Jeffrey M. Poole

Biography

Jeffrey M. Poole is a professional writer who writes in both the fantasy and mystery genres. His series are listed below.

Fantasy: Bakkian Chronicles, Tales of Lentari, and Pirates of Perz
Mystery: Corgi Case Files

Jeffrey lives in sunny Lake Havasu City, Arizona, with his wife, Giliane, and their Welsh Corgi, Keeley. His interests include archery, astronomy, archaeology, scuba diving, collecting movies, collecting swords, and tinkering with any electronic gadget he can get his hands on.

In March, 2015, Jeffrey became a proud member of SFWA, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America!

Fans can follow him online at: www.AuthorJMPoole.com

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
My parents tell me I've been writing since I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade. It was nothing serious, obviously. It wasn't until I was working full-time at a job which required me to travel two, sometimes three weeks a month when my wife suggested I start writing. She suggested every time I was sent out of town I should work on my story. My first book, The Prophecy, was written in this manner. Only a little at a time, mind you, as it took nearly four years to write and another four to finish it after I changed jobs. What can I say? I'm a procrastinator! :)
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1), and it came into being because of fans of my previous series, Bakkian Chronicles, asked me to keep the series going. Lost City is the direct result of my wife coming up to me one day and telling me, "I've got a great idea for a story."

She told me her idea, and needless to say, I went for my notebook. Lost City was born!
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Where to find Jeffrey M. Poole online


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Series

Legends of Lentari

The Prophecy

Price: Free!

Insurrection

Price: $2.99 USD.

Amulet of Aria

Price: $2.99 USD.

Lost City

Price: Free!
Pirates of Perz
New trilogy set in the magical kingdom of Lentari, centering around a group of invading pirates from across the Great Sea of Koralis.

May the Fang Be With You

Price: $0.99 USD.
Corgi Case Files
Welcome to Pomme Valley! Tag along with two adorable corgis – Sherlock and Watson – and their reluctant owner, Zack, as they solve all manner of crimes in picturesque southwestern Oregon.

