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Few Are Chosen, K'Barthan Series: Part 1: British Comedy Story (The K'Barthan Trilogy) by [McGuire, M. T.]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in The K'Barthan Trilogy (4 Book Series)

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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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Few Are Chosen is M T McGuire's debut novel and is the first book in a series of four, the K'Barthan Series.

Few Are Chosen was awarded a silver medal in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, 2011 by a panel of teenagers from schools in London.

Few Are Chosen has also been awarded Awarded two endorsements from sites aiming to promote well written and edited books from independent publishers:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3152 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hamgee University Press; 13 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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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #717,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not being good with words, I refer you to the other positive reviews for this book. I found this on a random search through kindle store. Ive found it very readable and have devoured the first 3 books within a short space of time and I am eagarly awaiting the fourth installment out soon. Seriously just give it a go ITS FREE and you wont regret it
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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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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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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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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. This series has become my newest, favorite fantasy series. M.T. McGuire has developed the fabulous world of K'Barth with a cast of unforgettable characters, delicious innuendos to current countries and politics, a storyline that keeps twisting and turning, a self-deprecating hero, non-cookie cutter villains, witty dialogue and... snurds.

The story is what lures me to a particular book. It's what holds me and shakes me until I laugh aloud. A good story can make my blood run cold or yell aloud at the protagonists victories. A good story also needs a good story teller. M.T. McGuire is an excellent story teller and an expert at 'show don't tell', that hard to do writing skill that is most troublesome to beginning writers. A prime example of that skill is demonstrated as she introduces quantum mechanics to the plot. You'll not find a narrative paragraph that describes quantum mechanics or the particular theory being demonstrated in the prose; however, you will most assuredly recognize and understand the concepts because you can 'see' it happening on the page.

Not only do I highly recommend, 'Few Are Chosen'; I'm off to buy the second book in the series! Someone mentioned Ms McGuire as a new writer, waiting to be discovered. As far as I'm concerned she's been discovered and, as long as she continues to write, she'll be on my reading lists.

Before I forget...I think it admirable when an author makes a real effort at connecting with new and potential readers. M.T.'s description of snurds and how they came to be, her lists of how and where she can be contacted, are excellent examples of her sociability and desire to provide the best reading experience to her (soon to be, I'm sure) multitudes of fans! The first chapter of book two is also a nice touch...;o)
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