For the month of October, I am participating in Story Origin’s eBook giveaway event. You get the first book, the Penitent – Part I, in the first trilogy of my series, The Immortality Wars, for free.
Pleasantly surprised January 24, 2019
Fantasy sci-fi is hardly my preferred genre, so I was surprised to be drawn into this story. It’s well done, skillfully told. It takes a talented writer to make you see things in your mind’s eye that have never existed in reality; and to carry the narrative from one reality to another without losing the thread.
I read Part I in four sittings and never hit a place where I stopped caring about the characters or where the story’s headed. And I never feel duty-bound to finish a book that goes off track and starts to feel like a chore to read. Many times I’ve quit a book with just one or two chapters to go.
I’m aboard for this series. Would definitely like to know what Part II holds for Pall, John Savage and others, in The Immortality Wars.
Such A Complex World And Characters February 17, 2017
Pall’s life has never been easy. From the moment he was born, he’s had to put up with the fact that people shun him. Part of him often wonders as to why they do so, but he does his best to ignore the things he cannot understand. Living a life full of heartache and constant struggles, he immerses himself in the world around him. War and pain are things he’s only ever known, yet deep inside he knows there’s something more out there. He just has to be patient until he finds it.
A dark, yet bittersweet story, The Penitent immerses us in the circumstances of Pall’s life. This is a man who’s been dealt card after painful card from the moment he came into the world. His father never lets him forget the reason behind his existence. Neither do the people within the small town they live in. Nevertheless, he does his best to find traction in the world he lives in.
A. [Keith Carreiro]’s unique way of storytelling captures the reader’s attention. It makes the reader want to delve further in finding out whether Pall changes the circumstances of his existence. If he’s able to find meaning within the chaos he deals with on a daily basis. Touched by the Hand of God, Pall refuses to leave things as they are. He will do what’s right no matter the cost.
Pall’s journey of discovery and his search for the truth takes him further than he ever imagined. It’s a journey that allows him to become what he was always meant to be. The author has done a wonderful job in creating such a complex world and characters. Though the story does have a slow start, at first, don’t let that deter you from continuing on. It’s worth diving further into this dark and troubled tale.
A Powerful Book! February 9, 2017
In the midst of a post-apocalyptic descent into savagery, the tender heart of humanity is still beating strong.
In the family.
Pall is a young warrior who is brutally tortured by a gang of marauding thugs. Before they’re able to kill him, he’s lucky enough to escape into the forest, where he takes comfort in his happy childhood memories. Even though his mother died giving birth to him – hence his name, Pall – he grew to love his stepmother just as much. Looking back, Pall deeply appreciates, how along with his father, the two of them created such a loving environment for him to grow up in, despite the tragic way he entered the world.
As he grasps the sword his father made for him, he is filled with pride, knowing how it was forged from the metal of “heaven’s own starry host.” It’s a blade that knows not defeat, a priceless gift, and Pall is well aware that by wielding it, he is sworn to uphold his calling to protect the weak, the ill and the aged. The job falls to him to uphold justice in a land ravaged by violence and cruelty, and Pall willingly shoulders the burden of responsibility that comes along with that.
Yet even among so much hostility, Pall encounters kindness in the form of a young, married couple and their two little girls. His heart immediately goes out to them when he sees how vulnerable they are, and he agrees to help them cross a raging river with their wagon full of supplies. It’s a beautiful expression of camaraderie and goodwill, knowing that even if they make it, they’re still going to be facing nearly insurmountable odds to stay alive.
Despite the unforgiving environment, Pall is able to see in them a reflection of his own upbringing, and it gives him hope that maybe all is not lost. A glimmer of what he remembers so fondly still remains, and Pall cherishes the love this family has for each other. For him, they are a bright light shining through the darkness, refusing to go out.
And I, for one, love the message that goes along with that.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. As the sole author of the first trilogy, the Penitent, in my series The Immortality Wars, and as the sole proprietor of Copper Beech Press, I have a material connection to these books, as well as to the publishing press, I have just listed. Other than my previously stated novels and publishing press, I have no material connection to the brands, products or services that I have mentioned here. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
© 1 October 2019 by A. Keith Carreiro
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