The Gauntlet Thrown

The Gauntlet Thrown

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by Cheryl Dyson
     
 

Copyright Cheryl Dyson and Xina Marie Uhl, 2012, Smashwords Edition.
Brydon's quest was simple. Borrow the fabled Gauntlet of Ven-Kerrick, bring it home to prove his worth, marry the princess, and ascend the throne. He had planned for the dangerous terrain and assassins, but not the werewolves, slavers, and magical horse thieves. Luckily his worst enemy was

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Copyright Cheryl Dyson and Xina Marie Uhl, 2012, Smashwords Edition.
Brydon's quest was simple. Borrow the fabled Gauntlet of Ven-Kerrick, bring it home to prove his worth, marry the princess, and ascend the throne. He had planned for the dangerous terrain and assassins, but not the werewolves, slavers, and magical horse thieves. Luckily his worst enemy was there to help him out.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000901106
Publisher:
XC Publishing
Publication date:
04/22/2010
Series:
The Gauntlet Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
99,511
File size:
1 MB

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The Gauntlet Thrown 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 582 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, somebody really needs to read Fahrenheit 451. Anybody who truly believes any book should be banned needs to be hit with a shovel and mailed to north korea. This is actually a decent fantasy story. There is nothing even mildly offensive in it. It is set in an interesting, well thought out fantasy world, with good thought given to the different nationalities. While it doesnt necessarily stand out over any other questing story, the characters are fairly well thought out and each bring a certain unique talent to make the group function well together. It throws in enough action with a good amount of humor for it not to be boring at all. Everybody will be able to relate to the characters in some way. If you aren't offended by the sentence "As she strolled out of the water the light cotton of her dress clung to her curves, causing him to blush and quickly look away.", then check out this story. It is perfectly fine for anybody over the age of 10 to read.
pagemage More than 1 year ago
I really got caught up in this story. The quest is not-so-original but the journey is great. The "guests" our hero adopts along the way are characters with distinct personalities, people of substance, people who remain with you when you put the book away (or file it in your archives. I've plans to find more by these authors. Should be a sequel out there! Yeah!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say when I opened this and saw the 1128 pages, I was a bit apprehensive. Still, I enjoyed the book and anticipate the second installment in the trilogy. The story opens with some nice action and you soon meet the two fellows on the cover. I'd say the summary is a bit inaccurate since the 'worst enemy' is introduced within the first or second chapter and it turns out to just be some miscellaneous chap from a different country as opposed to Brydon's personal nemesis. Either way, there is a large cast of interesting characters and I wasn't bored out of my skull between major events. The real faults of this ebook lay in its status as an unprofessional story that the authors flung online on a whim (it's on their Livejournal, which I forget). There are some weird times when a chapter ends mid-dialogue and the point of view changes often. The point of view is always third person focusing on one character, usually one of the two leads. However, a few chapters are told from the point of view of other characters and that threw me off before I realized the switch. There are also some formatting discrepancies (characters' thoughts are usually italicized but sometimes a line or two won't be) but you can still get the idea. Finally, it's very hard to navigate. The chapters are separated in the book, but the table of contents is woefully inaccurate and inadequate, only marking three chapters. If you can just open a book and read it without trying to go back to a certain point in the narrative, then you should be fine. Otherwise, you'll have to remember page numbers and use the Go To function to return to that point. A form of magic does exist here but it doesn't really become apparent until later. It's not a whole world of magical spells and such, merely a few people who all share certain abilities. There's plenty of lustful thinking though little lustful acting. True mutual romance seems absent, which honestly is something I like. I love a good adventure and when you're travelling across the continent on a quest, always trying to evade trouble, there are better things to think about than romance. Faults aside, I really enjoyed this story. The world is large enough for all the plots, subplots, and characters. I'd recommend this to anybody who's out of gift card money and needs an adventure story to read.
Deis More than 1 year ago
The plot is good with well thought out characters. The dialog, while not going to win awards, is acceptable. The editing is extremely poor. Errors such as a character supposedly said something, but no dialog is given. 'Redwing said and tossed him wood' What did he say? Some of scene descriptors are a bit amateurish, but not story killing. The asides need to be removed. The character's thoughts are not always clear cut from the author's own observations. A decent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is something here for everyone, there is action, friendship, magic, and a little bit of romance. The rotating third person viewpoint helps you get in touch with all the characters' personalities instead of fixating on one person, although it does tend to settle on two of the characters mostly. I developed a strong bond with these characters and truly wanted them to succeed, feeling all their struggles and hoping they would be able to see the other side soon. There are several twists that I didn't see coming, and several that I did, but that made it in no way less enjoyable. There did seem to be some details that were left unexplained, but there is to be a sequel so it's possible that they will reappear there. It was not at all difficult to get into and understand the world that the author creates, as it can be with some fantasy books, and it is obvious that she has a good view of exactly what this world is like. There are several typos that I noticed, but nothing that made me pause for more than a few seconds. Plus the author stated that she was just trying to get a beta out, and is going to do a more thorough job of editing the next book. All in all, I was able to speed through this book in just two days and I would recommend anyone out there to give it a try if they are hesitant.
