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Publisher:  On The Fly Publications ISBN-10:  1614630070 Type: 


Copyright:  2011 ISBN-13:  9781614630074

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An ancient puzzle box.
Fourteen mysterious letters.
A Council of Whispers.
…and a clerk.

Discover the 700 year old secret millions died to protect.

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The letters had consumed my every waking hour and I made the tired, foolish mistake of taking them down to the tavern. Wood, the tavern keeper, brought me spiced roots and meats with a large pitcher of Blackseed Ale as I combed over each document by candlelight, seated near the popping fire.
Vallen patrons shouted and growled to one another in the background of the tavern. A priest of the Brotherhood sat in the corner, alone, sipping a small glass of new wine while reading a small book, and old Terrin in the corner, singing his tales at the hearth:

The mists in lands not far away,
Have hidden the deer and doe,
But alas its power cannot hide,
The broken hearts and woe.

For upon the field of battle near,
Were waged the wars of shadow,
When men and elves and dwarves did fear,
The dead upon the meadows.

Choose ye this day, to serve darkness or light,
For the worth of a soul is revealed in the fight.

The evil swept across the sea,
And turned the days to night,
While wives and children fled the land,
Their men remained to fight.

The battle sore and blood did flow,
As many lost their lives,
The Vallen horde did pierce the lines,
With sword and lance and knives.

Choose ye this day, to serve darkness or light,
For the worth of a soul is revealed in the fight.

In the end the Gods did hear,
The cries of faithful men,
Who gave their all and fought with might,
Unto a bitter end.

For light did prick the night again,
The horde destroyed no more,
Now heroes live by bards abroad,
Their deeds are now our lore.

Choose ye this day, to serve darkness or light,
For the worth of a soul is revealed in the fight.

That old codger needs a new job—his music depresses the crap outta me.
Apparently the Vallen scum felt the same way, because the next thing I knew, a large metal mug filled with ale ricocheted off the hearth and onto my table, the black liquid sprayed over the whole of my notes…including the letters.
I bolted. Standing up too quickly I knocked over the candles I was reading by and ignited the drenched papers altogether. The table was suddenly engulfed in flames.
Beating the fire with my cloak, Wood finally doused the table with water as I felt back into my chair, horrified. In an instant I had destroyed all the letters!
Pushing through the soggy ashes of my notes…I gasped. Under the destroyed remains of my personal notebook were the 14 letters…unharmed! Lifting a single letter from the debris, the ashy diluted ale beaded and rolled off the surface of the paper, leaving it dry and unblemished.
Lifting each letter in turn, the result was the same. None of them were harmed in the slightest fashion. Peering at them more closely I noticed a slight shimmer in the upper right corner of the paper. A small watermark. So they weren’t completely indestructible. I was still impressed and curious. Checking each page I recognized a similar mark in the upper right corner. That wasn’t an accident.
What I did next, I can’t fully explain, because it was nothing more than a hunch.
Lighting one of the candles…I held the letter over the open flame.
The candle went out.
I lit a match and tried to hold it under the paper.
The match went out.
…so I set all the letters down on the table and poured the remains of my ale onto its center, then lit it on fire.
Wood hollered at me, but without taking my eyes from the flame I assured him all was well and we both watched the fire consume the liquid in full and fade to nothing.

The table was unharmed…and so were the letters.

My conclusion is that rune lore is real. And Eamon is possibly a genius.

Professional Reviews

Books That Spark, UK
If you read my review for 'Prelude to a Hero' by Jaime Buckley, you will already be aware of my great admiration for the unique world Buckley has created. When the opportunity arose to review his new book, 'Hobin Luckyfeller's Fieldguide: Demoni Vankil', I jumped at the opportunity.

I read Prelude to a Hero back in July 2011 but I didn't realise just how much I missed this series until I began reading this book. The central character in this story is Hobin Luckyfeller; a gnome who is attempting to piece together an ancient folklore story. He is aided by the letters of a man, Eamon, who was right in the middle of it all. Readers are invited to solve the mystery alonside Hobin as he reads fourteen of these letters. Trust me, you will be surprised by just how many emotions you will feel reading them. As Hobin says, Eamon will begin to feel like a friend. Reading these letters was my favourite aspect of the book. I felt the hope, love and sometimes despair that Eamon felt.

I must dedicate part of this review to the author, Jaime Buckley. This guy is a genious. The effort and heart he has obviously put into his work, the characters and this world is mind-blowing. Although he claims to be 'just a boring human', this is defintely not the case. His imagination is amazing, so it's little wonder that I enjoy his work so much. I've fallen in love with this series all over again with 'Hobin Luckyfeller's Fieldguide: Demoni Vankil' and I cannot wait to be pulled into this fantastic world again.

If you are yet to read this book or 'Prelude to a Hero', where have you been? Seriously, you are missing out. In a genre that is overpopulated, the Wanted:Hero series stands out.

Kaitlyn in Bookland
I love the font used for “Demoni Vankil.” It looks like it is scratched into the book. I also like how it looks like a leather bound book. Am I the only one who wishes that books were still made that way--with the fancy ribbon bookmark? Yeah? Probably.

I read Prelude to a Hero back in June and was very happy to be brought back into the world with Hobin Luckyfeller’s Fieldguide: Demoni Vankil. Although the characters were different, they were just as charming and I connected with them instantly. This book is set after Prelude to a Hero and is looking back on the events that happened before, during and after.

Hobin Luckyfeller discovered a series of 14 letters that date back 700 years. During those 700 years, the accuracy of the events have gotten a little muddy and Hobin is delighted to be able to get a glimpse into the past (as was I).

Hobin was a great lead character. I loved trying to figure out the mystery and going through Eamon’s letters with him. After reading each letter, Hobin would share his thoughts and questions--I was pleased to see that I shared a lot of those thoughts and questions with him!

I loved how each of the characters had distinct personalities. I felt like I really got to know Eamon through his letters and was racing through the book to see how his story ended. I’m fairly certain that I read this in one sitting if that is telling you anything.

This book has all of the qualities of a great mystery and a great fantasy molded together into a wonderful story. As a mystery and fantasy junkie, I couldn’t be more thrilled that those genres were combined!

Thanks to Jaime Buckley for this review copy--I can’t wait to venture into this world again!

Nathan Dilts, Goodreads
This book could be called fantasy, fun, or a host of other labels. . .I would call it one the best love stories I have ever read. In my opinion, the best love stories are the ones where you don't realize it is a love story until it sneaks up on you and hooks you. Jaime Buckley is revealing himself to be a master storyteller who can use several voices to great affect. I am looking forward to what comes next, it will be amazing when this guy hits it big!

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