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Dawn of War (Blood War Trilogy Book 1)

Dawn of War (Blood War Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Marquitz
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For hundreds of years, the bestial Grol have clawed at the walls of Lathah without success. Now armed with O'hra, mystical weapons of great power, they have returned, to conquer.

Witness to the Grol advance, Arrin can abide his exile no longer. He returns to Lathah, in defiance of death, with hopes to save his beloved princess and the child born of their illicit affair. He finds her unwilling to abandon her people. At her behest, Arrin searches for a sanctuary for them only to be confronted by the Sha'ree, a powerful race long thought gone from the world. Through them, he learns it is not just the Grol that threaten the land.

Empowered by a magic never before seen, the savage nations spread chaos and ruin across the realm. With Lathah under siege, and the world on the brink of cataclysmic war, Arrin must strike a deal with the Sha'ree to take the fight to the Grol, or forever lose his one true love: his family.

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Grave digger turned horror author.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4770 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tim Marquitz; 2 edition (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0059HAUW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,503 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Raised on a diet of Heavy Metal and bad intentions, Tim Marquitz has always been interested in writing, but it wasn't until about 1995 the urge became a compulsion. However, it would be many years later before the ability matched the interest. Fortunately, the two have reconciled...mostly.

Writing a mix of the dark perverse, the horrific, and the tragic, tinged with sarcasm and biting humor, he looks to leave a gaping wound in the memories of his readers.

A former grave digger, bouncer, and dedicated metalhead, Tim is a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts, and fighting in general. Involved in the Live Action Role Playing organization, Amtgard, since he was fifteen, he derives great pleasure from bashing people into submission.

He lives in Texas with his beautiful wife and daughter.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read 20 Dec 2012
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Easy to read free book, part one of a series. I may pay for the next few in the series, despite the occasional spelling mistake and typo's. These detract a little from an otherwise enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 12 Sep 2012
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Great story, well paced and good development. It has all the makings of a great trilogy. This book left me wanting more. Will definitely read the next one. The only criticism I have is the great number of characters and races- you really have to pay attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 28 May 2014
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This was a damn good read. I had been looking for a great fantasy adventure series for a while, with that epic feeling, but nothing was doing it for me until i found this. Couldn't put it down. Really looking forward to the next one
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to the trilogy 22 Jan 2014
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I took this book away with me on a business trip and found I could not put it down. The author adeptly manages to control a number of plot threads without it spinning out of control and I constantly found myself eager to find out what would happen next.

The pace continues throughout the second book and I am currently on the third. A great read all round!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Brutal Epic Fantasy 20 Aug 2011
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I have read quite a few works by Tim Marquitz and Dawn of War certainly reaches that high standard that I have seen in his other books. This is Marquitz's first attempt at Epic Fantasy and it's a very good one, the writing is of the highest standard, the characters are interesting and relatable, and the story is deep and complex.

I had a few issues with the continual rotation of viewpoints, and I think there were too many viewpoint characters introduced at the start of the book, but once you get through the first third of the book, Dawn of War settles into a more natural rhythm and really becomes a joy to read. If you like epic fantasy then you will like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read 24 Dec 2011
By Nayan P - Published on
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I was introduced to this author through the Demon Squad series where I really liked the way the author weaved humor in all his narrations. Was quite intrigued to know how Tim handles a completely different genre.

Unlike the Demon Squad series, this book has quite a serious undertone to it. Although, the story gets predictable at times, but the narration still holds you to it. Where Demon Squad was pure unadulterated entertainment from start to finish, this book does have its ups and downs. While it is really a 3* book for me but considering that Tim has been very generous by letting the readers get a free copy (this is available on Amazon kindle for $0), I think this book definitely deserves a 4*. If you liked Tim's Demon Squad series then this book is definitely a MUST READ!!

Will look forward to reading the next book in the series.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drawn like a moth to fire 21 Oct 2011
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I could not put this book down, even though there is quite a few points of view the author really keeps you hanging by the seat of your pants, waiting to find out what happens at each turn of the page. The main character is a badass but so are most of the other supporting characters as well. In this book your imagination can take hold of some radically different bizarre creatures and features of the world. I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! You won't be sorry you downloaded it. 15 Jan 2012
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This is a very good book. I was hooked in almost record time. I read it almost every moment I could until I finished it. The characters are interesting, and you want to know more about them. You get caught up in their struggles and care about them. The world is interesting, as is the relationship of the various races that inhabit it. Good stuff all around!

The stuff that kept me from giving it 5 stars:

I think a 5 should be reserved for near perfection anyway. Only one of a hundred or maybe even one of a thousand should get it. Other than this, I found the way you go back and forward in time because of new perspectives of other characters somewhat cumbersome. I thought the characters could use a little more depth, though I appreciate that action was favored with details thrown in at very prudent times. I would have appreciated a little more magic, or explanation of it, and also more depth on the religion that seemed central to both but was left very vague. I could pick out some other details, but it would be just nit-picking. I felt obligated to explain my sub 5 star rating. In addition, I like reviews that have "pros & cons."

What is most telling I think, is that when book 2 comes out, I will buy it and read it the moment I hear about it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun but forgettable 20 Mar 2012
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Marquitz has an interesting premise. He's got an interesting world with a comatose goddess and twin moons that cause all rivers, lakes, oceans, etc to boil every so often. He's got some cool magical artifacts and a number of diverse characters. Add it all together and what do you get?

A fairly flat story.

Part of it's the writing style. Marquitz tries to be a little too flowery at times. Instead of clever, however, it came across as annoying most of the time. Another problem is the scope. Admittedly, Blood War is a trilogy, which allows for some expansive writing. Memory, Sorrow & Thorn is a good example of how this can work very well. But Dawn of War feels like it lacks focus. It's broad instead of deep. I think the story could benefit from scaling back. Pick a few of the best nations -- human and non-human -- and focus on those. Most of the rest are so sketchy and similar as to run together anyway. The same goes for individual characters. This is an approach that worked fairly well for Wizards First Rule.

I picked up Dawn of War free on my Kindle. If the other two came free, I might read those, too.

If I can remember to look.
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