More realistically, Sara would have told Steve that he has no right to tell her what risks she can and cannot take and that the best way he can show his love is by allowing her to give a gift of love and take on some of the risks. And even then, he'd likely sleep on the couch. It is one thing for a man to rescue a woman who is both in danger and incapable of self-rescue. It is entirely another thing for a man to forbid a woman to take on a challenge that she is perfectly capable of handling. And no one would have done it while sounding like a surfer dude. And on that note, it is interesting that for some of the later challenges in the book that actually did pose a significant risk to Sarah, Steve in no way opened his trap to forbid her from taking them on.
And finally, what kind of response is that which Sarah is giving? Sounds like the wishful thinking of someone who is too young to have experienced and only imagining what it is like to be in a long term relationship. The Characters I liked all of the main characters and saw real growth and change with them. There but for that For a much better treatment of a similar idea IT guy goes to strange world and discovers that he has magical powers, has to fulfill a destiny, is trapped in inter-kingdom drama, and just wants to go home , check out The Wiz Biz.
If I hadn't read that one, first, I might have liked this one, more. View 2 comments. I have never rolled my eyes so much while reading a book. I have rolled my eyes almost every swipe of a page. It is a good storyline which is why I continue reading, guy's grandparents died that he doesn't really know and they bequeath him their home and the world that's connected to it.
The issue with this book is that everything is just so perfect for the main characters. They just so happen to have the most powerful magic, they just so happen can figure out to use it within days almost at mas I have never rolled my eyes so much while reading a book. They just so happen to have the most powerful magic, they just so happen can figure out to use it within days almost at mastery level when it takes people much longer, they just so happen to have everyone like them instantly though they are foreigners, dress funny, and talk funny , they just so happen to always get out of the situation with no real danger.
And the word "cool" is completely overused, 47 times! Even the king and queen's son uses it when he has been using a farcical medieval language all along as has everyone else in this new world. The characters can't decide if they want to speak medieval or modern. I'm really trying to finish this book but I feel nothing for the characters. They are boring, wooden, and to be adults in their mid to late 20s, they sure do act like teenagers. I won't be reading the rest of the series. Did not make a connection with the characters. I really only had one problem with this book. I hate the third person omniscient voice.
It hampers individual character development, stunts meaningful dialogue, and generally feels like a crutch. The worst part is, it's a crutch that this book didn't need! It would be like giving a sprinter a crutch just before a race. Clumsy, occasionally painful, and a little sad as you wonder what the race would have been like without it. That said, this book was a good read. This is not a gritty, "real" fanta I really only had one problem with this book.
This is not a gritty, "real" fantasy world. You won't feel dirty after reading it, you can be pretty confident that the good guys are going to win the day, and you can count on cheesy one-liners when the going gets rough. In short, it's everything that a nice escapist fantasy should be. The ideas are clever, the world is interesting, and you can tell that the author has a genuinely good heart.
Especially since my mind jumped to incredibly evil applications of some of these powers I'll just leave it at that. Definitely a series to watch if you like your fantasy lighthearted, your action explosive, and your reading fun. View 1 comment. Jul 24, Brandy Camel rated it really liked it Shelves: independent. Bakkian Chronicles presents one of the most detailed and well thought out worlds I've encountered in an independent novel.
The exploration of the world and how it functions is what really drew me into the story. I do think Jeffrey could improve in a few ways as an author, including being aware of dialogue redundancy and perhaps having another set of eyes to skim over his content for continuity issues. Those sorts of things I recognize I'm acutely aware of, and so are easily forgiven in exchange f Bakkian Chronicles presents one of the most detailed and well thought out worlds I've encountered in an independent novel.
Those sorts of things I recognize I'm acutely aware of, and so are easily forgiven in exchange for the depth of the world presented. At times, I felt as if information was being presented a little too much in the Deus Ex Machina method of "Here is a character that is conveniently going to extrapolate and answer your every question.
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While there are undoubtedly many improvements to certain aspects of storytelling Jeffrey Poole can pursue, his strength and trust in the little universe he's crafted is really the selling point here. If you like exploring new cultures and new takes on old fantasy themes, this is definitely worth a read!
