From a Far Land: Jaben's Rift book 1

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Jason Bennett never intended to change the world, his own or anyone else's. Then an ordinary family vacation sends the teenager to Teleria, an extraordinary world of might and magic. Thought to be a figure from an ancient prophecy, Jason gets caught in a dangerous tug of war between the ruling Circle of Nine and one of his own ancestors who opposes them.
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Published: Oct. 04, 2010
Words: 112,750
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452340708
About G. David Walker

From an undisclosed source who prefers to remain anonymous:

G. David Walker was unexpectedly born in the summer of 1963, the obvious result of alien visitation, as his mother had been told she was unable to have any more children a decade prior to his arrival. This conclusion was only reinforced by David’s obsession with Star Trek and The Monkees, nights spent staring at the stars overhead, and uncountable hours reading science fiction and fantasy while other children were outside playing tag and running into trees. (Actually, it was David who ran into the tree, but that’s another story.)

Fortunately, David outgrew these tendencies…
Well, no. No, he didn't

He is still obsessed with Star Trek (and Star Gate, Star Wars, Jefferson Starship, star fruit, Dancing with the Stars, wait, what? Scratch that last one.), still enjoys staring into the night sky, and still reads science fiction and fantasy books and stories at every opportunity. Happily, we can report that there have been no reported incidents of him running into any trees lately (at least none that we’re aware of).

When he’s not trying to avoid trees, David writes fantasy and science fiction novels and stories, some of which may or may not be based upon odd memories...err...thoughts that pop up at irregular intervals throughout his day.

David is a member of the Missouri Writers Guild, and currently lives in southwest Missouri with his wife and children, and whatever stray animals his children happen to bring home.

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Reviews

Review by: terry catlin on March 20, 2013 : star star star star star
I have read a lot of the free books and found quite a few really good
Reads. This is not only a good story line, its well written, good job mr.walker. i look forward to your next book, which i am getting shortly. I like your writing keep it up, give us more.
(review of free book)

Review by: C C Brown on Aug. 23, 2011 : star star star star star
This is a great read! Fast paced with unexpected twists and turns. The land of Teleria is in itself magical and inviting but the descriptions, character development, storyline, thinking processes of the characters... all of it is magnificent. I am anxiously awaiting book 2 in this series. You will definitely enjoy reading this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Debra L Martin on Aug. 18, 2011 : star star star star star
Whenever a book starts out with the sentence, “The others will not know,” I am immediately intrigued. Not know what? Who are the others? FROM A FAR LAND sets up this premise to draw the reader in, and boy, was I drawn into this story. The protagonist, Jason Bennett, is an 18-year-old American visiting his relatives in Scotland. Bored with the conversation around the dinner table about his ancestors, he goes off on his own to explore the countryside. What he finds, however, will change his life forever. Buried deep within an ancient stone building on his great-uncle’s property, a light shines in a doorway and draws Jason to it. When he steps through, everything changes and he finds out that he is a pawn in a centuries-old battle between supreme beings in the Land of Teleria.

The author does a fantastic job of keeping the action moving. Just when I thought I had figured everything out, another plot twist is thrown into the mix. We learn about Reyga, the Emerald Loremaster, and Jason’s guide in this strange land, the other Loremasters of the High Council, magical powers called dimsai, a Shanthi girl named Lenai, strange warrior beings and an event called The Devastation that somehow helped create the supreme beings.

Through half-truths and misunderstandings, Jason is plunged into a battle of words and wits between the High Council and the strange outcast Bodann. He must somehow make sense of each side’s accusations about the other before it is too late and Teleria is catapulted into a full-scale war. Who is telling the truth? Which side should he trust? Lenai does her best to guide and instruct Jason, but even she is not immune to the effects of the conflict between the supreme beings. To make matters even more complicated, Jason finds out that the High Council believes him to be Jaben, the one cited in an ancient prophesy; the being who has the power to either save or destroy Teleria. Not too much pressure for an eighteen-year-old.

The characters are well fleshed out, the action is non-stop, magical mysteries abound and there is a great battle. Really, what else would you expect from one of the best fantasies I’ve read this year. Highly Recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Robert Day on April 29, 2011 : star star star star
Loved it! Excellently written, with very few blemishes. The only thing I thought could have improved it was a bit more fleshing out of the main character, Jason. Some of his actions seem a bit contrived, and maybe not how a (other worldly) teenage boy would act under such circumstances. There were a few typo's and formatting errors, but nothing another edit wouldn't patch up, and hopefully remove over-use of 'that'. I found the world immersive but possibly a little shallow and needing a bit more depth, while the magic system and premise of the book are what fantasy is all about! I will definitely be waiting for Book 2 to arrive to continue the entertainment.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bookblogger on Jan. 18, 2011 : star star star star star
This book is a perfect example of why I am reading Indie fantasy novels. Once I started reading I hated having to stop. I really enjoyed the characters and their interactions and thought an excellent job was done with the world and magic.

The story is about Jason an 18 year old kid who is visiting family in Scotland. He gets bored hearing all the stories his relatives are telling and decides to explore the woods on the family land. While exploring he comes across the ruins of an old building, but one of the doors inside is actually a portal to Teleria. When he arrives he meets a Loremaster (member of the ruling circle of elders) who begins to tell him the story of the world. 1500 years in the past there was a devastating war that changed everything. That event is used to explain the introduction of magic, the death of technology, and the creation of the new races.

I won't go into the actual storyline since I don't want to have any spoilers in my review. I really can't say enough good things about this book I loved every page. I can't wait for the two other books that are planned in the series. If it were possible for 6 stars this book would get them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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