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Born in Ontario in 1979, Ryan Toxopeus still resides there with his wife, daughter, and son. He obtained a Master’s in Applied Health Research at Lakehead University before moving to southern Ontario to find employment as a research associate and lab technician.
Ryan enjoys soccer, baseball, playing all forms of games, and spending time with his family.
Ryan has loved writing since he was old enough to know how, and though he leaned more toward math and science at times, he kept returning to writing. In high school the fantasy novels of R. A. Salvatore inspired him to write a gigantic science fantasy story called Wrath, which will never see the light of day. In university a friend encouraged him to enter a creative writing contest, where his fictional story of a World War II resistance fighter being captured and escaping a concentration camp won him first place.
After that, Ryan stopped writing for many years, until another friend encouraged him to write about a long-running game session from years ago. A year later, A Noble’s Quest hit e-book stores as a self-published title, and Ryan has been writing steadily ever since he received his first amazing reviews.
Ryan focuses on fast-paced plots with the mantra, “If I’m bored writing it, the readers will be bored reading it!”
on Jan. 04, 2014 :
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It's a tale of unexpected heroes with a twist of humour. The novel had me right from the first page. The immediate sense of urgency kept me wondering what is going on, who is this person I"m following, and why are they running. The characters are very clearly defined and the story moves at a very comfortable pace I never once felt like I needed to use my skimming abilities to jump through a page or two. In fact I gave myself three days to read this and did it in two. That is saying something.
The world is is described with just enough detail so that you get a feel for the realm, but not so much that you feel you're being bogged down by the details. The two main male characters Sarentha and Thomas were very believable as friends. They had a way of talking to each other that only life long friends can acquire, especially their way of talking to each other when not talking. Sarentha, hilarious. Thomas, made me smile, And the third hero, Eliza, sold the book for me. If there's anything I like in an adventure novel it's a kick ass heroine. I'm so over the damsel in distress stuff. What I liked about her is that she wasn't too head strong like some heroes and heroines are. She new when to not push and that made it more believable that sometimes she went against the grain, and sometimes she did what she had to do.
The journey was one I could follow with ease with all the ups downs, and bonding that three youngsters on a secret mission, with next to no information should have. The suspense I found played out very well. I wanted to know the secret. Why are they doing what they are doing, who are the real players in the game. Why is everyone so on edge. When will I get to the end of this novel I must know the secret. Very well played. And the side characters where equally as entertaining. The wizard apprentices gave me quite a few chuckles, the dwarf and his tales of war were entertaining. The cloaked figures here and there kept up the intrigue. Too many good things to say about this novel. I was glad also to see a love interest in there. And more happy that it made me smile instead of go 'ewwwww mush'.
Fight sequences. Definitely could read them all again, except for one character, but I'll mention that later. And most importantly the big secret, which I cant tell you, I missed completely. And that gets total bonus points. The ending was cleaned up nicely and I never expect endings to be the way I want them. As this is the first of a trilogy some ends should be left open and I was more than happy with the things unconcluded. Even the ones I was dying for answers for, why? Because it made sense to me. It all made sense to me. And another good thing was the character I expected to be the level headed one turned out not to be. That was a pleasant surprise. So all in all if you like adventure, a good bit of self discovery, humour, and of course kick ass action then you wont be disappointed with this novel.
Not many really. I had a bit of a difficult time with the names spliced with commas. It could be that I'm just not smart enough to pronounce them but it is what it is. Although the main secret I didn't figure out at all, again very well played, there where somethings that I kind of saw coming that bugged me but not enough to really care over all. And I don't mind reluctant heroes but one of the characters was bordering on a little too reluctant, I almost screamed 'just do it already' a few times. But since I liked the character I sort of just got over it. This characters ending fight scenes impressed me much less than their first.
I would recommend this novel to anyone, and at only 200 pages, definitely worth adding to your library.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 24, 2012 :
I picked up this book and mainly read it while commuting by bus. It developed into a real attraction for taking the bus.
This story's main characters get your interest immediately as the reader finds themselves engaging with them without effort.
The book has some allegorical elements regarding class in our current society and the imagined society of the time illustrated.
Humour plays a large part in maintaining this reader's interest and it is certainly here in abundance.
Lastly,a good book often leaves the reader looking for more of the same and encourages a reluctance to leave the company of the characters. Nobles Quest does both these things and I will be looking for more titles by this author!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 09, 2012 :
Just finished reading a Noble's Quest and found it an enjoyable journey set in comfortable fantasy lore. The bond created between reader and the characters starts building right away and continues strong throughout the book as the characters face perils and good fortunes on their quest. The writer manages to set the vivid scenes without over-embellishing thus allowing the reader's imagination to complete the scene in a most enjoyable way. I give it 4/5 stars and await more writings from the author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)