Keeper Martin's Tale (Ruin Mist Chronicles, Book 1)

Keeper Martin's Tale (Ruin Mist Chronicles, Book 1)

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by Robert Stanek
     
 

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Robert Stanek's Ruin Mist Chronicles begin when the Elf Queen sends the warrior elf lord, Seth, on a journey to the lands of Man. Legend says that the races have been divided for hundreds of years after a bloody war that left few survivors among the brother races. In Keeper Martin's Tale, we embark on the unfolding of the first path through the histories of Ruin Mist.…  See more details below

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Robert Stanek's Ruin Mist Chronicles begin when the Elf Queen sends the warrior elf lord, Seth, on a journey to the lands of Man. Legend says that the races have been divided for hundreds of years after a bloody war that left few survivors among the brother races. In Keeper Martin's Tale, we embark on the unfolding of the first path through the histories of Ruin Mist. This is a deep epic fantasy ostensibly chronicled by Keeper Martin, head of lore keepers. The second path through Ruin Mist, Elf Queen's Quest, delves deep into the darker underside of Ruin Mist, and we start to see the three primary realms of Robert's world: Under Earth, Middle Earth, and Over Earth. You can start with the light path (Keeper Martin's Tale) and then read the dark path (Elf Queen's Quest), or vice versa. Look for the powerful sequels Keeper Martin's Tale Part II and Fields Of Honor soon.

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ISBN-13:
9781575450421
Publisher:
Reagent Press
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Series:
Ruin Mist Chronicles, #1
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.86(d)

