Forging of a Knight: Rise of the Slavekeepers
Later on Qualtan is separated from the other knights and this is part where his character really start to blossom and once united again, he had grown. The thing is, this "evolution" isn't sudden but takes place gradually and this is something you want to see in a coming of age and does the title Forging true justice. Besides Qualtan there are plenty of other characters that you follow along the story.
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They even have their own points of view, adding a nice few layers to the story. Showing their perspective help to keep a nice pacing into the storyline and because Qualtan was separated in the story, having the storyline split up between him and the others knights gave a nice broadening of the storyline. Some of the characters like Bartholomew and Jesepha were especially great to read about.
They both stand out in terms of there characteristics. Bartholomew is called by Qualtan as a somewhat "sage-knight" he is wise and tries to teach all the youngsters some valuable lessons. Jesepha, the only female knight, though she was introduced a bit with out a real face, her character starts to develop nicely once you get deeper into the story and even so far as having a bit of an emotional monologue as to why she became a knight and how she has pressure on her shoulders to preform.
Come to think of it, how could I forget the Half-Orcne Glaive! Glaive has been Qualtan's best friend and they both have endured and are still enduring hardship just because they are friends.
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Orcnes are evil creatures and caused the humans a lot of problems, Glaive being a Half-Orcne is shouted at, frowned upon and despised. Several characters try to convince Qualtan that he has to abandon Glaive, else he can never be a true knight, who can associate himself with an evil creature? I really liked the part in which Qualtan shows his true friendship, that to his best friend Glaive. I don't know is there is a hidden message here but I think I can find one! Glaive is an great character, and looking at his heritage he has had a rough time but he is a hard worker and desperate to proof to he is different.
All in all the characters are nicely fleshed out and Hugo Negron invests a lot of time into making them feel alive, Rise of the Slavekeeper isn't just a static story about Qualtan becoming a knight, it's more on the contrary it's dynamic and constantly changing, for the better. Now what really struck me as a surprise was the broadened world to which we were introduced to. In the first book you knew that there were Orcnes and Elves and some more, but this is far from all the magnificent creatures in the Forging of a Knight series.
In Rise of the Slavekeepers we learn more of the different Kind; Ogres, Dragon and even some interdimensional creatures! Yes, you read that correctly, the broadening of the story takes place through some extra dimensions. I think you know where Qualtan may have become lost now?
If you would have told me that the Forging of a Knight series, an essentially epic fantasy adventure would include extra dimensions I would have had my reservations whether it would have worked out at all. But since I didn't and just read along the pages, all what Hugo Negron proposes works out full swing. This little extra will proof to be an interesting tool to use to further enrich the epic world of Forging of a Knight. I only have one minor remark about the story, Hugo Negron has a great knowledge in how to grab your attention when the battles take place, they are written with a definite flourish.
It feels like you right down there fending of the undead dragon. However when I read the first few pages of the book, there are quite a few hard words in describing the world and several events that took the easy entry out of the story and besides that some of the dialogues that took place felt a bit forced and unnatural.
And just lastly, considering this is an intended Young Adult story with a evil "force", another part that I enjoyed was the perspectives of Those That Stand in Shadow.
Forging of a Knight : Rise of the Slavekeepers by Hugo Valentin Negron (2013, Paperback)
There are several paragraphs in which you seem them scheme and reflect upon their actions. Adding this perspective to the story just further bolsters the epic feel in Rise of the Slavekeepers. Because as a reader you both get the actions and thoughts of Qualtan and his friends but also see the reactions of Those That Stand in the Shadow and vice versa, its good stuff. If this is just a glimpse of it all, I am eager to find out what will be in store for the thirds story. It's gonna be epic. Rise of the Slavekeepers is a great sequel to the first book in the series. Hugo Negron shows exactly how the take his story further, building on several foundations that were lain in the first book but also keeping the story mighty interesting by introducing a lot of new concepts, not as an information dump but constantly feeding new leads going from new characters, new places in this world and in other dimensions and new creatures.
Also on top of this all, Hugo Negron is a self-published author, pulling of two solid books can be a challenge. It's these kind of sequels that I like to read. The Forging of a Knight series is full of great idea's that a lot of youngster are bound to enjoy. Jan 06, Brian rated it it was amazing. Forging of a Knight: With this new entry to the series, Negron has crafted a complex tale full of enough action, excitement, and plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.
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The story starts off simply enough with Qualton, fresh from attaining his place among the Turinthian knights, trudging through a swamp with a band of hi Forging of a Knight: The story starts off simply enough with Qualton, fresh from attaining his place among the Turinthian knights, trudging through a swamp with a band of his new comrades on a mission to slay a beast that has been wreaking havoc on nearby villages.
We are introduced to several new characters in this opening scene, the majority of which are prominently featured throughout the story, including wizened Bartholomew, fierce Jesepha, and chivalrous Euric, a knight hopelessly smitten by Jesepha. Once the story picks up, Rise of the Slavekeepers rarely slows down enough to let you catch your breath. Hugo Negron has truly proven his mastery at crafting huge action sequences that literally set your heart racing.
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I liken the action to a summer blockbuster action movie, epic in scope and wholly entertaining. However, there is plenty of substance to the story to complement the action. The plot is enjoyable throughout, and full of clever and unexpected twists. I recommend starting with the first book to truly get to know Qualtan and his world, but Rise of the Slavekeepers does stand strong on its own, and I feel it could be enjoyed without reading the first book in the series.
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Eve rated it liked it Jan 13, Roy Wano rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Cindy Gates marked it as to-read Sep 18, Rosanna marked it as to-read Sep 18, Sue marked it as to-read Sep 18, Sylvie marked it as to-read Sep 18, Janice marked it as to-read Sep 18, Monica marked it as to-read Sep 18, Michelle marked it as to-read Sep 18, Frederick Rotzien marked it as to-read Sep 18, Crystal marked it as to-read Sep 18, Sonia marked it as to-read Sep 19, Richard Tyler marked it as to-read Sep 19, Teresa Lavender marked it as to-read Sep 19, Isaac Ramirez marked it as to-read Sep 19, Melissa Herston marked it as to-read Sep 19, Margaret scotland marked it as to-read Sep 19, Diana Senn marked it as to-read Sep 19, With Glaive, the half-orcne thief by his side, he will join a host of new friends: Jesepha, the strong-willed female knight; her mentor, the elder knight Bartholomew, who carries a strange secret; the young and hot-headed knight Euric; the glum and impatient knight Richard; and the dashing merchant lord Visandus.
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