Justan was raised on the outskirts of the Dremaldrian Battle Academy. He watched his father ascend the ranks within the academy to become one of the most respected warriors in the kingdom. The only thing he has ever wanted is to become an academy student and follow the path of his father. Unfortunately, only the best can enter the academy and Justan is a horrible fighter. Everyone tells him that he is more suited to scholarly work than swordplay. In desperation he hurls himself into training, eager to overcome the doubters and walk into the academy triumphant, unaware that secretive powers plot to disrupt his plans.
Meanwhile, an evil wizard of immense power is using magic to twist the bodies of the creatures of the land and transform them into monsters. With these creatures and the peoples of the wilds, he is building an army . . .
Ogres and dragons, warriors and wizards are destined to clash, their fates guided by The Bowl of Souls.
©2012-2014 Trevor H. Cooley (P)2014 Trevor H. Cooley
A wonderfully entertaining book.
The most short review is for people who have read both Harry Potter and Name of the Wind. If you are one of those people, this book's setting, characters, and plot are somewhere between those two.
If not, then this is a very creative albeit simply written book. I very much recommend it to just about anyone, but the reason I can't give it a five star rating is because the writing style is just too simple. It isn't a YA book, or even an adult book, more an all ages book, so that can't be used as an excuse. The foreshadowing, mystery laying, and plot device beginnings have all the subtlety of a one hundred pound sledgehammer in a house of mirrors.
That aside, you are presented with a simultaneously egotistical and humble protagonist that has a charismatic pull to him. He goes from just being a smart guy to having serious combat skills in your typical middle ages fantasy setting. These newly earned skills are logically developed. Seriously, if you do something under a master for one year straight and nothing else, you're going to get really good.
Other than that he has these mysterious overpowered powers that are a conflict in and of themselves and come up from time to time. Additionally Cooley, subverts so many of the typical tropes I've come to expect in this type of book. And the ones that he plays straight are done in such a manner that it is just enjoyable to read.
I will continue to read the series, and hope that his writing style becomes more sophisticated. But if not, it should still be a fun ride.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to scratch that fantastical school or fantasy adventure itch.
Featuring a world conceived with great imagination, Trevor H Cooley's "Eye Of The Moonrat" is an epic fantasy tale sure to delight savvy readers. Once I'd read enough of the story to wrap myself around the world the author had invented, I found myself pleasantly surprised with the pacing of the story and the intense action scenes that unfolded. The deeper into the story I went, the more engaged I was until by the end I was entirely caught up in the plot to see what Justan was in for next and who he would meet! The author's descriptions are sharp and clear, and he displays a keen ability to bring a story to life, weaving together fantasy and mystery and intrigue. I love the character of Justan, one of those characters who you have immediate sympathy for, who continues to fight for what he wants and overcomes the challenges. Overall it is a grand start to the author's writing career, and is worthy entertainment indeed.
This is the first book narrated by James Foster that I've listened to and I'm glad I did! He is an amazing reader and made a great story a true pleasure to listen to!
It's a pleasant fantasy tale with monsters, elfs, dwarfs, but no horrific gore and unnecessary sex & violence you too often find in modern-day post J.R.R. Tolkien "adult" fantasy.
Action, fighting, and adventure with-out the hateful undertones, extreme violence, or ugly views on women, sex, and violence reflected in modern day society.
The scene in which the young hero fights, & fights & fights & fights… better than he ever did before, to win his place in the academy before a cheering crowd and a admiring father.
The scene in which the retired warrior, turned farmer, thanks the Ogre next door for saving his children.
It's a "young adult" fantasy. So, you do have to suffer through a few moments of cringing at the juvenile plot twists and actions of complete stupidity by the young hero.These moments are only sufferable when the hero is told by adult characters how juvenile and stupid his actions are.
Engaging, Inventive, Action Packed
It was very fast moving and in stages introduced a world of magic No Spoilers but so many books the character goes from Zero to Hero overnight. In this book he has to work for it.
I felt he was very good at expressing emotions. He did a great job of engaging me.
Excellent differentiation of Voices. He's not one of those deadpan monotone type readers
Yes I had a extreme reaction. I went to Kindle Unlimited and read the next 4. I was really upset that only the first book was out on Audible. I was like no I don't want to wait to read the next book.
Later I found that the rest of the series is in print..
This is light Epic Fiction, Elements of Humor. The good guys are good and the Bad Guys are really ugly. It throws loops along the way and isn't 100% predictable.
Excellent Book, Excellent Narration this is a winner all the way.
Hope you enjoy.
I'm an avid Fantasy Reader and I consider this to be a top notch series.
Character development: I felt I got a good picture of each of the character. Story line: I want to see how they all contribute.
I love to hate cliffhangers. Can't wait to hear the next books to see how it resolves. The narration helped to set the scene.
When Justan was offered the new bow and refused to receive it until later. It showed the honor and integrity he has and the depth of his character.
Yes, I felt bad for Justin getting drunk unwittingly. It serves him right for eating more of the spicy meal and then downing the booze.
If you liked, The Hobbit, Michael Vey then you will like this book.
I found the ogre's story line surprisingly touching
I enjoyed this book for what I thought it was. I picked it up thinking it would be an easy fun listen without a lot of complexity. It was definitely a good listen and I have to admit it was more complex in some ways then I was expecting. I hope they narrate the second book soon, otherwise I might have to pick this up in print.
If you are looking for dark epic fantasy with complex characters then this probably isn't what you're looking for. It is entertaing if you are looking for something lighter.
Generally not into Fantasy, more of a science fiction fan but this book captured me by the third chapter. The characters are interesting and I found myself caring about them and wanting to see what was going to happen next. well developed story and good narration
Minor disclaimer, I have read this book a few times before listening to the audio book, so I was already in love with the story.
When Justan was day-dreaming or awake dreaming after a big battle (I don't want to include spoilers.) When I read it, the dreams did not seem as significant as when they were read to me.
I was a bit dismayed to find I had been mispronouncing several characters name, and it will take me a bit to get used to the actual pronunciations. When I read the books Justan was always a bit more sullen that he came across in the narration, I liked the various voices and accents that he had for the characters, and it was easy to imagine who was speaking from the way the character was voiced.
Excellent recording, enjoyed it immensely, I was not really sold on listening to a book that I had already read. I won this one in an online contest and now I am off to purchase the second book of the series. Highly recommend!
Never read the print version, but I enjoy James' work so I probably would pick this over the printed version anyway
Characters. The characters are likeable and not annoying.
I would tell you, but that would be a spoiler
It's listed as young adult, but there's no reason to not check it out anyway.
"Very good coming of age, classic fantasy adevnture"
They must get the other titles on audible, they just have to!
Epic Fantasy Adventure, good narration too. Little slow to begin with, but gets really good!
The story has all the elements needed for a winner: Magic, combat, elves, dwarves, little romance, mystery and humour.
You won't be disappointed!
story was so, so. I would of continued listening but narrator ruined it for me with robotic style voices
"Buy it ! Great Book"
Worth every penny, great story. loved it
I loved the whole story, great characters,
the narrator worked for me, did not detract from the story at all.
"A jolly good tale"
Well crafted, the characters are both interesting and diverse. The narration is good, bringing the scene and the characters to life.. I shall move on to the next book with high expectations. The story is that good.
"Wort a read. Kept me entertained"
Worth a read. Not very deep but kept me entertained. Since i have to add more words, I will do so by reminding myself to get the next one.
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