Gideon's Dawn

Gideon's Dawn

by Michael Warden
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LiadanESM More than 1 year ago
I continue to be amazed that this series doesn't get 1/10th the attention it deserves. So, I'll try to give it appropriate tribute here. This series is definitely "fantasy adventure," so if you love that genre in general, you MUST read these books. The first installment, "Gideon's Dawn," opens the story about a man living in our world, Gideon Dawning, who is a geology student. He trudges through a messed up life and during a geological survey, which he leads, there is an earthquake. He falls into a pit that opens up before him and finds himself in another world. Very Narnia like, I know, but M. Warden doesn't plagarize off of Lewis. Anyways, he immediatley finds himself in the middle of a war between two factions of people: The Council, that possess a terrible ability to speak Sa'lei, which is mystical tongue of death, vs. the Remnant, that speak Dei'lo, which is the tongue of life. In these stories, the power of these two Tongues can do amazing things, like make storms of wind that tear people apart, control the minds of monsters, and bring people just dead back to life. The character Gideon is emotionally and mentally damaged from an abusive past, and it shows in the book as he struggles to come to grips with the strange world that he had been thrust into. And despite his many failings, that he can clearly see in himself, he tries to step up to the plate to help the Remnant, which, despite his emotional distance, distrust and sometimes contentious attitude, counts him as their friend. I love a lot of things about this story. For one, the plot is interesting. The Council has basically taken over all the lands, except for a few tiny strongholds of freedom that hide in mountains and valleys and continue to flourish. The main characters are diverse, coming from a variety of backrounds of age, gender, social class and military, etc. As Gideon learns more about the world called the "Inherited Lands," we learn about it too. From the start, some Remnant members trust him at once, believing he was sent to save them, while others are uncertain. He also finds in this new world, he wields amazing powers that manifest themselves unexpectedly, and enable him to call lightning storms and other feats to help the Remnant battle the Council. Also, all of the characters are very well developed and you learn some of the history of each person. And another twist is, not all of the villains realize they are the "bad guys," which adds another facet. After Gideon arrives and the Remnant takes him in, they make an incredible journey filled with battles, revelations and dangers to the stronghold of the Remnant, called Wordhaven, which is an astonishing place where all the people commune in a mutual telepathy and can all read each other's minds and train to battle the Council. There Gideon comes to accept his new life that leads to the invasion of the Council city of Phallenar, where the Remnant go seeking the lost Book of Dei'lo, which holds Words powerful enough to challenge the oppression of the Council. The end battle is amazing and the unexpected help they get is fabulous. The ending reveals the true purpose that Gideon has in these new lands, but will he accept it? And do they get the Book? Who lives through the battle and who doesn't? The Remnant pay a terrible price for locating the book I will admit. This book is SOOOO worth reading, I can't begin to impress the 'MUST' in you M
Guest More than 1 year ago
Micheal Warden yanks his readers out of their seats with this incredible novel. Gideon's Dawn is just an awesome story written with the calibur and imagination of any of the top fantasy writer(Tolkien or C.S.Lewis). The original idea of how languages can cause miraculous events to happen for both good and evil is awesome but, most of all, I love Warden's empahsis on spirituality and the purity of the heart. This aspect gives a whole new twist that is not found in the Lord of the rings and not as elaborated in The Chronicles of Narnia. The major heroes in this book (with the exception of one at first, you'll have to read the book to find out who and why) all show purity of spirit and heart. The characters emobody all types of personalities and races of which everyone can relate to and some may want to emulate. I know that I wouldn't mind being like the clear minded, focused, and kind heart Ajel Windrunner (a major hero in the book) and I know all of us can relate to the books main character and namesake Gideon who has an uncanny ablity to be obstinate in every way. In conclusion, This book Rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Warden's novel is an absolute delight, with an other-worldly feel that kept me guessing about the outcome until nearly the very last page. 'Masterpiece' is not too strong a word for this fine novel. A warning: I found the first half a bit confusing and somewhat plodding. But then comes a thoroughly unexpected twist and-wham! Just like a roller coaster down the first dip, the story catapults you into an amazing labyrinthe of twists and turns. Gideon's Dawn is the kind of allegorical tale that will force you to confront hidden secrets and contemplate one's relationship with the future. It will also leave you hungering for the next installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Warden's novel is an absolute delight, with an other-worldly feel that kept me guessing about the outcome until nearly the very last page. 'Masterpiece' is not too strong a word for this fine novel. A warning: I found the first half a bit confusing and somewhat plodding. But then comes a thoroughly unexpected twist and-wham! Just like a roller coaster down the first dip, the story catapults you into an amazing labyrinthe of twists and turns. Gideon's Dawn is the kind of allegorical tale that will force you to confront hidden secrets and contemplate one's relationship with the future. It will also leave you hungering for the next installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the type of book that fans of fantasy fiction who are Christians have been waiting for. Well written, encompassing, vividly descriptive, and very relevant to Christian life and struggles therein. From a fantasy standpoint, the novel reminded me very much of Stephen R. Donaldson's 'Thomas Covenant' books. From a personal standpoint, I think the book could have used a little more of Gideon's geology background. The one thing that really sets this book apart for me is the fact that you are allowed to draw the spiritual parallels on your own. The author