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The Book of Names (Legends of Karac Tor Series #1)

The Book of Names (Legends of Karac Tor Series #1)

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by D. Barkley Briggs

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It’s Thanksgiving Break and chores are being handed out. Hadyn, nearly 16 and the oldest of the four Barlow brothers, is told by his father to clear the back acres of their new farm. Hadyn resents life. After losing his mother to cancer and relocating away from the only home he’s ever known, he misses his friends and his Mom. While hacking through a


It’s Thanksgiving Break and chores are being handed out. Hadyn, nearly 16 and the oldest of the four Barlow brothers, is told by his father to clear the back acres of their new farm. Hadyn resents life. After losing his mother to cancer and relocating away from the only home he’s ever known, he misses his friends and his Mom. While hacking through a briar patch, a strange rock formation arouses his curiosity. After four mysterious black birds deliver a strange summons, Hadyn and his brother Ewan realize the stone is really a magic Viking runestone. Through this portal, they cross into the ancient world of Karac Tor.

Crisis looms. In the Five Dominions of Karac Tor, names are being stolen from the young—literally erased from the sacred Book of Names. Meanwhile, the sorceress Nemesia is spreading darkness from her Tower of Ravens. While Hadyn and Ewan are immediately hailed as Champions sent to help rescue the land, the brothers have a far more simple goal: find their way home—and stay alive! As the seductive call of Nemesia lures them towards despair, the Barlows must discover power and courage they never knew they possessed. Yet even if they survive, will anyone know how to send them back to our world? Or will they be lost forever?

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From the Publisher

“D. Barkley Briggs has a fresh story to tell, and he delivers it in a unique voice. His writing style brightens every page. The lyrical prose suits his intriguing tale and heightens the feel of another world. The Book of Names is sure to gather a following among young and old fantasy lovers.”

—Donita K. Paul, author of The Dragon Keeper Chronicles

“A complex tapestry of magic and meaning, bravery and brotherhood.”

—Jeffrey Overstreet, author of Auralia's Colors

Product Details

AMG Publishers
Publication date:
Legends of Karac Tor Series , #1
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
HL670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Dean Barkley Briggs is an author, father of eight, and prone to twisting his ankle playing basketball. He grew up reading J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lews, Patricia McKillip, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen R. Donaldson, Ursila K. Leguin, Susan Cooper, Madeline L’Engle, Terry Brooks, Andre Norton and Lloyd Alexander (just to name a few)...and generally thinks most fantasy fiction pales in comparison. (Yes, he dabbled in sci-fi, too. Most notably Bradbury, Burroughs and Heinlein).

After losing his wife of 16 years, Briggs decided to tell a tale his four sons could relate to in their own journey through loss. Thus was born The Legends of Karac Tor, a sweeping adventure of four brothers who become enmeshed in the crisis of another world. Along the way they must find their courage, battle against overwhelming odds, face their pain, and never quit searching for home.

In God’s timing, beauty and joy arose from the ashes of loss. Briggs remarried a lovely redhead named Jeanie, who previously lost her husband in an auto accident. Together with her four children, their hands are quite full.

D. Barkley Briggs may be found on the web at www.HiddenLands.net

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Book of Names 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Filled wth mystery. Love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. The suspense, the mystery! One of the best books I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant believe these books arent so popular cuz there so good! My mom got me this book and i just read it cuz i didnt hav anything 2 do and it turned out 2 b great!!
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson

Hayden and Ewan recently moved to rural Missouri. Their mother recently passed away, and they are grieving her loss and the loss of their old home. Hayden has been assigned the job of clearing the briar patch, and Hayden, for fun, has been clearing it by cutting tunnels into it. His brother Ewan offers to help one day. As they are working, four ravens approach carrying something. The birds drop their cargo in the briar patch and vanish. Hayden and Ewan discover four tubes holding scrolls. Each reads the same: You have been chosen for a life of great purpose. Adventure awaits you in the hidden lands. The boys search for the birds and discover a stone arch with strange carvings on it. An arch that is a portal to another world.