Case of the Holiday Hijinks

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Tales of Lentari Box Set, Vol. 1.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 303,750. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Anthologies » General
This box set includes three stories from the best-selling epic fantasy series, Tales of Lentari. Included are: Lost City (ToL #1) Something Wyverian This Way Comes (ToL #2) A Portal for Your Thoughts (ToL #3)
The Hammer is Strong With This One
Series: Pirates of Perz, Book 2 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,430. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Pirates of Perz are at it again! The action has now gone below ground, to the realm of the dwarves, as the pirates rush to find the Narian Power Hammer. Hot on their tail are husband and wife team Steve and Sarah, and wizard acolyte Gareth. Together, the three companions hurry to the subterranean realm of the dwarves to prepare for the impending confrontation!
Case of the Muffin Murders
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,670. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A string of baffling incidents have befallen Taylor Adams, baker extraordinaire of Pomme Valley. When good friend Jillian Cooper recommends Zack and the corgis investigate, Taylor's run of bad luck worsens as multiple murders are discovered. All evidence suggests the town baker is to blame. Can Zack and the dogs clear Taylor's good name before someone he cares about becomes the next victim?
Corgi Case Files Boxed Set: Books 1 - 3
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 183,310. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Welcome to Pomme Valley! Tag along with two adorable corgis – Sherlock and Watson – and their reluctant owner, Zack, as they solve all manner of crimes in picturesque southwestern Oregon. Included in this box set are the first three novels: Case of the One-Eyed Tiger, Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy, and Case of the Holiday Hijinks.
Case of the Pilfered Pooches
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,900. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A rash of missing dogs prompts the official hiring of Zachary Anderson by the Pomme Valley PD as an investigative consultant who will – along with his canine companions – look into the matter. Zack and the corgis race against time to identify the dognapper and return the stolen dogs before the irate townsfolk take matters into their own hands.
May the Fang Be With You
Series: Pirates of Perz, Book 1 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 105,350. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The land across the Great Sea is long believed to be uninhabited. However, the people of Lentari are shocked to learn that not only are they gravely mistaken, but their first visitors have sinister intentions in mind. They're pirates! To make matters worse, what they're searching for has the power to topple kingdoms! The Pirates of Perz is an all new fantasy series set in Lentari!
Case of the One-Eyed Tiger
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: Free! Words: 67,110. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
When a shocking murder shatters the tranquility of a sleepy Oregon town, all fingers soon start pointing at new resident Zack Anderson. Determined to clear his name, Zack sets out to solve the case with the help of a feisty canine companion with an uncanny ability to sniff out clues. With evidence mounting against him, can Zack identify the killer before he ends up in the doghouse?
Case of the Holiday Hijinks
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,100. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A Grinch is threatening to ruin the Christmas spirit in Pomme Valley, OR, this year. Presents are disappearing from under Christmas trees with no plausible explanation how or why. Our two favorite corgis, Sherlock & Watson, are on the case along with their reluctant human, Zack. Will the unlikely trio of detectives be able to solve the case and restore the presents to their rightful owners?
Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,370. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When a traveling Egyptian exhibit stops in picturesque Pomme Valley, all hell breaks loose when a valuable artifact is stolen. The prime suspect has already been identified but there’s a catch: he’s over 3,000 years old! Pomme Valley’s newest crime fighting crusaders are on the case with Sherlock, new pack mate Watson, and their reluctant human, Zack. Can they solve the crime and find the loot?
Close Encounters of the Magical Kind
Series: Tales of Lentari · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,230. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A lost species, on the brink of extinction, sends out a plea for help. Steve and Sarah Miller, along with the help of some old friends, must use all of their formidable powers to find a way to prevent a catastrophe from happening. Filled with high-flying adventure, encounters with griffins, and a brush with an omnipotent elemental, this is one vacation neither will forget
Wizard in the Woods
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 5 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,030. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Lentarian prince has recently turned 18. Restless, and eager to impress his parents, Mikal asks his father for something to do. The king is only too happy to oblige. A certain renegade wizard has resurfaced and has been creating mayhem all across the kingdom. It's time for this wizard to be dealt with. Striking out on his own, the young prince takes on his most challenging task yet!
Thoughts for a Portal
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 4 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,310. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The adventures continue! We last saw Steve desperately trying to figure out how to get back to Idaho without the use of a portal. Stuck in a time that isn't his Steve struggles to fight extinct monsters, rescue missing villagers, and somehow protect his ancestors so that he isn't erased from existence all while trying to determine how to get home. And you thought you've had a bad week.
Bakkian Chronicles Omnibus
Series: Legends of Lentari. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 351,870. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
The ultimate fantasy omnibus is here! Every Bakkian Chronicles title is now available in this limited time omnibus. This bundle includes The Prophecy (#1), Insurrection (#2), Amulet of Aria (#3), and Disneyland Debacle & Winter Wonderland (short stories). Pick up your copy today!
A Portal for Your Thoughts
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 3 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,510. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
The discovery of a mysterious anomaly has the Royal family reeling, a town riled and people missing! Contacting the Nohrin would be the safest bet for a rescue. However, as both Nohrin become victims of the anomaly’s ability to move in time and space, they must find a way to stay alive, locate the villagers and return home. Danger and excitement abound! Don't miss the next adventure in Lentari!
Something Wyverian This Way Comes
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 2 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,370. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A new Lentarian adventure awaits! Pryllan wishes she could bask in new motherhood, but disaster looms: a plague is attacking dragonkind. The normally indomitable Wyverian population is in danger. Even the wrath of the (bite first; ask second) Dragon Lord will not deter her in her quest to contact a certain husband and wife team. Together they go in search of answers they may not want to find…
Bakkian Chronicles - Short Stories
Series: Bakkian Chronicles · Legends of Lentari. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,330. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Disneyland Debacle is a 5,000+ short story chronicling Steve and the gang's hilarious attempt to take a vacation at the happiest place on Earth! Winter Wonderland is a 7,200+ word short story that shows what happens when Mikal's parents visit the "Kingdom of Idaho" for the first time. Speeding snowmobiles and frenzied shopping sprees are just a few activities that await them!
Lost City
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 1 · Legends of Lentari. Price: Free! Words: 113,360. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.00 from 1 review)
When a young dwarf child is forced to undergo a challenging quest, three warriors - and a scholar - join together to track down a long lost piece of dwarven history! Rare wildlife! Dragon escorts! Trying to solve the most cryptic scavenger hunt anyone has ever seen is proving to be more difficult than anyone had ever imagined! Let the treasure hunt begin!
Amulet of Aria
Series: Bakkian Chronicles, Book 3 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,580. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Mikal is not safe. The sorceress Celestia has found a way to attack the prince on his bodyguards' world. Realizing this, Steve and Sarah escort Mikal back to Lentari to inform his parents. Lentari is in turmoil. Dwarves are preparing for war. Dragon raids are on the rise. To keep Mikal out of Celestia's grasp a powerful amulet must be found. Don't miss book III of the Bakkian Chronicles!
Insurrection
Series: Bakkian Chronicles, Book 2 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,620. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Add one magic-stealing goblet, half a dozen dimwitted trolls, and one conceited wizard. Next add one kidnapped member of the royal family, one concerned son, two bodyguards, a soldier, and an adolescent griffin. Throw in a pinch of green dragon. Mix well and you will have yourself one fantastic action-packed fantasy adventure sequel set in the magical kingdom of Lentari!
The Prophecy
Series: Bakkian Chronicles, Book 1 · Legends of Lentari. Price: Free! Words: 131,250. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.18 from 11 reviews)
Griffins, Dragons, and BNPs (Bugs of Nightmarish Proportions). Who knew? It seemed harmless enough. See a mysterious door and step through to see what happens, right? Now stranded in a magical kingdom, husband and wife search for a way home. However, enlisting the aid of the king and queen has given them their biggest shock yet: Royal Babysitters. Some days it didn't pay to get out of bed.

