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The Orb of Truth: Book #1 of the Horn King Series Kindle Edition
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Rating: 4 out of 5 Fairies
Well...to be perfectly honest, this is not the kind of book I would pick up at the bookstore and choose to take home. But, after saying that I was very surprised!
Brea Wycyoff captured me (in a bazaar way) with this fantasy with a magical twist. The characters range from Wizards, to Dragons, to Halflings and Dwarfs, and that's only mentioning a few! The book entices you and draws you into it's magical world and I lost myself in there a few times. There are times when you feel the heartache and the losses, and then in your next breath, you are on the edge of your seat lost in the action.
The story as a whole is about two Ordiakains and a Dwarf who must embark on one hell of a journey, along with followers who become friends. My favourite character is Dulgin as he is just like me (I am not embarrassed to say so). He allows his mouth to run off without thinking; he will fight tooth and nail for his family and friend;, he would be a force to reckon with if anything got in his way, and on a fun note...he likes his beer. :) I think because I could relate to him, I found myself rooting for him and that carried me quite pleasantly through the book.
The Orb of Truth is full of action, from the battle scene that was mind blowing, to the magical place, Moonlight Mountain, that just entices you.
Will good overcome evil?
Will Bridazak ordain and Dulgin be triumphant?
Will they find the key to unlock the box?
Will they defeat King Mannaseh and his army?
I would definitely recommend this book, perfect for teenagers and young adults. The creative writing and mind-boggling storyline captures you and takes you on a magical, mystical journey.
I give The Orb of Truth 4 Fairies! Well done Brea Wycyoff...I can't wait for the next book!
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The book opens with the disreputable halfling Bridazak swindling a wealthy person out of gold for a forged mystical feather. Bridazak manages to also palm a jeweled ring in the process. I always enjoy novels that have scoundrels as their protagonists rather than squeaky clean paladins who never admit to doing wrong (whether those aforementioned paladins are against romping around and inadvertently destroying people's lives is another topic). When Bridazak comes into possession of a magical item, things go south very quickly.
I enjoyed the fact that there is humor sprinkled throughout this work. Nothing sinks a fantasy novel faster than a too serious tone. Fantasy should be fun folks, and Brae Wyckoff crafts a fun tale in a world you'll want to visit. If you're a fan of Dungeons and Dragons, or just want to get away from it all for a while, this is the book for you.
While some things confused me (I'm chalking it up to not having a good base knowledge of the sci-fi/fantasy world - I don't think watching the Labyrinth numerous times throughout my life counts), it was still easy for me to follow the story and mostly understand what was going on. I enjoyed learning about the different characters and the descriptions of the land were wonderful.
I would recommend this book to anyone, even if it isn't their cup of tea - after all, it wasn't my cup of tea either, and I quite liked it!
Those words transform the fates of two Ordakians, Bridazek and Spilf, thieves and fighters. With their Dwarf "associate", Dulgin, they set off on a quest--to find the source of a mysterious box.
This box literally lands in Bridazek's lap; the culmination of a dream he has had nearly every night of his life. This last had a different ending, though: the words "It is time". He wakes to find the box where nothing had been before, and starts a journey that will take him through mysterious realms and terrifying foes, constantly pursued by the forces of darkness. His band of adventurers grows, with the help and friendship from a human nomad by the name of Abawken and an elf called Xan.
Only when he finds the Key to unlock the box, and discovers the Orb of Truth, with its commanding yet love-filled Presence, does he begin to understand his calling. The words uttered by Xan are what drive the adventurers to their goal, even beyond the realm of mortality: "I tend to think of risk as faith".
Imagine what the end product would be if J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis were to collaborate on a book. I am pretty sure "The Orb of Truth" would be very much like what they would come up with. An adventure that mingles Old and New Testament beliefs with the world of mythological creatures, Mr. Wyckoff deftly weaves Scripture into the dialogue, making this book very readable and absorbing. His descriptions are fantastic (the wild forest of Everwood is described as "an orchestra without a conductor"), and the characters are well fleshed-out. He even has some comedy relief, in the form of two animated lock picks that are in the possession of the Ordakian Spilf.
The ending was satisfying, yet it made me want to read more of their adventures. Fortunately, Mr. Wyckoff has a second book coming out soon, "The Dragon God". I can hardly wait!
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