Item description for Sharamitaro by Jonathan M. Rudder...
Brendys, the simple son of a Horsemaster, finds himself the inheritor of a great token of power and a destiny of which he wants no part . . . that of the Bearer of the Flame, prophesied harbinger of the Heir of Ascon, High King of Milhavior. Plagued by a curse, evil follows Brendys from his home in the small country of Shalkan to Gildea, a nation under siege by a dark power. There, he must face his destiny and the shadows which threaten to consume him or begin a journey through darkness which could cause him to lose all he holds dear.
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Simply Amazed Mar 16, 2008
When I had first heard of this series I wasn't too interested, I had read a couple "professional" reviews that had put it down and made it seem like a copy of Lord of the Rings with different names. After going to the bookstore and picking it up to read the first chapter or so I was hooked and bought the first 3 books on the spot.
I burned through the books in about 3 days by only reading in my free time because they are so well written that they grab your attention and refuse to let you put them down until you read the last page. After reading all 4 books that are out so far I have this burning desire to read the next book in the series and itch for when Mr. Rudder will finish and release the 5th book.
Great First Novel Nov 5, 2006
I've encountered reluctant heroes in my life but never one as defiantly blind to his potential as Brendys. Sharamitaro, the first volume of the Milhavior Chronicles by Jonathan M. Rudder, introduced me to the humble and sometimes slightly rebellious teenage son of the town's Horsemaster. Brendys finds that he is the prophesized "Bearer of the Flame", the warrior that is to precede the true king, the Heir of Ascon and drive the evil Thanatos from the mortal realm. Where most teenage boys would eagerly embrace the idea that they were destined to be a great warrior with great powers, Brendys mother was lost to the plague years before and he now allows his bitterness and anger with the Dawn King, over her death, to prevent him from willingly serving as the Flame's bearer. The young, reluctant hero must first wage his own inner battle if he is to become the great warrior prophesied.
Jonathan has done a tremendous job in creating a realm I found it easy to lose myself in. The characters are complex and well thought out as is the creative story line. I honestly don't have much time for reading but will create whatever time I need to finish the Chronicle's other two volumes, The Road to Elekar and A Howl on the Wind. I am sure I will be a Jonathan Rudder fan for some time to come.
a great Tolkien companion Mar 13, 2006
I met the author a few months ago and being a Tolkien fan, he mentioned I might want to read his books, as he was inspired by him. What a terrific read! The characters are not pat, or caricatures, but feel very real, and express real emotions. The action and fantasy are reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, but Rudder uses his own unique spin to create memorable characters and a great story! Can't wait to see what happens next!
An Exceptional Read Oct 9, 2005
I met the author at a gaming convention and, as a courtesy, purchased his book, not knowing what to expect. Technically the work is a gem. The language, dialogue, symbols, and images are exceptional. That being said, it is the exquisite crafting of his characters that pull the reader into an unforgettable tale with depth that spans human experience to include concepts that every man eventually faces--honor and dishonor, life and death, love and hatred, the follies of life and the experiences that transcend life. In short the concepts explored are relevant in our world just as they are in the wonderful fantasy world Mr. Rudder has created.
A Surprise Dec 24, 2004
This book came my across my desk when I was way too busy to give it any time. I thought it would be in my "to be read" list for quite a while. However, I read the first chapter. I was delightfully surprised and intrigued enough to shift priorities and finish the book. I recommend this first book of The Milhavior Chronicles even as I eagerly reach for Book Two in the series. The main characters are well-drawn and engage the reader's sympathy. The setting is realistic with descriptions that awake images in the reader's mind. The story as a page-turner, late night light-burner. I haven't enjoyed a fantasy as much as this one in a long time.