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Keeper Martin's Tale (Ultimate Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very well-written and complex, and, as others have said be prepared for plot twists and turns. It is no exaggeration to say that among the ever-increasing number of multi-volume fantasy series, each thicker than the last, that Robert Stanek's 'Ruin Mist Chronicles' is the clear exception. The books are relatively short, the pacing is fast, and theres a hekc of a lot going on. With wonderful prose, a twisting storyline, and characters that live and breathe, 'Keeper Martin's Tale' sets into a motion a tale that will no doubt stand as one of the high points in modern fantasy. Stanek turns standard fantasy cliches on their heads and makes an eminently readable fantasy tale. There is little not to like here. It is very well-written and complex, and the cast of characters is large, and Stanek manages to make us believe in them all. We grow to love them, hate them, fear for them, feel bad for them. The characters are consistent, complex and fascinating. They're in danger quite frequently and you learn quickly Stanek has no qualms about killing off major characters. It makes moments of tension truly tense because it is clear early on that main characters can and will die. The story flows well and what has come before all serves the narrative in a believable fashion. And it is a terrific changing narrative where viewpoints change with each new section and rarely is space wasted. Just about every chapter reveals important information and quite frequently unexpected things happen (and its perfectly sensible and believable). At times Stanek throws in some red herrings to make you think one things is happening, then sends you spinning when you doubt the obvious only to have it actually happen. I was rarely able to predict what was going to happen and that was pure bliss. The story keeps you on your toes that's for sure. At merely 400 pages, one wouldn't think it is a sprawling epic but it is. Stanek creates an entire world populated with wondrous peoples, places and things. Patient readers are rewarded with strange happenings, magic, mystery and mayhem. Definitely a compelling and truly satisfying read. If you like fast reads that you can really get into, or a book that you just can't put down, then this is definetly for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books, beginning with this one, are some of the most rich and complex that I have ever read. As you read, Stanek shows you an intricate world and you think it has to be real because no one could ever invent such a place. Even better are the captivating characters that live in this world! And like is real life the smallest action can set off a huge unstoppable chain of events. It is something that has to be respected, enjoyed, and celebrated. Keeper Martin's Tale sends you off on a complex journey that will leave you breathless and gasping for more and never wanting it to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A tight compact story that gave depth to each of the main characters. In my view a smashing success! Not since Tolkein's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings has fantasy been so real! Stanek brings detail and life to a world and characters that touch your heart. This entire series has left me hanging on to every single word. I now feel like I know the characters and their like friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, since so many other people have made some long and wonderful reviews, I'm going to keep mine fairly brief. In short, KMT is an absolutely wondrous read. It's different from some other fantasy books I've read and is written from a more humanistic approach. Character development is about as good as it gets and Stanek sticks with each character in seperate scenes and never diverts from their personalities. If you like reading a book that is imaginative, intriguing and will keep you guessing, this is the one. Some of the plots may be a bit complex, but they're tied together very nicely. I'm only through the first two books, but I NEED to buy the third now! If you're into fantasy, get this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Stanek introduces the world of Ruin Mist, characters that quickly become friends and a wonderful story. I kept turning page after page. If you're looking for a good fantasy, don't look any further. Real heroes, great plot. Adrina is grieving over the loss of her mother. Vilmos carries a forbidden magic that could bring death to everyone around him. Emel who is a bumbling sergeant that's in love with Adrina. Seth is a warrior elf with the moves of a ninja. The characters by themselves make this a worthwhile read. But under the surface there's real complexity and more than you'd expect in the first book in a series. This is really three stories intertwined: The story of a princess in a dying kingdom and her best friend Emel who share a mysterious past that is only hinted at. The story of a boy who has dark dreams and what happens when his magic is awakened. The story of elves who must start a desperate journey to the world of men to save their own world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't write many reviews, and rarely give books 5 stars but this is one of those rare books that earns it. I thought this book and the second book in the series were some of the best, most original books I've read in several years. I give this the highest rating without reservations and urge anyone who loves lots of mystery, suspense, and action in their fantasy to read this book. It was a true joy discovering the world of Ruin Mist. Stanek has a gift for giving the genre new twists and really bringing in a breath of fresh air. I'm desperately waiting for the next books in the series! I love Stanek's unpretentious writing style. The writing style, like the book itself, is refreshing. Stanek doesn't bog the book down with flowery language and the whole book seems to flow effortlessly. A joy to read! Highly recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keeper Martin's Tale grabs on to you right away and doesn't let go! This is an amazing story that is much better than most books I've read lately. The characters are better than the Rowling's Harry Potter and Pullman's Lyra and Will by a long way and this may scare some peopel. Just think we may actually have a well-written book by a small press that outsells Harry Potter. I plan to read it again and again and again. I think you will too. Defintely deserves the strong praise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of books this year but this is the one that I remember vividly. I enjoyed every moment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this story several times already. It is my favorite and the best story I've read in a long time! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely the must-read fantasy of the year! I loved every minute. Much better than Harry Potter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert was able to draw me into the story very early and keep my attention throughout. This rarely happens nowadays but it did here and the experience was magical! I highly recommend this book and you'll definitely be able to get in at the start of something wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This site is full of loaded reviews. They are probable written by the author himself. Obvious generic insincere stuff. Also, there can't be this many people who like this book, it sucks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New title
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really poor writing. I cannot stress just how bad this book is, the story is bland and vanilla, very unoriginal and on top of that the prose is just poor, like a 12 year old wrote it. Just some of the most bland uninspiring stuff I have ever read. Bought it based off the 5 star reviews and after I was done all I could think was "am I reading the same story all these other people are". This guy is no Tolkien, or Jordon or even a Martin no idea how anyone could draw a comparison just bland bland bland stuff, would not recommend.....sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible story, bad writing. Not to mention this author has a dubious history of creating fake reviews for his books, very unethical practices. I would not recommend.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Stanek's storytelling is very much in the style of other great fantasy writer's such as Tolkien and Eddings, and includes other classic elements such as personal quests of coming to age, and uses this to deepen an amazing plot and great narration to create this first book in his Ruin Mist series. The story follows three main characters, Vilmos, a young magician, Adrina, a princess, and Seth, a warrior Elf. Vilmos is just an ordinary boy until one day he discovers he can use magic a forbidden power punished by death. When he discovers this, he escapes with Xith, his mentor who teaches him to control and use his abilities. Adrina is a princess who makes a wish for something exciting to happen in her life, and soon gets it granted as she is thrust into dangerous events beyond her imagination. Lastly, Seth is a warrior elf on a desperate journey to reach the humans for their help before his people are doomed to die. All in all, the first book of the Ruin Mist series is a great read, full of action, adventure, and friendship, that all readers, young and old will enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing book with an incredible story and I loved following the characters adventures. Best I've read in a long time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keeper Martin's Tale was one of the best books i have ever read! I read it in 2 days it was that good. I cant wait to start the next book
Guest More than 1 year ago
how did this book ever get published? it must be from a vanity press. Hollow characters roam about in a non-descript world. A very amature effort and not worth the time to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book and I've loaned it out to so many friends. The rest of the series are even better!