Edwin Farmer looks around himself in confusion. Nothing is as it should be. The moon hangs high over the horizon and in the distance, a campfire beckons. With his first steps toward that flickering light, Edwin begins the journey of a lifetime.Forced to become a warrior and a mage, he must transform himself into a hero. Edwin must journey to the one place he never wanted tEdwin Farmer looks around himself in confusion. Nothing is as it should be. The moon hangs high over the horizon and in the distance, a campfire beckons. With his first steps toward that flickering light, Edwin begins the journey of a lifetime.Forced to become a warrior and a mage, he must transform himself into a hero. Edwin must journey to the one place he never wanted to be, fighting a desperate battle to rescue the woman he loves but has only met in his dreams.The Gods are at war and the land of Neveyah is the battleground. Magic and destiny lie waiting in the Tower of Bones....
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Tower of Bones Reviews
In the current fashion for dark gritty (and typically miserable) fantasy it has been a while since I have read a good straight-forward heroic fantasy yarn. Every now and then it’s good for a fantasy fan to kick back and enjoy a traditional, good versus evil quest based adventure—and Connie Jasperson’s first book in the Neveyah series provides just that.Edwin is a simple lad raised on a farm and enjoying an inexplicable attractiveness to the ladies. One seminal day his father tricks him into passing through a portal into one of the other worlds called Neveyah. Here a healer, Marya, has been kidnapped by a thoroughly evil high priest, Stefyn D’Mal. Edwin is recruited by a bunch of temple-mages to journey on a mission to rescue her from her captivity in the Tower of Bones.What follows is well structured and engaging heroic fantasy with detailed magic and world building. Japserson creates a believable system of magic, which we learn through the experiences of Edwin who has an unusual gift in mastering both healing and battle magic. His own redefinition of the manipulation of magical forces is a key plotline in the novel, and a valuable weapon as they challenge the despicable D’Mal.I had mixed feelings about the characters. I really enjoyed the range of characters presented—Edwin is a likeable and well-rounded hero, with interesting moralising and suitable soul-searching as he comes to accept his part I the bigger picture. In a lot of ways he reminded me of Garion in the Belgariad the backdrop of the quest allowing us greater insight into his own coming of age. In fact there is a lot of Eddings’ influence in this work (a good thing in my opinion), both in the quest, the influence of the gods, the coming of age, and the linear style of narrative.The main bad guy, Baron D’Mal, is a fabulous creation. Handsome, psychopathic, bizarrely polite and organised, he is deliciously insane due to the manifestation of his deity through his mind. His magic allows him powers of suggestion and control, and it is this danger that means the quartet of mages must resort to an intricate plan in order to rescue Marya.The supporting cast are a curious bunch: Cristoph, the healer, is Edwin’s patron and develops a crush on his pupil. His own tragic past is sensitively handled, although I would have welcomed more exploration of it in the book. The battle mage couple, Aeolyn and Friedr, are also Edwin’s instructors in swords-craft and battle-magic. It was refreshing having a married couple as characters in a fantasy book, although I think more dramatic tension could have been derived from their relationships. In fact if I had one minor grizzle about the book it was that the four mages seemed to get on far too well, almost all the time. Their dialogue is very courteous and they are so lovely to each other during some extremely stressful moments. I’d have perhaps welcomes a little more frission—maybe a few domestics!It is a minor quibble and Jasperson handles topics such as rape, abuse, torture and insanity with skill and empathy such that despite the occasional heaviness of the subject matter it never feels too much, or excessive, or dark. That is a sign of real skill, and I look forward to reading the sequel to this book, The Forbidden Road, very soon.
