Seven Forges (Seven Forges Series #1)

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Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half-forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.

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Overview

Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half-forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.

The people of Fellein have live with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn't stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who had once lived there... and oft-rumored riches.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
George R.R. Martin fans willing to settle for a less sophisticated plotline may enjoy this well-written epic fantasy series kickoff. Merros Dulver, a retired military man, has accepted a paid mission to explore the hostile Blasted Lands north of his home kingdom, Fellein, and reach the mountains known as the Seven Forges. After over two months in perpetual twilight, Dulver’s expedition comes under attack from horrific beasts. The group is saved only by the intervention of Drask, a mysterious stranger from the Seven Forges who sports a silver hand and makes short work of the creatures. Dulver is dumfounded to learn that Drask’s people, the Sa’ba Taalor, had been awaiting him specifically, as a means of opening diplomatic relations with the emperor of Fellein. Moore does a nice job of depicting the initial, tentative contacts between the two civilizations, but most of the real action happens toward the end, serving to set up the sequel rather than offering a real resolution. (Oct.)
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"...[a] well-written epic fantasy series kickoff."
- Publishers Weekly (August 19, 2013)
Library Journal
10/15/2013
When Capt. Merros Dulver travels beyond the mountains known as the Seven Forges and brings back a group of warriors, remnants of a lost race, to protect his people, he has doubts about the wisdom of introducing them to his townsfolk. Former vice-president of the Horror Writers Association and two-time Bram Stoker Award nominee Moore begins a promising fantasy series that should appeal to genre fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857663832
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Seven Forges Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 82,984
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Moore is a Stoker Award-nominated author of over twenty novels, including tie-in work for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. James has written extensively for White Wolf Publishing in the World of Darkness setting. James lives in Atlanta, GA.
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  • Posted September 28, 2013

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    Good evening constant reader. If you like a sword and sorcery


    Good evening constant reader.

    If you like a sword and sorcery epic with characters who all but grab you by the hand and drag you through the narrative, a story line that takes your interest and holds it hostage until it's had it's way with you, a lot of action, is well-paced and is so good, you don't want to put it down, but at the same time, don't want to finish it too quick (then the awesome is over), this book my dears, is for you.

    Merros Dulver is leading a group of men making their way to explore the Seven Forges, spikes of mountain that can be seen from the distance of their home land Fellein, but until now have remained unexplored. They encounter a race of people who populate this wild and barren land and it seems as if they were "expected" - Merros's arrival was foreseen. The strangers he discovers there join him on his return to Fellein, but Merros wonders if this might be a mistake, to mix his people with the newcomers. The newcomers's Gods are rather martial and they have wild ways about them. Yet they return to Fellein, and the stage is set.

    As I kept reading, I got more and more sucked in to this world and the magic and interesting creatures that abide there. There's more than enough sword play, a sorcerer who gave me the wiggins and made me never want to trust him, a young man who loses a lot and gains more, so much more, but at what ultimate cost, female characters that are more than just pretty faces, though there are some pretty faces, too, and an ending I didn't see coming and when it arrived, with too few pages left in the book, told me we're in for another installment in this series.

    My biggest gripe about fantasy writing is it can get too caught up in itself and stretch on and on and on and on, lasting for umpteen volumes. With each new installment, the story starts to stretch our further and further from the core that captured one's attention in the first place. This is why in my pleasure reading, I tend to shun multi-volume epics. Until now.

    Mr. Moore, James if I may...I hope you've got the next volume in this series written, or if not written, at least well mapped out, because I want more, and so will everyone else who has any taste other than in their mouths.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    I am a big fan of S.M. Stirling and as such thought this might b

    I am a big fan of S.M. Stirling and as such thought this might be a quick read before his next book comes out. Quick read was right. I started the book and had it read in two days. I was pleasantly surprised with the story, loved the characters and bought the second book as soon as I put the first down. Worth the money!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Enjoyed thoroughly, I bought I as a filler book and was engaged

    Enjoyed thoroughly, I bought I as a filler book and was engaged within the first few pages. I have a sliding scale, does it entertain me?.. was it original?

    YES and most importantly YES! I found it reminiscent of the Tiger and Del series with regards to realistic and fully human characters. I strongly think you will like the book, take a chance give it a read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

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    An easy to read page turner that ended well before I was ready t

    An easy to read page turner that ended well before I was ready to put it down. Good, entertaining read. Looking forward to the next installment.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    I found this book to be a great read, that ended  to soon.  As a

    I found this book to be a great read, that ended  to soon.  As a reader I definitely was left waiting for the next book.  I hope this is going to be a series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Fantastic

    Fantastic read, 300+ pages and wish there were 300 more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    I'm glad I stumbled upon this author. I thoroughly enjoyed the

    I'm glad I stumbled upon this author. I thoroughly enjoyed the Seven Forges and the second book Blasted Lands. Hopefully we don't have to wait too long for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Keeps you wanting more

    Except for the fact that the book needed some editing help (some incorrect jumps in storyline), it still was a very good read.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

    A very entertaining read. 

    A very entertaining read. 

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