Dawn of the Valiant (The Valerious Chronicles: Book One)

Rated 4.95/5 based on 20 reviews
The darkness is drawing near. For centuries the Alliance has kept their enemies at bay. But the rise of a tyrant in the East has set in motion events few could have foreseen. Strange creatures stalk the shadows and the laws of magic are being sundered. Brothers Christill and Thibalt will learn that their childhood woes are insignificant. Their part in this struggle will shape the fate of all. More
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About Julian Saheed

Stalking the medieval corridors and halls of the castles in Germany and the Czech republic, visions of brave knights and lord and ladies feasting in their halls cemented themselves in my mind. There was only one choice left to me, to write my own Fantasy stories. A passion fueled by the books that I read growing up from authors such as David Eddings, Raymond E Feist, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

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Review by: frostschutz on July 18, 2015 :
Solid fantasy, Smashwords-style. Good vs. evil, involving magic and gods, kings and queens, captains and soldiers... Lots of characters, and viewpoints jump around. That's difficult to write! You can tell it's indie but author shows potential. There are typos but the amount is manageable.

The character development is a bit rough, they seem to be out of place at times. Other books that follow a single character (or a group that usually stays together) captivate readers more easily. Book 2 wasn't an instant buy for me, but I will check it out.
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Review by: jessikaye911 on Sep. 23, 2014 :
An amazing read. The world created by the author is believable and captivating. I love the characters and plot development. On to book number two!! I highly recommend this book.
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Review by: Steph22 on July 08, 2014 :
Fantastic! Such a gripping book - I couldn't put it down!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Marie Dalton on June 22, 2014 :
Great book. I will be very happy to get the next book to continue the story and see what happens next. Great author.
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Review by: Blkish on May 31, 2014 : (no rating)
Dawn of the Valiant is great fantasy book...i couldn't put it down, highly recommend to readers that love fantasy novels.
one word to describe it EPIC!!!
can't wait for the next instalment.
(review of free book)

Review by: Lorry on May 30, 2014 :
I was torn between hurrying through to read the next book as soon as it's out or savouring the world Saheed created...

Lovely world and characters, definitely an author to keep an eye on
(review of free book)

Review by: Marg S on May 13, 2014 :
I don't read fantasy, actually I haven't read any fiction for over 15 yrs,!! I didn't exactly have high expectations being a non-fiction reader....it did take me two chapters to fully immerse myself, but then I was hooked!!

Loved it and can't wait for the next instalment!!

Highly recommended.
(review of free book)

Review by: Liz on April 29, 2014 :
I am a big fantasy fan, and this book grabbed me from the first page.
I couldn't put the book down. I would recommend it to any fantasy lover.
(review of free book)

Review by: the man with no name, Sr on April 28, 2014 :
Dawn of the Valiant is definitely a recommended read for any fantasy lover! Can't wait for the next book !
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)

Review by: Tommathy on March 05, 2014 :
A great read from cover to cover! The clever plot twists and constant intrigue combine to create a book that I couldn't put down. The Author paints a vivid picture of a unique and wonderous land filled with complex and beguiling characters and gods. A must read!!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Dany Gomez on Feb. 28, 2014 :
I would not hesitate to recommend this book. It is Epic Fantasy in every way.

One of those book where every time the section with a particular character ends you get annoyed because you want to know more. But then a few sentences further and you don't want to leave the next character either.

It really builds momentum towards the end with a exciting climax and build up for the next book.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

Review by: Ramon on Dec. 14, 2013 :
Thoroughly enjoyable grandiose fantasy epic. A splash of originality make this refreshing yet familiar at the same time. An easy read, from the same school of high fantasy as authors like Feist & Eddings that doesn't lose the reader in masses of explanation.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)

Review by: Samuel Kirkmann on Nov. 23, 2013 :
Enjoyed it. Kept me entertained the whole way through.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Ben Slocombe on Nov. 15, 2013 :
Been a while since I have found myself reading on my lunch break instead of going out for lunch. Dawn of the valiant has a fast pace and twists and turns just when you least expect it, launching you into the next chapter before you even know it. With a well developed, rich world and a unique flavour it's a great read! Really hanging out for more!
(reviewed 80 days after purchase)

