Read Ebook ♍ Lakhoni (The Guide and the Sword, #1) ☪

I received a complimentary copy of this from the author through For Voracious Readers This was a great epic adventure If you like epic tomes, along the lines of Tolkien you ll enjoy this The characters are well developed, the plot and story are well thought out, well organized It was a joy to read I actually found myself slowing down to really savor the moments in this book I m usually a bit of a speed reader I work full time and have a six year old so speed is usually a requirement for me to finish a book I would definitely recommend this book, it s well worth a read or two. I received a free copy of Lakhoni from Future House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.Honestly I did not want this to end The whole lead up to the ending was great, action packed andyes a major cliffhanger But the build up and the big reveals at the end that helped set up the next book were perfect So you have been warned, if you pick this one up you will not want it to end and you will be wanting to grab the next book right away unfortunately it s not out yet but fortunately you have lots of time to wait in anticipation and to be eager for it s release I enjoyed it lots I just had to put that out there because I really did I was a book fanatic from the first time I realized I could open a book, sound out the words and the story came alive inside my head I created the pictures yet the author created the characters and adventures My mom couldn t keep up with books fast enough for me to read through I was always at the library bringing home stacks upon stacks of books and every time that scholastic book order was sent home, or the book fair came around, well I m sure you can guess who was circling every book in the catalog or who was first in line with a stack of books.yep you guessed it ME So with that little background about me I have to say this book reminded me of one of my absolute favorite adventure series that I picked up when I was about 9 and over 20 years later I am still waiting for the final book of the series to come out The book series is Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites and if any of you are or aren t familiar with it quick recap for you A brother and sister and another boy search for a cave in Wyoming and find a time portal back to ancient times The adventures they have are epic and continue throughout their lives and their children s lives Great, fun captivating adventures with the similar setting and time period as Lakhoni If you re looking for a fun series for any age I highly recommend that one Ok that little blurb over ontoof my thoughts about Lakhoni.Lakhoni is a perfect example of the hero s journey The struggle the hero experiences and how he learns and grows and ultimately conquers Lakhoni lives in a village far from the main city of the kingdom, he is happy and loves his family and the close knit lives of the village members The beginning of the book starts out with very descriptive and fast paced wording Lakhoni is out hunting and happens to see the king s men who are assassins and tries to race them back to his village to warn his people He is then hit over the head and left for dead When he comes to all that he knows and loves is gone The author, Jared Garrett, does a great job of showing the depth of emotions that Lakhoni is feeling and going through I really enjoyed his use of words, it s amazing how powerful simple things as letters combined together to create words and how those words put together just right can evoke so much emotion and understanding.Lakhoni realizes his sister Alronna is missing among the villagers bodies and realizes that he is going to go after her Another step along his hero s journey comes at this point when a group called the living dead find him and force him to return with them to their hidden home in a large cavern Lakhoni comes to realize that he does not belong with this group and plays it smart by learning everything he can from them, how to be a strong warrior, how to be stealthy and how to bring justice to his people Lakhoni plans his escape and leaves this group of the separated another name for them in the book He runs out of provisions and is close to death when he again comes across another group of people They are unsure of him and his allegiance to either the king or the usurpers of the land another major part of the story group of brothers who divide when the father dies and the two groups want to lead the people but the people divide and follow the two different groups of brothers Lakhoni is nursed back to health and becomes very close to the village healer s daughter Shimra Once again he must struggle against the constraints of others to try to keep him from his mission of rescuing his sister and seeking justice for the death of his whole village.Man, can we say that this hero really has everything thrown at him and many obstacles that continue to get put in his way and through his desire to do what s right and save his sister he shoulders on through everything I love the moments in the book when Lakhoni realizes that he needs to calm himself and have a moment of inner focus to realize what s important, as well as how to solve problems He again escapes from this village, with lots of regret at leaving behind Shimra and vowing to return to her someday one early setup for the next book I m guessing here As he once again runs out of supplies he comes across a caravan and uses his skills and knowledge to join them and make his way to the king I m trying not to make this epically long because yes you should read the book but I know I enjoy reviews to know if I am going to want to put the time into certain books So I will wrap this up soon, I promise.Lakhoni arrives in the kingdom and still must havetrials until he can be reunited with his sister Without giving away any spoilers I will say that he sees her and maybe talks to her before the book is finished, you ll have to read it to know for sure There is a big reveal as to why his village, why his sister and connections coincidences for the plot line of him meeting certain people in his journey The ending is really fast paced and full of action and intensity I was turning pages ok finger swiping on my digital copy very fast the last, um probably 30 minutes of the book I am really looking forward to the next part in the book I can t wait to see how the characters that were grouped together continue forward, how some secondary characters from this first book will want