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The Flame Within: Keepers' Garden Trilogy, Book One epub ebook

by Eric Noss

The Flame Within: Keepers' Garden Trilogy, Book One epub ebook

Author: Eric Noss
Category: Action & Adventure
Language: English
Publisher: iUniverse (April 17, 2008)
Pages: 318 pages
ISBN: 0595505716
ISBN13: 978-0595505715
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 101
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The Keepers' Garden Trilogy is a set of three high-fantasy books. After all, I had The Flame Within and In Hyval's Wake almost entirely mapped by outline (though I did deviate some). Having this story more open as I slog through it's depths and bends is an interesting task. I know where the characters are heading and why, but not what will come.

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Book 1 of 3 in the Keeper of Tales Trilogy Series. What a stunning, original book this is-restrained and sensual, cerebral and lush, always blazingly intelligent, epic and expansive, yet filled with the most precisely and lovingly observed details. This is one of the best books I've read in years. Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's best work and yet wholly its own, The Mapmaker’s War evokes one of its heroine’s fantastic, world-defining maps: giving lines to human landscapes as old as myth, seemingly for the first time.

In Hyval's Wake: Keepers' Garden Trilogy, Book Two by Eric Noss (English) Paperb.

The royal seat of Keepers' Garden has been usurped through assassination and the loose confederation of city-states within its borders is crumbling. After months of conflict, the Liberation and Imperials have emerged as the two major contenders for the throne.But as one battle draws to a climax, another, darker cloud looms on the horizon.The Flame Within follows Spirit Knight Aralon Mittel, part of a select elite of the soldiery trained in magic and the sword since late childhood. Yet Aralon is less known for his personal achievements than he is for being the younger brother of the missing Hyval Mittel, the Garden's greatest Spirit Knight.Aralon is accompanied by Darvin Hegg, his former instructor and now his second officer, and Kiyana Irhan, a Mist Elf from beyond the reaches of the Garden. Join them as they attempt to end the Garden's civil war and are propelled into a conflict more profound than any had ever imagined
Reviews (7)
Samut
The Flame Within by Eric Noss is the first novel in the Keeper's Garden Trilogy. The second book in this trilogy, which sounds like it is currently being written, is In Hyval's Wake - there has been no word on when to expect that for release though. This novel appears to be the first novel that Mr. Noss has published. As with some first time authors, you never know what you are going to get. It is almost like reaching your hand into a grab bag and pulling out an unknown prize. Here are my thoughts on this novel.

The plot of this book has a couple layers to it. The main story arc centers on two groups of people. The first group is the Imperials and the second group being the Liberation. The Imperials have usurped the royal seat while the Liberation is attempting to regain control after a series of assassinations. The assassinations are never discussed in great detail, but are mentioned several times in passing. While I found this to be odd at first, because of my desire to know more. I actually like how it was handled. Sometimes we do not get all the information we crave, but that puts us in the same boat as the characters which allows the reader greater empathy for them. While the confrontations between these two groups are the crux of the story there are a couple notable additional sub plots. Such as a characters desire to know what happened to his brother who has been missing for some time, as well as a promise that a characters makes and the repercussions of that promise. For the most part the story is rather linear, but that works for the story and how the characters interact with each other. The plot keeps a consistent flow, and never seems to bog down in details. It is a solidly constructed story that kept me interested throughout.

The characters in this book are solid in most respects. The novel focuses on one character the vast majority of the time. That character being Aralon Mittel who is a Spirit Knight; which is a select group of soldiers who receive training starting in their childhood. Along the way, he meets up with several other characters such as Kiyana who is a mysterious figure from beyond the Mists. She is a rather interesting character due to her mannerisms and her actions to events that occur. Other memorable characters are Jinn, Darvin, Iyennya, and Salinar. Each of these characters are vastly different than any other character in the book. They all have their own motivations for their actions, as well as a unique voice. I have read countless books where the characters all `sound' the same. That is not the case here, how Kiyana talks is much different than how Jinn talks. It's easy to keep them separate and understand them much more than characters who all sound the same. I also appreciate the character development that occurs throughout the novel. While there are a couple frustrating parts, the character development makes sense and it is quite evident that this book is a buildup to further novels. The catch is that some of the character development seems incomplete at the end of the novel. For the most part thought the characters are enjoyable and well written.

A couple criticisms about this novel:

1 - There are several mentions of the Keeper's Garden. In the beginning of the novel this was a little confusing to me as I was unsure of what exactly it was. I would have preferred a little more explanation of it during the prologue so that I would go into the story with a better basic understanding of what some things were.