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J. H. Sked
Latest book: Basement Blues and Other Stories. Published June 12, 2011. (4.67 from 3 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by Jeffrey M. Poole

  • Demon Gates on March 27, 2011

    Demon Gates is a story about a meek young son of a horse breeder who is suddenly thrust into a series of events that could easily shape the future of the world he lives in. The premise is the evil demons that once have ravaged the world have been locked away into the Void. Ancient Loremasters managed to lock them in their prison, with formidable seals preventing the Portals from becoming active. However, the seals are failing, and the demons have once again entered into the world to wreak havoc. Not being a big fan of darker fantasy, or demons for that matter , I was very pleasantly surprised to find myself swept away in a story which was very expertly told, deftly weaving several storylines together with a skill that I truly envy. The author has created an extensive world with believable characters, nasty creatures, and picturesque locales. For once, I don’t have to wait a bit for the next book in the series to be released. I know book two, Ashar’an Rising, has been released. I’ve already purchased it, and it’s now sitting on my iPod, ready to go! This book is a tremendous read, at a very reasonable price. I encourage everyone who loves fantasy to give it a try! Robert, you’re a helluva writer!
  • Ashar'an Rising on April 19, 2011

    This is what a sequel is all about! Picking right up where Demon Gates left off, Ashar'an Rising continues to follow the adventures of Valdieron as he attempts to fight the invasion of demons into his world. This story also focuses on other characters besides Valdieron, but those you have been introduced to in the first book. Using the power of the pendant he was given by his mother, Valdieron also continues his studies to become a master swordsman and also starts to learn how to use magic. The author does a fantastic job weaving multiple storylines together to create a well developed tale in a world brought vividly and masterfully to life. Descriptive settings, colorful characters, and well executed battle scenes leave you on your toes and wanting more! I found myself eagerly turning page after page, wondering what was going to happen next! Robert, I eagerly await the release of the next in this series. Good job once more!
  • WolfSong on June 07, 2011

