Enter the realm . . .
Only a Death-Knower can die. And live again.
Only a Death-Knower can return from death. And remember.
Only a Death-Knower can tell the world what he's seen. Not all care to listen.
For a thousand years, none have rivaled the power of Torg, the Death-Knower wizard, as he ruled his people and kept peace on Triken.
Now a new threat has suddenly arisen. The evil sorcerer Invictus is greater even than Torg, and his greed and ambition threaten to engulf the land in eternal darkness. When Invictus imprisons Torg in a horrifying pit bored into the solid rock of a frozen mountain, the fate of Triken hangs in the balance.
Torg becomes freedom's final hope, but first he must die to earn the victory.
Jim Melvin is the author of the six-book epic fantasy, The Death Wizard Chronicles. He was an award-winning journalist at the St. Petersburg Times for twenty-five years. As a reporter, he specialized in science, nature, health and fitness, and he wrote about everything from childhood drowning to erupting volcanoes. Jim is a student of Eastern philosophy and mindfulness meditation, both of which he weaves extensively into his work. Jim lives in Upstate South Carolina in the foothills of the mountains. He's married and has five daughters.
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Superb! A fantasy folklore written with heart. Forged in Death book 1 is a well written fantasy epic written with a superb writing style. Jim Melvin is a master writer, and can easily pull you in and have you reading without putting the book down. When I started reading the book, I was immediately drawn into his world of wizards, witches and guelish knights. I was immediately drawn to Torg, Kusala and other characters. The scraggly witch was both alluring seductive. The story begins with the plotting to destroy the enemy. Jims wastes no time with elongated introductions; but immediately begins telling his tall tale. Jim’s descriptions are incredible! So vivid! He writes – ‘Her scraggly hair was grey, and it danced on her head like a tangle of Snakes.” He also writes; “His eyes were now red and swollen; vile liquid oozed from their sockets. Two bloodstained fangs hung over her lower lip; venom dripped from their printed tips. His tongue was long and black; it probed and fluttered like a snakes.” These are the kinds of descriptions you’ll find in the book. But more importantly, Jim knows how to tell a story and captivate the reader from beginning to end without boring you with endless descriptions. They are limited and to the point. And only tells you what you need to know. That’s my kind of writer! No-one likes a writer who bores you with pages of descriptions for a single scene. ‘Forged in Death’ I believe will come to be a fantasy classic. And Jim Melvin has made his mark in the world of literature. He has appeared on, and been interviewed by Mr. Media himself – Bob Andelman. Andelman has interviewed over a thousand celebrities. When an author can really grab my attention; I feel I had to get this review in. From all the fantasy books I have read, there have been authors that have intrigued me for their vivid descriptions and broad story lines. But there is something about Jim that really entices me. I don’t know what it is. But his writing style really gets my attention. And I must say that I am a hard man to please. I chose which books I want to read very carefully. The ending is climactic and something very special. I was so entertained by the story. I hope Jim goes on to write many books in the ‘Death Wizard Chronicles’ and ‘Forged in Death’ is my pic for fantasy book of the year! A wizardly fantasy which takes you on a journey of a land of mystical elusive magic!
Fantasy fiction for adults who want to escape to new worlds filled with dragons, magic and chaos, Forged in Death by Jim Melvin opens with a solid punch to the gut. Imagine finding yourself held prisoner in a dark, be-spelled pit with no way out, no way to even stretch out without causing yourself horrible pain. That is where we meet our hero, Torg, a user of death magic, a man who “has died a thousand times” and earned the right to be called king. This is Torg’s journey, his fight against Invictus, who uses the power of the sun to defeat his foes. Follow Torg as gruesome battles are waged, sexual heat is presented as an in-your-face event and the fortitude of a man is tested on a regular basis. The cornerstone for this series, Forged in Death has a world that is created, fleshed out and thoroughly entrancing as even a wisp of air feels as if it has touched the reader. High fantasy is as personal as what toppings one wants on their pizza, how thick the crust is and how much sauce is too much, but Jim Melvin has done a marvelous job of getting everything just right, adding his own personal touches and not being afraid to use bold and confident strokes in his writing. Mr. Melvin has set the stage for future installments and left the door wide open for readers to wonder what will happen next! Solid reading, great characters and a world unlike any we have known. Prepare to lose yourself on the planet Trikon, next stop, book two!
"Forged in Death" by Jim Melvin (the first of six in the series) proved to be a wonderful read that fully captured my attention. I am admittedly picky about high fantasy and have little patience for the familiar retreads of the genre, but Melvin has written a book that captures the genre's essence and breathes new elements into it. The "magic" system is unlike any I've read before. In an intriguing twist, the antagonist uses the power of the sun while the hero, Torg, wields the power of death. Torg is a complex, fully-developed character. His journey is the focus of this first installment of "The Death Wizard Chronicles" much like that of Odysseus in "The Odyssey". A cast of engaging characters surround Torg, and aspects of eastern spiritualism pervade the book. As to be expected in a work about a world heading into chaos, there is violence. Some of the descriptions are gruesome, and kudos to Melvin for writing descriptively enough to make me cringe. The sexual content is matter-of-fact, brief, and not gratuitous. The book does read like an opening chapter of a larger story which is the ONLY reason why I rated it a 4 instead of 5 stars; I like rating a series as a whole and not piecemeal, book by book. Once I've read the series in its entirety, I may reassess the rating. "Forged in Death" is an entertaining read that will hold you from beginning to end. I highly recommend it and look forward to the second installment "Chained by Fear."