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Doors to Eternity (Temple of the Traveler Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Rhine
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Wrestling with giants, tracking evil spirits, and starting a blood feud with heretic wizards—it’s just another day of searching for truth. An epic sword and sorcery mosaic in the style of A Game of Thrones or the Belgariad.

Tashi the sheriff is one of the last priests of the Traveler. Avoiding the Brotherhood of Executioners, he visits ancient temples in order to close the Doors to Eternity—the places where magic creeps into our world. Something went horribly wrong when the Inner Islands erupted, something only a priest can fix. Following riddles from a dead faith and a stolen sword, his quest ignites brushfires of heresy and civil war, making new enemies with every border he crosses. All roads lead to the legendary City of the Gods.

Seasoned with humor and action, this world has been built from the coins and calendars up. Society, magic, martial arts, and even the gods follow strict codes. All the characters see themselves as the hero, even the villains. Listen and they’ll tell you why.

Tashi's quest concludes in "Dreams of the Fallen": the last two temples need to be closed, and each one gets more difficult.

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About the Author

Scott Rhine reads voraciously and enjoys spending time with his family, writing, and solving puzzles. As a computer programmer for the last few decades for major corporations and universities, he holds several patents.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1219 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XMM4XA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scott Rhine wanted to find a job that combined his love of reading with math problem solving, so he studied both short stories and computer languages. As a techno-gypsy, he worked on optimizing some of the fastest and largest supercomputers in the world. A couple of degrees, patents, and children later, at forty-eight, he still didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. When his third publication, "Doors to Eternity," hit #16 on the Amazon epic fantasy list, he decided to become a full-time author. Since then, each book of his "Jezebel's Ladder" series has hit the high-tech science fiction top 100. His highest rated book is the contemporary fantasy "Foundation for the Lost."

Humor is a part of every story he writes because people are funny, even when they don't think so. In the real world, something always goes wrong and people have flaws. If you can't laugh at yourself, someone is probably doing it for you. Strong female characters also play a major role in his stories because he's married to a beautiful PhD who can edit, break boards, and use a chainsaw.

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By Killie
Format:Kindle Edition
Doors to Eternity” is the first novel in Scott Rhine’s “Temple of the Traveler” epic fantasy trilogy. The story is mainly told from the viewpoint of two characters, Jotham who is both a historian and priest and Tashi who is a sheriff of their religion and an acolyte to Jotham. Jotham and Tashi are on a quest to close the doors of eternity but with the kingdoms of their land close to war, their religion outlawed and new enemies appearing with each door they close this is no simple task.

As I have come to expect in a novel by Rhine the majority of the story is told at a blistering pace with a lot of action and adventure thrown in. However, Rhine has actually tried to slow the story down in sections aided by swapping between various points of view. Whilst I commend this as a tool to try and really develop the story and world beyond the entertaining action sequences it does result in the pacing feeling a bit uneven at times. Personally, I think the problem is that the changes in pacing just felt very sudden and abrupt rather than it being a bad thing to have done.

Another issue I had is that it felt like I was being dropped into the middle of a story already being told. For the first part of the book I was busy trying to understand who everyone was and what the world’s mythology was meant I wasn’t enjoying the book as much as I should have. It was just rather confusing which was enhanced by the swapping in view points and the large cast of characters being employed.

Of course once I began to understand who everyone was and how the world functioned I really began to enjoy the journey that Rhine was taking me on. The world, characters and plot are interesting to follow and the myriad of action sequences are all fun and enjoyable.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Fantasy - highly recommended!! 21 Jan. 2012
By K. Sozaeva - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Intricate but paced to allow the reader to get the information in bite-sized chunks, "Doors to Eternity" is the beginning to a story that will delight readers who enjoy epic fantasy, quest fantasy, adventure and well-written stories. The characters are colorful and well-developed, and the plot flows clearly from one point to the next. Rhine has created a world to delight readers - definitely check out this new fantasy world, get to know its colorful characters (I loved the smith, myself) and enjoy the ride!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intricate story with hints of George R.R. Martin 24 Jan. 2012
By Weston A. Kincade - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Scott Rhine's new story is one with great detail in a world you will undoubtedly feel come to life. With hints of George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan's early Wheel of Time series, this is a story you won't be able to put down. As Tashi the Sheriff attempts to understand his own chosen path, so do many others. Where will destiny lead and which gods will prevail? Journey with the vivid characters Rhine creates in this unjust world; see who will wind up on top and who's fate will fall on the shoulders of a boy king striving to fit into over-sized boots. If you are a fan of fantasy, myth, and magic, I highly recommend that you grab a copy of this story soon. The sequels will be out before you know it at the pace Scott is writing.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not normally of fan of this genre, but... 28 Jan. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I am not fond of this genre. Typically, the narrative overshadows the dialogue and one could get lost as the story develops, and I am not one who has the patience to lose hours and several chapters in a setting or backdrop to a story. Scott Rhine, however, is a genius, for he does not write in the aforementioned fashion. Doors to Eternity is not only a world he created from the ground up, it is filled with humor, suspense, and has a touch of a love story. Scott strikes a balance between the necessary narrative and engaging dialogue and treats his readers to a fantastic and thrilling ride through a world that is wonderfully created leaving the reader eager for more. Bravo!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great potiential - could have used more time refining 9 April 2012
By Matthew Marlowe - Published on
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- Full of metaphors and morality plays (character fates tied to their virtues/vices)
- inventive world building and genuinely interesting plot
- interesting events and conversations
- fantasy books need to be long to be good, and this book definitely delivered there.

Not so good:
- Main characters didn't really develop, they are who they are.....there is some back story revealed, but it doesn't cover enough ground to really make you associate with them - the telling is more to support the plot than anything else.
- story is based around myth and the fantastical, but too much of the book revolves around the power struggles of every day people with the amazing stuff used only at the end of each part.

I suspect that if the author had spent another 3-6 months getting additional feedback and reviewing/extending the work, he could have made it 5 star. As it is, it's a wonderful start, but I can only give it 4.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterclass fantasy in the older tradition 4 April 2012
By Melinda - Published on
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I never thought that I would ever have the pleasure of reading new fantasy that matched the class of early Wolfe and Zelazny, but this book has proved me wrong. What a joy it was for me to discover Rhine among the indie authors on Amazon. I read Foundations for the Lost first and loved it -but Doors to Eternity brings me back to those days when great authors were everywhere and reading was sheer pleasure. He has crafted much more than your basic swords and sorcery epic here. I am half way through Dreams of the Fallen and the story just gets better and better. The world-building, the characterization, the subtle magic system, the unique portrayal of the gods and depth of knowledge and imagination, all combine to make this a masterclass work. I am now a fan forever.

Jotham is a historian, priest and master. Tashi - a sheriff, high priest and acolyte. Brent is a 10 year old with startling potential and abilities is also an acolyte to Jotham. The three are on a quest to close the doors of eternity. With each door closed they gain new enemies both human and god-like. Outlawed by virtually everyone, and with contracts out for them, they make their way to the Truth by doing what is right and getting help from some imaginative sources. These characters are skilled and resourceful - even Brent does an amazing job in the bad situations that they willingly walk into.

This series reminds me of The Shadow of the Torturer series be Gene Wolfe only with less obfuscation and a lighter tone. If you haven't read either you are missing one of life's greater pleasures. I would highly recommend this book to people who like to think about what they read. This is not fantasy "lite" with faeries and fun and laughter. This is the real deal -masterclass quest fantasy at it's finest. If you haven't read any - here is a great place to start. Bravo!!! Mr. Rhine and thank you for a pleasure I haven't experienced in ages.
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