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The Last King's Amulet (The Price of Freedom, #1)

The Last King's Amulet (The Price of Freedom, #1)

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by Chris Northern

My name is Sumto, and everyone thinks I am a gambling, lazy, good-for-nothing drunk. Frankly, I think they have a point. Right now I may have to join the army and fight in a war I am frankly too corpulent to cope with.

Still, it looks like being a small, short war. So that's got to be as bad as things get. Am I right?

Trained in his youth for war


My name is Sumto, and everyone thinks I am a gambling, lazy, good-for-nothing drunk. Frankly, I think they have a point. Right now I may have to join the army and fight in a war I am frankly too corpulent to cope with.

Still, it looks like being a small, short war. So that's got to be as bad as things get. Am I right?

Trained in his youth for war and politics, Sumto is interested in neither. As the son of a Patron, he should gather clients, acquire wealth, learn magic, husband a political power base and take his place amongst the Assembly of Patrons, the rulers of the city. Sumto would rather gather friends, acquire books, learn history, husband a hangover and take his place at the gambling tables. That is not going to be an option for much longer.

Unknown to Sumto, everything is about to change. There is a war in the north and Sumto is about to become a very unwilling participant.

The first of four novels that follow the development of Sumto, a man unknowingly manipulated by someone determined to shape him for his own ends:

Book One: The Last King's Amulet
Book Two: The Key To The Grave
Book Three: The Invisible Hand
Book Four: All The King's Bastards

The four novels may be considered as one long novel.

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Chris Northern
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Price of Freedom , #1
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Meet the Author

In between bouts of writing, Chris Northern does other things. He says he has no hobbies of his own, but is more than happy to go do things that other people enjoy. Exploring caves, wondering around castles and hiking are just a few examples. Swimming is pretty much out, though. No gills, no swimming. Boats are okay, just so long as they work. He does not get seasick. Or airsick.

Chris Northern lives wherever he happens to be and will move at the drop of a hat. Any hat. To anywhere. Though if it is cold he will likely not stay long. Just long enough to drive a 4X4 over a glacier, maybe.

He is often to be found eying the horizon; shortly thereafter, he is often found to be gone.

Chris Northern writes Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The Price of Freedom (quartet of fantasy novels)

The Last King's Amulet
The Key To The Grave
The Invisible Hand

All The King's Bastards

Dancing with Darwin (A collection of related Science Fiction stories)

