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The Last Kings Amulet

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482703382
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/16/2013
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Northern is European, a traveler by inclination, and an electrical engineer by education.

He has worked at jobs, been some places and done some things. He also once owned some stuff but he doesńt much do that any more.

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

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

    A hero I can relate to!

    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.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    I haven't read the book yet, not sure if i will... even the syno

    I haven't read the book yet, not sure if i will... even the synopsis has a misuse of vocabulary unless the author really wants us to think that the main character is fat (what corpulent means). I'm not a grammar Nazi but I want the sentences to make sense!

    9 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Awesome Read!

    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!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Nice title

    Very thin book that needs fleshing out.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    Great read!

    "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")

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Excellent read

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Sly humorous mix of military adventure and magic

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    avidfantasyreader

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Jeeves and Wooster

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Great book

    Interesting characters, good story, well worth the read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Very good

    Very well written, enjoyable book! Entertaining throughout. Definitely recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Good Book

    Good book. The character development was good and the action realistic. I enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Readet

    Could not put it down. Love the chatacters and great plot line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Good read

    Took a little bit to get going but its got good laughs and not your typical hero.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    finally a story about a slacker. the story line kept my attentio

    finally a story about a slacker. the story line kept my attention and i have continued with the series. humerous in the right spots.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    I feel that this series is a well done story of a privileged you

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Too long

    If you edit 200 pages out the book would be 100% better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Enjoyed

    I had a good adventure with Sumpto.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2012

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    This is well worth reading, a hidden gem

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Great

    Great book a must read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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