    For fans (and non-fans!) of werewolf stories! Wolfsong (Tales from the Crescent) takes place on a world populated by a variety of species, dealing mainly with hawks, humans, and werewolves. The reader follows the exploits of one squad of hawks. After suffering a tragedy at the hands of a renegade werewolf, the squad swears to hunt the rogue down with the help of another werewolf. I have never been a fan of werewolf stories, nor do I actively pursue looking for them, but I won a copy of this ebook on a blogger’s website and decided to give it a try. At times I found myself backtracking a bit as I wasn’t sure if I missed an introduction of a character. There was a time when I wasn’t sure who was who, and what they were supposed to be doing, but you know what? That’s on me, I’m sure. I was a bit distracted. It’s a testament to the world Sked created. I was completely caught up in the story, yearning for the hawks to exact a little retribution, meaning I couldn’t wait for the rogue werewolf to get his comeuppance. I would have loved to learn more about the origins of the Hawks and how they came to become the peacekeepers of the Crescent. I’m really hoping the author will go into more detail in the second book, about the history of the species, as she did some an awesome job of creating a highly detailed world I could easily visualize. If you like reading about alternate worlds where other creatures exist, you need to give this one a try! Take it from someone that doesn’t like werewolves, you’ll like this story! Great job, J.H. Sked! I’m looking forward to the next story in this series!
  • Hemlock and the Wizard Tower on June 14, 2011

    Hemlock and the Wizard Tower follows the exploits of a talented thief, Hemlock, living on a magic-laden world controlled by the all powerful Wizard Guild. Sneaking into the heart of their operation, the Wizard Tower, Hemlock attempts to learn why the magic that normally would help her sister has recently been failing. Blaming the wizards (wizards be damned!), she uses all her extraordinary skills to infiltrate their Tower, something no one has ever been successful in accomplishing. With the aid of her mentor, a renegade wizard, and even a mechanical golem, Hemlock is swept up in the battle to break the Wizard Guild’s regulation of everyday magic. I truly enjoyed this story. Character development was good. I liked how Hemlock went from rooftop vigilante to a very believable heroine whom people looked up to. I liked the author’s use of italics to portray flashbacks. What I really enjoyed, though, was how everything flowed so smoothly. The inner circles of the Wizard Guild, the different sections of the city, the outlying lands, etc. One critique I had was about the main antagonist, Falignus. There were times when I wasn’t sure if he was truly evil, or if he had underlying motives causing him to behave as he did. Fortunately, it didn’t distract from the story in the slightest. I was hoping for more history about Merit, but maybe in a sequel? Speaking of sequels, I thought I saw somewhere that the author was working on a second book. I sure hope so! To anyone out there that loves fantasy, this is a fantastic book! Be sure to check it out!
  • Basement Blues and Other Stories on July 03, 2011

    There's a detective agency I'd hire in a heartbeat! Once again I’m being forced to open myself to the possibilities of expanding my tastes when it comes to certain genres of books. I’ve always told myself that I’m not a fan of werewolves, but thanks to this author, I read her first work, Wolfsong, and was very surprised to learn that I enjoyed reading a story that featured werewolves. When I learned Sked had come out with a collection of short stories, and the first had a vampire in it, I had to see if she could keep me interested. After all, the description of Basement Blues included the line, “and her laundry equipment is trying to kill her all over again”. Who was I to pass that type of intro up? The first story involves what I hope will be regular series about this detective agency that is so unique that I am not even going to try to describe the characters. Trust me, if I say anything it’ll give spoilers, and I refuse to do that. I was genuinely disappointed when I reached the end of that story. And yes, there was a vampire as an employee. There, that’s all I’m going to say about it. The second and third stories are classified as horror stories and involve characters that have been traumatized in the past. While definitely not a fan of horror stories, once again I was drawn into the pages and kept wondering what was going to happen next. The stories are short, so to say anything else would definitely give plot details away, so I’ll just say that these stories are definitely worth checking out. Great job again, Janet! If you develop that first story into a regular series, you’ll definitely have to let me know!
  • Escape 2 Earth 2012 on July 04, 2011

