First of a sword-and-sorcery series in which, a thousand years ago, Amarid and Theron founded a magical order whose new members become mages by acquiring bird familiars necessary for the magic to work , staffs, and ceryll crystals, which focus and project the magic. Now, someone impersonating a mage is spreading death and destruction across Tobyn-Ser, so confidence in the real Children of Amarid collapses. The mage Baden, accepting his nephew Jaryd as apprentice, heads for a big meeting of the Children, hoping to discuss the matter and determine who's behind it. But the mages are argumentative and complacent, agreeing on little, so Baden arranges a dangerous trek to consult Theron's huffy ghost a task no one has survived.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Children of Amarid by David B. Tobyn-Ser is a gentle, bounteous land of small villages and close-knit communities, of dark woods and swift-running streams, of broad plains and clear lakes. But its idyllic peace is being disturbed by terrible rumors of mages seen committing horrible, violent acts, destroying crops, burning villages to the ground, and murdering innocents. The rumors even say that Theron m Tobyn-Ser is a gentle, bounteous land of small villages and close-knit communities, of dark woods and swift-running streams, of broad plains and clear lakes.
The rumors even say that Theron may have returned from beyond death. But the truth is even worse: there is a traitor among the Children of Amarid, one who threatens not only to disrupt the Order but to destroy all of Tobyn-Ser, using strange, foreign powers that are beyond everyone's wildest imagination. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages.
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See 2 questions about Children of Amarid…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 10, Joshua Palmatier rated it liked it. This is the first book by David B. Coe that I've read and it's his debut novel. I'm not sure why I never got around to buying this at first, since I distinctly remember seeing it on the shelf and being interested, but it took a long time before I actually purchased it.
I should have started it sooner. The main strengths of the writing are the characterization and the worldbuilding. Coe has created a group of characters and presented these world in such a way that you are drawn in and care about This is the first book by David B.
Coe has created a group of characters and presented these world in such a way that you are drawn in and care about them and the world and want to find out what happens to them. I liked Jaryd and Baden and the rest, and the story and world was interesting enough to keep me reading. But I also had a few issues with the writing. It's rather dense, meaning that there are lots of long paragraphs and descriptions and such.
While I don't really mind dense work, what was usually covered in these dense parts were long interior monologues of the current viewpoint character--the reasoning behind what they were doing, or an argument they were having with themselves, or in some instances a long "recollection" of a story of their past or whatever that perhaps gave some motivation for their current line of thought or an upcoming decision.
That's what I didn't like. I thought that most of this interior dialogue could have been cut or expressed in a much faster fashion, and I thought it was often repetitive. Something else that bothered me a little but not much was that the magic system used the idea of a "familiar," typically a bird, but I didn't feel like the familiar was used to its greatest effect in the course of the story.
They were there, they were used occasionally, but they could have been used MORE and the bond between mage and familiar could have been developed more to make the loss of a familiar stronger. However, having said that, I do think the book was strong and I intend to read the rest of the series as well as future Coe books. Part of me is hoping that the long dense paragraphs is simply a product of this being a debut novel and Coe will learn to shorten them or find another way to get these ideas across, but even if it is instead part of Coe's style I'll still continue to read his works.
I'd definitely recommend the books to everyone who enjoys a good fat fantasy. Sep 08, Sam Morris rated it really liked it. There are several things in the book that I have noticed that struck me as odd or as incomplete, so if you shall allow me to share this with you guys. All of the construction of the mage craft was good, however, more time could have been spent on describing how well the owl or hawk bonds with the mage.
Instead of focusing so much on the backline storyline of the book, which was indeed hard to follow up with, but seeing as it's the first book in the series, I let it slide a little. Descriptions could have been a little more, condensed.
It is set in the fantasy world, however, the author could have taken more of his time and our time describing more important views on the book or split the lengthy descriptions.
The romance in the book. What more can I say? The boy always gets the girl. I am somewhat unhappy with every fantasy author's choice to make them get their dream girl. They should have some obstacle. Plus, falling in love is never that easy. With that being said, I did give this book a 4 star out of a 5. Because I thoroughly enjoyed the content. It let me pick up the book more than twice and read it again and again, even if it means skimming through the more boring pages.