Rapture Ready
Headed Home
Evolving Environment
Dangerous Delusions

YA Urban Fantasy

The King's Ward

Science Fiction with Victoria Russell

Loser's Flight

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Elric-fan More than 1 year ago
The main character is a born nobleman and a slothful, gambling bum. He owes money to friends and family as well as professionals in a society clearly based on ancient Rome. It's a nice idea, the city has magic and no one else does, and magic is restricted by punitive laws to the nobility who use their power for theor own advancement. Our hero would rather read a good book and sip some fine wines than set foot on the course of honors - measning first some years of military service. He is clearly the kind of man who takes the path of least resistance and when pushed he joins up, as an officer (of course, he is a noble after all). On route he grows into the role, aided by his slave and an agent named Sapphire. What he thought would be a small and easy campaign turns into a much larger and more destructive theater of war, and Sumto comes face to face with Necromacers from the north who make everything personal. The scene where Sapphire and Sumto's girl come and break him out of prison hqad me in stitches and I really can't say more ... spoilers. I have to say I read this in a day and it's been a long time since that happened. It's a great book.
NickiM12 More than 1 year ago
I have never been interested in reading books like this before - to be honest i'm not much of a reader - but I decided to give it a go. I read the first few paragraphs and I was hooked. This has got to be the best book I have known about since A Clockwork Orange. I just couldn't keep my head out of it and now I have finished it have moved swiftly on to the next instalment The Key to the Grave. If you enjoy a good fantasy book with magic, fighting, captures and rescues - or even if you don't - then this is definitely the book for you! Thank you Chris for producing an interesting and educational read!
MaureenGill More than 1 year ago
"The Last King's Amulet" is an engaging work of fantasy grounded in historical analogies to antiquity, most especially ancient Rome, which makes it quite intriguing (and also makes me hope this talented writer will try his hand at historical fiction). The plot is solid but where Northern most shines is in the fine art of character development. At first blush the protagonist, Sumto, appears to be a spoiled, indolent, thoroughly self-satisfied slackard who might be easily dimimissed as totally disinteresting were it not for his ability to be remarkably honest about himself. Northern does an excellent job of revealing Sumto's true measure early on, using Sumto's sardonic humor to reveal a bittersweet self awareness about his character flaws. Sumto's brutal honesty about self is his saving grace and sets the stage for Sumto's plausible development into a thoughtful man, a person who raises eternal questions about life that are as important today as they were long ago. The story ended a bit too abruptly which makes me wonder if the author should combine it with its sequel "The Key to the Grave." Nonetheless, I found this book to be a fun, fast-paced read and I look forward to reading the sequel or sequels and want to repeat that I think this talented author should expand into historical fiction. If you like fantasy you're going to really enjoy "The King's Last Amulet." (Maureen Gill author of "January Moon")
BlaqNight More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I was going to like this when I picked it up. Sumto just makes you want to keep buying the next one and hoping there's more. The story draws you in, and keeps you wanting to return everytime you put it down. I immediately brought the two other books in the series and am hoping Chris Northern continues the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sardonic wit, this story unfolds with stream of consciousness commentary similar in style to Steven Brust's "Jhereg" series, with story development, military campaigns, political intrigue, and sly humor that makes over 600 pages fly by as if it were a quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
660 pages. Exception read. Privaleged nobility brat, forced by his drunken behavior, to join the military, and becomes the reluctent hero. Very good new spin on an old theme. Highly recommend, as has quite a few funny parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters, good story, well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, enjoyable book! Entertaining throughout. Definitely recommend.
KnowwhatIike More than 1 year ago
Very thin book that needs fleshing out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. The character development was good and the action realistic. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. Love the chatacters and great plot line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took a little bit to get going but its got good laughs and not your typical hero.
cyclone79 More than 1 year ago
finally a story about a slacker. the story line kept my attention and i have continued with the series. humerous in the right spots.
TooManyProjects More than 1 year ago
I feel that this series is a well done story of a privileged young man wasting his life and attempting to evade responsibility. We get to watch him evolve, mostly against his will, into a true leader and respected man. Fun to read, interesting and just the right amount of humor to make it worth the time. The first one hooked me and I wish the series were several books longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a good adventure with Sumpto.
Croter More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first. Sumto, the main character was totally shiftless and unlikable. But, as the story and the character developed I found myself rooting for him and I couldn't put the book down. I also appreciate the fact that the story is told in the 1st person, unllike most of this genre where you have 300 main characters and the story is told from each of their persepctives. The story moves along quickly and there's never a dull moment. I've already started the second one in this series and so far it hasn't disappointed either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading
smashwordsfan More than 1 year ago
This book starts off like a comedy, a kind of fantasy Jeeves and Wooster and though it rapidly becomes more serious - parts of Sumto's private musings remind me of Terry Goodkind and the Sword of Truth - the comedy element returns. The scenes where Sumto is drunk (not by choice) much of the time made me laugh out loud several times. It struck me that Sumto is just a man of his society, a kind of hale I, Claudius, doing the best he can. I love the magic system used, and the spirit magic practiced by shamans and priests and hope to see the resulting themes developed in later works. It's wide open to a series. All in all I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Overall, this is a good story. Clearly written by an intelligent person who has given much thought to the mysteries of life. I did want it to move a little quicker and for the protagenist to have more successes. It wraps up nicely into a first volume but leaves much of the tale untold. More for future books to address. Thank you for this free book. I appreciate reading the work of an author who is new to me. I otherwise may not have stumbled upon this book!
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An interesting story which takes the time to flesh out an equally interesting setting and political system while asking some thought provoking questions. Characters are definitely given some depth but are still somewhat lacking or shallow; however, the dialogue and interactions between them are enjoyable and well written. Overall an exciting and entertaining book which is definitely worth a read. Plus it's free!
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