    The end of the world is near... I'm a huge fan of disaster movies. Independence Day, Deep Impact, Armageddon, and 2012 (naturally!). So when I came across this book, I will say the cover caught me, and the title intrigued me. My first disaster book! I eagerly loaded this onto my iPad and settled back to read. I liked the premise of the story. We (humans) were warned 8 years in advance that the end was coming. No way to avoid it, had to accept it. Fortunately, a group of nice aliens came to the rescue with a way to evacuate the people of Earth to another planet. I thought the story was original. I enjoyed how well thought out it was, how comprehensive it was. However... Whereas this book had a good story, there were many, and I do mean MANY, typos, grammatical errors, fragmented sentences, and so on. Ordinarily I can let some typos go. Even some fragmented sentences, provided it contributes to the story, can be overlooked. Plain and simple, this story had formatting issues. Quotes in the wrong place, text in different sizes, indents in the wrong place, and even some words consistently used that were incorrect. For example, I kept seeing references to people being "clam". I'm pretty sure they meant "calm". Sentences were run together, and oftentimes appeared to be copied and pasted together so that the flow of the story was interrupted and I had to jump back to the previous page to determine what was trying to be conveyed. If it wasn't for the grammatical errors, I could have easily given this story 4 stars, even 4.5 stars. With the help of an editor, proofreader, another set of eyes, etc., this story could easily be one that I'd read over and over again.
  • Part 1: The Lady on July 16, 2011

    A dark, gripping novella... Without realizing it, I'm discovering myself a fan of novellas. Short stories with wonderfully created worlds and disctinct characters that are very easily imagineable. On Dark Shores is such a novella. This story is set in a grimy little town where it is ruled mercilessly by the moneylender, Copeland. He and his bodyguard, Blakely, keep the villagers cowering with fear, extorting money and doling out beatings on a daily basis. There are two sisters, and one has been forced to become a thief, being a distant relative to Copeland himself. When the older sister realizes she'll be unable to protect the younger any longer, she determines it is time to try and escape from the clutches of her cousin. There's clearly more going on with the townfolk than they let on. The bodyguard, Blakely, used to be a boxer, and has the power to eliminate the moneylender's grip over the town, but instead chooses to hide his emotions in booze and drugs. There's the barkeep, Mickel, who was formerly a medic, I think, and is forced to resume his old profession as the town doctor is afraid to cross Copeland. I won't go into any other details here lest I inadvertently give away a spoiler. Let me just say, instead, that I enjoyed the story. The writing was smooth and flawless in execution. I had no problems imagining I was skulking around in the dark streets of Scarlock. This isn't a story for the faint of heart. There's gruesome scenes of torture and murder and of unspeakable acts of cruelty. On the plus side, the scenes are so well written that you're glued to the pages waiting to see what happens next, much like you would do if you saw an train wreck: you know you should look away, but you find yourself transfixed to the scene. Like that. :) There were a few critiques that I could find. Again, without giving anything away, the skeleton scene. I'm not sure where that came from, but I was confused about why it was there. I think I see where the author was going with it, but just thought it was odd and not really fitting with the rest of the story. I feel as though the story was cut off abruptly, but I'll take that as a good sign, as I'm clearly intersted in learning what happens next, when Karma will finally catch up to those who need it, and what the fate of the older sister is. Ms. Clement, nicely done! I'll definitely pick up the next in the series when it's released!
  • Flash Gold on July 25, 2011

    An adventurous romp into the wilds of the Yukon... I acquired this novella after reading (and thoroughly enjoying) one of her other works, Emperor's Edge. I really enjoyed that, as well as this one. This adventure focuses on young Kari McAllister, an orophaned teenager in a small town in the middle of the Yukon. The townsfolk have labeled her as a witch just because she's a very gifted engineer, having created numerous inventions. Her deceased father was also responsible for creating a mysterious substance called flash gold, which apparently can be used to generate power. Several of Kari's inventions are powered by flash gold. However, her father's work has raised interest in quite a few groups of people all bent on acquiring this new technology for themselves. I won't give anything else away, only to say that this novella is truly worth reading, and I sincerely hope that the author continues this storyline with another adventure!!
  • The Shadowed Path on March 07, 2012

