David Gustafson graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Shortly after he began work on "The Shrine of Arthis," but life got in the way. After being married for nearly thirty years and raising three kids, he began re-writing the novel and introducing his life experience along with an ever growing love of nature.
When not writing, David is the Energy Resource Manager for the Board of Public Utilities in his home town. His hobbies include hiking, day dreaming and long walks through the woods.
David's works have been inspired by authors like Frank Herbert, Ursula Le Guin, Steven Donaldson, Robert Silverberg, and, of course, J. R. R. Tolkein.
on March 13, 2016 :
Jerrid is a young man who wants to choose his own path in life. He sets out on a journey to find the truth about himself and the world around him.
This is a traditional good vs evil fantasy story. Trouble is brewing, and dark days are ahead. Main character Jerrid is somewhat spoiled and naive, and he seems to learn magic a bit too easily. He is one of a kind, and his destiny is unknown to him until he begins this journey, much to the chagrin of his father. I do see a hard road ahead for this character, given his unique ability. He is likable enough, and I am interested in seeing how his story plays out. ***Spoiler ahead***Especially considering that his father sets out to find him a third of the way through the book and then isn’t mentioned again. What happened to him?***End spoiler***
Audain was my favorite character at first, and I felt like I was right alongside her as she walked through the forest. However, her role diminishes to a sidekick, and I’d hoped she would remain a lead character with as much importance as Jerrid. I also enjoyed Rendel’s character, but I barely got to know him in this installment. I hope there is more about his history and abilities in the next book of the series.
I loved the magic system in the story. People are born with certain elemental abilities, and they develop this skill over time. Some come to be more powerful than others, such as Audain with her Sapphire skills. The evil villains were mostly absent, but I was given a glimpse at how horrible they can be, and a great action scene near the end left me wanting more. Complete with a well-developed world history, this is one of those high fantasy tales you want to read slow and enjoy. I must mention there were a handful of proofread errors that made me cringe, and this book truly deserves the services of a professional proofreader. Definitely a series worth a try for any fan of high fantasy.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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on Feb. 19, 2016 :
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and cannot wait for the second to be offered on Smashwords. Very well done!
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