Seven Forges

Seven Forges

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by James A. Moore

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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

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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.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.File Under: Fantasy [Savage Lands | Vengeful Gods | An Expected Journey | Battalions at War]

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Publishers Weekly
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
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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Seven Forges Series , #1
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Seven Forges 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 36 reviews.
the_one_who_reads More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Alebelly More than 1 year ago
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.
4fantasy More than 1 year ago
I bought this based on the good reviews it got and boy do I feel suckered. Couldn't make it past 20 pages before stopping. Might be a good story, I'll never know because the writing is just too painful to read. It was like a High School English project; forced, tedious, and very impressed with itself. I've read too many good "writers" to have patience anymore for bad writing no matter how entertaining the story may be. Will not be trying any others in this series.
Sandman_Slim101 More than 1 year ago
I had Seven Forges in my reading queue for about 3 months, never quite getting to it. I am so glad I did, because it is an excellent read. Great world building, with many elements of fantasy and post cataclysm world types. There is magic, although what can be done with it is slowly revealed across the book. The character building is strong, with realistic motivations for the characters. I really liked the main protagonist, and the twist at the end left me stunned, since I though I had it figured out, and them bam, twist! I will recommend this book to anyone, and will definitely be getting book 2, The Blasted Lands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read, 300+ pages and wish there were 300 more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
DanKeohane More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best, most enjoyable novels I’ve read in a long time, and, quite honestly, the best high fantasy novel I’ve ever read, period. The story begins in motion and never lets up. Helpful in this regard are the multiple storylines throughout the narrative, from the perilous voyage to the land called Seven Forges and the discovery of a kingdom of warriors long separated from the rest of the world, to the story of a young man cruelly beaten and maimed who gets a new chance at life, to the Sorcerer who advices, and in truth pretty much runs, the kingdom of Fellein. The characters are all very unique, especially the people/warriors of the Seven Forges. No cookie-cutter Tolkienesque cut-outs to be found here. I found each character to be well thought-out and real and, most importantly, infinitely likeable. Moore’s brilliant writing is direct and clear, painting locations and people with concise prose that moves along and doesn’t get bogged down in its own writing. With just enough humor added in for balance, this action-packed, at times violent, novel was consistently a joy to read. As a reader, the fact that I looked forward to returning to the book every day says volumes in my mind. This is what a fantasy novel should be. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very amateurish as if written by a teenage boy who is trying to impress other bigger boys
Pi-E More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Fun book
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Caveat: I read this after I had finished The Republic of Thieves. The plot was not nearly so intriguing, nor was it intricate. In fact, the first half of the book felt dull and forced at times. Still, it picked up and once some more interesting twist were woven, it caught my attention. So, I guess I'll be reading Blasted Lands-if for no other reason, to find out what happens.
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Characters take a bit to get to know but once I did I liked them a lot. Great read and bought the second book right away after I finished this one.
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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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nexus019 More than 1 year ago
A very entertaining read.