Can't wait to read the second of this series! View 1 comment. Dec 16, Nicole Luiken rated it liked it Shelves: sf-fantasy. Cool magic and an interesting world, but the pacing was too slow for my taste, with lots of travelling and description.
At the beginning it felt like Jaryd would be our central character, but by the end it felt like Baden had taken over a bit. The author's first novel. Sep 24, Dan rated it really liked it. I thought that this was a great book, and Coe is probably my favorite author between these and the Winds of the Forelands and Blood of the Southlands collections. As I did with Coe's other series, I'm going to provide my review of the entire series here. I greatly enjoyed this series, with very few objections.
I thought that the predictions of Jaryd and Alanna's strength was overwrought what with the foreshadowing already present in Amarid's Hawk, and that the plot tended to become just a bit pre I thought that this was a great book, and Coe is probably my favorite author between these and the Winds of the Forelands and Blood of the Southlands collections.
I thought that the predictions of Jaryd and Alanna's strength was overwrought what with the foreshadowing already present in Amarid's Hawk, and that the plot tended to become just a bit predictable, but I thought that the ancillary characters were well drawn out and in depth, with some of them being the best in the series, including the main antagonist I won't put a name on the antagonist, to avoid spoilers, haha. Baden was probably my favorite character in the series, being one of the more complicated and imaginative mentor characters that you might see in other fantasy collections.
I do wish that Coe had added the same type of intrigue in this series as he had in his other ones, but it was a great effort, and the series actually progressed quite well, with the third and final book of the trilogy being my favorite. The second book did slow the pace a bit, but not in a dragging way, and with necessary plot points, and it's own share of action. The first book was quick paced, gave great in-depth character profiles, and set the scene beautifully.
Definately a good read if you're a fan of Coe, but not as good as his Winds of the Foreland series then again, very little can possibly be better than that series, haha. Mar 02, Fatbaldguy60 rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this one. I will be picking up the other two in this trilogy. There was some sense that the two new mages were a bit more powerful than was probably realistic.
However, upon reflection, they did not really do major magics, but the visions people had of them being very powerful later were slightly offputting. I liked the magic system and would have liked more explication about the reasons owl masters are more powerful than hawk mages, and some more background on eagle mages.
In addition, I enjoyed this one. In addition, one of the powerful old mages was bound to a wolf, but in the thousand year history of the Order, no one else bound to another animal? At first the writing around the bad guy's identity, and later confusion about different suspects turned me off, but Coe kept it reasonably short and revealed things in good time.
The Children of Amarid
David B. Coe has been consistently releasing novels since his debut novel, Children of Amaraid first published in The novel and its sequel, The Outlanders were awarded the William L. Crawford Award for best first fantasy series. Children of Amarid follows a familiar tale to readers of fantasy — a youthful protagonist son of a blacksmith comes into his own as he travels his path of destiny to magical power.
Children of Amarid
Children of Amarid , and its sequels, The Outlanders and Eagle-Sage , which I have also revised for re-issue later this year, made up my first trilogy, the LonTobyn Chronicle. Originally released in the late s, these books established me critically and commercially, and won me the Crawford Fantasy Award as best new author. Children of Amarid percolated in my mind for years before I finally committed the story to paper, and its publication seemed at the time like the culmination of my lifelong dream of becoming a professional writer. Those of us fortunate enough to write for a living dream all the time of the next project, the next career milestone. But when it was released I thought of the book as the end of a long struggle, rather than as the jumping off point for a new adventure. I came to fiction writing from a career in academia, and when I entered publishing, the world was a different place: Amazon.
THE CHILDREN OF AMARID
First of a sword-and-sorcery series in which, a thousand years ago, Amarid and Theron founded a magical order whose new members become mages by acquiring bird familiars necessary for the magic to This is my favorite fantasy series yet, the world of Tobyn-sur is wonderfully crafted and I instantly became enthralled with the story line. I liked how the main character is not all powerful and all Children of Amarid. David B.