The Summoning of Clade Josso: The first Descent into the Vein
by J. Dean
||June 26, 2008
The world of the Vein
"Seven will come for it.... Seven will fight for it... Only one can possess it..."
Clade Josso has embarked on a destiny-filled journey from his home world of Cyrco to the Meridian, a "para-world" between the Seven Worlds, in which exists the legendary Vein, a legendary place housing the Control. Whoever possesses the Control can be granted nearly limitless potential. Clade's pursuit is one of noble purpose: to restore his broken home, shattered by the death of his sister.
But when three mysterious members of the Sect of the Awakened guide him to his goal, destiny overpowers intentions, and Clade finds himself in a race for his life and for epic stakes beyond his imagination, stranded in a place of new friends and old enemies, awesome wonders, and nightmarish terrors.
And this is only the beginning...
Clade stared at the nothing in front of him one more time before pushing his hands deep into his pockets. The chill seemed to be advancing upon him. As did the storm clouds-much more quickly than he had thought. Those black clouds he had seen in the distance now loomed boldly nearer him, being pushed on by some impatient wind.
That wasn't right-the wind was blowing from his right-whichever direction the "right" was: east, or north, or wherever. These clouds moved head-on toward him. He was no expert on meteorology, not by a long shot, but he was smart enough to realize that this couldn't be normal.
Moments later, the black, beastlike phenomenon hungrily devoured the sun, casting a thick, dark shadow across the landscape. The thunder began again-this time a more gradual, rhythmic roll than a sudden clap, reaching a climax that quaked the ground under Clade’s feet. Startled, he began a quick stride in the direction of the clustered structures. Whether or not it was a town, at least it would be some sort of shelter from the advancing storm.
He tried to turn his stride into a brisk trot, but the thunder’s persistent beating shook his body, making him stagger and stumble. Into the grass he fell, shielding himself against the ground with his hands. He stood up again, dazed, beginning his escape again, eyes venturing to look back at the ebony boiling and churning above, closing in on him.
And in the midst of the thrashing clouds, something else appeared.
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Reader Reviews for "The Summoning of Clade Josso: The first Descent into the Vein"
|Reviewed by Glenda Bixler
|The Summoning of Clade Josso,
The first descent into The Vein
By J. Dean
The Summoning of Clade Josso,The first descent into The Vein, by J. Dean is my idea of the perfect book to be made into an animation action adventure movie! I know that the monsters in this book would be unparalleled for creative images that would be magnificent in full living color! Take, for instance, the Cloud Specter who appears upside down from out of the clouds, his huge arms reaching to grab you! Or the dangers of the Meridian that must be crossed...or... just the fact that everybody other than Clade, no matter what species, is, ahhhh, dead? What a fantasy Purgatory!
When his sister died, it seemed that Clade's parents died inside--they failed to keep themselves and their business in Cyrco up and the family had fallen apart, emotionally and physically. And so Clade used a rare artifact to seek out The Control, hoping to have his family returned to what it had been--could his sister be claimed from the dead, or, if not, would it be possible for her parents to actually see and talk to her to know that she was happy and alive where she was now?
Where did he go....ah, that would be part of the mystery...but the author claims that Clade was "vomited" there... I just had to add that as an example of the specific word choices that you will find throughout this novel!
Oh, and as soon as he got there, he met and talked with Trecil, his sister!
The descriptions for the place, the buildings, the people are all part of the phantasm, magic and excitement readers will experience as they join Clade Josso in his descent into The Vein.
Clade was attempting to enter a city whose occupants had no interest in letting him in and there was met by Radha, a member of a Sect whose purpose was much greater than the personal wishes of Clade. They worked to protect those that had found an artifact and help him find his way to The Vein.
Once inside, she led them to an eating place where he met other members of her Sect, but who were all different species. Then the unimaginable began when Clade's first tasty bite of his food, immediately the flavor disappeared. Food there was only for keeping you alive, not for pleasure. Radha quickly noted that it was sort of a punishment--being reminded of the pleasures of a former life...
It was then that Clade began to learn that the Sect members had been expecting him, that prophecy indicated that those who obtained the artifact would be able to find the Control and the Seven Worlds would be joined again, and those there would be able to rejoin their own world--and Balys-Crahly would be freed!
Now that is the basic storyline--but the real adventure begins when the quest is started and all the action starts! You haven't even heard of the bounders, or the maw eel, or worse, the Unseen or the Blindman!
Only thing I'm wondering is how J. Dean is going to be able to maintain the quality of his imaginative fantasy! If you're a fantasy fan, one who loves visiting other worlds, you must realize by now that your next must-read is The Summoning of Clade Josso,The first descent into The Vein!
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