Review by: arun singhal on Sep. 22, 2013 :
"A well paced read with plenty of action and adventure. Though many of the themes are often seen in Fantasy novels, the author has done a great job of keeping each chapter engaging. I found it held good character development which gives the story an epic feel. Look forward to the next one."
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Izzy78 on Sep. 21, 2013 :
When you read a book by David Eddings, George R R Martin or David Gemmell, you become immersed in a world that has depth and history, the characters are engaging, endearing and the kind of people that you can genuinely believe in and come to love and hate, and the plot will have more twists and turns than a roller coaster. Reading Dawn of the Valiant evokes the same imagery, character engagement and twisting plot lines as some of Fantasy writing’s greatest authors.
Author, Julian Saheed, has created an exceptionally diverse, and detailed world in which he has developed characters that emotively connect with the reader, and take them on a journey of growth, self discovery and maturity to become strong, engaging players in a story that is original in concept and delivered in a truly immersive way. You will find yourself losing hours to this book and wanting more at its conclusion.
Let’s hope that the next instalment of this saga is not too far away...

An excellent novel from a first time author
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: Angus Whitecross on Sep. 14, 2013 :
Loved it. Easy to read and strong characters. I particularly loved the villain. Strong scene descriptions which painted a vivid picture without going over the top. Highly recommend!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Christopher Haynes on Sep. 11, 2013 :
Dawn of the Valiant is a great read. If you appreciate novels which delve into high fantasy worlds where unscrupulous villains clash with bold heroes (such as by Raymond E Feist), then this book is for you. The main characters are well developed and interact believably in a thoroughly thought out world which is believable in itself. You genuinely feel for the main characters when they suffer, or delight when they find success. Most importantly, this is a book that you can read and not feel the need to put it down and walk away. The pages will turn themselves, and for me, this is the mark of a great read. Julian Saheed advances the plot enough in this book to provide a sense of progress and accomplishment at the conclusion, but at the same time, you will find yourself asking what is going to happen next? I eagerly await the next book.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: Jessica Bartz on Aug. 30, 2013 :
Set in a carefully constructed and well thought out world this is the ideal book for anyone that enjoys well written fantasy. I found myself constantly reading at any chance I got utterly engaged by the complexity of the characters, eagerly awaiting my next opportunity to continue. Dawn of the Valiant is a great start to what I hope will be an amazing new series, cannot wait for the next instalment in The Valerious Chronicles.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

Review by: Thomas Grimage on Aug. 23, 2013 :
I have just gotten into eBooks and picked this one up not knowing much about it. I have been reading fantasy stories most of my life and grew up on classics like Conan the Barbarian and Lord of the Rings. Dawn of the valiant is a classic fantasy in the tradition of Raymond E. Feist's Magician or Gary Gygax's (Gygaxian's?) Gord the Rogue series.

The world depicted is rich and well thought out. At times gritty and physical but threaded with a framework of high sorcery familiar to many fantasy settings. The Author does a great job of balancing the expectations of magic and the gods so that you truly understand how they play a role in the world and are awed when it's rules are broken.

One aspect that I really liked is that the two young protagonists are not simply born into heroism but have to earn it for themselves, you absolutely get the sense that that this is just the tip of the iceberg for a complex and details fantasy epic. I eagerly await the next instalment!
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: Mabs Abbey on Aug. 09, 2013 :
For the past year, I have been in a reading lull. I make it a rule to always finish a book, this year however, the aforesaid rule was jettisoned. I consistently found myself reading till the half way mark of a book and feeling I could not possibly waste my life reading the remainder.

Then I came across "Dawn of the Valiant" and it whisked me out of my lull, good and proper. The author is Australian. I thought I would give it a go because, let's face it, everyone likes an Aussie. It has it all; engaging characters, enticing story line, battles, humour, magic. The dialogue is the strength in this novel, it's smooth, exciting, unlike many fantasy novels which are bogged down exposition- I flew through the pages in this book.

If I could fault anything, a lot happens in this book. However, it certainly keeps you engaged. I breezed through the first half in a weekend and didn't look back!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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