The Book of Names is a clever, intriguing story. Briggs does a wonderful job of crafting his storyworld. His characters are real, with faults and fears. My favorite character is Creed and his magical sword that will not allow him to tell a lie. Briggs¿ story is filled with wonderful parallels that really get you thinking about life. This book is a great choice for fantasy lovers. I can¿t wait for the sequel.
ReviewYourBook.com More than 1 year ago
D. Barkley Briggs
NaviPress, 22008
ISBN: 9781600062278
5 Stars
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 11/08
Both young and old will enjoy¿
Brothers, Hadyn and Ewan, are mourning the loss of their mother. Along with their father and twin brothers, they move to Missouri. The teenage boys find a stone arch that leads them to another dimension. Once there, they meet an odd assortment of quirky characters. The inhabitants of the Hidden Lands look to Hadyn and Ewan as their rescuers. There is a battle between good and evil. The boys must join the fight.
The Book of Names is a fabulous tale. It has a Christian message without being preachy. The characters are enchanting. This is the first in a new trilogy. I eagerly await the next installment. Fans of fantasy both young and old will enjoy The Book of Names.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those superior fantasies that takes the reader into another world along with the main characters. However, it begins with some modern problems that many can relate to as well. The Barlow boys, four of them 'and their father as well, if truth be told' are struggling to make sense of life after their mother dies, living in a new town that is completely alien to their old life. One day the two oldest brothers are nearly dive-bombed by large black birds who swoop in on them, drop four odd cylinders, then disappear into a tangle of brush. The tubes have mysterious notes inside them that said 'you have been chosen. Adventure awaits you in the Hidden Lands.' Going into the tangle of brush, the boys uncover an ancient arch with strange writings. Passing through this arch, they somehow come into another world, Karac Tor, a land in need of champions with courage to fight against Great Evil. Hadyn and Ewan are certain they can't be the ones who were supposed to be called they just want to go home. Some very wise men, learned in the teachings of their God and their people, send them to the capital to discover what to do, but along the way they are beset by many scary events. In spite of themselves, Hadyn and Ewan are pulled into the struggles of Karac Tor. This is one of the best books I have read in quite a while. I suppose partly because I love a good fantasy, and this is most definitely a good one. Mr. Briggs wrote it for his own sons, four young men who have had their own sorrows after their mother died. But I suspect it was partially for himself as well because it is every bit as entertaining for older adults 'like me' as it is for young adults. There are some stock fantasy beings, like fairies, gnomes, monks with supernatural 'powers,' and very evil supernatural forces that must be stopped before they destroy everything. The names and the legends are reminiscent of Arthurian legend mixed into Norse, Celtic, and Anglo-Saxon mythology. It doesn't matter if you are familiar with the tales or not: it's a great story. High adventure, drama, but some deeper meanings behind it all. It's one of those tales that I keep thinking about even weeks after reading it. In fact, I just started reading it a second time just to enjoy it more, and I don't do that very often. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Independence, Missouri, grieving the loss of their mom, Haydn and Ewan struggle to move on past her death. Ewan dreams of an arch, which seems to be calling for him to come. When he finds the arch, he walks through it and realizes he came through a portal to his dream realm of Karac Tor. More philosophically pensive about their ¿Velveeta Cheese¿ lifestyle having already ended, Haydn worries about Ewan, so he follows him through the arch. --- As they explore this strange realm with no Nyquil, soccer or Kansas City nearby, they begin to meet locals such as Flogg the gnome, Sorge the warrior monk, and Asandra the Mirling. The siblings also learn that Karac Tor is under siege from the malevolent Sorceress Nemesia. The brothers know now why Ewan dreamed of the arch they are the desperate last hope of the forces of good to defeat the evil one and her treacherous minion. --- THE BOOK OF NAMES is a terrific first book coming of age fantasy starring two likeable young men having no time for grief as they are thrust into a situation and a world totally unprepared Hayden realizes he is just a sophomore not a superhero. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the two quite different in outlook siblings cross through to Karac Tor and never slows down although the ending is overwhelmed with too many unresolved threads (setting up future books apparently). Still save the world teenage fantasy fans will appreciate the brothers Barlowe no longer traveling on I-70. --- Harriet Klausner