Apprentice, The Darkwater Adventurers Guild, Vol 1

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Ralik Teral hates life as a cobbler’s assistant. When an acceptance letter to the renown Darkwater Adventurers Guild arrives amid mysterious circumstances, Ralik decides to risk everything, including his Grandfathers ire, for a chance to be an apprentice. More

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About K.L. Coones

"Horror used to terrify me. Some of that Asian stuff still does. I’ll never watch The Ring again…"

Ever the non conformist…his first book, Absolom Rex, he decided to publish as an e-book and see if he could market it himself. So on top of being a writer, he is also an entrepreneur and marketing professional. It makes for a confusing description when people ask him what he does. In addition to his horror novels, K.L. also writes the Darkwater Adventures Guild series for young readers.

Some of his favorite authors from growing up are John Bellairs, Mark Twain, Washington Irving and R.A. Salvatore.

"The first book I ever read cover to cover was Spell of the Sorcerers Skull by John Bellairs in JR High."

From a small Texas town, K.L. spent some time living in Los Angeles. His welcome, a white knuckle 19 hour ride through deserted deserts and twisting mountain roads ending in a 4 am slash and burn through traffic on the 10 with cars everywhere.

While in L.A. he braved the Devil’s Punchbowl with stalwarts mates, drove out to the middle of nowhere to watch the stars fall from the sky, relearned to drive stick (yeah, in the middle of L.A., so now you know he is insane…) and resumed training in the martial arts. A surfer, he has felt the zen that comes from hanging ten all day and he has played the part of the pesky reporter when he wrote for a local Halloween haunt blog called, He currently contributes short stories for's #Fridayfrights and's #fridayflash.

"I really missed the old gothic story telling and I want to bring it back. I would describe my writing style as a cross between Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe…"

He has since moved back to Texas with his dog Sid (at least for the time being). He’s an 80's movie and music lover and the thing that he likes most about a woman is her voice… When not banging away on a keyboard he’s scheming of ways to get himself to a new campsite for the weekend, hiking with friends and his dog, contributing to,or getting thrown around in a dojo by people in black suits.

Oh, and a large telescope just arrived in the mail, bigger is better...

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Review by: Kari Wall on Aug. 18, 2012 :
**3 Stars**

MY OVERVIEW: A good start to a potentially great series. It sounds like it will be four books if it follows how many years Ralik will be at the Guild. That seems like it will be the perfect amount.

PROS: Elves! I love elves. I am so glad they are in this book. I have a perfect picture in my mind for what Jander looks like. He was the best character out of all of them. I liked how the main “problem” in the book wasn’t solved at the end.

CONS: It was a little too much like Hogwarts for me in some parts. I don’t mind the whole training school thing, but there were too many Hogwarts similarities.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: An enjoyable read. It fell a little short in some areas, but I look forward to seeing how the series progresses.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: C.C. Cole on May 30, 2011 :
My Review of “The Apprentice” by author K.I.Coones

Author K.I. Coones provided me with a nicely written medieval fantasy adventure piece that is suited for young pre-teen and young teenage readers. The central character is Ralik, a boy that enters a Guild for training of weaponry and magical skills. The story falls well along with what young boys experience, making friends, sneaking around and finding adventures, and his first love at first sight of an attractive girl. The story is generally light and is a nice, smooth read, and gives some danger without much graphic detail, which to me makes this story appropriate for pre-teens. My critique is that the story line comes a bit close to Harry Potter, and the challenge the author has is to bring this story up to stand on its on, as J.K. Rowling’s mega-buster is a tough act to follow, whether one likes Harry Potter or not. My subjective opinion is that it needs to move faster into action to keep the manuscript fresh. I hope Coones has upcoming sequels to this story; as some questions about the Ralik’s parents, a pair of identical magical items that he and a girl both possess, and to see Ralik’s growth as he continues to face the challenges inside the Guild which he trains. I hope this author lets us know when a sequel is available, because I’d like to read it. Overall, 3 stars
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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