    Awesome fantasy set in Roman times! I don't think I've ever seen those two words in the same sentence before. Roman and fantasy. Yet it certainly applies to this book, the debut novel from author Simon Stone. The author has a very easy-going writing style that gets you hooked from the start and won't let go, not even when you make it to the end. You know you've read a good book when you keep thinking about the story hours after you've finished and then start wondering what the sequel will hold. This story is set in Roman times and follows several main characters, including a former rich boy who becomes stuck in unarguably the worst place to become stranded, the Shadowlands. He and several others eventually find their way out, but only after a few years. The spoiled rich boy is no more, and instead has adapted to become a cool lethal fighting machine. Then we have a young girl suffering the loss of a family who has fallen victim to creatures that typically reside in the Shadowlands. She has come, seeking revenge on those who let these terrible things happen to her loved ones. Also present are a race of humanoid creatures, the Waystalkers (or inhumanaii), forever slaves to their human masters. Dark, mysterious, and lethal, they are the only guides you'd want at your side if you have to travel the Shadowlands. They are sworn not to harm "redbloods". No inhumanii ever has, lest the poor Waystalker go mad with guilt and shame. Might some of the slaves have found a way to rebel against their masters? There were so many things I liked about this book. I loved the Roman setting. The author did a tremendous job helping the reader to visualize everyday life in a Roman village. I loved the fantasy element, namely the Shadowlands separating the two great countries. I loved how the Shadowlands are home to unspeakable horrors and how it's inconceivable that someone could survive a few days in there, let alone four years. I loved seeing the changed world through Marcus' eyes after he and his two companions finally make it out of the Shadowlands and realize everything he had known is gone. I'm sitting here, trying to remember if I really had any issues with the book, and the only things I can think of were a few typos, but as another reviewer mentioned, I simply didn't care. I eagerly look forward to the next in the series!!
  • The Shadowed Path on March 07, 2012

    Awesome fantasy set in Roman times! I don't think I've ever seen those two words in the same sentence before. Roman and fantasy. Yet it certainly applies to this book, the debut novel from author Simon Stone. The author has a very easy-going writing style that gets you hooked from the start and won't let go, not even when you make it to the end. You know you've read a good book when you keep thinking about the story hours after you've finished and then start wondering what the sequel will hold. This story is set in Roman times and follows several main characters, including a former rich boy who becomes stuck in unarguably the worst place to become stranded, the Shadowlands. He and several others eventually find their way out, but only after a few years. The spoiled rich boy is no more, and instead has adapted to become a cool lethal fighting machine. Then we have a young girl suffering the loss of a family who has fallen victim to creatures that typically reside in the Shadowlands. She has come, seeking revenge on those who let these terrible things happen to her loved ones. Also present are a race of humanoid creatures, the Waystalkers (or inhumanaii), forever slaves to their human masters. Dark, mysterious, and lethal, they are the only guides you'd want at your side if you have to travel the Shadowlands. They are sworn not to harm "redbloods". No inhumanii ever has, lest the poor Waystalker go mad with guilt and shame. Might some of the slaves have found a way to rebel against their masters? There were so many things I liked about this book. I loved the Roman setting. The author did a tremendous job helping the reader to visualize everyday life in a Roman village. I loved the fantasy element, namely the Shadowlands separating the two great countries. I loved how the Shadowlands are home to unspeakable horrors and how it's inconceivable that someone could survive a few days in there, let alone four years. I loved seeing the changed world through Marcus' eyes after he and his two companions finally make it out of the Shadowlands and realize everything he had known is gone. I'm sitting here, trying to remember if I really had any issues with the book, and the only things I can think of were a few typos, but as another reviewer mentioned, I simply didn't care. I eagerly look forward to the next in the series!!