I evidently fall into a minority in my opinion about this book.Technically, I did not finish it. At 20% I was struggling to continue. At 30% I couldn't read any further. Repetition is annoying in any book, but it’s especially aggravating when a paragraph repeats what was written in the one just previous. I found the dialogue too often juvenile and littered with exclamation points! Seriously! (Did you see what I did there?!) The protagonist is perfect in every way. He is not shocked to be in a new world. He quickly grasps all the new things he has to learn, never complains, is strong and handsome and kind and clever and heavily magic-endowed (and naturally adept)…His companions and peers, at the tender ages of 21/22, are ultra-knowledgeable and experienced.And if I had to read another detailed description of clothing I might have wept. Commas are chaotic.Although the plot sounds intriguing enough (I wouldn't have picked it up otherwise) the rationality in carrying it out confused me. "You're going on an important quest! But you're not leaving for many months to rescue that girl who is being driven further into madness with every moment she stays in the bad guy's clutches."The story (at just 30%!) is illogical, preachy, and slow-paced… I kept waiting for the real story to begin, kept waiting for "original and compelling" to appear.On the positive side, I did like the way magic was used, and how the magical tattoos not only augment power but display a mage's abilities. I liked the idea of a god and his crazy follower slowly taking over a world and changing its topography. I even like the concept of a lineage of heroes. Original? No. Challenging to carry out without losing the reader's interest? Yes. And the premise behind this one, with previous heroes doomed to overall failure in spite of important successes, carries a huge weight of responsibility and possibility.
In a word: wonderful! I'm not in the habit of describing either characters or plot in a review since it's usually in the blurb and I hate having a story spoiled by over elaborate reviews, but suffice it to say I found both convincing and the world created by Connie Jasperson, totally believable.Occasionally, when I read fantasy, I get a sinking feeling that I've been here before and the 'paint-by-numbers' scenarios are looming on the horizon. When this happens I try to read the rest, to give the author a fair chance, but it sometimes becomes a trial. I didn't get that feeling with 'Tower of Bones' and it kept me turning the pages - or rather flicking the Kindle - long into the night. If I'm honest there was one point close to the beginning of the book when I thought it was going to be predictable, but the lively writing style and vivid imagination of the author soon disabused me of that notion!Someone mentioned David Eddings in the reviews and I too felt this influence in the writing and perhaps Michael Moorcock as well, but it wasn't Eddings or Moorcock; Ms Jasperson has a style all her own and I found delight in her ability to both craft a compelling tale and create emotional involvement for the reader - surely the twin facets of fantasy writing which separate the mundane from the truly enjoyable.So, if you are a fan of fantasy you should enjoy the world of Neveyah and the travails of Edwin enormously, as I did. Of course you might not, but I can't be held responsible for your lack of taste :) Recommended.
Edwin Farmer goes after a stray sheep and falls through a sort of portal, as prophecied, into a parallel world of sorts where his family line reappears each generation to play an important role in the battle of good versus evil.The characters were likable and varied, and I particularly loved the natural way the use of magic and world building was done. If there is a complaint I found pieces a bit repetitive--in need of a slight smoothing edit-- and I have a personal preference for a bit more 'choice' versus fate in my heroes, but I have those complaints with fantasy frequently. The real test is how strongly I was pulled in and I definitely was, and the fact I definitely intend to buy the next in the series--it is an entertaining read and I absolutely want to know what happens next.
Magic and mayhem, a kidnapped damsel to save, an evil mage to destroy, monsters to fight - what more can you want? Oh, a handsome hero to take them all on, sure. An innocent farm boy with no clue to his fabled family's past is pulled into an alternate world. An untrained hero from a long line of heroes, he has to learn magic and battle skills in order to rescue a healing mage who was kidnapped by a crazed priest of the evil god Tauron. A fun and engaging read, strong characters who interact very well without being forced. Could use a touch of editing, mostly words got out of order, but I really enjoyed this story.
Enjoyable fantasy, about A farm boy who finds himself a mage in another land connected to his own. I did find the constant references of the amazement of Edwin's friends at the newness of Edwin's abilities and how they would change magic as they knew a little tedious at times. I just thought there could have been less talk about the way the magic worked and how he transformed it and the practicing of said magic.Overall a pleasant read.
Very good adventure book but the dialogue could have used some serious help. It was very stiff, formal and way too polite for a group of travelers. There was too much repeating like when you speak to someone who is a little slow or someone who is quite young. The story was very engrossing and entertaining and I look forward to the next book.
Amazing! I've just finished reading this book for the 5th time, and now I'm chomping at the bit for book 2, The Forbidden Road, which is due out (according to the rumour mill) either December or January 2013.You can really connect with the characters in this book, and you will find yourself laughing along with them as they joke around, and crying as they do.This is a must-read!
I really liked this book, however some of the dialog was a little too repetitive and simplistic. I hope the author continues the story and continues to improve her technique. I will be watching out for other works by this author.