Book Title: Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates) Author: Jeff J. Peters
Category: YA Fiction, 344 pages | Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: Dec 7, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)
It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This literary work is full of a great cast of characters, too numerous and unique to dwell upon individually.
Without warning, the huge Mins attacked numerous villages consecutively, leaving few alive in their "wake". The few survivors began to unite, calling upon mystic forces to aid them . The Mins were determined to conquer all the kingdoms and have total domain.
Braxton , his brother, father and close friend survived the attack, but unless Braxton could get his mother's essence to her land of the elves, she would die and be lost to them forever.
He was not alone in this task. His great-grandfather's sword, with supreme powers, became his. He was connected to the amazing white unicorn spirit, which was the keeper of the sword.
His father's devoted Dwarf friend and Warrior, Ruskin, would also watch over and train him in combat.
Braxton's close friend, Phinlera, would also be an amazing ally. She contained powers Braxton was totally unaware if before this time. It was vain to expect her not to accompany him on this venture.
Braxtons other close colleague, Gavin and his elkhound, also survived and was eager to assist.
For a time, it was necessary for them to all spit up.
There was further allies in the Zambinis, the half ogre, Sotchek, the elves, Kael, Jenphinlin, Laefin, Bellnella & more. However, it would be primarily up to Braxton, assisted y Serene, who must destroy the Dark Child and the evil Witch Sisters. They were more the formidable opponents for one so newly appointed to be The Chosen One.
Using every cunning idea they could formulate, it would still be impossible to conquer the enemy when they were all grossly outnumbered. Would any of them survive? Would all their beautiful forests and streams become barren deserts?
Although quite graphically violent, the action never ceases throughout the entire book. The large amount of pages becomes inconsequential as the reader moves from one new adventure after another.
The characters are uniquely developed from the author's vivid imagination and fantasy. They each become very real and the reader feels connected to them.
Each new adventure in Braxton's quests, are vividly portrayed, "bring the reader into" the scenes.
At first, I felt the book formation seemed a little awkward, but after a few chapters, this no longer seemed an issue.
The quality of the pages and Book Cover is very impressive. The Cover and Title are both "eye-catching" and very "fitting.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating for this novel.
*This book was gifted to me with no pressure to give a positive review. This is my honest review.
Two large, muscular beasts stood behind the flames and slightly to one side, another lying further back and to the left. Minotaurs.
They occasionally entered the Spine to hunt, wearing totems for protection that never worked, and his kin always defeated them. There hadn’t been any significant intrusion in almost six hundred years—not since the Breath of the Dragon wiped out their valley.
“So what ya doing in the mountains?” Thrag mumbled to himself, studying their bull-like faces. They had furs and leather jerkins covering their human bodies, and their weaponry was too advanced for a hunting party. Sentries, he concluded. But for what?
He needed to find out and report in, and they were too dangerous to be left alone. Unstrapping his giant battleax from across his back, he loosened the throwing weapon in his belt. Clenching his jaw, he readied to charge, then stopped. He couldn’t see into the trees. Normally, he wouldn’t care, but this time he had to be sure. Someone had to report, and something about this already had his beard on edge.
Turning around, he put his back against the boulder where he hid and called. A long, peaceful sound echoed among the rocks. He knew the Mins would hear it, even though he was downwind, but he wasn’t worried—he’d been a ranger for more than sixty years and could imitate nature’s calls. His sound was strong and true, riding the wind between the mountain pines and craggy valleys before fading away. He repeated it a few more times, then waited. As expected, the Mins ignored it. Minutes passed, and he watched the trees. Then a branch moved. Against the wind. His companion was closer than he’d thought, as usual.
Time to go.
Thrag burst from the rocks, hurling his smaller ax at the Minotaur on the right as he sprinted across the clearing. The weapon hit the beast square in the forehead, felling him. The other Min grabbed its weapon and brayed loudly. Thrag leapt up onto a stump directly opposite the fire, using the smoke to obscure his approach, and launched himself at the beast. He came through the screen with his battleax held high above his head in both hands, yelling as he appeared. The creature raised its halberd to block the strike, but Thrag’s ax smashed into it, splitting the shaft in two. The Min stepped back to steady itself, but the dwarf wasn’t slowing. He landed in front of it, bringing his weapon around and striking diagonally across, hitting the Min below the knee and severing its leg. The creature bellowed a horrific call, falling onto its newly formed stump. The third Min was up now, a spear in hand and coming to the fight. It pulled its arm back preparing to skewer the dwarf, but a dark form hit it from behind, sending the creature hurtling past Thrag. The dwarf ignored it. He thrust the top of his weapon straight up, hitting the crippled Min under the chin and jolting its head back. Raising his battleax again in both hands, Thrag struck down with his formidable strength, burying the blade deep into the Min’s chest, killing it.
He turned to look for the remaining beast. It hung from the massive jaws of a giant, sleek, charcoal-gray leopard standing eye level beside him.
“About time you helped,” Thrag admonished, looking into his companion’s enormous eyes.
The leopard gently lay the dead Min down on the ground without making a sound and stared back at the dwarf.
Thrag rocked his head from side to side. “Well . . . thanks,” he said.
How I got inspired to write Cathadeus
I’d always been interested in fantasy, ever since immigrating to the US as a teenager, and used to write stories and mini-adventures about heroes and imaginary worlds. After graduating college, I began working in IT and held a corporate position for more than twenty years. Throughout that time, I continued to be involved in the genre – reading books, thinking up ideas, and playing tabletop games with my boys. A few years ago, I came across an advertisement from a computer company looking to hire a lore master to write the history, quests and storyline for a fantasy game they’d created. This got me seriously thinking about all of the characters and events I’d been writing about since I was a teenager, and the potential of publishing a novel. I actually fell asleep thinking about this and woke up with the idea for a new fantasy world, which I began writing down. To my surprise, the more I wrote the more the story flowed through me. After spending several days writing, I shared some of the scenes with my family and friends, and they all loved the concepts and encouraged me to continue. I think if it wasn’t for them, I may not have finished. So I started writing. Every day. Week in and week out, until I had the world, characters and storyline created for Cathadeus as well as the overall arc for the rest of the series. It’s been a terrific experience, and I really hope readers enjoy the adventure even partially as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. I’m looking forward to continuing the journey, and to completing Sotchek – book two of The Walking Gates.
Meet the Author:
JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel. Learn more, connect with the author, and follow hisBLOG | .
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