Guiamo

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In 60 B.C., ten-year-old Guiamo Durmius Stolo, an exceptionally gifted Roman orphan, is abandoned in Gaul . Left to fend for himself, Guiamo is set onto a path of legend. Recognized by the gods as having world-changing talents, he is given a weapon that changes his destiny and the world's forever.

Combining legitimate legends with actual historical events, Marshall Best weaves an epic story that portrays the ancient world as it might have been, a world which the ancient ...

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Overview

In 60 B.C., ten-year-old Guiamo Durmius Stolo, an exceptionally gifted Roman orphan, is abandoned in Gaul . Left to fend for himself, Guiamo is set onto a path of legend. Recognized by the gods as having world-changing talents, he is given a weapon that changes his destiny and the world's forever.

Combining legitimate legends with actual historical events, Marshall Best weaves an epic story that portrays the ancient world as it might have been, a world which the ancient historians recorded as fact; a time when gods ruled the earth and strange creatures dominated the land. It is the era of civilized conquerors exploring distant and primitive new lands. Scant recordings left to us today only touch on the fringe of the fantastic and brutal reality that existed in those distant lands of the west. Into this age, young Guiamo enters the world stage as the great game-changer, and by his hand the gods and beasts become destined to disappear into myth and legend.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482310283
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/21/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 673,767
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshall Best is an avid reader, father of six and business owner. In the past several years he has found his love of writing as well. What began as a desire to write a story for his children has evolved into a nine book series.

Marshall has done extensive research into the history behind the legends, people and places of England, Scotland and Ireland involved in his books. He loves being able to weave real people and legends into his stories making them come alive. He is definitely a writer that tends to the details often mapping out timetables, calendars, genealogies, etc. that pertain to his book to ensure that it is as realistic as possible.

Marshall also enjoys putting real life issues into his books, delving into a bit of philosophy while entertaining with orcs, dragons, magic and battles. He is someone who loves a grand adventure but makes sure it is not a shallow one.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

    If there is one thing I love about this book, it is that Guiamo

    If there is one thing I love about this book, it is that Guiamo is perfect for all ages. Both children and adults will love the character of the young Guaimo Durmuis Stolo. He doesnt only have an interesting name but also a wonderful life. You will discover how one single moment changed his life.

    Right after reading the book, I became more interested with the works of Marshall Best. Since I only read Book 1, I am now finding some ways on how I could check the other books in the series. Guaimo brought me to a different world. It's definitely an interesting book. No dull moments, I swear!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2013

    Oh, how I love a well written book with a carefully built plot!

    Oh, how I love a well written book with a carefully built plot! And how I love to see the characters grow with every page I turn! I can’t even remember why I wanted to read “Guiamo” so badly. Maybe it reminded me of my passion for Ancient Rome and for the Latin mythology. Maybe the beautiful cover drew my attention, and the book description promised me a well researched historical novel with just enough fantasy elements to keep it interesting. It doesn’t matter now, really, because Marshall Best delivered much more than I expected.

    Guiamo is a 10-year-old orphan who is abandoned by his uncle near a fishing village. It turns out this was the best thing his uncle could have ever done for his nephew, because Guiamo is taken into care by an old fisherman who teaches him everything he knows, and then sends him to his friend, Gabinius, a wealthy bladesmith who treats him like his son and offers him all he needs to grow into a strong and intelligent man. It is quite clear from the beginning that Guiamo is special. The Oracle predicted his coming into Gabinius’ house, and he soon finds out his grandfather is a powerful Druid. Moreover, when he visits the temple of Mars, the god of war, the priests give him an ancient, magical spear that is said to have been built by Mars himself.

    One of the things I loved about this book is that the main character, Guiamo, needs to learn in order to become a great man. Even though he finds out he is special and he can control the powerful spear of Mars, nothing comes easy to him. He starts low, works, and fulfills his duties towards his protector. He knows there are rules he needs to respect, and steps he needs to take in order to reach his potential. He remains humble at all times, grateful for everything Gabinius has done for him, and simple in his demeanor, never considering that his intelligence, wits, and newfound abilities set him apart from the others. Naturally, I can’t wait to see how this character evolves in the next novels.

    I can’t find anything negative to say about this novel. Some readers might find it slow at times, and that is because the author introduces many details about the traditions, society and politics of the period the action is set in. This didn’t bother me at all, because I always had a clear image of the characters’ world. The fact that the author has done such extensive research for this series can only be a plus. It gives consistency to the writing, and everything seems so much more realistic.

    I also loved the words of wisdom Guiamo learned from his tutors, and I believe younger readers will find them interesting and worth remembering. Thus, the book doesn’t only prove to be enjoyable, but also quite educational, which is always good when it comes to a YA series. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical novels (especially about the ancient times), mythology, and fantasy.

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

    I was engrossed in this book from the first paragraph. There was

    I was engrossed in this book from the first paragraph. There was no way I was going to leave Guiamo like his Aunt and Uncle did all
     alone in an unknown land. None. I was in for the long haul – even I knew there was something special about this young lad at the age
     of 10. Marshall Best opens up the Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo with Book 1: Guiamo, by capturing the minds and hearts of his
    readers with the story of young Guiamo’s beginnings; his history. In telling this story, Best is able to richly lay out the history of the land
     and the people – and he does so without confusing the reader. That is a gift and a talent.

