Farmers and Mercenaries: Book 1 of the Genesis of Oblivion Saga

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2009 Moonbeam Fantasy Award Winner for Excellence in Literature

Named Dragonroots Magazine's Best New Fantasy Saga of 2009

The characters in Farmers & Mercenaries are well-developed. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, and readers easily become invested in the fate of each. The pace of the book is quick and the story lines solid. Readers will turn pages late into the night just to find out what...

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Overview

2009 Moonbeam Fantasy Award Winner for Excellence in Literature

Named Dragonroots Magazine's Best New Fantasy Saga of 2009

The characters in Farmers & Mercenaries are well-developed. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, and readers easily become invested in the fate of each. The pace of the book is quick and the story lines solid. Readers will turn pages late into the night just to find out what will happen next.

With Farmers & Mercenaries, fans of the fantasy genre have another group of characters to get to know and love. I can't wait for the next in the series. -Lindsey Losnedahl - Las Vegas Review Journal

...by the end I was mesmerized so that I could not put it down till I had finished it. Drake does a good job of developing the characters and melding their paths throughout the book. The ending was a good set up for book two so I can hardly wait to see how the story continues. -Antya Gilson - Paper Dragon Ink

The deeper you read, the more drawn into the story and characters you will become. I am looking forward to more books by Maxwell Alexander Drake and Imagined Interprises, Inc. -Amber Campbell - Fantasy Book Reviewer, Examiner.com

In a sleepy farming stead, a young man, Alant Cor, is found to be one of the few Humans who can manipulate the Essence. And, not simply manipulate it. Alant has more power over this magical force than any Human in known history. Does his younger brother, Arderi Cor, possess the same ability, or something more sinister?

Clytus Rillion, the commander of a mercenary troop, embarks on a quest to cure his dying son, Sindian. Though he doubts he will survive the journey, he will pay any price to save his son's life.

The beast, known only as Klain, born a slave and now used to entertain the masses in a bloodthirsty sport known as the Games, finds out his true value to those who own him lies with his death.

All are resigned to walk the paths fate has put them upon. Yet, is this of their own accord? Or, is an ancient and powerful race, the Elmorr'Antiens, manipulating the other inhabitants of Talic'Nauth? Change is falling upon the Plane. Some Elmorr'Antiens are making preparations to weather the storms ahead - others intend to use the coming chaos to seize power over all the races.

Follow these seemingly unrelated lives as their paths are set on a course that none can hope to survive. Readers of the Genesis of Oblivion Saga will immerse themselves in the depth of a unique world culture, the grandeur of its civilizations, and the sheer awe of more than ninety-six thousand years of history!

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Editorial Reviews

Antya Gilson
…by the end I was mesmerized so that I could not put it down till I had finished it. Drake does a good job of developing the characters and melding their paths throughout the book. The ending was a good set up for book two so I can hardly wait to see how the story continues.
Amber Campbell
I loved this book, it is refreshing to read a book where it starts you right into the story. At times I had to put the book down, and blink a couple of times to make sure I was in the real world. It immerses you with the characters and their feelings and struggles. Can't wait until book Two.
Lindsey Losnedahl
The characters in “Farmers & Mercenaries” are well-developed. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, and readers easily become invested in the fate of each. The pace of the book is quick and the story lines solid. Readers will turn pages late into the night just to find out what will happen next.
With “Farmers & Mercenaries,” fans of the fantasy genre have another group of characters to get to know and love. I can't wait for the next in the series.
James Starke
Drake is a master storyteller, crafting an amazingly organic tale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981954837
  • Publisher: Imagined Interprises, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Genesis of Oblivion Sage
  • Pages: 404
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning Science Fiction and Fantasy author. The first novel of his Genesis of Oblivion Saga, Farmers & Mercenaries, was released in June of 2009 and won both a 2009 Moonbeam Young Adult Fantasy Award for Excellence in Literature and was named Dragon Roots Magazine’s Best New Fantasy Saga of 2009.

Book two of this saga, Mortals & Deities, was released in September 2010. Book three is scheduled for release in early summer of 2011.

His Genesis of Oblivion Saga Short, The Way of the Lion, was published in the 2010 Gen-Con author’s collection, Missing Pieces, and took their Honored Spot. This collection, as well as the Genesis of Oblivion Saga, is available worldwide in four print versions, four digital versions and two audio versions. It can be found at many fine retailers such as Barnes & Noble.
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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    First read of a new author.

    I found this book / author when I was visiting Gencon. After talking to the author I thought I would get it a try.

    I love the writing style of world and the character introductions. The characters are described in such a way that it paints a picture of who they are and what they look in the minds eye without distracting from the story. When you read this book it really places you in the world and makes you feel a part of it. I had a hard time putting it down once I started.

    The story itself is mostly about two brothers who find themselves on different sides of a world conflict that both believe in. This does not change who they are and they strive to remain close brothers regardless of the world events around them.

    The magic system is well thought out and is not used as a crutch like many fantasy novels.

    I would describe the writing style to be similar to Robert Jordon but missing the "fluff". I eagerly await book two and was upset when the publisher delayed its release.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    I have never offered a review of any books I've read in the past

    I have never offered a review of any books I've read in the past, BUT I am compelled to write one for this book! Never thought that I would even like, let alone enjoy, a Fantasy Novel. Maxwell Alexander Drake's writing held my attention throughout "Farmers & Mercenaries" and left me wanting to read Book Two, "Mortals & Deities". Surprisingly, the story took me with the characters, feeling all their emotions. I am definitely recommending this one to everyone I know!

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Farmers & Merchants has a nice blend of characters that are

    Farmers & Merchants has a nice blend of characters that are believable and enticing. I had the opportunity to attend a couple of Drake's seminars at Origins 2012 where I was first introduced to the characters in this book. My first thought of Klain was one of skepticism when he was briefly discussed during one of the seminars. I did not know if I could be drawn into the book with a character who was an animal. I decided to give this book a shot after witnessing the passion Drake displayed when he talked about his characters and the world they lived in.

    After reading the first chapter, preconceived idea of Klain as a talking animal was shattered and I realized that in fact, Kain is an interesting and riveting character, one that I was cheering for during the Coliseum scene.Not only does Drake have an interesting character in Kain, he does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the lives and minds of not only the other characters, but the world of Talic'Nauth as well.

    I am eagerly awaiting the third installment as I immediately purchased the second and just recently finished that one as well. I do want to give you a word of caution, unless you are a speed reader, plan on a few nights of very limited sleep because this book does cause you to not want to put it down. I found myself saying just one more chapter!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Works on tablet

    Works great on nook tablet.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Great Beginning, Waiting for Book 2 MP3

    "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"
    Drake tells the individual stories and shows you what makes them heroes.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    A great start

    Having recently read his second book, I wanted to come back and review his first. Drake is a new author, but don't let that stop you from starting a great story. While the book does start a little slow, it really picks up after the characters are introduced & the plot starts to get rolling. You want be disappointed! Book 2 & a prequel are already out & book 3 due this summer, so plenty of material to keep you going!

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