Okay, a strange thing happened to me while I was reading this book. I thought it was supposed to be And it wasn't, and it threw me. In retrospect and in rereading the description, I have no conceivable idea why I thought it would be. My only excuse is that I just finished reading an anthology of dark, gritty fantasy and was still stuck in the wrong world.
Anyway, about halfway through, I was unable to tell if I liked this story or not but then it started reminding me of a Xant Okay, a strange thing happened to me while I was reading this book. Anyway, about halfway through, I was unable to tell if I liked this story or not but then it started reminding me of a Xanth novel. I smacked myself upside the head and realized this was a I've been a Xanth lover since I was eleven, so this is a good comparison. Once I got that through my head, this book got a lot more fun. The fact that Steve and Sarah read more like teenagers to me than their purported ages wasn't a problem any more.
The casualness of the writing became quirky, like characters that actually say "omigod! I'm usually a dictator about Point of View and not a fan of Omiscent unless it's Austen or Dickens, but it kind of worked for me here. My only two That didn't seem to affect him at all. Even though they were bad guys, and he didn't technically kill them, the way it rolled off him to no effect did bother me.
Similar "deeper events" were treated as lightly and I did struggle with that. Secondly, my inner consistency meter didn't understand sending Steve and Sarah off for the key instead of staying with Mikal. Being who they were, it didn't make a lot of sense to me. I would have liked to have had more of a reason for them to make the journey themselves before they left, rather than seeing it later on when they got there. If there was a reason and I missed it, then my bad but I don't recall one.
There were other little similar things, but in the breezy spirit of the story, I got over it easy. It was a fun, breezy kind of fantastical read. I give 4 Fireballs and will, once I catch up with the rest of my reading list, get to Bakkian II and future Bakkian tales!
The book gets off to a rocky start. The language is awkward, the description and the situations themselves cursory. There are frequent and unposted changes of point of view. Much of the plotting is perfunctory, and in fact, the book often reads more like a description of someone's role playing game than as a true story - there are lots of puzzles to solve, and very little actual risk.
That said, the story is engaging and interesting - enough that I wish the supporting writing had been stronger.
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I'd be interested to find out what happens, which is at least one sign of a good story. I'm not sure, though, that I'd be willing to read another. For one thing, the characterization has pretty strong overtones of machismo, homophobia, and outright sexism. For example, the male protagonist suddenly realizes he's holding a man's hand, and hastily lets go.
In the s and 60s, this was the norm. It's not now, and it's a bit hard to take. Immediately after I finished reading, I was interested to see what was next. On brief reflection, I'm not as enthused, for the reasons above. Overall, a decent, fast-moving, and fun exploration of fantasy wish-fulfillment, but substantially held back by poor editing and outdated attitudes. Jan 10, Skky rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. When I got this book, many many months ago it was free on amazon and thought I would try it after I finished the Hunger Games, and it was not what I was expecting.
I had read the reviews of others and thought that it would be a little elementary plot because that's how most fantasy novels are now a, written for a much younger crowd, however this book was very very and I do mean VERY well written. I love the fact that its not one hero but a loveable married couple. Another thing I loved was that When I got this book, many many months ago it was free on amazon and thought I would try it after I finished the Hunger Games, and it was not what I was expecting.
Another thing I loved was that he kept up with all the fantastical elements of the story but I would have like if they had experimented with their abilities more. Also Jeffery Poole did a wonderful job not adding too many fantastical elements to the plot that its too hard to keep up. I really hope he continues to write because he truly has a fan in me. I really liked this book. I loved that it was a husband and wife as the main characters and that not only were they not 16, but they didn't know everything, and couldn't handle everything from the start.
They had to learn and figure it out for themselves. They weren't in perfect shape, either. They felt like real people. Honestly, it felt the whole time that it could have been my husband and I on that journey.
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I don't know if we'd have done so well. I could see myself complaining a lot more than I really liked this book. I could see myself complaining a lot more than Sarah was! It read like a stand alone book, but are two more in the series. The world was great, dragons, griffins, and dwarves with unique plants, and magic! The story wasn't exactly new and ingenious, and it felt a lot like Wizard of oz. Get stuck somewhere you can't get home from, find someone powerful that can send you back. On the way you meet some friends, fight some battles, go on a side quest to help someone to get something for the powerful people who can send you home, only to find out more about yourself along the way than you thought possible.
