Tears of Min Brock

Tears of Min Brock

by J. E. Lowder


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ISBN-13: 9780692304617
Publisher: WordCrafts, LLC
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Series: War of Whispers , #1
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

J.E. Lowder has played bass for Shania Twain, been charged by a black rhino while on safari, and visited the Oval Office. He honed his love for both music and writing while in high school when he went backstage to interview such artists as Bob Seger, Rush and Kansas - "sorta like "Almost Famous" but without Kate Hudson!" he quips. Lowder draws from all these experiences and injects a healthy dose of pure imagination when crafting his debut fantasy series, The War of Whispers. He points to the a quote by G.K. Chesterton as the summation of his writing philosophy: "Nay, the really sane man knows that he has a touch of the madman." He is married, the father of four wonderful children, and is a proud grandfather. He lives near Nashville, TN where he continues to write. An avid biker, Lowder says he is "always on the prowl for adventure and stories."

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Tears of Min Brock 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
The world is a dark place filled with a drone from the Cauldron. No one is to look into what happened at Min Brock or the Dark War. But Elabea hears a whisper that is different from the drone. Wanting to be a storyteller, Elabea wants to learn more about the whisper, especially since it is coming from Claire, a land destroyed during the Dark War. Elabea and her friend Galadin follow the whisper and hope to bring life to the world. You will also meet Lassiter, a boy that also hears the whisper. He is traveling with Newcomb and DeMorley, the minstrel. Will they be able to bring light to this darkened world? Elabea is a 14 year old girl that is willing to go against the law to bring life back to the dark that has become the world. I really liked how important and powerful the storytellers were. As with every quest, we meet new characters and we face tough trials along the way to Claire. But what I really like were the characters were very realistic. They all had a fault of some sort and they clearly grow along their path. This is an amazing story. It drew me in following Elabea go against all rules to stop the drone. This is the first book in a series. I can’t wait to read the next book. I also feel really bad that it has taken me this long to get the review written. Sorry about that. I received Tears of Min Brock for free from WordCrafts Press in exchange for an honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Lowder creates an awe inspiring world in the first novel of this series. This world is a mix of medieval and the fantastical. It melds brilliantly in order to create a uniquely new and solidly built world as a backdrop for this awesome novel. It also has all of the usual elements of a fantasy tale – magic, war, fantastical creatures, character names that you’ve never seen before and will never see again, etc – but Lowder puts these all together with a twist. Through this tale he brings to light the importance of stories to spark the imagination in those of all ages, which is true not only in the story but in the world as a whole. It’s all about the power of the written word – something we experience every time we read but rarely, if ever, find as the subject matter for a series. Lowder also develops an intricate history of the land that is presented in the way of the bard. It is so captivatingly real that you feel yourself traveling through time with the storyteller. The main characters in this novel are quite well developed. I enjoyed that they all started together only to travel on a few separate journeys. Yet, at the same time you have the feeling that they will be reunited in the future. By following their separate trials and challenges you get to know a great deal about the characters, the land in which they live, and the challenges that they face. I love that none of the characters are intrinsically good or evil. They all had their choice. They could choose which whisper to follow. None were forced. The battle of willpower was interesting to see, and the choice was left to each and every character: to fight for good, to fight for evil, to do nothing. This novel was a brilliant escape from reality that kept me wrapped up in its brilliantly fabricated world with equally amazing characters. This is definitely a series that I’ll be following closely throughout. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
Lauryn_Kelly More than 1 year ago
Tears of Min Brock is an enjoyable fantasy novel. The world is expansive; the concept of storytellers being powerful really intrigued me. Lowder's writing style is pleasant to read. He's descriptive, and uses comparisons and a variety of sentence types, so the reader can see his world and characters. Each character had their own voice and objectives. The creatures throughout the novel are interesting and creative. I haven't come across their like before. However, there was one thing I did dislike about the novel - the fact that it is so allegorical. A lot of "tales" and events sounded like biblical references or inspirations. When I first came across this novel, I had no idea this would be the case. However, upon pursuing his website in search for a map (which every good fantasy novel needs), it appears this was part of his inspiration for writing. Personally, I tend to avoid Christian lit or novels with Christian overtones or undertones. So that aspect was a bit off-putting for me. Had it been strictly fantasy without any hidden meanings or interpretations, I'd have enjoyed it more. But as each began more and more obvious, I sighed. In spite of that, it was still an interesting concept and world. I look forward to reading the sequel and seeing how their adventure continues against the Cauldron and towards finding Claire. 4.5 stars Note: I received a free copy from the author for a fair and honest review.
sarahkate729 More than 1 year ago
"Tears of Min Brock" is an amazing story. It made me laugh and cry. Mr. Lowder did an exceptional job in relating the adventures of Elabea and Galadin, as well as giving background to certain people and places. He made his characters so real that I cried over them. "Tears of Min Brock" is worth reading!
VicG More than 1 year ago
J.E. Lowder in his new book, “Tears of Min Brock” Book One in The War Of Whispers series published by WordCrafts Press gives us a fantasy adventure that introduces us to Elabea. From the back cover: Areall crept toward the parchment as if an evil spirit possessed it. “Its beauty is its deception,” she whispered. “Burn it, child. Destroy it or you will curse us. The Cauldron will know. The Cauldron will see. They will come.” Elabea calmly lifted the parchment from the coals, where it had refused to burn. “How can something so beautiful be evil?” The Dark War is over. Betrayal, defeat and death forever accompany any mention of the battlefield known as Min Brock. The shining kingdom of Claire is no more. Any hint of rebellion is supressed by the constant drone that echoes throughout the land. The Oracles of the Council of Ebon, the dark lords who feed the perpetual flames of the Cauldron, forbid even mentioning the name of the Only, the King of Claire, on pain of death. Yet in the night… a whisper comes to Elabea, a girl of 14 summers, who hears and dares to believe there might be more to life than the drone. Accompanied by her lifelong friend, Galadin, Elabea embarks on a dangerous journey to become one of the most powerful creatures in the land – a storyteller. Along the way she must learn to discern the true whisper of Claire from the counterfeit whisper of Ebon. One might lead her to restore light and life to a world ruled by darkness. The other leads to certain death. The War of Whispers has begun. “Tears of Min Brock” is going to become a classic right up there with “The Lord of the Rings”. J. E. Lowder has created a new world filled with new Peoples, dark terrors as well as new and old civilizations. And then there is the quest. All classic stories rest upon a quest and the heroine, Elabea, has been given the quest in a whisper that no one else seems to hear. With her friend, Galadin, they set off to find the lost kingdom of Claire that everyone believes to be destroyed in a centuries old battle. Along the way they meet new quest mates and evil forces set to destroy them. Fasten your seat belts this is going to be a wild, exciting ride. Mr. Lowder knows how to write a story that is full of suspense and action. In addition to being a great story ”Tears of Min Brock” is also an allegory for the Christian experience. To really appreciate just how terrific this book is you really have to read this book for yourselves. This is not a book that you want to rush through. ”Tears of Min Brock” is a book to be savored as you try to understand the deep things that Mr. Lowder put in his story. Mr. Lowder has done an outstanding job of bringing Elabea and her quest adventures to life on these pages. I liked this book and recommend it highly! I can hardly wait for book two in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WordCrafts Press for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerni