Erich's Plea: Book One of the Witchcraft Wars [NOOK Book]

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Deep in the bowel's of Zeaburg's infamous prison the young druid Slade is plagued by a bizarre and troubling dream. In the dream his father, High King Erich of Vestland, appeals for his son's help. Somehow Slade must do the impossible and escape to save not only his father but all the Kingdoms of Kaynos from the threat of the most brutal war Kaynos has ever seen from a new, deadly form of magic.
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Overview

Deep in the bowel's of Zeaburg's infamous prison the young druid Slade is plagued by a bizarre and troubling dream. In the dream his father, High King Erich of Vestland, appeals for his son's help. Somehow Slade must do the impossible and escape to save not only his father but all the Kingdoms of Kaynos from the threat of the most brutal war Kaynos has ever seen from a new, deadly form of magic.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000886342
  • Publisher: Tracey Alley
  • Publication date: 5/20/2010
  • Series: Witchcraft Wars, #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 103,407
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

I was born, raised and still live in sunny south-east Queensland. I love animals, my family and many friends. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to live my dream job and be a full-time author. I've wanted to write for as long as I can remember so this really is my dream come true.I enjoy travel, boxing [watching, no longer participating due to a back injury], yoga, horse-riding and I like to challenge myself to continually learn new things.I have degrees in Ancient History, where I specialised in Egyptology, and Comparative Religions, where I specialised in ancient pagan religions. I incorporate a lot of that into my fantasy work, using old myths and legends and religious practices.My goals are to keep improving my character to be a decent human being and leave some positive footprints behind me. To keep writing and improving my craft, and finally to explore as much of the world as I am able.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Engaging characters, interesting plot

    A queen is murdered by her son, a king is missing and presumed dead, a prince escapes from prison, and a princess is on the run for her life. Necromancers, wizards, and pirates. An elvish witch. Which ones are evil and can't be trusted and which ones are evil and joining forces with those who are good in order to prevent collapse of an empire? An intriguing story with very interesting characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    A Witchingly Good Story

    Erich's Plea: Book One of the Witchcraft Wars - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

    'Two months ago he had arrived at Ostland's Zeaburg prison complex and been taken to this subterranean dungeon with its smooth stone walls, mazes of corridors, little or no lighting and the constant smell of death, blood, waste and decay in his nostrils. He had been alternately beaten and tortured for hours on a daily basis. His own screams blending with the cries, screams and moans of the other, unseen, sufferers in Zeaburg's nightmarish torture chambers. The horrors here were so great that even the rats eschewed Zeaburg, although the fleas showed no similar scruples and were an additional constant torment. His body was covered head to toe with tiny bites from the multitudes of the awful creatures. Slade would not have believed it was possible for a place like Zeaburg prison to exist if he had not seen it with his own eyes. It well deserved its evil reputation. Zeaburg also had a reputation for being inescapable; no one, in all its long history had ever escaped from its confines, except in death. Slade had never believed half the rumors that had surrounded Zeaburg before, now he saw clearly they were all true and worse. He also knew why so many of those imprisoned here died and, it was said, were glad to, death being preferable to daily life in Zeaburg.'

    Einreich Gudmundson is the second son of the High King Erich. Much to the disappointment of his father, he has renounced his life as the Crown Prince of Vestland and now calls himself Slade. He will now be a member of the druids of the Sacred Grove, dedicating his life to serve Freyita. That was all before he was captured and taken to Ostland's Zeaburg Prison. His committed crimes are still a mystery to Slade but the punishment is completely real. Only when he sleeps is he able to find peace from the pain of the beatings he has endured in his two months of imprisonment but even sleep becomes disturbed by the dreams of his father begging for his help.

    How can Slade possibly help his father the king while stuck in this hole of hell? He can only try to keep his mind as clear as possible and practice the training taught to him by the warrior-monks of the Black Lotus and pray for some form of help along the way. And help does come in the form of a being that calls himself 'Trunk.' In his dreams his father told him to follow the trunk and Slade is sure this is who he was referring to. So with the help of this larger than life 'trunk' as well as help from a few other unlikely allies, Slade finds himself attempting the impossible.an escape from the inescapable prison of Zeaburg.