It wasn't a heavy book, it felt fun and exciting the whole way through but without too much angst and drama probably because the characters were in their twenties and past the angst and drama stage of YA books I've read lately.
It was refreshing. Jan 24, Emil Girardin rated it it was amazing. This book is incredible! Try to imagine The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on acid! I simply had the hardest time putting this book down. If you liked The Chronicles of Narnia , you don't want to pass up this super goodread! Knowing that an IT support technician inherits a mansion, in it finds a portal to another world, enters the alternate world, has the adventure of a lifetime not to mention, obtains and perfects a magic talent , and meets not 1 but 2 dragons, only gives you a drop of the e This book is incredible!
Knowing that an IT support technician inherits a mansion, in it finds a portal to another world, enters the alternate world, has the adventure of a lifetime not to mention, obtains and perfects a magic talent , and meets not 1 but 2 dragons, only gives you a drop of the entertainment deluge that is Bakkian Chronicles, Book I - The Prophecy. And you sure can't beat the price! Poole, I cannot thank you enough for giving away this piece of yourself for free in the Kindle bookstore, otherwise I might not have stumbled upon this fabulous gem. Feb 26, Stephani rated it it was amazing.
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Had no clue what to expect. But it wasnt this!!! I want to read the next one!!!! I have to find out what happens!!!! What had me stuck on this book was Steve and Sarah remind me of the way my husband and I are. I loved it!!!!! Very easy to read, loads of suspense, humor, love, action!!! Awesome descriptions!!! Looking forward to book 2!!!! View all 5 comments. Oct 21, Ciscokid rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good story. Action, humor, excitment, magic, dragaons, griffins, giant bugs, villians, magical portal to a distant land, To all those who think indie authors write crap Aug 17, Christy rated it it was amazing.
This is a fun book to read and it kept me reading even when my eyes were begging for sleep! I found that though there are some proof-reading mistakes it still was not hard to understand and continue reading. Poole has a fast paced fun style of writing and I look forward to reading lots more of his work! Jun 01, Emily rated it it was amazing. Great enthralling read. Jeffrey Poole has successfully created a unique new world to discover! I throughly enjoyed reading this book and I am eager to read the next. Don't be fooled by the quiet beginnings of this book, it is packed full of adventure.
Feb 17, Pauline Ross rated it liked it Shelves: price-free , genre-fantasy , 4-star , year , year , self-pub. This is Book 1 of the Bakkian Chronicles, which is, naturally, a trilogy.
The premise is a simple one: Steve Miller learns that he has inherited a mansion from his little-known grandparents. When he and his wife Sarah go to investigate, they find themselves stepping through a portal into a strange new world, one where griffins, dragons and magic exist. Now, I like the idea of a portal. It's a simple and effective trick to set straightforward modern-day people in a fantasy world. The reader finds This is Book 1 of the Bakkian Chronicles, which is, naturally, a trilogy.
The reader finds it easy to identify with Steve and Sarah, with no need to understand complicated backstories for them, the fantasy world can be explained step-by-step by the clueless newbies asking questions or simply walking into trouble, and there's an immediate set of problems to be solved - survival, first and foremost, and ultimately a return to the home world. Plus, portals are compelling by their very nature. Who could not read Narnia, and then look at their own wardrobe and think The trouble with portals, however, is that they've been done to death, and it's increasingly hard to put an original spin on it.
The hapless arrivals blunder around getting into and out of trouble, and eventually get drawn into whatever big event is going on in the fantasy world. What's new to say? The twist here is that the protagonists are a happily married couple, and hurray for that, something which is all too rare in fantasy. Problem is, Steve and Sarah are just too nice.
They rarely so much as disagree, and when they do, it's over in a flash and they're high-fiving or hugging. There's altogether too much enthusiasm for their newfound world, in fact. They are lovely people, in the real world sense, and I would be delighted to have them as neighbours or workmates or friends, but for my taste fictional characters need a bit more bite to make them interesting. Another problem I had is with grandma and grandpa.
You would think, wouldn't you, that if you planned to leave your house to your unknown grandson, knowing that sooner or later he would blunder unwittingly through the magic portal and all too probably be eaten by a griffon, that a hint or two on health and safety issues, and how to get back might be in order? Unless the family feud is so serious that the griffon-eating is actually the intention BAD grandma and grandpa.
