Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be plunged into a dangerous fantasy world?
The Blackwood brothers from New Orleans are about to find out. Youngest brother Will dreams of escaping his mundane life as an apprentice contractor. Caleb is a bartender whose charm and good looks see him through life. Val, the eldest, is a high-powered attorney who hides the fact that he can perform parlor tricks with his mind.
The brothers' lives are changed forever when they receive a belated inheritance from their father: a staff with a mysterious stone on top, a pair of rogue's bracers, and a sword that Will can barely lift. Searching for an explanation, it is not until a strange key whisks the brothers across time and space, into a terrifying version of New Orleans ruled by wizards, that the brothers accept the truth and undergo a perilous journey home. With the help of an alluring but deadly adventuress, they must break into the keep of a sorcerer known for his love of diabolical games, find a trio of enchanted talismans, and somehow defeat an evil wizard who can raise legions of the undead to do his bidding.
It seems the brothers have found their adventure. But will they live to tell the tale?
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About the Author
Layton lives with his family in North Carolina. You can visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (laytongreen.com).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Zombie rottweilers were not what his friend promised when they went out for a night of adventure, but that is what Will got. Like many of his generation Will Blackwood finds himself deeply dissatisfied with his lot in life. A part-time job as a theatric jouster isn’t enough to keep his older brother from worrying about him, nor is it enough to keep him from worrying about their younger brother. But dead end jobs, a sad dearth of romance, and a general ennui take the back seat when their father’s oldest friend appears to arm them for a mystic battle, just before getting kidnapped by something that should not exist in the twenty-first century. Layton Green has created a complex and enjoyable fantasy world and has set his modern characters in it while skillfully balancing their twenty-first century ethos with their surroundings. The main characters are all well developed and engaging. The storytelling flows well and the writing is technically good. His merging of the fantastic world the titular brothers have to face and the mundane world they come from is smooth and doesn’t distract from the story over all. He has an especial talent for remembering the more mundane details of the fantasy world; from the taste of the bread to tired muscles after unexpected exercise. The story frequently becomes formulaic in the telling and there are few true surprises and plot twists. The author does have a tendency to “tell and not show” especially when developing the main characters personalities and some of the secondary characters can feel two-dimensional. The story is aimed at a slightly older audience with plenty of sexual (though not explicit) interaction and parents will probably want to give the book a once over before letting younger readers pick it up. There is also the usual sword and sorcery violence to consider. All in all it was an enjoyable fantasy romp with the promise of more to come in later books. Enjoy and read at your own discretion.
I’m a fantasy geek. I grew up immersing myself in Middle Earth, Narnia, comic books, Star Trek and Star Wars. I ran around my house dressed up as Wonder Woman, Princess Leia or Galadriel pretending I was a heroine fighting off evil. Will Blackwood the youngest of three brothers is a fantasy geek like me, who enjoys losing himself in the tall tales of knights, wizards and engaging in pretend battles of wit and magic. The fantasy world provides him with an escape from his dull life as a contractor in New Orleans and he indulges his need for adventure by attending cons, cosplaying, hanging out with gaming groups and going on police ride-alongs with his best friend, New Orleans officer Lance Wesson. As interesting as his fantasy world is, it is a safe world where he doesn’t have to worry about real villains and beasts attacking him, so when his fantasy world becomes a reality and a villain with powers beyond his understanding is after him and his brothers, Will has to learn how to overcome his panic disorder and become a hero just like in his favorite fantasy stories. The story mainly narrates from Will’s point of view but occasionally it transitions into narration from his two brothers. The oldest of the three brothers is Val. He is the over protective one who knows how to work a deal. Caleb is the kind hearted, flirty middle brother who would rather be on a beach relaxing with a drink and a lady. Will is the youngest, a panic induced dreamer and puzzle solver. Together they make up a team that is faltering their way around their new reality while trying to defeat an evil villain who is after three magical elements willed to each brother by their deceased father. The supporting characters recruited for the Blackwood Brother’s epic journey are an interesting lot. They add another layer of excitement to the story and help the reader along with the brothers understand the new world they have been thrown into. My favorite supporting character is Mala. I really hope we get to see more of Mala in the next books! The storyline is like any great fantasy novel. It is full of magic, adventure and an appealing yet scary strange new world. If you enjoy epic fantasy adventures then you will find yourself engaged in this one, willing the characters to run faster, jump higher, and hurry up before disaster strikes. I plan on reading the next book. It will definitely be interesting to see how the series progresses and how the brothers adapt to their new identities as well as how they balance their lives now that they are existing in two similar yet completely different worlds. Copy provided for review. Reviewed by Joy for Crystal's Many Reviewers
The Brothers Three is a fast paced, action packed, compelling fantasy novel. The youngest Blackwood brother, Will, was born with a warrior spirit. One of his favorite pastimes was role-playing, fighting, fantasy games, with nerdy, head-in-the-clouds type of people like himself. Will would often envision himself as a fearless knight until his incapacitating, all too familiar panic attacks would zap him back into reality. Caleb, the middle Blackwood brother, was a lover and pacifist. His mundane, predictable life as a bartender was his comfort zone. Val, the eldest Blackwood sibling, was a high-powered lawyer. He was the serious, responsible brother, the one who looked after the others. And, although he used to entertain people with parlor tricks when he was younger, he never believed in magic. In fact, Val considered magic to be utter foolishness, but that would soon change. Charlie, their father’s friend was more than just an acquaintance to the boys. When their father died, it was Charlie who picked up the pieces and raised the three brothers. So when Charlie’s life was in danger, Will, couldn't let it go. After accepting a glowing key from a stranger, Will knowingly stepped into another realm, bringing his brothers and best friend, Lance with him. The parallel world that they landed in resembled New Orleans, but it wasn’t. This new realm was ruled by wizards. It was filled with evil, magic, and monsters. And, anyone who did not agree with the wizard’s rule, found themselves suffering, or dead. The thing that Will didn’t realize when he entered this parallel world was that there would be no easy way back. If you enjoy wizards, magic, danger, and action, you’re going to love this novel. Thank you, Layton Green for my complimentary copy of The Brothers Three.