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Once a Hero [Kindle Edition]

Michael A. Stackpole
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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*Version 3.1 is available with a much cleaner scan and formatting (April 28, 2014)*

A Magificent Tale! A Page Turner."
—Dennis L. McKiernan

A Legend Come To Life

Half a millennium ago Neil Elfward, a legendary human warrior, fought alongside his Elven friend Aarundel for the freedom of mankind against the tyranny of the sorcerous Reithrese empire. But Neal's victory began a genocidal war that cost him dearly.

Now the future he hoped for is unraveling. Count Berengar has invited the lovely Genevera, Aarundel's granddaughter, to join in a quest to bring stability to the land. Pressed to accomplish the impossible, Genevera suggests the unthinkable—raising Neal from the dead. But what is true in legend is not always true in reality. A hero from yesteryear may be a hero still, but is Neal the hero they want?

Once a Hero is a rousing adventure of mystery and magic, in the best tradition of Robert Jordan and David Eddings, by one of the most exciting and imaginative new voices in fantasy fiction.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1019 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stormwolf (13 Jun. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001B2KM04
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lords of Rings meets Romeo and Juliet 26 Dec. 1997
By A Customer
This is a great book. It combines strong characterization, unfulfilled yet strong love, human struggle for freedom and destination. The author managed to maintain an aura of mystery, especialy about how Neal is going to overthrow and defeat the Reithrese empire, thus fulfilling his self-defined destiny.
After Neal untimely demise, Geneva the grandaughter of Aarundel, raised Neal from the grave and ask for his help in saving the empire that Neal help to built by overthrowing the Reithrese empire.

This the one and only book that give romance, fighting, and magic an equal part. I strongly suggest this book to fantasy fans and romance fans alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Rereads 27 Dec. 2011
This is one of my Favorite Rereads. Though I have never been quite sure about the latin speaking elves, it does somehow work within the context of the book and does manage to convey that sense of formality and incantation that Stackpole wishes one to associate with elves. I also love the way he adapts his use of language to his characters for further narrative distinction and mood. The story, being split in time for the first half, can be disruptive first time you read it, but you come to understand the symmetry of the timelines as you read, and I found, I had a better appreciation for his way doing things second time round.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could've been better 31 Aug. 1999
By A Customer
I have to admit, I was somewhat disappointed with this book. I loved Stackpole's Star Wars books, especially I, Jedi, and am reading Talion Revenant and like it, but this book just didn't work for me. I didn't like how the author jumped back and forth across the centuries. I would read a chapter set back in the past with Neal, start to get interested and caught up in his story, then be forced to jump ahead 500 years and read about Gena. Just when I started to get interested in her, then the chapter would end and I would have to go back to Neal and try to remember what he'd been doing.
The book wasn't totally bad. There were a lot of good themes and storylines and, had the author selected a different writing style, I might have been totally captivated and fallen in love with this book. But this style of writing made everything seem disjointed. I knew that Gena's story and Neal's story were going to fit together somehow, and it was interesting to see how Neal was percieved by those in a future time, but I was never able to completely attach myself to the characters because I would always get jerked out of the story, put into a different time period, and forced to remember what the characters in this particular time period were supposed to be doing.
I think I shoud also warn that this book jumps back and forth between first and third person. Neal's story is told in first person, and Gena's is in third. I actually didn't find this disturbing, since this helped me easier adjust myself to which time period/person I was supposed to be reading, but I believe a warning is in order for people who may find that confusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stackpole can write fantasy, too. 1 July 1998
By A Customer
This book is Mike Stackpole's efforts to move into fantasy as well as science fiction. Already a big fan of his Battletech novels, i completely fell in love with this book-- it has an excellent mix of battle, sorcery, romance, and tragedy. The ending is somewhat half-hearted, but I'd put this on the top shelf of fantasy books I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 28 Oct. 2012
By Donnar
Format:Kindle Edition
Witty, clever, fast pacing, perfect time-slip (or not). One of the best heroic fantasy I've ever read. Two different timelines are criss-crossing and entwinning around themselves in a perfect story of love and war in the time of elves. I've read other books from the author, or more exactly, haven't, as I've finished only one other, but this one is a must for anyone with a thing for sword and sorcery. And this book has a point, too (you won't find this very often in todays books).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best since Tolkien! 7 Dec. 1997
By A Customer
I loved this book and I could never put it down. I haven't read any fantasy this thoughtful and intelligent since J. R. R. Tolkien, and I love his stuff to death! I don't know if I've ever really read a story in which I felt as though I was truly one of the characters, fighting alongside the heroes, but now, I know I have, and ONCE A HERO is it!
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