Up to the halfway point, I struggled to find the spark in this book. But with the appearance of Kahvel the dragon, things begin to pick up and the book finds its proper tone - lighthearted and humorous, with Steve's infectious enthusiasm finally winning me over. The macho contest between dragon and man was a highlight, and the expedition with the dragon and five soldiers turned into a very entertaining romp.
The battle with the guur was very satisfactory I hate bugs too. Although I have to say, the idea of a dragon of Kahvel's size sneaking up on anyone without being noticed stretches credibility somewhat. This book will never win any prizes for originality or depth, and it has no literary pretensions. The writing style is basic, characterisation is flat and the point of view head-hops with dizzying speed. It fails to provide any unexpected plot twists, and there's not as much humour as I might have expected, in the early parts at least.
And having criticised it to death, I have to say that, actually, I rather enjoyed it. If there were few stand-out pluses, there was nothing that really grated, either. It's incredibly readable, with a certain charm and plenty of lively action in the second half, and that was more than enough to keep me turning the pages. For those who enjoy a straightforward traditional easy to read fantasy, this would certainly fit the bill.
It doesn't quite make it to four stars, but it's a good three stars. The Prophecy - Book 1 of the Bakkian Chronicles, tells the story of Steve and Sarah, husband and wife from Idaho, whose lives are turned upside down when they are transported through a magical gate to the world of Lentari. On this magical world, they find themselves empowered with the ability to use jhorun magic , and after finding themselves before the King and Queen, discover they are prophecised protectors of Prince Mikal, sole heir to the throne.
Not too much is spoken about the 'threat' to The Prophecy - Book 1 of the Bakkian Chronicles, tells the story of Steve and Sarah, husband and wife from Idaho, whose lives are turned upside down when they are transported through a magical gate to the world of Lentari. Not too much is spoken about the 'threat' to the Prince, which I would have liked to have been fleshed out a bit, but it does give indication of future conflict. The outworlders soon have the idea of returning with the Prince to Idaho, out of harms way, but in order to do so they need to have a magical key created by a dwarven Smith.
I won't give too much away, but the story is excellent as it follows the evolution of the couple's self-taught magical tutelage on their way to secure their magical Key. The author weaves together realism, humour and a healthy dose of adventure in what is a very entertaining read. The book can definitely be classified as a YA read, though anybody between the ages of 12 - would find it enjoyable.
Another edit could tighten up the flow of the novel. Over-use of the word 'that' is evident throughout although perhaps it was because I had just finished a very long editing of my own two novels, thus in my own editing mode. A couple of re-mixed paragraphs focusing on the mis-use or repetition of some words would iron out the kinks. Another thing more of a personal issue this one was the cloying use of the word 'babe' between the couple.
It seemed every second sentence contained the endearment or something similar. If I could give half-stars, I would have given this one 4. I look forward to reading the next in this series. Aug 05, B. Throwsnaill rated it really liked it. Lentari is a magical world where most people have a magical talent. This system of magic and the light-hearted tone of the story both remind me of the early installments of Piers Anthony's Xanth minus the puns.
The characters of Steve and Sarah, who are thoroughly rooted in our modern world and its pop culture, are thrust into this new environment, and react with bravery and good humor to almost everything that they encounter good and bad. They come off as people that you might know in your everyday life, except for the fact that they have no real flaws.
Mikal, the young crown prince, is happy, healthy, and adapting well to living on a strange new world with his bodyguards. However, a devious plot has been hatched, one that will force the young prince to return to his homeland.
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When Steve gets a mysterious message that says a member of the royal family has been abducted, he makes the decision to return to Lentari, with his wife, so they could aid the rescue party. When Mikal sneaks through the portal to try to help, his presence in Lentari becomes known, and draws the attention of the Ylanian wizard who desperately wants to get his hands on him.
Battling thieving invaders, outsmarting repulsive trolls, and trying to stay one step ahead of a wizard bent on acquiring Mikal at all costs, Steve and Sarah must use all the powers at their disposal to keep their young charge safe. More Books by Jeffrey M. Poole See All. Case of the Chatty Roadrunner.