2 - This is not something that only new authors do, but it happened a couple times in this novel. I call them information dumps. Where there is a great deal of information dumped onto the reader in one fell swoop. I counted at least two times that this occurred in this novel. I would prefer a more gradual explanation of things, Mostly because information dumps leave me feeling as though I was hit in the head by a two by four. It is a fine line between giving the reader the information they need and giving it to them too much at one time. A little honing in the writing and this should not be a big issue in the future.

3 - This is by no means the author's fault, and I am actually surprised to write this about an iUniverse book. There are a couple rather glaring typos, misspellings, and forgotten words in this novel. I have read several iUniverse books before and I do not recall this being an issue before. Slightly disappointing. I usually don't notice typos, so when I do I know they are an issue.

Some things I liked about this novel:

1 - I really appreciated and enjoyed the diversity in the characters. Granted, I would have liked the book to not solely focus on one character so much, but the characters in this book are enjoyable even down to their little quirks.

2 - World building seems to be becoming a lost art among new authors. Many seem to take it for granted. In this novel, it is apparent that Mr. Noss spent a good deal of time making sure he got it right. The details that are included make logical sense and fit with the overall feel of the novel.

3 - For a new author, the prose of this novel surprised me. While there are a few places where raw talent slips through, the vast majority of the prose is quite polished and flows well. It does not feel disjointed or amateurish in any way.

When all is said and done, while this book may not win any awards for originality, it is a very solid first installment to what, in my opinion, is a promising trilogy. Some readers seem to shun new authors. I have never understood this view, as this novel shows what you pass up may very well be an enjoyable book. For fans of the fantasy genre looking for something new to read that may not necessarily be from a `big name', this is certainly a novel they should consider. I can easily see myself recommending this book to several people.

Andronrad
When reading Eric Noss' "The Flame Within", I thought of my friend who recently came back from Iraq and who is a big reader of tactical battle non-fiction books. I also thought of another of my friends who is a Civil War buff. I think both of these people would appreciate "The Flame Within", for in many ways, it is a war book. And it is when the narrative is focused on combat that it is at its strongest.

The reader is introduced to a host of characters in the "The Flame Within", including the Spirit Knight Aralon Mittel, the Mist Elf Kiyana Irhan, and the villain and former Chancellor of Keepers' Garden, Salinar Gederin. The details that go into these characters is at times quite realistic, such as when the Mist Elf Kiyana Irhan engages in her first dealings with humans, how she is ripped off by the proprietor of a local inn, and how she eventually discovers that not everyone, and really most people, cannot be trusted.

The battle scenes also seem well researched. I was particularly struck by the writing in Chapter 9, The Lion and the Oak Leaf, in which Aarlon Mittel's troops go up against the troops of another Spirit Knight, Faidrin Lochinbar. The description of the two Spirit Knights riding up to meet each other, and the courtesy of their exchange as they set the rules for battle, gives this fantasy novel an edge of reality that makes the text overall more rich and textured.

The main downside of "The Flame Within", unfortunately, also comes from what it does best. The prose becomes quite dense with description of horses and knights and movement across terrain. The characterization of the individuals populating the novel shine when they are specifically dealing with combat. However, beyond war, the characters often time feel flat and one-dimensional. I am not always sure I understand their motivations, and then there are a lot of characters, making it difficult sometimes to remember who is who.

Ultimately, I think the reader who will enjoy this book most are those who are interested in fiction and non-fiction centered around war. I think others will become lost in the nuances which, though very detailed and lifelike, become somewhat laborious to read as the book marches on to its conclusion.

Truthcliff
They say there is nothing new under the sun. The talk is, all tales that can be told, have been told. We just re-hash them.

True or not, I think the best we can do is take our tale and throw our unique voice over it and try to make it our own. That's what I felt reading The Flame Within. Something comfortably familiar yet unique as well.

I do not write elves in my fantasy because I don't feel I can throw my own take to them, I liked Kiyana and honestly, I want to see more of her journey with Aralon.

I'm glad I was able to read this and will happily recommend to my family and friends and fans of the fantasy genre.

Άνουβις
I absolutely enjoyed this book! I have never been interested in fantasy novels, but before I knew it I was making time to continue reading. The story is well-written and kept my interest until the end. The author gives you just enough information to make you wonder and keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a little bit of everything: love, war, the struggle between good and evil. The characters are portrayed clearly and each has their own unique and magnetic personality. It was easy to escape into the storyline. I definitely recommend this book and can't wait for Book Two.

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