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BOOK I OF THE SERAPHINIUM: THE MERCHANT AND THE MENACE
The Seraphim. Beings of power, created to guide the world in times of trouble. They live their lives of near immortality in servitude to a lesser creature, man.
One rebelled. Amird, the Hand of the Creator, bridled at the sovereignty of his lord. In defiance he murdered a brother and was cast into the Mists of Chaos.
Millennia passed as the Deceiver plotted his return. Backed by the might of a seemingly unstoppable army of Ulrog Stone Men and their fire-eyed Malveel Lords, Amird plans to wrest control of the world from the Creator and rain violence on the humans he once served.
All that stands between Amird and his triumphant return are the remnants of battered human armies and the hope that Seraphim, loyal to the Creator, still roam this world.
Kael knows little of this struggle. His quiet village lies deep in the Southlands, unchanged and unchallenged by the wars raging in the frozen North. In fact, the boy longs for a bit of adventure and freedom from the boring routine at his father’s inn.
Freedom comes at a cost. Kael’s first journey outside his secluded village results in a tragedy so deep it destroys the boy’s sheltered world and immerses him in the struggle.
Revelations surface. Kael uncovers a past linking him to legends, grapples with a present that resembles nothing he knows, and confronts a future that demands he tap long dormant power and stake a claim in the defense of the human races.
Kael’s first step toward that future lies through the darkness of the Nagur Wood, and rumor has it something prowls the Nagur!
REVIEWS FOR THE SERAPHINIUM ON AMAZON
4.5 average out of 5 stars (32 reviews)
I've read them all... Robert Jordan, David Eddings, George R.R. Martin, Isaac Asimov, Terry Goodkind, etc, etc....and of course the master, Tolkien. I love a good long story with complex characters, a different world that becomes alive to me, good vs. evil, and everyday people who are confronted with a choice to make a difference. Dan McHugh is now added to my list of authors who can deliver! Can't wait for the next books!
Books 1 through 3 of the Seraphinium series ended much too soon. The characters are interesting and consistent. The plot twists are legion. A writing style reminiscent of Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings. As a former editor I was elated to find the books seem to be professionally edited with hardly any sentences I would question or change.
REVIEWS ON GOODREADS
4.26 average out of 5 stars (23 ratings)
I really liked this book. There are a few things I look for in a good book: a good adventure, comedy, and great characters. I found all of them while reading this book. I highly recommend to those who like epic adventures. Make sure you have plenty of time because once you start reading it, you won't be able to put it down.
Definitely a "setup" book. The story is ambitious and requires a good deal of structure to set the scene. However, the back stories themselves are engaging and nearly complete, so the departures from present tense do not distract from enjoyment of the book. Many characters are introduced in a short timeframe, but their individual stories are easy to follow and draw the reader into the overarching narrative. I don't wish to give away further developments, but book 1 was barely a five for me while book 2 really delivered. Overall the series is a fantastic read, so far.
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