The Amber Wizard (Osserian Saga Series #1)

The Amber Wizard (Osserian Saga Series #1)

by David Forbes

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ISBN-13: 9780061835735
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Osserian Saga Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 100,462
File size: 856 KB

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David Forbes lives in Mechanicsburg, PA, where he is hard at work on the next book in the Osserian Saga.

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The Amber Wizard

The Osserian Saga: Book One
By David Forbes

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 David Forbes
All right reserved.

ISBN: 006082011X

Chapter One

Gerin Atreyano moved with an easy stride across the castle's main practice yard, the toes of his boots kicking up whorls of dust from the bare patches of dirt scattered between clumps of dry brown grass. He carried a wooden sword in his right hand; his left was free. Practice today was with swords alone -- shields were not permitted. He wore a leather jerkin under a half-sleeved shirt of chain mail, leaving his lower arms bare. His black, shoulder-length hair was covered by a plain steel helm with flared cheek-guards and an old round dent on the left side, just above the ear.

The heat was stifling, like the hot breath from an oven, but Gerin did his best to ignore it. He focused instead on his opponent. Anything else -- the boys and soldiers talking and sparring in other parts of the yard, the clacking sound of wood striking wood, or a grunt as someone took a blow -- was a distraction he could not afford.

Gerin scarcely blinked as he circled his younger brother. Therain panted and wiped sweat from his eyes with his free hand. His gaze darted about the yard, shifting from Gerin to the swordmaster and back to the older boy again. "Don't keep looking at me, Therain," said Odnir Helgrim, the swordmaster. With his bull neck, barrel chest, and shaved head, he seemed as solid and immovable as Paladan's Tower, in whose shadow he stood. "I'm not the threat. Concentrate on your brother. I'll wager if you look my way again, Gerin'll make you regret it."

Therain said nothing, but no longer glanced at Helgrim. He made several short thrusts at Gerin's sword, which his brother easily knocked aside since he was taller by several inches and had a longer reach. At twenty-two, Gerin was broad-shouldered but lean, with slender arms and long, agile legs that gave his movements a fluid, graceful flow. He had a narrow nose with an ever-so-slight bump in it at the bridge, and dark blue eyes set above wide cheekbones.

Despite being shorter, Therain weighed nearly as much as Gerin. He was built like the men from his mother's family, solid and strong, like a block of roughly cut stone, his features thick and blunt. He also had his mother's straight black hair and dark, piercing eyes.

"This isn't a mummer's dance," growled Helgrim as the brothers continued to circle one another. "By the gods above, you're supposed to be fighting!"

The two had been practicing for more than an hour. They were exhausted, but Helgrim's chiding spurred them into action. Gerin was certain his brother would attack, and he was not disappointed. Therain thrust at Gerin's left side, then pulled back when Gerin moved to parry -- Therain then lunged toward his chest. But Gerin anticipated the move and was ready for it. He knocked Therain's sword aside with a vicious upswing, then drove the blunt tip of his weapon into his younger brother's stomach. Therain staggered backward and fell before he could regain his balance, landing hard on his back. He lay panting in the dirt, trying to catch his breath. He held his stomach painfully; it was not the first time he'd been struck there today.

Gerin stood over his brother and shook his head. "That's the second time I've knocked you down," he said. "What's wrong with you today? I think Reshel could give you a good whipping if she had a mind to."

"You're such an idiot," spat Therain.

"Why, because I keep beating you?"

Therain stood up and shoved Gerin hard in the chest, then left the yard, ripping off his mail and throwing it on the ground. When he was gone, the swordmaster folded his arms across his chest and stared at Gerin. Dark hair covered his arms like a pelt; old scars puckered his skin like runic characters. The tattoos on the backs of his hands -- a circle within a circle -- marked him as a Taeraten of the Naege, the most elite class of fighter in all of Khedesh. "You shouldn't taunt him, my lord."

Gerin wiped sweat from his face. "I was just kidding him a little. But he was bad today; even you have to admit that. And he won't learn if he's not pushed."

"I push Therain quite enough," said Helgrim. "He doesn't have the natural ability with a sword that you and your father have, but he's not as bad as you think." He scratched the side of his head, just above his ear. "Though today was an off day, I'll grant you."

