Passage of the Acolyte: Part One

Passage of the Acolyte: Part One

by James Vargo

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ISBN-13: 9781456511791
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/12/2011
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa, I have been a fan of fantasy since first watching 'the Hobbit' cartoon on TV as a child.
I love world creating and filling it with endearing characters. Map-making is a secondary talent I stumbled into years ago, and it's an overlooked art that deserves its due. Writing is less of a talent and more of a discipline...and it takes determination and devotion to do it right.
So for all you Tolkien fans and lovers of fantasy, if you loved Lord of the Rings, you'll like Passage of the Acolyte. (hey, I'm honest)

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Passage of the Acolyte: Part One 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Vargo has a very good start here to his planned epic fantasy two-volume series. This is the story of Greynol an "Acolyte" (a sort of holy man). Greynol has lived for decades in a quite life of contemplative retirement when he is pulled back into the real world by a dark secret from his past- one that may have dire consequences for the world. The Acolyte thus must gather a small group of escorts for his quest across the continent, and ends up with a group of eager young men. In many ways, I found the tale so far quite evocative of The Fellowship of the Ring. Don't get me wrong, there's no attempt to copy LotR ( no hobbits, etc), and it's not up to Tolkien's writing level (who is?), but still, there is a sense of the Fellowship here. I quite enjoyed it. Not a lot of magic or combat, but just enough of both to add a sense of wonder and danger. The world is beautifully described, too. And, it has several nice maps, and we all know how much I like maps in a fantasy novel. Nice character growth and a slow building of what we know about Greynol, too. There's a few missteps, of course, such as one would expect from a new author. Names are a bit confusing, as is all too common in fantasy books. To an extent, same with the different peoples. What would be a good addition is a glossary with a short character bio and info about the various people, nations, etc. Still, those are quibbles. I am very much looking forward to the rest of the series. I rcvd a copy of this book for review.