    Best writes with so much skill that before you know it, you are immersed in Guiamo’s life story, watching his talents develop quickly and
    well advanced for one of his age. If you’re anything like me, you might even become protective of Guiamo and those who take charge
    over shaping and grooming him. Or maybe you’ll begin to wonder what their motive might be for shaping and molding this young boy
     who keeps displaying more amazing gifts. If that doesn’t grab you, the craftsmanship and inventiveness of the time will surely lure you
    deeper into the story line. Is Guiamo special for some supernatural purpose? I guess you’ll have to read the 1st of the Chronicles to find
    out.

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

    Books around myths and legends are not normally my cup of tea bu

    Books around myths and legends are not normally my cup of tea but this story and the authors style of writing have changed my viewpoint 

    The story is easy to follow and intriguing and the author makes you want to turn each page in order to keep up and find out what is going to happen to the main character.

    We follow Guiamo Durmius Stolo on his quest to find out his true vocation in life, abandoned as an orphan a local fisherman takes him under his wing and quickly realises Guiamo has a special talent and plans out his education to prepare him for the challenges he is going to have to face . 

    The research and historical facts and language used by the writer is superb and generates the feeling as a reader that you are right there every step of the way.

    The writer has the reader intrigued from the first page and I really enjoyed the descriptions of the main characters and their escapades and the excellent way that to develop Guiamo they had to go and seek advice and knowledge from different sources.  The different sources lead Guiamo to the Druids, attaining a magical weapon and the ability to understand animals 

    The author has a way with his words and text which really appealed to me and found that I couldn't put it down and was enjoying it that much I didn't want it to finish.

    This was the first book in a series of four and cannot wait to find out what is in store for our hero.  An excellent read which could appeal across a wide range of ages and will stand the test of time.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    Guiamo by Marshall Best is an absolute must-read. All characters

    Guiamo by Marshall Best is an absolute must-read. All characters are superbly described while the dialogue is easy to follow from the first page to the last, younger readers will be able to connect very well with the story. I found that historical accounts of Julius Ceasar added to the story therefore making it more complete. The Roman-Latin words used were just fabulous making me feel like I was right there in the tablinum while the meeting was going on. It was amazing to read how Guiamo was able to prosper so quickly even during all the historical turmoil going on back then. This story leaves nothing behind as it is well written and so fun to read. Let me add that some readers (like me) will find it entertaining as well as informative because Marshall Best has also included a glossary.  Read it and you be the judge!

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

    Definitely a book that my older son will love to read in a few y

    Definitely a book that my older son will love to read in a few years!  (He's only 8.)  At first I struggled with the beginning few chapters, putting it down and then coming back to it later in the week.  I enjoy reading period-specific novels so I pushed myself a bit and am glad that I did, as it was worth it.




    The book vividly depicted living alongside Guiamo - I hated his aunt and uncle in the beginning, I appreciated and admired the men that taught him - or allowed him to blossom really - into the person he is.  I appreciated the combination of realism, action and adventure.  I had yet to read about Roman life in that era, and learned a lot along the way!  Intertwined, was also some Greek mythology - a newly favorite topic of mine.




    Overall, I think it is a definite worthwhile read for young adults and older.  A read depiction of how working hard and motivation pays off!

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

    This is definitely a book for everyone - I think my nephew would

    This is definitely a book for everyone - I think my nephew would really enjoy it. I truly appreciated that there was no adult content (that I can remember), yet the book was a great read. The author is wonderfully descriptive, and you feel like you are a part of Guiamo's world.

    I love that the book really gives you the feeling of what it was like to live in that era. Life was difficult for Guiamo, but he put all that he had into everything he did. This book has a great lesson: perseverance and patience pays off in the end.

    I really enjoyed this this book and it is perfect for the young adult who likes action and adventure with a bit of history and mythology mixed in. Mom and Dad get the added benefit of life lessons thrown in for good measure ;)

    I am really excited to read the other books in this series!

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    Okay, bare with me. This one is difficult. I need to find the ri

    Okay, bare with me. This one is difficult. I need to find the right words.

    I have to be honest.

    The first few pages of this book? I hated it.

    I couldn’t pronounce the words/names. I was frustrated. I put it down and walked away.

    If I didn’t have to write this review, I don’t think I would have picked it back up to read. (Just being honest.)

    THANKFULLY, I had to write this review so I had to pick it back up and finish it.

    I really, really, really enjoyed reading this book. (Even though I still struggle with names and words!)

    I cannot explain the story line. It isn’t romance. It isn’t suspense. It isn’t drama. It isn’t science fiction.

    The best way for me to describe it to my husband was “historical fiction” that had some true historical parts intertwined with the fictional story.

    Additionally, I felt that the book was riddled with little life lessons that were meant for the main character in the book, but really left me thinking about it for days after reading it.

    I really truly enjoyed this book (and I hate history and never paid attention to it in school) and was actually upset with the ending because it just ended (fortunately, I can purchase the Kindle versions for the next three on Amazon so I’m okay now!)

    I very much so would recommend this to others and will hopefully be getting hubby to read it because he enjoys history and I think he would very much enjoy this historical fiction that follows young Guiamo on his life lessons.

    Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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