Seven Forges (Seven Forges Series #1)

Seven Forges (Seven Forges Series #1)

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Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half-forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.

The people of Fellein have live with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn't stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who had once lived there... and oft-rumored riches.

File Under: Fantasy [Savage Lands | Vengeful Gods | An Expected Journey | Battalions at War]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857663832
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Series: Seven Forges Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 467,444
Product dimensions: 4.36(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

James A. Moore is a Stoker Award-nominated author of over twenty novels, including tie-in work for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. James has written extensively for White Wolf Publishing in the World of Darkness setting. James lives in Atlanta, GA.

Customer Reviews

Seven Forges 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
the_one_who_reads More than 1 year ago
Good evening constant reader. If you like a sword and sorcery epic with characters who all but grab you by the hand and drag you through the narrative, a story line that takes your interest and holds it hostage until it's had it's way with you, a lot of action, is well-paced and is so good, you don't want to put it down, but at the same time, don't want to finish it too quick (then the awesome is over), this book my dears, is for you. Merros Dulver is leading a group of men making their way to explore the Seven Forges, spikes of mountain that can be seen from the distance of their home land Fellein, but until now have remained unexplored. They encounter a race of people who populate this wild and barren land and it seems as if they were "expected" - Merros's arrival was foreseen. The strangers he discovers there join him on his return to Fellein, but Merros wonders if this might be a mistake, to mix his people with the newcomers. The newcomers's Gods are rather martial and they have wild ways about them. Yet they return to Fellein, and the stage is set. As I kept reading, I got more and more sucked in to this world and the magic and interesting creatures that abide there. There's more than enough sword play, a sorcerer who gave me the wiggins and made me never want to trust him, a young man who loses a lot and gains more, so much more, but at what ultimate cost, female characters that are more than just pretty faces, though there are some pretty faces, too, and an ending I didn't see coming and when it arrived, with too few pages left in the book, told me we're in for another installment in this series. My biggest gripe about fantasy writing is it can get too caught up in itself and stretch on and on and on and on, lasting for umpteen volumes. With each new installment, the story starts to stretch our further and further from the core that captured one's attention in the first place. This is why in my pleasure reading, I tend to shun multi-volume epics. Until now. Mr. Moore, James if I may...I hope you've got the next volume in this series written, or if not written, at least well mapped out, because I want more, and so will everyone else who has any taste other than in their mouths.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed thoroughly, I bought I as a filler book and was engaged within the first few pages. I have a sliding scale, does it entertain me?.. was it original? YES and most importantly YES! I found it reminiscent of the Tiger and Del series with regards to realistic and fully human characters. I strongly think you will like the book, take a chance give it a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of S.M. Stirling and as such thought this might be a quick read before his next book comes out. Quick read was right. I started the book and had it read in two days. I was pleasantly surprised with the story, loved the characters and bought the second book as soon as I put the first down. Worth the money!
Alebelly More than 1 year ago
An easy to read page turner that ended well before I was ready to put it down. Good, entertaining read. Looking forward to the next installment.
Sandman_Slim101 More than 1 year ago
I had Seven Forges in my reading queue for about 3 months, never quite getting to it. I am so glad I did, because it is an excellent read. Great world building, with many elements of fantasy and post cataclysm world types. There is magic, although what can be done with it is slowly revealed across the book. The character building is strong, with realistic motivations for the characters. I really liked the main protagonist, and the twist at the end left me stunned, since I though I had it figured out, and them bam, twist! I will recommend this book to anyone, and will definitely be getting book 2, The Blasted Lands.
4fantasy More than 1 year ago
I bought this based on the good reviews it got and boy do I feel suckered. Couldn't make it past 20 pages before stopping. Might be a good story, I'll never know because the writing is just too painful to read. It was like a High School English project; forced, tedious, and very impressed with itself. I've read too many good "writers" to have patience anymore for bad writing no matter how entertaining the story may be. Will not be trying any others in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read, 300+ pages and wish there were 300 more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a great read, that ended  to soon.  As a reader I definitely was left waiting for the next book.  I hope this is going to be a series
DanKeohane More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best, most enjoyable novels I’ve read in a long time, and, quite honestly, the best high fantasy novel I’ve ever read, period. The story begins in motion and never lets up. Helpful in this regard are the multiple storylines throughout the narrative, from the perilous voyage to the land called Seven Forges and the discovery of a kingdom of warriors long separated from the rest of the world, to the story of a young man cruelly beaten and maimed who gets a new chance at life, to the Sorcerer who advices, and in truth pretty much runs, the kingdom of Fellein. The characters are all very unique, especially the people/warriors of the Seven Forges. No cookie-cutter Tolkienesque cut-outs to be found here. I found each character to be well thought-out and real and, most importantly, infinitely likeable. Moore’s brilliant writing is direct and clear, painting locations and people with concise prose that moves along and doesn’t get bogged down in its own writing. With just enough humor added in for balance, this action-packed, at times violent, novel was consistently a joy to read. As a reader, the fact that I looked forward to returning to the book every day says volumes in my mind. This is what a fantasy novel should be. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
Pi-E More than 1 year ago
I'm glad I stumbled upon this author. I thoroughly enjoyed the Seven Forges and the second book Blasted Lands. Hopefully we don't have to wait too long for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Series reads great as one story. Author seems to leave open the decision of who is the protagonist and who is the antagonist. Will read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have probably read hundreds of fantasy books in my life time and I can honestly say this series was my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good character development and flow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seven Forges by James Moore is an excellent read. It is probably one of the best books I have read in a long time. Fast paced, good character development, I had trouble putting it down. So why only 4 stars? The editting needs a little work. There were a few incorrectly spelled words and a few double entries. However, there were not enough to distract me from the story. Mr. Moore did an awesome job bringing his characters to life. Many authors today have very one dimensional characters, or they are all basically the same. Mr. Moore seperated the personalities of his characters very well. The mythos of the Seven Forges is well thought out and developed. The actions of the characters actually make sense! So far, having read only book 1, I will rate Seven Forges slightly above George RR Martin's Game of Thrones, but just below Tolkien's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. If you are a fan of epic fantasy, you must add this to your library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written with good charecters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book had a great plot and vivid descriptions of the characters. In the middle the action slowed to a crawl with a active and suspenseful ending to the book. Overall a great story and enjoyable to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book sets up a rousing series, if the rest are anything like this. Merros Dulver has heart and integrity, and I can't wait to see what he'll do next. Other than angry, I don't know Andover well enough, but I sense book two will fix that. I am fascinated with the sorcerer as I suspect was the intent. I can't wait to see how the upheaval at the end will impact the story unfolding. Great beginnings, Mr. Moore. I'm hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book starts out by throwing you into the midst of what feels like a fast paced book. The pace slows to a crawl as you become oriented to what is happening and the characters that you're supposed to follow. The book isn't poorly written, but it certainly isn't padded with language that brings the surroundings to life, except for the blasted lands. I give the author the extra half a star, because the redundancies are minimal. So many books currently repeat themselves over and over, like you have forgotten what the character wanted in the last 100 pages. I received the book from the "Start a new series sale". The money was well spent, and I'll even pick up the next in series to see if the author can continue to hold my interest.
warrior54 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good book. However, I come at the fantasy genre from a different angle than most. I don't need 300 pages of "world building" to enjoy the book. Most times, I want a book that just jumps into the story and assumes that I am smart enough to use my imagination a little. Mr. Moore is not one of the best writers I have ever read, but he is one of my favorites right now. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a very intresting and action packed book, however I something to keep in mind is it can be slow paced at times. Despite this it was an exciting book that left me wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deeply enjoy this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book
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