Born in New Hampshire in 1977, J.S. Morin found himself captivated by the wonders of fantasy novels at a young age. He was introduced to the genre via the works of R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, and Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. He loved exploring other people’s worlds, from Shadowdale to Hyrule. He also quickly found Dungeons and Dragons to be a creative outlet for stories, characters, and new worlds of his own creation.
His other passion was for building and designing things, and when it came time to choose a career, he went down that road. A Mechanical Engineer by day, he spends his evenings with his wife in their New Hampshire home, enjoying the simplicity of life in a quiet state.
By night he dreams elaborate dreams of visiting fanciful worlds, performing acts of heroism, and solving intriguing puzzles, which inspire him to craft stories that he hopes will help shape the lives of the next generation of fantasy readers. He hopes to avoid finishing growing up.
on April 21, 2013 :
I have to say that this book really caught me off guard in a good way. This is some serious, classic fantasy. This is sword and sorcery, high fantasy, epic, hard fantasy, you name it. Don't let the size of the book put you off, it is long, yes. However, this is a world that needs some time to be built in the reader's eye and with good reason and fabulous end results.
Kyrus is just an ordinary man making a living at something he's good at. He never suspects that his dreams might actually be real somewhere else.
Brannis is your literal Knight in shining armor kind of guy and even though he's surrounded by magic on a daily basis and should be able to practice it, he simply thinks his dreams are showing him what life could have been like.
There is so much detail I could get into, but I did love this book. Fantasy will always be my first love. But I do have to say this: the book had a bit of a slow start, but it's worth it. It wasn't mind numbingly boring, it just built the details you needed to know through the characters and dialogue. Once things got rolling, very hard to put it down. I know lots of people out there who will look at the cover of a book and might be tempted to bypass this one because of the simplicity, but don't! The intricate tale told within will have you ignoring that in no time.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 19, 2013 :
A great read; I used to be an avid fantasy reader but haven't been reading much lately. It was a stroke of luck to come upon this book. I really enjoyed the story, the character, and the world and it rekindled my hunger to read more fantasy. I look forward to the sequel but in the meantime will go and read some other classic fantasy.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 27, 2013 :
I read it twice to get all the details. The reader begins to care about the characters as the background about them unfolds as the story progresses. The slow release of character traits makes them seem real and likable (or hate-able).
The maps allow the reader better visualize the worlds that J.S. Morin has created.
The book is very well written and the story flows smoothly from chapter to chapter.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)