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The Black River Chronicles: Level One (Black River Academy) Paperback – September 28, 2016
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You know these characters: The ranger, the fighter, the wizard, the rogue. But haven't you ever wondered how they learned to be those things?
Three months into his studies at the Black River Academy of Swordcraft and Spellcraft, Durren Flintrand is shocked by the news that from now on he'll be assigned to a party, and that his only hope of progressing beyond the lowly rank of level one is to succeed with his new companions. However, Durren has a secret that may make that impossible, and his three partners have problems of their own. Wizard Areinelimus is terrified of her own magic. Rogue Tia has no patience at all with others. And warrior Hule is just an idiot. In fact, when a disembodied, floating eyeball is your most competent party member, you know you have serious problems.
To stand a chance of succeeding, they need to work together, and that means learning to tolerate each other, while surviving a world of angry rat people, murderous sorcerers and homicidal unicorns. But even if they can somehow find a way to get along, dark and ancient forces are stirring, ones no level one students should ever have to confront...
- If you enjoy Dungeons and Dragons and/or sword and sorcery stories, you should be reading The Black River Chronicles... Great fun and a joyous celebration of the RPGs we all know and love. Pop Verse
- ★★★★ A keen mixture of the familiar and the innovative. With unicorns, dwarves, dangerous rebellions and dozens of other fantastical beasts and moments, this book is a thrilling ride that leaves readers with a number of important lessons. Readers should be excited to see where this series goes, and what those "higher levels" hold for this unique band of adventurers. Self-Publishing Review
- ...this book is a lot of fun. Surprisingly realistic fun. Enjoyable, immersive fun. "I want more" fun. And there's a promise that this fun will be followed by more. At the same time, all on its own, this book tells a great tale that comes to a satisfying ending. Ed Greenwood - The Archmage
- ...superb pacing, competent writing, well-described action, fun situations, and appealing characters. The first in a series, the book remains a pleasant confection. Well-crafted fantasy fiction about a team of young trainees tackling dangerous missions." Kirkus Reviews
The Black River Chronicles is a new fantasy series from David Tallerman and Michael Wills. Set in an academy for young adventurers in training, the Black River Academy, our new dungeon crawlers set out to learn the ropes. Follow them in their adventures and misadventures and see if they save the day, or flunk out of school before earning their next level.
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- Publisher : Digital Fantasy Fiction, an imprint of Digital Fiction Publishing Corp.; 1.01 edition (September 28, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 294 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1927598516
- ISBN-13 : 978-1927598511
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.74 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Until now that is. The Black River Chronicles tells the story of four aspiring heroes, Areinelimus Ironheart Thundertree (Wizard), Hule Tremick (Fighter), Tia Locke (Rogue) and Durren Flintrand (Ranger) as they try to make their way through The Black River Academy for Swordcraft and Spellcraft (a Hogwarts for the Questing world is probably the best comparison),
At the Academy all pupils are split into one of four groups (Wizard, Fighter, Rogue or Ranger) where they learn the tricks of the trade for their particular skillset. After a while they are put into 'parties' (one from each group) where they will have to learn to work together and complete quests set by the Academy with the aim of raising their capabilities and 'levelling up'. As you would expect, our four heroes don't get on particularly well at the start and when their first quest mission ends in spectacular failure all does not look good for the future. Thankfully they are saved when Storesmaster Cullglass takes a chance on them, setting them other quest missions which are slightly more successful but........don't things seem a little bit 'off''? What does Cullglass want with the artifacts our heroes retrieve? Will they ever reach Level Two?
What we have with this book is a great fun read where the pages just fly by, plenty of questing, adventuring, Dungeons, magic, battles and traps. The characters are interesting, each with their own little secrets and the world, as it opens out, is an adventurers dream, For me the pages just flew by and I won't lie, I was disappointed when it was all over. Here's hoping for more adventures with Durren, Areine, Tia and Hule - and the sooner the better for me
The Black River Chronicles: Level One takes this problematic starting point and creates something more knowing. The protagonist is a trainee ranger at an academy for adventurers. Students go through levels as they are trained. Attributes such as intelligence and dexterity are graded on number scores. It's as if the mechanics of a roleplay game came to life, not just the tropes, and the characters had to deal with the consequences.
Rather than be ruled by familiar tropes or do battle with them, this story embraces them. It creates something charming and a little offbeat, yet comforting and familiar. It's light-hearted fun with likeable characters. Roleplayers will enjoy seeing the things behind the scenes of a roleplay game brought front and centre. If you've ever picked up a set of oddly shaped dice, rolled to hit, and wondered how much XP you'd get for killing the goblin, then this one's for you.