Khadora is a strange land where the truth may not set you free, but a lie can cost you your life. Marak is a soldier in the Situ army under Lord Ridak. He excels at his profession, but his loyalty to his lord is tempered because his mother is a mage slave to Lord Ridak. Dreaming of a culture where people are valued for their contributions rather than their worth as a tool, Marak gains a chance to alter that culture.
Set up as a sacrificial lamb by his lord, Marak grabs the chance to create his own destiny and alter the culture he finds so reprehensible. The price of failure is certain death.
Pitted against the ferocious cat people, rival warlords, and even his own clan, Marak must tread carefully yet decisively.
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Fantasy by Richard S. Tuttle
Ages ago the continent was invaded by massive armies intent on creating a new home for themselves. The peaceful indigenous peoples fled before the marauding hordes and hid defiantly in the mountain peaks awaiting a signal from god. They learned the arts of magic and warfare as they hid from the intruders, who divided the land amongst themselves and set up a civilization where the many toil and slave for the elite few.The Forgotten Legacy series begins with Young Lord of Khadora as Marak, a young soldier in the service of one of the clans of Khadora is chosen as a sacrifice for the benefit of his lord. Marak is sent on a fool’s mission to defeat one of the small bands of indigenous people known as the Chula, a race of dreaded cat-people.Marak, however, is not your normal clan soldier. His mother is a mage slave to the clan lord and his father is unknown, presumed dead. What makes Marak different though, is his abhorrence for Khadoran culture, a society that feeds on the helpless and victimizes all but the most wealthy and powerful. Refusing to accept his given role in life, Marak sets out to change the very fabric of society.The young soldier has a brilliant military mind and warrior skills that so far have not been bested, but his real weapons are the resources that Khadoran society discards. In Khadora mages are typically slaves who tend the fields, often thought of as little more than farm implements. The average Khadoran soldier is taught to follow orders and not think. The workers on the clan estates are treated barely better than the slaves.Marak intends to use a secret weapon to not only accomplish the futile mission he is sent on, but to start a reform of the entire society. His weapon is compassion and it is an emotion that has long been dead in Khadora.It is a fine edge that Marak must walk to stay alive. While not knowing how a populace will react to his endeavors, Marak has little doubt what the reactions of the clan lords will be. Marak will have to defend himself against rival clan lords fearful of his efforts, the dreaded cat-people who hate all Khadorans, and even his own clan to whom he owes his very life and allegiance.
The lumbermen shuffled uneasily into a small clearing in the Sitari Valley and laid their packs on the ground. Warily, they glanced around at the dense stand of fargi trees and the soldiers moving through them. Some of the closer trunks showed the scars of past attempts at felling them. Most of the lumbermen had heard the tale of the last time Lord Lashendo had sent men to clear this valley and the soldiers surrounding the workers offered little comfort. Only one man had survived the attack of the Chula and he lived only long enough to tell the tale of the slaughter which had occurred here. The soldiers sent to guard the lumbermen didn’t appear to be any less wary as they spread outward in a circle, brandishing their unsheathed swords, searching for any sign of the dreaded cat people.
Togi was one of the replacement workers sent to Lord Lashendo by Lord Ridak,Lord of the Situ Clan, and the tale of the last massacre was told to the new recruits the day they arrived at the remote estate. Togi had never seen a Chula before, but even in Lord Ridak’s service, tales of the strange and ferocious cat people were told in the barracks at night. Belief in the horrid tales was not optional in Khadora, for to tell a lie was to give your life to another in payment for the mistruth. No sane person in Khadora ever lied.
The Squad Leader of the soldiers approached the lumbermen while looking off into the woods for signals from his men.
“All right,” the Squad Leader bellowed. “Let’s get these trees felled and get back to the barracks before nightfall. Move, before I have to call my soldiers back to deal with you instead of the Chula.”
