasy realm to be an extremely enjoyable ready. Completed the book in two days and I'll definitely be getting the next installment when it comes out. You won't be disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 27 July 2013
By Brad - Published on
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It really blows you away kinda had a Star Wars type feel the characters really evolve and become deeper as time progresses can't wait for the next one
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent read 5 Jun 2013
By Jason Knepper - Published on
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This was a well-constructed, easily followed sci-fi novel. It's a solid beginning to the series, and I'm interested to see where the author goes with it next. Anyone that complains it doesn't really break new ground needs to be reminded that you have to establish a solid base and then branch out.
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