In the Books featuring The Paladins of Naretia: Book one in the Naretia series by TP Keane

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Paladins of Naretia: Book one in the Naretia series by TP Keane.

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About the Book: Olórin’s adopted son, Aramus, is a creature unlike any in the kingdom of Naretia. He is feared by all, and holds a darkness inside that is said will end all life by his eighteenth birthday. Olórin must scour the kingdom for godly ingredients to make a potion for Aramus that will save them all. He is hoping his son’s human side will prevail over the rising darkness within him, for long enough to outrun their enemies.
But Aramus’s real father, the dark God Dantet, desires his son’s powers so he might, once again, walk on mortal soil. His legion of dark creatures follow Olórin and Aramus at every turn, trying to kill them. Dantet’s army, however, is not the only one wanting Aramus dead. Something, or someone, changes fate’s hand. Neither Dantet, nor Olórin, can see the terrible future that threatens them all. Even the traitors within the wizard caste are blind to what is coming.
But it is coming.

My Review: I have to admit, this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, and I’m happier for it.

I was interested in reading this when I first saw it, so when I had a chance to grab a copy I didn’t wait long to get started. First, I think it’s fair to point out this isn’t your typical Epic Fantasy novel.

Instead of the usual world building and exposition that is normal in the genre and can drag a book along, this book moved at a fast pace that was more in line with the Thriller genre than not. On top of the usual storytelling in Epic fantasy, it added a heart-racing quality that made the book hard to put down. It was something I wasn’t used to reading in Epic Fantasy, and it caught me by surprise. I couldn’t wait to keep reading and learn what happened next, and the ending didn’t disappoint as it wasn’t what I expected.

While the story moved fast and threw clues at me, the characters really added something unexpected to the story. I love anti-heroes and darker characters, so it’s no surprise Aramus is my favorite. Between his brooding nature and untapped potential, I was waiting for him to unleash on his enemies as they dogged him throughout his and Olórin’s journey.

This is definitely a must have book for any fantasy fan and I look forward to more stories from the author in the future.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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