"I've seen him practice with some of the guards. He seems pretty good with them."

"He is. It's just you he has trouble with."

"Then maybe he shouldn't fight me anymore. It doesn't seem to be doing either of us any good."

"Aye, we'll see. It's probably a good idea for the two of you to practice with others for a while, at least with swords. Although maybe I should have the two of you practice together with bows. Maybe he can show you a thing or two." Helgrim chuckled.

Gerin was not amused. He hated that Therain was better than him with a bow. Much better, actually. It gnawed at him like a bit of rot at the heart of a tree. And if he were to be completely honest, he had to admit that Therain was nearly his equal in battle strategy and tactics. His younger brother could be far too rash for his own good, taking chances that in a real fight would get him or his men needlessly killed, where Gerin was cool and methodical and took only carefully calculated risks. He would not deny, though, that his brother had some gifts in combat planning. Not that he would ever tell him that to his face.

But, by the gods, Gerin could whip him handily with a sword.

He picked up Therain's sword and mail from the ground. "I'm done for the day. It's just too hot to practice."


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Amber Wizard (Osserian Saga Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not an over critical reader. But I have to say that I was very dissapointed by the way the story is told. There is no depth at all. Everything is flat and glossed over. The characters are all bland and generic and the writing is just plain bad. The premise was very intriguing and it had quite a bit of potential. For the idea of what it could have been, I gave it two stars. For the rest, I give my pity. I highly recommend against reading this book.
elric17 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Not a bad first book in a series, will be interested to read the rest and see if it improves on the first one, the character development and climax seemed a little rushed and not fullly fleshed out.
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This book is meant to be thought provking and entertaining. Yes, the characters are a bit flat, but they are fleshed out in the next books. Give it a chance by reading the entire series and u wont be writing negative reviews. Great premise , lots of action, forshadowing for the next book. I enjoyed it and in the end thats all that matters to me.
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mindytanner More than 1 year ago
I hesitated on this book after reading the reviews. I honestly have to say that I agree with most of them. But if you could be patient and read the second and third book you will realize that the characters blossom and the story starts coming together. My personal opinion is that it's a rough starter but, I ended up liking these book alot. And I would recommend them
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A world of chaos? That's exactly what reading this book felt like. The characters are one-dimensional and the story telling is just ghastly! A very difficult book to finish, and I finish everything! I nearly gave up, and after I got to the end I wished I had. Don't waste your time or money on this one. I could see potential, but it never developed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was not a bad attempt and well writen for most parts but didn't really describe or go into details as much as the writer could have.The writer has some very good ideas and I did enjoy the book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
With his father just recently anointed King of Khedesh, Gerin Atreyano becomes the heir to the throne as the Crown Prince. Not long afterward, a stranger arrives claiming that Gerin is THE AMBER WIZARD the first to appear in at least a millennium. Though he has some doubts about the proclamation as the wizard race was assimilated over time by inbreeding with the general populace, Gerin trains to be a royal wizard.----- However, not everyone is elated over the prince¿s duality. Some do not want a return to an age of magical supremacy because the flip side of the prophecy of the reappearance of a great wizard is the return of the dreaded Asankaru the Storm King who loathes humans. Still much of the kingdom welcomes a chance to return to an allegedly more golden age. As civil war seems imminent, his most dangerous adversaries enchant him to fulfill their dire predictions of him going down a dark path by using taboo magic this leads to Gerin doing so and opening an ancient portal that places the land on the brink of pandemic destruction.------ THE AMBER WIZARD is a terrific character driven fantasy in which the lead protagonist learns that for every action there is consequential reaction. Gerin inadvertently has brought death into the kingdom when his youthful arrogance and conceit led to his dabbling with forbidden magic. People die and more will too if he fails to rectify his mistake he also knows that attempting to correct his error could make it exponentially worse. Though much of the key support cast is never fully developed (hinting at sequels though this is a stand alone read) and with religious overtones in the backdrop history, fantasy readers will take immense delight with this powerful look at the one person who instead of saving his world has accidentally placed it on the brink of destruction.---- Harriet Klausner