A Quest of Heroes (Book #1 in the Sorcerer's Ring)

A Quest of Heroes (Book #1 in the Sorcerer's Ring)

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by Morgan Rice
     
 

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"“THE SORCERER’S RING has all the ingredients for an instant success: plots, counterplots, mystery, valiant knights, and blossoming relationships replete with broken hearts, deception and betrayal. It will keep you entertained for hours, and will satisfy all ages. Recommended for the permanent library of all fantasy readers.”

--Books and Movie

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"“THE SORCERER’S RING has all the ingredients for an instant success: plots, counterplots, mystery, valiant knights, and blossoming relationships replete with broken hearts, deception and betrayal. It will keep you entertained for hours, and will satisfy all ages. Recommended for the permanent library of all fantasy readers.”

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos

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From #1 Bestselling author Morgan Rice comes the debut of a dazzling new fantasy series. A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. The youngest of four, the least favorite of his father, hated by his brothers, Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and protecting the Ring from the hordes of creatures on the other side of the Canyon. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he refuses to take no for an answer: he journeys out on his own, determined to force his way into King’s Court and be taken seriously.

But King’s Court is rife with its own family dramas, power struggles, ambitions, jealousy, violence and betrayal. King MacGil must choose an heir from amongst his children, and the ancient Dynasty Sword, the source of all their power, still sits untouched, waiting for the chosen one to arrive. Thorgrin arrives as an outsider and battles to be accepted, and to join the King’s Legion.

Thorgrin comes to learn he has mysterious powers he does not understand, that he has a special gift, and a special destiny. Against all odds he falls in love with the king’s daughter, and as their forbidden relationship blossoms, he discovers he has powerful rivals. As he struggles to make sense of his powers, the king’s sorcerer takes him under his wing and tells him of a mother he never knew, in a land far away, beyond the Canyon, beyond even the land of the Dragons.

Before Thorgrin can venture out and become the warrior he yearns to be, he must complete his training. But this may be cut short, as he finds himself propelled into the center of royal plots and counterplots, ones that may threaten his love and bring him down—and the entire kingdom with him.

With its sophisticated world-building and characterization, A QUEST OF HEROES is an epic tale of friends and lovers, of rivals and suitors, of knights and dragons, of intrigues and political machinations, of coming of age, of broken hearts, of deception, ambition and betrayal. It is a tale of honor and courage, of fate and destiny, of sorcery. It is a fantasy that brings us into a world we will never forget, and which will appeal to all ages and genders. It is 82,000 words.

Books #2--#17 in the series are now also available!

“[An] entertaining epic fantasy.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“The beginnings of something remarkable are there.”

--San Francisco Book Review

“Action-packed …. Rice's writing is solid and the premise intriguing.”

--Publishers Weekly

“A spirited fantasy ….Only the beginning of what promises to be an epic young adult series.”

--Midwest Book Review

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/30/2014
In this action-packed first book in the epic fantasy Sorcerer's Ring series (which is currently 14 books strong), Rice introduces readers to 14-year-old Thorgrin "Thor" McLeod, whose dream is to join the Silver Legion, the elite knights who serve the king. Though initially rejected for his youth and inexperience, a chance meeting with the king's Druid, Argon, prompts Thor to leave home and try again. Against all odds, he is allowed to join the Legion as a squire-in-training. Thor quickly proves himself time and again, earning honors, recognition, and even the eye of Princess Gwendolyn. Simultaneously, he discovers a mysterious magical ability building within him. As Thor struggles to tap into his potential and prove himself as a member of the Legion, he becomes embroiled in political intrigue and drama. While Rice's writing is solid and the premise intriguing, there's an overwhelming amount of wish fulfillment packed into this initial installment, with Thor's successes and rewards piling up at an unbelievable rate in an impossibly short time. The predictable plot is packed full of fantasy clichés, the pacing is rushed, and character development is hasty. Ages 12–up.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-03-04
A young man discovers he has a surprising magical destiny in the debut entry of Rice's (An Oath of Brothers, 2014, etc.) YA secondary-world fantasy series.Although Thorgrin—Thor, for short—is only 14, he longs to join the King's Legion, an elite order of knights who protect King MacGil. On Conscription Day, however, he is devastated when his three older brothers, who had always treated him poorly, are accepted, and he is left behind. Soon afterward, when chasing a sheep into the woods, he comes across one of the king's top advisers, the centuries-old Druid Argon. Argon hints at the boy's destiny and his unrealized magical powers—which the boy then discovers when he manages to shoot some sort of energy at a terrifying creature called a Sybold. Argon also suggests that Thor travel to court regardless of having been overlooked by the king's guards. Thor does so and rapidly becomes the toast of King's Court after demonstrating his powers and becoming fast friends with MacGil's youngest son, Reece, who is also in the Legion. After saving knight Erec's life, Thor becomes a favorite of the king, and the king's daughter, Gwendolyn, falls in love with him at first sight. Rice's entertaining epic fantasy includes classic traits of the genre—a strong setting, highly inspired by ancient Scotland and its history, and a good sense of court intrigue. Its style has its drawbacks, however. It tells a familiar story of a young, unappreciated young man who discovers that he is actually a magical Chosen One destined for great things. In fan fiction terms, he is the male Mary Sue, skyrocketing to fame practically hours after arriving at court. The characters also feel slight and simplistic, and the story ends with an abrupt cliffhanger.A fun but anemic, derivative fantasy.
Midwest Book Review - D. Donovan
“A spirited fantasy that weaves elements of mystery and intrigue into its story line. A Quest of Heroes is all about the making of courage ….For those seeking meaty fantasy adventures, the protagonists, devices, and action provide a vigorous set of encounters….Only the beginning of what promises to be an epic young adult series.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939416209
Publisher:
Noah Lukeman
Publication date:
12/03/2012
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
116,616
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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