Book 1: Saga of The New Gods: Be Careful What You Wish For

Rated 4.57/5 based on 14 reviews
You never know what you might find in the back corner of a pawn shop…

Michelle enters a shop expecting to find a wedding band for her love, and instead finds a ring that can and will change everything about the world she knows, and will also teach her the value of the phrase “Be careful what you wish for"

This book was originally released as two separate volumes, now they are one.

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About Daniel Black

Hello, my name is Daniel Black.

This first book in my series “Saga of the New Gods” is the first book in a trilogy of trilogies. When I originally offered my book, it was significantly shorter, in fact a third of its current length, and I wanted to offer it for free, but was unable to due to extremely limited distribution. However, that first third is now free, if you would like to read a short sampling of my book, the first third of this book is available for download, for free.

My wife and I currently broil... I mean live... in the city of Austin, TX, with our one and a half cats, Anya, and Bella.

There's not much more to say, but that I intend to keep on writing until they nail shut my coffin, same as The master writer Robert Jordan, and here's hoping with equal success :)

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Review by: Vicky Smith on Dec. 03, 2013 :
Do the characters face internal / external conflicts? When they wake up to a world where magic rules them, the immediate conflicts are external but only in the beginning. As the story progresses, the magic seems to have manifested on their internal conflicts and you are soon able to get a good glimpse of their insecurities.

Was the plot consistent? Yes, it was. The author makes it a point to keep a consistent voice for his narration and for each of his characters. Each of them are different and it was fascinating to see that none of their behavioural patterns overlapped to the point you got the characters mixed up.

Were the themes and issues interesting? Some book club members could not relate to Dungeons and Dragons, some of us could. But don't let the video game element stop you from reading the book. It is the characters that make this book interesting and their stories even with the magic, as individuals or as a group are universal elements about how we feel and act in everyday life.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tracey McGee on Dec. 03, 2013 :
Do you find the characters convincing? The characters are compelling but not always believable. Some scenes are so over the top, it felt like the author was forcing himself to write a good scene. All characters were clearly presented and well-developed so these were plus points.

What did you think of the dialogue? A strong point for this book. I didn't feel like I was reading, the dialogue felt like I was having a conversation with someone else. The dialogue was natural and the author does not substitute important information or parts of the story with dialogue, I liked this.

Did the idea of the book interest you? I love Dungeons and Dragons so obviously this was a book I wanted to get my hands on and once I started I couldn't stop. Most plot points were satisfactorily resolved and I hope that the others are resolved in the second book. Can't wait for the second book!

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Amy Logan on Dec. 03, 2013 :
Does the setting fit the plot? In most parts of the story, the setting was perfect and it sucks readers in. I especially liked the shop where Michelle buys the ring from. It gave me goosebumps because you know something isn't right.

What motivates a given character’s actions? The characters weren't unethical or illogical, this was after all story based on a wish that a video game will become reality. However, the characters were motivated by a physical attraction and that is putting it mildly. The over reliance on this element of the story is the only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars.

What did you think of the writing style? Some of the writing was long-winded. What can be said in one sentence, the author uses five. But I liked the overall tone and style of the story. Even the most violent of characters had some connection with readers.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Knoll on Dec. 03, 2013 :
Is the story plot or character driven? This reader felt that the story was plot driven. Michelle hunts for a ring to propose to her gamer boyfriend. When she finally finds a ring she is pleased it, they realise too late that the ring has magical powers. Think Lord of the Rings meets The Big Bang Theory meets All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.

Is the plot well-developed? The plot is well-developed considering that this is the first book in the series. The reader will not be bored or uninterested with the storyline especially when it feels like you are transported to whole different world of fantasy and magic.

How does the pacing of the story feel? For this reader, it was good. Although I think the focus on Dungeons and Dragons was a little much. The fantasy and magic could have still happened without so much focus on the game. The scenes were cohesive and the timeline made sense so no complaints in that department. Overall, I would recommend the book to anyone who is looking for a good fantasy read.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: James Noel on Dec. 03, 2013 :
Did you like the POV? The POV wasn't as consistent as I would have liked it to be. The tones seemed to change as if more than one person was telling the story and it didn't work for all of the book. I strong, consistent POV might have been better for this book.

Does each character have depth? Some more than others. This is the first book so the following books in the series may offer more background to the current characters be it their past or future. All in, the focus was balanced between the main characters (Michelle & Adam) and their friends.

Would you recommend this book? If I hadn't been given the book to review, I wouldn't have bought it based on the cover. His writing is descriptive and easy to follow and I really liked the idea that he based the story on the simple concept of - be careful what you wish for.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Muntz on Sep. 07, 2012 :
Wonderful read!!! Great story line!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katy Sozaeva on Jan. 27, 2012 :
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this e-book through a giveaway site, with the request that I provide an honest review once I had a chance to read it.

Long-time friends and gaming buddies Tim, Brandon, Adam, Michelle, Chelsea, and Blake gathered for their regular D&D game. Afterward, Michelle proposed to Adam and gave him the unique ring she found in the dusty old pawn show with the creepy, one-eyed proprietor. After a round of hearty congratulations, Adam did the worst thing you can possibly do with an unknown artifact – he made a wish. Now the magic and wonder of D&D has come into the real world, affecting everyone and everything that Adam comes into contact with – except Adam himself. He will not be affected until every other person in the world is first. With the help of his friends, who now have a variety of powers and talents, Adam sets out to explore this brave, new world.

First of all, I was surprised by how entertained I was at this story. When I was first reading it and figured out what the gist of it would be, I thought to myself “oh, this has been done ...” But Black really finds a way to make this idea show some fresh sides. While his characters are a bit cliché at times, they are entertainingly so, and while I would have loved to have seen evenmore development and backstory for all of them, this was sufficient for a light read, and the development that was there was well-done. The biggest problem with the book is the lack of editing – however, this isn’t an uncommon problem in the independent and self-published fields, and it is my understanding that the author is looking for an editor, so perhaps an update with be forthcoming, or at least future books in the series will be better polished. Book two is to be called “The Horror of Magic,” and was originally to be released in 2011 – no word on when it will actually be completed. Recommended for fans of fantasy and magical realism.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: kristie muntz on Aug. 15, 2011 :
My husband recomended this book and im not a big fantasy reader. However I really enjoyed this book and have recomended it to my friends.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kenny Muntz on Aug. 15, 2011 :
Really enjoyed the book. I am looking forward to finding out what happens next.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: J Tak on July 22, 2011 :
Awesome!! Very visual descriptions. Great read!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jannette James on July 17, 2011 :
Enjoyed the concept and characters. Looking forward to the next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Viking2142 on July 08, 2011 :
Exciting read. I highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: callaweir15 on July 08, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have recommended it to all my friends. I'm very much looking forward to reading more from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Joanna Jones on July 07, 2011 :
I do not typically read this type of book. However, I really enjoyed it. I liked the detailed characters that you watch go through a very interesting ordeal. Im looking forward to the next book in the series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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