    This book is full of mystery, suspense, witchcraft, magic, dishonesty, espionage.I could go on and on. The characters are colorful not only in appearance but also in character. Author Tracey Alley has written a very enjoyable book and I really hope that Erich's Plea: Book Two is just around the corner for me to read. I've gotten into the story and characters and can't wait to see what will happen to them next.

    315 pages
    2010

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    This product very obviously uses copyrighted materials from a ga

    This product very obviously uses copyrighted materials from a game world called Mystara, which is the property of Wizards of the Coast. The publisher has been notified.
    It's really too bad that the Author didn't get permission to use Wizard's of the Coast's(AKA Hasbro)IP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    This book uses copyrighted materials without permission, taken f

    This book uses copyrighted materials without permission, taken from a fantasy setting called Mystara, originally published by TSR, Inc.

    In particular: the map in her book is an almost exact duplicate of the one used in the D&D Game's Expert Set, published in 1983 by TSR, Inc. (now owned by Wizards of the Coast in Renton, WA). Many place and character names from the D&D setting are used in the text of the books in this series (Witchcraft Wars). At least two of the books in this series use cover art taken from existing products apparently without permission either (one from Dragon Magazine #183, and the other from a White Wolf product).

    When the author was contacted about these issues, her response (posted on her public Facebook page, June 13th) was: "No Bruce the work is all original, any similarities are purely coincidental. I'd never even heard of the World of Mystara before you mentioned it. " Aside from copyright infringement, this is shameless plagiarism.

    To potential readers, please do not reward an author who takes credit for the work of others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Okay

    I haven't read this yet, could someone give me a more thorough explanation of what this is about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Good Read

    I am starting book #3 & as I have continurd to read these novels I must tell you that they improve with every book. I did not rate book two & will do so now it will get 5 stars. Things came together & I felt more involved with the characters. If you enjoy this type of sci-fi you will not be disappointed. They are entertaining & I find that the more I read the harder they are to put down. I read book #2 in less than 2 days & can't wait to start on #3. Thank you Ms Alley. Well done. I don't have time to get in touch with you now as I have reading to do ;)

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    A World on the Brink of War and a Daring Escape

    "Erich's Plea" by Tracey Alley is a trip into a meticulously designed fantasy world teetering on the brink of worldwide war. "Erich" is High King Erich and his plea is directed, by way of a dream to his imprisoned son, Prince Einreich, better known as Slade. Slade is being held captive in the worst prison in the known lands, one where escape is impossible, but escape is what he must do if he is to assist his father, the king.

    Circumstances make for strange alliances and Slade finds himself being told in the dream to "follow the Trunk," a strange half-ogre, half-troll. Imagine his surprise when the very creature foreseen in his dream materializes as a prisoner in the courtyard one day. A daring jailbreak ensues, bringing together followers of the different gods, as well as some non-magical people. The followers of any one sect almost all automatically distrust the followers of another sect and those who practice no magic have no fondness for those who do. It is a situation ripe with tension, both within the little group and outside of them as they hope to free themselves and take on the elven witch Shallendara, the Dark One and their group of cohorts. But worse yet is the fact a traitor is among them and no one can know for certain who should be trusted.

    Alley does an admirable job of telling a story that is fraught with tension while laying the groundwork for future installments of the "Witchcraft Wars". The tale kept me interested throughout its entirety and turning pages eagerly clear till the end. The story rarely lagged; I felt that each piece of information contained in the pages of the book was integral to the developing story. Finally, I enjoyed the book enough that I have the next installment sitting on my computer waiting for me to review in about a month or so.