Setharix More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book. OMG...it started out a bit slow, but by chapter 3 I was hooked. I cannot wait for the next one to be released!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a conundrum. The story and characters are great. But the regular misuse of English and the dropped words and sentences undoes what should be a 5-star book and makes it no more than 3 stars. The book sorely needs a professional editor's hand and a good proofreader's hand. Redwing's quest for a gauntlet, which if found and brought back to his homeland would allow him to marry the princess and become king, introduces him to several excellent characters -- a Redolian who tries to kill him but becomes best friend, a shape shifter, a woman whose focus is on horses, and a couple of women who make him forget what his princess looks like. I would have liked more information about Verana, the healer, who is probably a character who should have her own book. I admit that I read the story even with all of the language problems because the story is a good one. But I also must admit that several times I was tempted to just delete the book because the dropped sentences, especially, were frustrating. Had there been one or two instances, I might have been less annoyed, but the dropped sentences occured often and the misuse of homonyms compounded the problem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really skeptical to start a fantasy novel by an author i wasnt familiar with...but i am glad i did. This book was GOOD! I was very pleased and cant wait to get my hands on the next one!
Ranick More than 1 year ago
This book would be fine for a tween or young teenager, but as an adult, it's sorely lacking. The plot is the typical quest story, the characters are easy to take in and likeable enough, the story is pleasant but plods along in a predictable fashion. The writing is VERY amateur, which is just fine in the world of self published free ebooks. The dialog is very rough, the characters are cliched, and the world building, well, compared to books like LOTR or Game of Thrones, or Jordan's Wheel of Time series, is very lacking. The authors need much more experience under their belt before joining the ranks of the professionals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and would gladly read it again! 100 stars for me! :D
Erielee More than 1 year ago
I don't often write reviews, but this definitely deserves the praise. I honestly have no idea why its free other than it seems shes a new writer. I loved the characters from the get-go and the lore is build at a great pace, letting you drive right in. Has everything a good fantasy needs. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book.
MeKay More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and read in in two days. Can't seem to find Part 2, even though at the end of the book it does say there is a part two. And I found nothing offensive about this book. I guess I was too caught up in the actual story to realize that people were running around half nekkid! Sheesh, and to think someone actually complained out this! :)
tuesdayAM More than 1 year ago
this book was a great story of unexpected friendship and love with a lot of awesome adventure thrown in! the twists were great and the cleverness was brilliant! I am dying to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Colorful and engrossing. Go ahead and try to put this book down. Wonderfully vivid characrers. Plots inside plots. Cant wait to read more
VickieFL More than 1 year ago
Wasn't thrilled with the cover, but the story line was great. Can't wait for the sequel, which I'm sure will not be free..... :)
Alexandra March More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the next book. There is a quite a bit of humor and some outright guffawing, along with some heart stopping action. I was sorry to see it end. I recommend this book to all who enjoy this genre.
kaishicheoylee More than 1 year ago
I found the characters well written and the story engaging. I would highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. The plot is so good and I love how it takes you really into the journey and adventure, including all the fights, friendships and love stories. This book is a must read. -Saniyah Phillips
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy your characters emoting primarily through either grinning or sighing, constantly, with little variarion, then this is the book for you. As for things being well thought out, as a few reviewers have said, I'm not so sure. The author is constantly backwriting details to make escapes, returns, and general plot points possible, rather than just including it as the story unfolds. For instance, at one point, a character is thrown into the mix, with a relationship between this new character and one of the main ones explained in the space of a couple paragraphs, to make an escape actually possible. The characters themselves seem okay, although occasionally some side characters seem more or less two dimensional; this doesn't happen too often, though. All in all, a decent book, and it'll keep you entertained if you've got nothing else to read. Just try not to pay attention to some smaller details, or it may go downhill.
jakm42 More than 1 year ago
This was definitely an enjoyable read and I would recommend it. Another reviewer complained about the nudity, but it was all very PG-13. There was only one scene that I remember being only slightly more descriptive than "her clothing left nothing to the imagination." That being said I would recommend it with reservations. All the principle players have some special attributes, the women are beautiful, but far from helpless. The men are expert bowman or swordsman. No one is really just an average person. The interplay between the men and women seems like it comes from a grade school playground. The scenes play out repetitiously -- there's some travel, there's a confrontation, people get separated, people get found, etc. It becomes tiresome. Yet, the storyline is engaging. I wanted to find out what happens next and would read every chance I got so I could finish the story. I'm interested enough that I will be looking for the next installment.
Radikalriky More than 1 year ago
Great original story that started out in such a way that I could not put it down until it was finished. There is need for some editing and or proof-reading for minor 'fixes' but none take away from the story. I am chomping away at the bit for the next book to carry on this story. I like a fantasy without elves, dwarves, wizards and such for a change that still holds plenty of light and dark - good and evil in the mystical and even of a spiritual nature without them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazimg. But seriously i agree with the dude who said to crawl back in your crib. You are such a baby. None of the gorls were touched. All they did was kiss. Whoop dee doo big deal! So yeah go home and cry to your mommy and daddy.
manda_151 More than 1 year ago
This book was great. It was a great plot and had great character development, and the end left you wanting more. I can't wait for the sequel!
fourleafclover More than 1 year ago
I was pretty wary of the free books B&N had to offer, and stumbled upon this one as I was looking through their selection. I wasn't very enticed by the title or book cover, but seeing as it had a 4.5 average rating (most free books have 3 or less) I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did (: this turned out to be a very entertaining book, and long enough to entertain you for quite a while. I was dreading a story with a predictable plot, but this turned out to be a very enjoyable read - a recommended download!
aball More than 1 year ago
This book drew me in and kept me coming back for more. The characters are appealiing and deserve to live on in a highly anticipated sequel. I hope one is in the works and has a release date soon. I have filed it in my favorites so that I will be able to check for possible updates. Thank you, this was a treasure to read.