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Path of a Novice: The Silvan Book I Kindle Edition
A fearless young warrior with a shrouded past. An implacable traitor to the throne. The path towards a destiny only a god foresaw.
A young immortal embarks on his first patrol as a novice warrior.
With no father and a mother he hardly remembers, the half-blood Silvan battles the enemy from without, and the prejudice from within.
As Fel'annár learns the ways of a warrior at the hands of the elven king's veterans, unknown allies strive to protect him from dangers he doesn't yet understand. For them, it is only a matter of time before the Silvan's identity is revealed and a traitor to the crown strikes from afar.
As Sand Lords and Deviants threaten the people of the Great Forest, the Silvan puts his martial skills to the test for the first time. But things don't go quite the way he planned when an arcane power begins to emerge. Under the guidance of his captain and lieutenant, Fel'annár steps upon a long path towards understanding who he is, what he is and the destiny that awaits him. All he must do is trust the right people, avoid the long arm of the enemy, and stay alive to fulfil his purpose.
If you love high fantasy worlds with compelling characters on a dangerous mission, read Path of a Novice, the first instalment in the international best-selling epic fantasy series, The Silvan Saga. The sixth and final book is now available on pre-order.
- Epic fantasy
- High fantasy
- Sword and sorcery
- Coming of age
- Military fantasy
- Path of a Novice
- Road of a Warrior
- Dawn of a Legend
- Return of a Warlord
- Rise of the Silvan
- Destiny of a Prince
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The Silvan Saga: An Epic Fantasy Adventure.
A young, immortal with a shrouded past, embarks on his first mission as a novice warrior into the Deep Forest of his Silvan homeland. But he finds more than his first encounter with the enemy when a power begins to emerge, one he cannot control.
Join Fel'annár and The Company on the path of a novice, from the forest village of his home to the very edge of the only world he has ever been allowed to know.
Battle and brotherhood, the search for the truth about his past and the nature of his growing ability. It is only a matter of time before Fel'annár's heritage is discovered and everything he has ever known comes tumbling down around him.
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"The reader who finds her- or himself mesmerized by the High Fantasy genre and all the magic, mystery, and monsters that come with it would do well to devote a few hours to immersing their minds into Lander's land of Bela'rán and the Silvan Fel'annár's adventure to find his family and uncover his destiny."
- Joshua Lisec
Path of a Novice, book 1 of The Silvan Trilogy is a stunning masterpiece of fantasy adventure writing.
Surprisingly relevant issues of this day are deftly incorporated into masterfully weaved tapestries of this extraordinary adventure series, leaving the reader hooked & looking for more.
- M.Y. Leigh
"Great characters, strong plot, beautiful world building, and plenty of action! This story pulls you in, and doesn't let up until it's over! "
Adventures Thru Wonderland
"Captivating, intriguing and thrilling ... this was a one sit roller-coaster ride of adventure, courage and mystery."
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Amazon Best Seller Lists:
Sword & Sorcery
Coming of Age
Fantasy Action & Adventure
Magic & Fantasy
About this series:
- Genre: epic fantasy, high fantasy, sword & sorcery, action & adventure, coming of age, military fantasy
- Audience: young adult and adult.
- Explicit language: No
- Series status: final instalment coming 2022
- Read Path of a Novice if you like: Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, Final Fantasy, Robin Hobb, Mercedes Lackey, Robert Jordan, The Witcher, Brandon Sanderson...
Books in the Silvan Saga:
1. Path of a Novice
2. Road of a Warrior
3. Dawn of a Legend
4. Return of a Warlord
5. Rise of The Silvan
6. The final instalment to the saga: Destiny of a Prince - coming 2022
- ASIN : B06XW9XJD5
- Publication date : April 21, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 4337 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 258 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 152093727X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,711 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The author also slipped from narrating through the eyes of the characters, to narrating from a ‘God-stance’. One example is: they were walking through a courtyard looking at ‘studies’ and ‘healing halls’ off to the sides. They could not know this at this point as they had just arrived. You would have to insert ‘what looked like’ ground-floor studies.
On a positive note, I thought the dialogue was generally not too bad and some of the characters reasonably well-drawn.
It was simply not believable that the main character had never heard of the King's indiscretion, since this appeared to be a well-known historical fact to everyone else.
I add some notes below to highlight some of the language issues. Many passages needed to be re-worked but there were too many to list here. I had 140 pages of ‘notes and marks’ on my kindle, where the text needed to be amended.
This is a poorly-written book which needed much proof-reading and editing prior to publication, which obviously did not happen. The Epilogue was particularly dreadful.
Everywhere the author has used ‘thusly’ should be either removed entirely or replaced by more appropriate vocabulary. ‘Thusly’ should not be used at all.
‘to be banished thusly by the Silvans’ should be ‘to be banished by the Silvans’
The author should also remove every ‘utter’ which is included in the text – ‘utter’ is simply not required and where it is included is inappropriate.
‘his antagonist’s comment somehow ameliorating his aggressive emotions rather than exacerbating them’ should be ‘somehow modifying his aggressive emotions rather than fuelling them’
‘gesticulating wildly’ should be ‘gesturing wildly’ (‘to gesticulate’ has the sense of ‘to point’)
‘adverse to the idea of’ should be ‘averse to the idea of’
‘an onerous weight settled in his chest’ should be ‘a heavy weight settled in his chest’
‘simply burned carelessly’ should be ‘simply burned indiscriminately’
‘prompted the king monotonously’ should be ‘prompted the king dully’ (indeed on every occasion ‘monotonous’ is used, it should be replaced with more appropriate vocab)
‘with time came a purge of what worked, what didn’t, what might’ should be ‘with time came a synthesis of what worked’
In general, the commas are placed incorrectly within sentences throughout the entire book. Commas are also used too liberally by the author and are often not required.
‘one he had craved for’ should be ‘one he had craved’ (the ‘for’ is included in ‘craved’)
‘to earlier promotion’ should be ‘to early promotion’ (if you use the word ‘earlier’ here it means promotion that happened earlier in the day, for example)
‘the noble onus of protecting Valley’ should be ‘the noble responsibility for’, or ‘the noble charge of’ (‘onus’ means ‘putting emphasis on’ eg: the onus was on him to do the deed)
‘since for as long as he could remember’ should be ‘for as long as he could remember’ (the ‘since’ is not required)
‘fields sprawled endlessly into the horizon’ should be ‘fields sprawled endlessly to the horizon’
‘gesturing for them to dismount somewhat rudely’ should be ‘gesturing rudely for them to dismount’ (they are not dismounting rudely, it is the gesture that is rude)
‘Far be it from he to distrust the word’ should be ‘Far be it from him to distrust the word’
‘being lain to waste by the Sand Lords’ should be ‘being laid to waste’
‘it was the Silvans that lead the festivities’ should be ‘it was the Silvans that led the festivities’
‘as they danced and they drunk’ should be ‘as they danced and drank’
Constructions of sentences and paragraphs
Too many problems to list.
PS) FYI, I ended up buying the other two in the series and had to read them before I could take the time for this review!
Emerging to straddle the two races comes Fel’annár, offspring of both Alpine and Silvan, with all that will entail.
There are rich characters, underlying conflict, as the path of this young novice warrior, who cannot be hidden, much though some would wish him to be, steps forward...
This is only the first book and the reference to Eddings and Fiest might be a bit over the top, but it was a great book, the story well told and the cast of players well developed.
A must read for fans of fantasy!
Obviously books are all about personal taste but this really is worth a read !