is not forcing faith into the work. It is there for the reader to find if they wish. This is the type of fantasy that makes a great bridge from the secular world to the Christian. Highly Recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gideon's Dawn is an incredibly intense tale about a world very different than our own, yet so vividly described that it seems just as real. Gideon's sudden and unexpected passage from his mundane life into the middle of an epic battle between forces of good and evil leaves him in constant peril of the deadly words of the ancient language of destruction. Taken in by strangers of this new world that are willing to give their lives to protect him, Gideon struggles to find his own path. Gideon's Dawn to too compelling to read slowly, every page coerces the reader on to the next. This is by far the best book I have read in many years. I'm very anxious to find out what happens to Gideon next in Book #2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a first time reader of fantasy fiction, I was totally delighted to find a story with so much depth along with plenty of adventure and suspense. Gideon seemed very believable even in another world - one that I found quite intriguing. It is definitely a book that keeps you wanting more - hopefully the author will provide the next segment very soon as one wonders what will happen with Gideon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gideon¿s Dawn is an incredibly intense tale about a world very different than our own, yet so vividly described that it seems just as real. Gideon¿s sudden and unexpected passage from his mundane life into the middle of an epic battle between forces of good and evil leaves him in constant peril of the deadly words of the ancient language of destruction. Taken in by strangers of this new world that are willing to give their lives to protect him, Gideon struggles to find his own path. Gideon¿s Dawn to too compelling to read slowly, every page coerces the reader on to the next. This is by far the best book I have read in many years. I¿m very anxious to find out what happens to Gideon next in Book #2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gideon's Dawn will unquestionably be compared with The Fellowship of the Ring. This is unfortunate, because it is neither fair to the author nor the reader. Michael Warden has most certainly been inspired by Tolkien. But his imagery is much more lucid and concise, and therefore more interesting. In my mind, his writing is more closely akin to the fictional works of C.S. Lewis. But his story has a much greater sense of realism and urgency; thus, it is more personal, more involving. Make no mistake - Warden is his own writer. He literally transforms a genre - too often trite and cliché - with two qualities the fantasy realm has desperately needed: creativity and truth. The tapestry of images and words are woven so tightly, that Gideon's Dawn is a dynamic experience for the reader. The character development and storyline are well blended, so that neither detracts from the importance of the other. And the 'back story' is quite ingenious, but not without purpose, as it gives the story ever-present, fluid motion. Gideon's Dawn is both captivating and soul-searching. But don't let that description scare you...it is also undeniably thrilling - my heart was literally pounding on more than one occasion! You will not want (or be able) to put this book down! ...Thus begins the dreadfully long wait for book #2!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great read! Even before I finished the book, I was already imagining what an AMAZING MOVIE this story could make. The images of other-worldly landscapes and all the edge-of-your-seat action really sucked me in! Warden also does a great job at building some visually enchanting characters with quite a bit of depth and mystery. The story itself reminds me something like if 'The Lord of the Rings' met 'Dune', except there is definitely a great deal of new and unique literary territory to explore. I just loved the epic nature of this story, and the captivating themes of quest, journey, spirituality, redemption, and destiny. I just hope Warden is close to finishing book #2 so I can continue this adventure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gideon¿s Dawn is a profound and edifying foray into the murky corridors of the soul. Not only is the world of the Inherited Lands cleverly detailed and perfectly enchanting, but the characters themselves speak so willingly to the depths of being with their strange and yet welcoming humanity. In all of the fantasy works I have encountered, never have I experienced narrative quite so personally compelling. Warden reveals himself to be a master at crafting and cradling the human heart, a touch that is sure to leave you haunted and hungry for more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. It's hard to believe that Gideon's Dawn is Michael Warden's first novel. He writes with such imagination and vision that the characters and setting seem to come alive right on the page. The story goes something like this: Gideon Dawning is a burned-out teaching assistant at the University of Texas. When he takes a group of undergrads on a geology expedition, he is summarily and unexpectedly transported into a whole new realm---birthed into this place through the chaos of an earthquake. Here he is taken (mistaken?) against his repeated protests as a long-foretold messiah. The result is a journey of hardship and discovery as he makes his way through a world where words have power and 'there is no magic, only words of life and death.' Have to admit I approached this one with skepticism, but was won over almost immediately by the lyrical prose and depth of story Warden has created. I'm told it took him 10 years to write---and it was worth it. Fans of Terry Brooks, Tolkien, or CS Lewis should eat this up. Warden is a bright new star in fantasy fiction...Let's hope he keeps writing for another 50 years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gideon¿s Dawn is a stirring, white-knuckle adventure through a strange world of black-hearted villains and outnumbered heroes. Best read with The Lord of the Rings soundtrack playing in the background, Michael Warden's debut novel is a bright new light in fantasy suspense fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Newcomer Michael D. Warden has penned a story sure to grab readers by the lapels and pull them into the fascinating worlds of physical and spiritual adventure. Blending strong characters and an avalanche of action, Gideon¿s Dawn is certain to be remembered.