The Gauntlet Thrown [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 Redolian assassins, but he did not expect the Gauntlet to be missing, nor to find the Kerrick royal family murdered.


Luckily, his worst enemy was there to help him out.

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Overview

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 Redolian assassins, but he did not expect the Gauntlet to be missing, nor to find the Kerrick royal family murdered.


Luckily, his worst enemy was there to help him out.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000901106
  • Publisher: XC Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/22/2010
  • Series: The Gauntlet Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 41,617
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Ignore the ignorant fascist who wrote the "gross!" review, its a good fantasy story.

    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.

    54 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    I liked this and want more by these authors

    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!

    28 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Good story with problems

    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.

    19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Enjoyable characters, fairly engaging despite length

    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.

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    Recommended for any fantasy reader

    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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    May I have some more please?

    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!!!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    Good only for the younger reader.

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    A Great Story Badly Hurt By No Editing

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Awesome read

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Could have been so much more...

    Unfortunately, when the copy is missing entire chapters (the copy I downloaded had at least 3 major gaps in the editing (including _at least_ a 8 chapter gap!), even after re-downloaded.), I cannot recommend anyone even try this book.

    If the edited version ever gets put back up I'll give this one another shot.. as it looked like it had potential, but for now this is an "Incomplete" on the grading scale.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    This bookbtotally rules

    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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Absolutely Amazing! :D

    I love this book and would gladly read it again! 100 stars for me! :D

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    genius

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Love it!

    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! :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    extremely recommended!!!!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Wow!!!!!

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Avidfantasyreader

    Colorful and engrossing. Go ahead and try to put this book down. Wonderfully vivid characrers. Plots inside plots. Cant wait to read more

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Best Free Read!!!

    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..... :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Very enjoyable!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    A great read!

    I found the characters well written and the story engaging. I would highly recommend!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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