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Red Leaves and the Living Token [Kindle Edition]

Benjamin David Burrell , Marlene Moss
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

NEW EDITION: New Cover, New Glossary, and New World Map
Book 1 - Omnibus (Part 1, 2, and 3)

-Recipient of the indieB.R.A.G. Medallion.
-Awesome Indies Honoree

Reviews for Red Leaves and the Living Token


"The characters were well thought out, realistic, and touching to get to know.
...Overall this was a surprisingly good book ...Really, just beautifully worded, bravo to Burrell."
Darian Wilk
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"This is a wonderful story, a wonderful adventure, filled with hope and struggle and about family
learning to trust and believe in something bigger than themselves."
Flora Bateman
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"Burrell has a talent for creating lively characters that his readers will grow to care for and love.
...The ending left me hungry for more."
Christine Rice
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"There is a lot of originality in this dark tale. Burrell writes very well, and with a great deal of invention."
Richard Bunning
-Amazon Reviewer


Overview

Doctors tell Raj that his son Emret won't survive his illness. As Raj struggles to prepare himself and
Emret for the inevitable, he's confronted by Moslin, his son's nurse, who's been filling Emret's head
with fairytales about heroic quests and powerful disease curing miracles. Emret now thinks that all
he has to do is find the mythical Red Tree from the nurse's stories, and he'll live.

In an attempt to protect his son from further emotional damage, Raj asks Moslin to stay away from Emret.
He returns hours later to find them both missing.

He searches the fairytales for clues to where they may have gone and stumbles upon stories that, strangely,
he already knows. He saw them in a vision just before his son disappeared.

More 4 and 5 Star Reviews

"...a delightfully honest and refreshing tale..."
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"...superbly written...full of life and personality..."
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"...a gripping fantasy tale that always seems to twist just when you think you know where it's headed."
-Amazon Reviewer

"A really cool read from an author that I'll be following in the future."
-Amazon Reviewer


Product Description

About the Author

Benjamin Burrell graduated from film school a little over a decade ago and has been writing scripts ever since. He produced and directed of few of his stories into short films and won a handful of awards in film festivals across the country. "Red Leaves and the Living Token" is his debut novel. He currently lives in South Jordan, Utah, with his beautiful wife and three perfectly behaved children.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615618529
  • Publisher: Red Earth Press; 2 edition (2 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KFGS36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,067,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Different from the Fantasy Norm 8 Dec. 2012
Format:Paperback
I used to be an avid reader of Fantasy and Science Fiction but have moved away from the genre in more recent decades. When Ben's book was given to me to review, the thing I noticed first was that it didn't follow any standard formulas for the genre, it was refreshingly different. The characters are well drawn and believable, facing similar issues that many people face in the `real' world today; however, it creates a number of what could be conflicting parallels - for instance, there are state-of-the-art medical facilities but they use horse and carts; in some ways this could create an element of unreality to whole story but the plot develops quite nicely and finishes on a cliff-hanger. There are a few grammatical, editing and spelling mistakes which could be annoying to the more pedantic among us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree 24 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
We are proud to announce that "Red Leaves and the Living Token" by Benjamin David Burrell is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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Raj Handers is an everyday Zo, one of three non-human species who inhabit Benjamin Burrell's fantasy continent of Rieth, divided into the three nations of Zo, Bota and Petra. He has a terminally ill thirteen year old son, Emret, attended in hospital by a nurse with the name of Moslin, a young female Botan. Moslin, very much against Raj's requests, fills Emret's mind with fairy-stories that lead him to put hope in a supposedly mythical cure.

When his protective father, worried that his son will be hurt by such false hopes, denies the nurse any further access, Emret and Moslin run away. They go on a quest to find the Red Leaves, and Emret's chance to save his own life. So starts a chase across the continent, revealing much about the outlooks, assumptions and beliefs of father, son and nurse, and about the political machinations against which the story is set.

In many ways this is a standard fantasy quest, in search of a miraculous cure in this case, but where `Red Leaves and the Living Token' stands out is in its apparent lack of human characters. A very novel and innovative approach. There are perhaps closing hints of our own kind in this well-paced and generally well-structured plot, but otherwise this is a world entirely inhabited by non-human folk. It's a shame, therefore, that more isn't made of this promising premise.

Despite some cursory descriptions of the various attributes of the species, in introducing each character at the outset - none of which evoked particularly rounded images in this reader's mind - most of the first two thirds of the book hardly makes reference to it. Little in the telling of the story reinforced the differences, leaving the reader content to see everyone as simply human.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A promising debut of a new fantasy series 6 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
My Expectations
Based on the blurb I expected a coming of age story mixed with myths and magic including twists and turns. The cover promise a lot of non human characters.

The Delivery
The 200 pages of the story are divided into a prologue and thirteen numbered chapters.
Without any judgement let me say, that this is short compared to most of the books I read.So I could read the book in just two sessions.

I will not give any more detailed information about the story itself because the blurb above delivers enough about the plot.

But do not think it delivers all aspects of the story. There is more behind the story as you may think after reading the blurb. And the revelation of information about characters and especially about the past is well dosed and intertwined with current development. There is much more to unveil in the following books.

Benjamin David Burrell knows to tell a story. The mix of action, inner thoughts, descriptions, dialogue and information from the past has been varied in a manner that keeps the pace steady.

Remember I mentioned the non humans on the cover. And indeed I could not detect one human being. There are three main races of people:
- the zo with their hunched over furry animal like bodies
- the botann with their bodies of branches and leaves
- the petra with their bodies of stone
Each of them inhabitat specific areas of the world and do not allow others to pass them. There is always the danger of conflicts. Beside that there are also areas where the three races intermingle.

But as ancient journals show there has been another, superior race called the Reds. They disappeared with the murder of the last living Red which lead to a disastrous war.
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