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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. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASOS6A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,994 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Hello, I'm M T McGuire. I grew up half way up a down but now I live in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk with my family and a huge, hairy cat called Chewbacca. (Mwah ha ha haargh. You thought I was going to say 'pussy' didn't you?)

I write humorous fantasy fiction. If I came to stay at your house, I'd be the one who checks the wardrobe in your spare room for a gateway to Narnia. That's probably all you need to know about me really.

If you've read my writing, thank you, I hope you enjoyed it. If you like my stuff keep up to date at and I'm MTMcGuireauthor on twitter.

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6 of 6 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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6 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Few Are Chosen 14 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Pan of Hamgee is a coward. This comes in very useful when he's on the blacklist and has only his wits and his cowardice to keep out of trouble and stay alive. However he soon gets caught up in the very trouble he's avoiding.

Even though I knew I'd like this book, it took me a few goes to get into it. As it's an other worldly adventure, I kept getting thrown by mention of characters' greenness and antennae. But once I got used to that and once the heist got going, I got carried along myself.

This was a gently funny story. I liked the characters of Ada and Gladys as they seemed to know more than they let on. The Pan was likable enough and made a lot of sense in his trying to keep out of trouble.

I had a problem in that the story ended kind of in the middle of a bit of action. The first chapter of the next book was included and that wrapped things up a little better. I think if that first chapter was this book's last chapter, then it would have been more satisfactory and tidy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TheBrit
I've given this work five stars because it's a very imaginative story and is very well written. Not sure that it's exactly my thing and it took me a while to get into it, but I'm... Read more
Published 3 days ago by The Brit
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun
Yep, I liked this book. Madcap, irreverent, a lot of fun. Well worth a read. It won't be to everybody's taste (though the book that is has yet to be written), but you won't know... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Sam Kates
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pan of Hamgee cracked me up...
At first I thought what the hell is The Pan of Hamgee, and more precisely what is a Hamgean? (Obviously I hadn't read the prequel). Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. M. Donaldson
5.0 out of 5 stars Humour abounds
Many giggles and laugh out loud moments but also great dollops of thought provoking interactions amongst the characters. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P E
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and inventive
Having lost patience with the Harry Potter books I did wonder if I would enjoy this, given the references in the previous reviews. Read more
Published 10 months ago by PeterWh
4.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly entertaining read
I found "Few are chosen" a thoroughly entertaining read from the start, and loved the introduction to the accident prone Pan of Hamgee. Read more
Published 10 months ago by david staniforth
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and hilarious
Oh no! What an ending. . . can't believe I've been left hanging like this. So i don't spoiler this to hell on the very first paragraph, I'll shut up now. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lily Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Fantasy Fan
With 'Few Are Chosen' I've discovered that I should have been paying more attention to fantasy fiction these past several years since Harry Potter. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lex Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Bang for your Buck
This is a very enjoyable book in the Terry Pratchett or Jasper Fforde style, popping with one-liners and anarchic action. Read more
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