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Few Are Chosen, K'Barthan Trilogy: Part 1 - ebook (The K'Barthan Trilogy)

Few Are Chosen, K'Barthan Trilogy: Part 1 - ebook (The K'Barthan Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

M. T. McGuire
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Packed with humour and action, and held my attention throughout...
--Between The Pages

I found I was turning pages as fast as I could... there wasn't a single character that didn't engage me. --Motherlode - Grace Krispy blogspot

I really began to appreciate The Pan's self-depreciating humour and sharp wit. --Nigethan Sathiyalingam on The Bookbag Review Site

Packed with humour and action, and held my attention throughout
--BCF Reviews/between the pages

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The Pan of Hamgee isn't paranoid. There must be some people in K'Barth who aren't out to get him it's just that, right now, he's not sure where they are. His family are dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive - getaway driving.

As if being on the run isn't bad enough, when he finds a magic thimble and decides to keep it, he unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K'Barth's despot ruler.

Unwillingly The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs, beliefs he never knew he had until they were challenged. But when he is faced with a stark moral dilemma will his new found integrity stick? Can he stop running?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hamgee University Press; 12 edition (29 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASOS6A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,977 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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M T McGuire is a 46 year old stay-at-home mum. She used to do stand up but sat down to write books when she got married. Sixteen years later, she has finished the K'Barthan Trilogy. She still checks all unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia, which probably tells you everything you need to know about her. She lives in Bury St Edmunds with a McOther a McSon and a McCat.

If you've read any of her stuff, she'd like to say, 'thank you' and hopes you enjoyed it.

Her blog is at and she's MTMcGuireauthor on twitter.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and thoroughly entertaining 21 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As someone who is generally wary of self-published novels I have to admit that I really enjoyed 'Few Are Chosen'. It is light, fun and thoroughly entertaining. The intriguing plot has been well constructed and the unbelievable fantasy characters are, well, believable. It did take me a little while to really get into it, but once the action got underway it became quite hard to put down, especially when I got to the last few chapters. Overall a very inventive and imaginative story and impressive debut. And yes, I will be reading the next instalment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Adventure with a touch of Magic! 4 Oct 2010
I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this book and all I can say is if you like the idea of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials with a little bit of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy thrown in - you'll be hooked on this new fantasy adventure trilogy! I guess it's aimed at anyone from the age of 10 years and up (I'm 34 and loved it and my 13 year old stepson was equally impressed!) M T Maguire has created a really rich alternative universe with great attention to detail and a fantastic set of characters, including a brilliant anti-hero who is on the run from the authorities and has only survived for so long because he has eyes in the back of his head... literally!
This book is fast, fun and fantastical - a great buy for tweenagers looking to fill the gap left behind by the end of the Potter series! Our house can't wait for the second book to come out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 17 Nov 2010
By ks
I love this book. It's a cross between Harry Potter, the Discworld novels and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I've read book one of the trilogy, could hardly put it down, and I want the next one NOW! This book is fast paced and I think M.T. McGuire is a talent waiting to be discovered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a gem and an absolute must-read. 3 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Pan of Hamgee ekes out his existence in a world parallel to our own. Working as a third-tier criminal is the only ambition he can attain, because his continued existence is illegal. Capture by the despotic Grongolian rulers means execution for The Pan. Does the dictator, Lord Vernon, have it in for him personally? The dotty and fanatical Resistance is probably an equally bad (or maybe even worse) option for The Pan.

When The Pan discovers a magic thimble, he hasn't a clue that it will be the key to his world's liberation. He didn't want to be a hero, dangit! He was happy with his accidental promotion to getaway driver. It fit perfectly with his natural yellow streak and talent for saving his own skin. He didn't want to save the world. But to his chagrin he finds that somewhere in deep inside, he has a conscience, and the blasted thing won't let him ignore the cause of Underground or the mysterious girl he sees through the magic thimble.

I found myself smiling like a goof through most of the book. MT's delightful humor and silly names were like a sprinkling of chocolate chips on top of a delicious cupcake. The book's ending had me laughing and annoying my husband by reading him snippets.

MT weaves an endearing tale of cowardice paired with surprising bravery. The true growth and maturing of a dopey young man tugged my heartstrings and tickled my funny bone. Little about this story is typical. I loved the delightful dialects and fantastic, complex political and racial balance. The swearing in the book is priceless, not displaying a lack of imagination, but adding a creative exclamation fitting for the setting. Arnold's Y Fronts!

I couldn't wait to read the next page of this book, and am delighted to recommend it for Awesome Indies!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be chosen 11 Jan 2011
By DruBoy
Format:Kindle Edition
This was my first Kindle Purchase, inspired after reading some of the new author blogs on Amazon in which the author participated. Found the story engaging and amusing, only on page 3 when i first had to laugh out loud. Whipped thru it in 3 days as it was real page turned. Am now downloading author previous short stories and awaiting follow up. Would sit happily on shelf next my Harry Potter and Terry Pratchett books if i had bought hardcopy as has elements of both.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great story telling 26 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
We read this for our book group and having not read this style for some time i was initially wary and struggled with names . Then i got into the story . It was good! Funny, fast paced,well written and very likeable characters it was a pleasure to read. i had it on my kindle and have been gripped the last few days and won't hesitate to get the next in the trilogy. Well done M T McGuire!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Because M T McGuire is a member of the Gumbee Fantasy Writers' Guild I knew that her books would be of a high standard, and other reviewers’ comments were all very complimentary, however, I was surprised and delighted at how quickly I was drawn into this book.

Set in a parallel earth turning every page was a real treat. From the start the main character, The Pan, leapt out of the book. He is a self-deprecating, ordinary Joe who’s only skill is self-preservation. Living outside the law through no fault of his own and wanting nothing more than to be left alone, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the underworld of society in his quest to simply survive.

In style the book is very reminiscent of Douglas Adams’s Long Dark Teatime of the Soul with a touch of Hitchhikers thrown in for good measure. This Si-Fi fantasy is written in a very amusing way but at the same time the plot is interesting and intricately woven.

I can give it no greater praise other than to say as soon as I had finished reading it I was compelled to buy The Wrong Stuff, K'Barthan Trilogy: Part 2 and start reading it.
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