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The Trials of Caste: Young Adult Fantasy (Paladin of a Hidden God Book 1) by [Babbitt, Joel]
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About the Author

Joel Babbitt is an officer in the U.S. Army and a bishop in his church. He has spent his entire adult life living and teaching principles of leadership and team building in a warrior environment. Joel lives with his wife and 4 children in Maryland. Follow the author at: www.authorjoel.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1376 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 194088005X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Warhorse (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #977,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny, can't wait for the next installment! 14 Dec. 2013
By JoNan the Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Yes, this book is about a species that many have never heard of, but that doesn't make you feel any less for the fierce little kobolds protecting their all and their way of life. When Arbelk is reading to his little brothers and sisters it made me feel like I was there with the characters. The completeness of the writing is absorbing, and I felt myself cheering on Durik and his intrepid band of would-be warriors going through their coming of age trial, while at the same time remembering the sweetness of first love when he meets the ruler's daughter who is totally out of his league. The writing is clear and concise yet flows beautifully, with characterization to rival David Eddings (my favorite fantasy author). I enjoyed it so much I've purchased it in paper form to share with my 10 year old son who is currently in love with all things Tolkien, and another copy for my 45 year old female friend who loves fantasy in all forms as much as I do. I would recommend this novel for all fantasy lovers from 10-100, there is enough character and adventure to satisfy all lovers of the genre. Nice to see a promising new voice in the fantasy genre, I'm looking forward to the next installment!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Kobolds 8 May 2014
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this first reads, and I only had a few small issues that prevent this from becoming 5 stars - first the bad, and then the good

The story involves a clan of Kobolds, and the days leading up to a set of trials that determine their future in the clans. That is actually super cool, and I love that this is told from the point of view of Kobolds, as that is different than most fantasy genre novels. My biggest issue is that 75% of the names start with K - and that makes it a little more difficult to differentiate them from one another before their actions show their character. And most characters did not have a family name either, though some had warrior names which was cool. I had to go over chapters a couple of times to make sure who I was reading about, and that made progress a bit slow.

Now, the good, the STORY - man alive, the story is the thing - intrigue? Check - action? Check - coming of age story? check - this has some standard tropes done in a non-standard way which made this a fun book. The second half is also the faster paced and meat of the story, as it goes into details about the trials - the first half is very story driven with the mystery, but that second half is all of the special effects budget and action sequences, and it does not get boring nor repetitive.

Well, mostly the story is not repetitive, though there are words that are used multiple times in the same paragraph, without any other detail given, but it is a small infraction, and forgivable.

On a side note, the author signed and wrote a personal message in my copy of this book that I won, which shows that extra step and that piece of connection in the story, so a big and warm thank you goes out to Joel Babbitt for his personal touch as well as his well written tale.

This is one that I will give my kids to read as well, as it belongs in the family collection.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 29 Dec. 2013
By Melissa Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book. I'm a big fan of Orson Scott Card and the fantasy/science fiction genre. This was right up my alley. I found the character development to be very similar to Card. The fantasy civilization was breathtaking. Definitely fit to be on the shelf with all the other fantasy geniuses.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good storytelling, a fun read 27 Jun. 2014
By Branson Sossomon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the book. Joel made his characters and their world come alive. You learned a lot about the Kale Gen, their hierarchy and why the Trials were so important. It was not too slow and the pace quickened during the Trials.

When the Trails started it was like you were there watching Durik and the rest of the yearlings compete. There are two other books in the series and I will absolutely be checking them out. I want to know how the rest of the story laid out for us unfolds.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good tale of a fantasy world as it is not usually portrayed. 7 Dec. 2013
By R. Hartzell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is an interesting take on the usual sword and sorcery world where kobolds are usually minor villains instead of the heroes of the story. It takes the reader into a tribal world where adolescents come of age and must prove themselves as adults against a background of a power struggle among the leadership of their tribe and prepare for a mission that might be the salvation of their tribe. The trials pits them against each other while letting them sort out friendships. This has all the elements of a good fantasy tale, action, intrigue, betrayal, and an evil sorcerer. I am waiting for the next book in what I assume is at least a trilogy.
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