Legend Unborn. The Key of Souls - Book 1by David.G Welsh
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Trapped, exiled and desperate, a lone entity creates a mysterious legend to coerce and manipulate life on a newborn world in the hope it can eventually forge the necessary means of escape. But when the legend’s tendrils wrap around Flyfar, an eagle afraid of heights, Taff a powerful wizard yet to cast a successful spell and Silvanus, a newly created god with a broken leg and a stutter, things don’t go quite to plan. On their heels are evil sorcerers, allied with dark gods that threaten to bring untold suffering upon the world in an all-consuming quest for the power of the Legend.
Legend Unborn, the first in the Key of Souls series of novels, takes the reader on a wild and exciting fantasy journey in a magical universe with truly unique characters that has already been called, ‘Fantasy meets road movie’ and has the author compared to such prolific writers as Robert Graves and Terry Pratchett.
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I'm someone who has always enjoyed reading, often immersing myself for days in huge, epic tales. I've been known to buy an entire series and lock myself away to read them all.
When i'm not writing, you can usually find me wandering around looking aimlessly with a camera here in Santa Monica. Or, if you're a scuba diver, make sure to wave when you see me under the waves. And finally, if you happen to be in the hills after dark and see some guy squinting through his telescope, please don't be afraid. Instead, please offer him a cup of tea because his hands are usually freezing!
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This is one of the most unusual novels I've ever read; the layout of the story is what's so unusual. About 1/3 of the way through, I started to really enjoy the story, and found the humor very enjoyable. The author's writing is very good. He's descriptive without going over the top, and his characterizations are superb. I downloaded the book on a whim, and am happy to discover this new author. I will read the next book in the series.
Pitting legend against myth and gods against men, David G Welsh's Key of Souls, book one of Legend Unborn, creates a well-imagined world peopled by an innocent, slightly drunken populace, where woodcarvers accidentally create a god. And that's the least of their problems. University is for magicians, who seem to have accidentally forgotten their long-lost enemy might revive. Forests are for wandering, and a lonely eagle, scared of heights, lurks in the undergrowth. Quests are for redemption. Chapters switch scenes rapidly but the reader always knows, it's coming together, trouble's brewing, and somehow everyone's bound to escape because the characters are much too much fun for the author to throw them away. Some misplaced and mischosen words marred the copy I read, but I'm sure they'll be fixed. The story itself is fun enough and intriguing enough to carry the reader through slips and, while English swear-words will probably keep it out of the hands of the youngest, in the style of "not-middle-earth" the book's well-written and well-planned for our modern, slightly cynical age. The scorned and rejected of the world, failed wizards, flightless birds, and aimless knife-throwers, all band together under the power of some unseen hand. While gods debate mis-filed forms and mis-filled applications the world's falling apart; only these mis-fits can put it back together. Magical battles with monsters and demons ensue. Talking staffs, talking birds, and workers of all stations speak with delightfully rendered English accents and humor. "that's just bloody lovely that, isn't it?" The novel builds, in its various paths, to several exciting conclusions, then leaves the reader eager for Volume2. Change is coming, and change is not always good. But the reading's fun. Disclosure: I met the author on facebook and bought a copy of his book. Meanwhile he bought a copy of mine-the kindness of strangers!