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The Littlefield Chronicles - The Gift
by Tegon Maus   

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Action/Thriller

Publisher:  Belvedere Publishing ISBN-10:  1909224073 Type: 
Pages: 

170

Copyright:  Sept 14 2011 ISBN-13:  9781909224070
Fiction

Transformed by a primitive magic beyond a civilized man's understanding, I was given a horrible gift that no man should possess… It held me, twisted me, turning me at its bidding. I was enslaved by its power, compelled to devour the souls of the dead until I became the monster of my fears.

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     This novel is told from the perspective of Tucker Littlefield, who, before threatened into an affair which does not involve him, is a fairly ordinary man. But he has a knack and reputation for being self-interested. It is one such act of “selfish heroism,” which traps him in what seems an unfair situation. In attempt to win the king’s gratitude, Littlefield pulls Elizabeth, the king’s seven-year-old niece, into safety during an attack by the Jonda. Even so, the Jonda manage to escape with child.
            It is Eloise, Elizabeth’s fierce but emotional nanny, who threatens Littlefield into bringing the child back to safety. Although she knows the man only by reputation, she is desperate and believes he will be able to do the job. Along with Enon – an insightful Jonda who struggles with speaking common – two other Jonda, Bowen and Spath, and Enon’s dog, Littlefield sets out to rescue the girl. But it is no easy road which twists ahead. Littlefield and his companions face not only the hardships of their differences, but the power of outside forces working against them.
            There isn’t an instant of inaction in this piece. Around every corner, under every stone, in every pit, there something exciting and unexpected lurking. Just when Maus has his readers believing that everything is going to be all right, the antagonist’s trump card is played, throwing us into a whole new series of vicious, riveting battles that have us wincing and crying right along with the characters.


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In little more than whispers, the Norha began to chant and at the edge of the growing darkness, Kathryn emerged, escorting two of the monsters. Her face held an expression of wicked delight as she waved her hand, releasing them in our direction.
The Soul Walkers glided closer as if drawn by the light of the torches and the chanting of the Norha. The sight of their yellow eyes, glowing with the reflection of the torches, made my body jerk. A shiver of fear ran deep within my spine.
"Come, Enon set free," he yelled to the wraiths, thrusting his torch into the air.
The Norha voices rose to a deafening clamor. The creatures slid closer, their fingers flexed in a greedy, menacing manner.
"Yes, come, Enon send to Bliss," he screamed, pounding his chest, waving them closer as the Norha roared their disapproval.
I thought we would be engulfed by the sheer mass of them or devoured alive by the creatures themselves.
The Norha cheered wildly as the monsters inched closer. I stared in disbelief as Bowen slipped a dagger into Enon's hand as he taunted them to come closer still.
And they did. Inch by inch, emanating a low, sick snarl. The sound slid pass their lips in a vile, continuous gurgle and their eyes focused almost solely on Enon.
The Norha stepped back with genuine fear as one of the monsters glided slightly ahead of the other. For a moment it hung motionless, save for its fingers, and murmured its hate. It held its head and eyes low. Its fingers moved slower and slower. It was going to charge.
"Come, Goddess waiting, Enon waiting." He yelled angrily, turning Bowen's dagger repeatedly in his hand.
The fiend lunged and the Norha roared wildly. With a blood-chilling scream of hate, it rushed forward, more vapor than solid, more teeth and claw than man. Its eyes burned bright with its evil.
Enon stood poised, ready to receive the force of the blow he knew was coming. As if out of thin air, the dog, all but forgotten, suddenly appeared in front of me.
It threw its body full force into mine, driving me to the ground and knocking the wind out of me. I gasped for breath, horrified.
The clamor of the Norha was drowned in the screams from the creature, now thrashing on the ground next to me. I couldn't move. I couldn't speak.
There, not three feet away, the monster roared in agony, Bowen's dagger lodged deep in its tattered chest.
The life within poured through the hole, becoming the other half of itself. The grotesque ballet had begun again. The horrible sounds penetrated my very soul and I could stand no more. Something deep inside of me called to me to do the unthinkable and I did its bidding.
Bowen's dagger, torn free in the struggle, appeared on the ground next to me as the creatures fought for dominion over the other. As if in a trance, I grabbed the knife and plunged it into the back of the Soul Walker. It screamed with unholy anguish and spun, turning its angry attention to me.
Both Enon and the dog were instantly there, diving upon the creature, becoming entangled with the monstrosity writhing before me. Their entanglement was short-lived. The creatures rolled into the ring of Norha tearing larger and larger pieces from one another, unaware of those around them. They rose to the sky and back again, filling the air with their horrible sounds.
The Norha roared in angry voices and swung their sticks at the pale white entity. It had become apparent, even to them, ultimately it would win.
The monster, or what was left of it, wallowed on the ground, drowning in the gaining strength of the other. A last desperate howl escaped from it as it was devoured in sum total.
The white victor dove at the heads of the Norha, chasing them about before crashing, full force, into Enon's chest. He reeled for a moment from the impact and then pulled himself to full measure.
A blood-chilling scream from the second, forgotten, Soul Walker pierced the air. It charged forward, clearing a path through the Norha for its advance. Revenge burned deep within those yellow eyes. The thing was coming. I rose to stand next to Enon. The dagger burned hot in my hand, my blood running as hot as the dagger.
"Hold," Kathryn's voice yelled over the din.



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The Littlefield Chronicles - The Gift
Review for The Littlefield Chronicles
Clever and enthralling, with danger at every turn!

Big fish? Little fish? Whichever it is, The Littlefield Chronicles is most certainly a worthwhile catch. Tegon Maus presents us with realistic and lovable characters who live in a world where man and Jonda alike must overcome distrust, hatred, and social and racial barriers to liberate a small, but powerful, child from the clutches of the beautifully wicked Kathryn, known as “She who Hunts.”
This novel is told from the perspective of Tucker Littlefield, who, before threatened into an affair which does not involve him, is a fairly ordinary man. But he has a knack and reputation for being self-interested. It is one such act of “selfish heroism,” which traps him in what seems an unfair situation. In attempt to win the king’s gratitude, Littlefield pulls Elizabeth, the king’s seven-year-old niece, into safety during an attack by the Jonda. Even so, the Jonda manage to escape with child.
It is Eloise, Elizabeth’s fierce but emotional nanny, who threatens Littlefield into bringing the child back to safety. Although she knows the man only by reputation, she is desperate and believes he will be able to do the job. Along with Enon – an insightful Jonda who struggles with speaking common – two other Jonda, Bowen and Spath, and Enon’s dog, Littlefield sets out to rescue the girl. But it is no easy road which twists ahead. Littlefield and his companions face not only the hardships of their differences, but the power of outside forces working against them.
There isn’t an instant of inaction in this piece. Around every corner, under every stone, in every pit, there something exciting and unexpected lurking. Just when Maus has his readers believing that everything is going to be all right, the antagonist’s trump card is played, throwing us into a whole new series of vicious, riveting battles that have us wincing and crying right along with the characters.
The Littlefield Chronicles is adorned with a wealth of intense imagery that allows readers to see, feel, taste, hear, and smell every little detail. It’s as if we are pulled right into the book, fighting alongside Littlefield and his extraordinary friends. I recommend this book to every fantasy lover. It is truly a gripping novel with an unforgettable plot and timeless characters.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars

Jamie Darrach / Honest Book Reviews



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