Call of the Herald

Rated 4.54/5 based on 13 reviews
Book One of The Dawning of Power trilogy. Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war.
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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 84,260
Language: English
ISBN: 9780981871448
About Brian Rathbone

Brian Rathbone is a horse trainer turned author and creator of The World of Godsland fantasy series, which includes Call of the Herald, Inherited Danger, Dragon Ore, and Regent (Feral and Regal are forthcoming). He is also the author of the Sam Flock novels, a paranormal adventure series that begins with Lure.

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Review by: clarkr on Dec. 29, 2013 :
Very good imagination. Enjoyed the book.
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Review by: John H. Carroll on July 11, 2013 :
As an avid reader of fantasy, sometimes it's hard to try someone new rather than re-reading books I love, but I'm so glad I opened this book.

The first character you meet, Catrin, is a strong female lead. It doesn't take long to get to know who she is. Other key characters are introduced quickly and fleshed out without taking the reader out of the story. In fact, it didn't take long for me to get into the story to the point where I didn't want to put it down.

Catrin is a seemingly normal young woman, but the reader soon learns that there's more to her than she or anyone else realizes. Times are changing (as they tend to do) in the world of Godsland and dire consequences have been prophesied. Unknown powers find her and she has no idea what to do with them. Add to that the threat of invasion and people hunting her and you have one stressed out young woman. ;)

The people who surround Catrin are interesting and well developed. They don't cater to her, but treat her as a real person, which is nice to find.

The adventure and danger are exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat, ready for more. My biggest complaint about this story was reaching the end and having to wait for the next book to load. ;)
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Review by: Melinda Le Baron on March 31, 2013 :
Compelling drama with characters that you will love. A wonderful start to a great series. A nice mixture of history, worldbuilding, magic, and personal stories all wrapped together to tell one page-turning tale. Very imaginative!
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Review by: Ro on Jan. 21, 2013 :
THE WHOLE SERIES - Godsland Series of 2 Trilogys IS AWSOME.
CAPTIVATING - ENTHRALLING - A MUST READ.
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Review by: StephenB5 Jones on May 31, 2012 :
A well written journey into a new world.
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Review by: albert boca on April 25, 2012 :
Completely loved this story.... keep up the good work!!
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Review by: Taabia Dupree on Jan. 07, 2012 :
Brian Rathbone is an excellent storyteller. Others have said what the story is about, but I rather tell you what I think of the writing. It read very well. I was impressed by it's flow and how quickly I was able to get through each chapter. I read the over 84,000 words in two days, started yesterday and just finished. I would have finished in one day, but life got in the way. I am invested in the characters, and looking forward to see how they fair. There are times in fantasy books, a writer may drone on about scenery and the mechanics of something that works. Those I find boring. NOT this writer, he doesn't bore. He actually made the mechanics of a ship sound interesting. KUDOS, and now I'm off to the next book in the series.
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Review by: Meredith Rae Morgan on Jan. 04, 2012 :
This is the first of a series, set in a mythical place that seems suspiciously like Australia. An ancient legend about the coming of "The Herald" appears to be about to come true. The people of Godsland are under attack from a foreign nation that wants to destroy the Herald because they fear it will attempt to destroy them.

The Herald appears in the guise of a young girl. She possesses enormous powers that she does not know how to control. Guarded by a small group of faithful friends, she journeys across the land, in search of a safe place, while fighting the invaders to protect her homeland.

The book was very well written. The characters were interesting and engaging. The bad guys are super bad. The heroes are good people, but flawed in ways that make them believable and sympathetic. I think the book could have benefited from more backstory: I wanted to know the source of the legends, a little more of the history of Godsland and the origin of their enmity with the invaders. I'm guessing that information will be contained in the next volume of the series.

It was a good story, well told.
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Review by: Linda Nelson on Oct. 03, 2011 :
If you like fantasy, you will most likely like this book. Brian has a pretty good tale going, although the beginning is a little bit dry. I did struggle past the first chapter and found myself a little bit lost at first by what he was trying to convey with his scene on the comets.
The reader will eventually find out what the comets are all about later on in the book.
It does have a pretty good hook after the second chapter and I was late getting back to work on a few occasions. I just didn’t want to put this book down after I got past the gritty stuff.
The ending is kind of a cliff hanger but I was satisfied enough with the ending to give this book four stars.
I will even be reading the next book in the series. (I did like it that much.)

4 out of 5 ****
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Review by: Shane Gilbert on Aug. 22, 2011 :
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this and the other 2 books in the series. It had been a long while since I read a fantasy book series and this was quite entertaining.
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Review by: Noor A Jahangir on July 15, 2011 :
Decent plot.
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Review by: Garland Coulson on Dec. 18, 2010 :
I immediately purchased the rest of the series after reading Call Of The Herald.

Excellent book with a strong lead character. A nice series for my small but growing ebook collection.
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Review by: Linda Weaver Clarke on Dec. 15, 2010 :
The Dawning of Power - a fantastic fantasy!

Legend says that a Herald will be born who will save the land of Godfist from invaders. This Herald will fight for their freedom. To some it is only a legend but to others it is a prophecy, waiting to be fulfilled. The Zjhon are ancient enemies and are planning an attack but no one takes heed of these warnings until it is too late. Now it is up to the Herald to save them. The question is... will the Herald realize her destiny in time to save Godfist?

But that’s not all…the Zjhon believe in the prophecy and have given the order to search for the Herald and do away with her. This is an intriguing fantasy and is hard to put down. The description of scenery is so well written that I could imagine it in my mind. The characters are believable and well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Dawning of Power is a trilogy, which includes Call of the Herald, Inherited Danger, and Dragon Ore. I would recommend this book for all ages.

Written by Linda Weaver Clarke, author of the new mystery series “The Adventures of John and Julia Evans.”
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