revenge in the second Will they find what they are looking for Duh, Duh, Duuuuuh This is definitely a read that is fit for pretty much anyone, but I think the YA age group will probably enjoy it most ok I am definitely not a young adult any and I really enjoyed it so it s up for anyone to enjoy If you need a good adventure with intrigue, mystery, a hero s journey andeven a little bit of sweet budding romance, it s there grab it and let me know what you think Happy Reading Read Ebook ☽ Lakhoni (The Guide and the Sword, #1) ♡ Lakhoni Has Been Left For Dead When The King S Guards Attack His Village And Slaughter His People, He Regains Consciousness Only To Find His Sister Has Been Taken Captive Armed With Only A Bow, Lakhoni Must Traverse A Brutal Wilderness, Face Deadly Warriors, And Battle Legendary Tattooed Assassins, All In Order To Save His Sister S Life But Along The Way, He Discovers The Truth About His Parents They Were Not The Simple Villagers They Seemed Instead, They Were Hiding A Great Secret That Goes Back To The First Fathers And May Determine The Fate Of The Kingdom Itself But Lakhoni Isn T The Only One Who Wants The King Dead Ancient Enemies Are Poised To Strike While Traitors Poison The Kingdom From Within With The Life Of The King And The Fate Of The Kingdom Hanging In The Balance, Can Lakhoni Avenge His Parents Death Without Becoming A Murderer Himself An epic tale of courage beyond imagining Fast paced and full of action, this story takes us in a great journey that will begin with our main character, Lakhoni, getting struck and left for dead while his village is destroyed and his sister taken A young boy must become a warrior to avenge his family and save his sibling Enduring training from and unusual source, he will struggle to keep up and use his wits to save himself from all the obstacles that he will encounter This story is very appealing for young adults, and the plot twists will keep you guessing till the end. Cliffhanger AlertReally loved and enjoyed this book but to leave the reader hanging Not fair Now I will wonder what the check happened to the characters in this outstanding book Well done. I received a free copy of Lakhoni from Future House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased reviewThis is the first book in a series.The story is set in a world that is reminiscent of Ancient America The author creates a world full of different tribes, mystical artifacts and secret conspiracies It is a story of a boy Lakhoni and his rite of passage to become a man On his way he encounters people that will become his friends and some who might be his foes but you can never be quite sure who is which and experiences thrilling adventures that will lead him to the secret he never knew even existed in the first place.This first book introduces all the important characters and sets the basis for a story full of deceit, the quest for justice and the rekindling of family ties.One thing I believe the author could improve on in the sequel is the pacing The story was a bit slow though some important events felt rushed while other incidents that were not essential to the plot were too detailed for my taste.I do believe though Lakhoni s adventures will lead him to uncover evensecrets in the future and will empower him to become a hero for the people he cares about and loves. LOVED IT Give me I enjoyed reading this novel Clearly not intended to be a standalone work, it entails the triggering element and subsequent stages of a quest for Lakhoni I found that the story moved along at a pretty good pace I think there were some scenes and characters that are likely important for future installments, but they didn t really add much to this particular tale I do understand the choice to include them it allows the chronology to make sense, but I think it did sacrifice some tautness in the main story for this volume.The main characters are vividly rendered and well fleshed out considering that we only really experience them through Lakhoni s or Ree s perspectives I think that certain usually those with smaller roles characters were a little flat some ambiguity would have helped them seem less like caricatures.My biggest concern was in the world building I found it very difficult to settle myself into this universe The cover art and Lakhoni s name, as well as the fact that it was advertised as historical fiction led me to believe that this was featuring Mayan or Aztec cultures and, for a long time, I though the Usurpers were Colonial explorers invaders , but the descriptions and cultures portrayed really didn t match with my understanding of those I mentioned I spent much of the novel trying to determine where and when this was set Once I accepted it as a fantasy or speculative fiction novel, I was able to just enjoy it for what it is I think the marketing choices were the culprit behind most of my discomfort, but I do feel thatintense and clear world building would have overcome the notions I was led to develop.I think this is an interesting series, althoughdistinctive world building would elevate it to a whole other level I would be interested in readingas the plot was interesting and while the twists were straightforward, they were well written and the author did a good job of ensuring they weren t bolts completely out of the blue I received a copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only. Fabulous and fun adventure story It s set in an interesting world, like maybe an alternate history It seems like a fantasy landscape but there s no magic in the story, unless you count how some of the characters have special training so they can fight and jump like characters in a Chinese martial arts movie or something Very entertaining, I m waiting for the next installment I really wanted to like this book It seemed like a fun departure from my norm But for me, the character and backstory development wasn t quite deep enough, and the writing was basic I mean, I couldn t write a book, so I can t really judge too much, but the whole time, I just kept having flashbacks of high school teachers saying show, don t tell Now, if this story was written by Sarah Maas, with all her twisty, plotty, evil, amazing genius, it would ve been great The plot was absolutely ripe with opportunity to make some great twists or develop relationships I wish the author had capitalized on those chances someit would have made a huge difference for me In the end, I just rushed through to the finish because it was a book club book If it hadn t been, I would ve put it down.