    I recommend Tracey Alley's "Erich's Plea". It was interesting and enjoyable reading, and is set in a world so intricately developed that it is guaranteed to hold you enthralled till the final pages.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    A Good Start

    Erich's Plea is book one of The Witchcraft Wars by Tracey Alley. This fantasy novel introduces us to Slade, who has given up his right as the prince of Vestland to become a Druid. After learning of Slade, we realize that he is in prison and endures hours of torture on a daily basis. With all hope of escaping quickly slipping from Slade's grasp, he is startled when he starts receiving a plea for help by his father, Erich. Knowing that he must somehow help his father, Slade finds himself blindly following strangers and not knowing who he can trust. In a few spots throughout the book, the details seemed to get a little thick at times which caused the pace of the story to slow down a bit. However, I really enjoyed how the characters were built and the overall storyline of this story makes for a good read. Each chapter opens up with a small picture and I found this to be wonderful. You get to see the faces of characters who are in the story and even though some looked differently then I imagined when they were described, it was nice to be able to put a face with a name. All in all this was a good read that went quickly and is suitable for most age groups. The main thing that I didn't really like in this story was the ending. I felt as though it was suddenly cut short and I think it would have been beneficial to have a big ending rather than be cut off before the main event. The story builds and leads the reader up to this big life changing ordeal...only that event does not occur in book one. However, I suppose that is a good selling point as I will be getting book two just so I can see what happens next with Slade and the other characters involved.

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

    A solid fantasy debut

    All in all I liked this ebook. The story was a pleasant surprise. I had expected more of a "kid's" fantasy. This should be enjoyable for fantasy fans of ALL ages. I have already purchased the second book in the series as I am dying to know where she takes these characters. The illustrations were pretty cool too.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

    A dungeon romp that doesn't distinguish itself.

    Sometimes, when you listen for the first time to a piece of music you think: "this is not music, this is just noise." I remember feeling that way when I first heard Portishead. Later on, as you listen to more music in the same style, as you develop an ear for it, it swims into focus, and an appreciation can start to develop.

    Often when I read an author for the first time, I have exactly the same reaction, "this is just noise", and that is exactly how I felt reading the first few chapters of Erich's Plea, book I of the Witchcraft Wars series by Tracey Alley. I should say at this point that much of the music that has elicited this reaction has, for me, remained just noise.

    I found myself wondering at what point would begin to distinguish the melody, the themes, the orchestral structure. I'm in no doubt (if you will forgive my stretching the metaphor a little), that Alley has a full orchestra at her disposal. This is an author with a strong, free flowing, natural command of English, who produces language that is very easy to read, and read quickly. But if Alley has all the instruments, and sufficient skill to command them, what she is lacking is a score suitable for a full orchestra.

    The story she chooses to tell is the WOTC equivalent of Mills and Boon. (To continue the musical metaphor, the Gygax equivalent of Stock, Aitkin and Waterman.) Everything from the main protagonist down to the scenery is off-the-shelf, prepackaged D&D.

    As D&D fanfic, I don't think there's anything major wrong with it. I think it will appeal to those readers who want a bit of non-strenuous imaginative exercise while waiting the next gaming session, and it is well enough executed that it won't put them off or disappoint them.

    But I'm disappointed, because I can't help feeling that the author is capable of more. Although the opening chapters are dominated by exposition, whenever the author does switch to description or narration, the reader is carried along rapidly by the clarity and flow of her English.

    I'm concerned, as well as disappointed. I think the author's major strength is her command of English. My concern is that the author is not reading enough variety. Hardly a sentence goes by without the application of a stock phrase from the S&S canon. At times I almost get flashbacks to the Eye of Argon (though in fairness, Alley makes hardly any typographical errors and even fewer grammatical).

    If you can overlook the noise from Alley's exclusive diet of D&D and S&S, or if that is what you are looking for, you might enjoy this dungeon romp that has many twists and turns to keep you interested. I for one will not be reading all the way to the end. I think that Alley should spend some time with authors of a different genre to broaden her register. I also think she (along with every other writer of Fantasy) should make sure she has read the Eye of Argon, so she knows better what not to do in the future.

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