Only a Death-Knower can die. And live again.
Only a Death-Knower can return from death. And remember.
Only a Death-Knower can tell the world what he's seen. Not all care to listen.
For a thousand years, none have rivaled the power of Torg, the Death-Knower wizard, as he ruled his people and kept peace on Triken. Now a new threat has suddenly arisen. The evil sorcerer Invictus is greater even than Torg, and his greed and ambition threaten to engulf the land in eternal darkness. When Invictus imprisons Torg in a horrifying pit bored into the solid rock of a frozen mountain, the fate of Triken hangs in the balance. Torg becomes freedom's final hope, but first he must die to earn the victory.
Jim Melvin is the author of The Death Wizard Chronicles, a six-book epic fantasy. He was an award-winning journalist at the St. Petersburg Times for twenty-five years. As a reporter, he specialized in science, nature, health, and fitness, and he wrote about everything from childhood drowning to erupting volcanoes. Jim is a student of Eastern philosophy and mindfulness meditation, both of which he weaves extensively into his work. Jim lives in Upstate South Carolina in the foothills of the mountains. He's married and has five daughters.
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A Fantasy Novel Brought to Life
Captivating Fantasy Tale
The story follows an array of encounters which brings the main character into contact with many and varied other characters. The characters are well developed with depth to their personalities and interactions. Although a fantasy novel in its central theme, the book is interlaced with suspense, drama, mystery, action, (a wee bit of sex 18+). Thus, the story is not boring or narrow in its focus. It is moderately paced, keeping the listener engaged while moving the story along.
I actually read the book before buying the audio edition. Hence, I found Phil Ross's performance brought the story to life. He does a great job in distinguishing the voices among the various characters and the narration is anything but mundane. Phil's use of inflections brings the story alive.
There were several scenes in the book that sparked varied emotions, from sorrow, disappointment, excitement, humor, etc. I enjoyed the entire story!
I truly enjoyed reading/listening to "Forged in Death" by Jim Melvin. It is the type of story that keeps you looking for the next book and the next. Jim Melvin does a wonderful job of creating a world, populating it with diverse characters with depth, and then blending them all into a fantastic fantasy. Thank Jim Melvin.
- Dale Rutherford