Togi picked up his ax and headed into the forest for an available tree. As hard as it would be to chop through the tough bark of the fargi trees, Togi was thankful that he was not one of the slaves who would have to cart the huge trees away. Those slaves would be worked to the point of exhaustion and, most likely, beyond it. The slaves who didn’t succumb to fatigue were often crushed while handling the logs.
Togi swung his ax in a gentle practice swing. Around him he could hear dozens of axes impacting on wood as the other lumbermen began the arduous task of clearing the valley. Togi’s ax rebounded off the fargi’s hard bark and he braced himself, legs apart, to deliver a powerful stroke to the tree. The ax blade was slicing deep into the bark when a far off scream suddenly rent the air. Togi jerked his ax out of the fargi and gazed around. The other lumbermen looked startled and had also halted their swings. The Squad Leader began pulling his sword from its sheath as if contemplating punishment for the work stoppage when a soldier ran out of the forest, his long braids flying behind him and his scimitar clasped tightly in his fist. The soldier talked briefly in hushed tones with the Squad Leader, who immediately hurried off in the direction of that first scream. Togi watched as the nervous soldier visibly calmed himself, smoothing his tunic, before issuing orders for the workers to move into the center of the clearing.
Good read, Recommended - Reviews by Molly
During ages past the world where Marak lives was overrun by imposing armies engrossed toward shaping a new home for themselves wherein the indigenous people become slaves working for the elite few. A few of the genial native peoples were successful in running away from the ravaging Khadoran swarm. Most did not succeed in finding safe hiding places.
Marak is not the usual clan soldier. His mother is a mage slave to the clan lord, as such Marak is not allowed to even speak to her. His unknown father is supposed to be dead. The fearsome Chula cat people have been decimating the clan lord's slave lumbermen as they work to bring in the quota of timber from the Stari Valley. Situ soldiers are sent to protect the lumberman. As a warning to those waiting for the logs Togi alone is left alive to carry back the shredded bodies.
Following the attack Marak is sent on a fool's errand against the Chula. What sets Marak apart from the other soldier slaves is his antipathy for Khadoran civilization. In Khadoran civilization the mages are most always slaves who mind fields, soldiers are taught to follow orders without thought of consequence. The workers on the various clan estates are treated much as are the actual slaves. The young soldier sets out to effect near impossible changes by using his military deftness, penetrating militant mind and even a little of his mother's powers.
Marak does not know how the local population will relate to his innovative thoughts. However he is determined to begin a reformation of the society into which he has been born. It is not long before Marak faces the Chula, the clan to which he belongs, rival clan lords and what seems to be near impossible odds against success. Along his journey the young soldier is astounded to learn his father is not dead, and his own mantle as slave is not one he will always wear.
Writer Tuttle has a fine start on a fantasy series based on another world filled with well developed situations, people, locations and mores. The Young Lord of Khadora is a fast paced action filled work that reaches out to grab the reader from the opening scenes when we begin to understand what this strange and often time dangerous world the land of the Khadorans is all about. Tuttle's main character is a likeable young man torn between his duty as military squad leader and his love for the only parent he has known.
The Young Lord of Khadora is filled with gritty scenes and gritty dialogue sure to keep the reader on the edge of the seat. Marak faces not only the unfairness of having to pretend his mother is not right before him most of the time, but his commanding officer wants to cause Marak a problem that will lead to the youngster becoming a slave as is his mother. The reader is drawn right into the turmoil by Tuttle's clever use of language. Before long the reader is cheering as Marak begins to see his life improving a little.
The Young Lord of Khadora is a must read for those who enjoy 'other world' and fantastical characters presented in a plausible manner by a skilful weaver of tales.
I highly recommend Young Lord of Khadora as an ideal fantasy read. - Patricia Spork, eBooks Reviews Weekly
Marak, a Situ Clan soldier in Khadora, moves up the ranks quickly for a young man, even though his mother, Glenda, is a slave and Soil Mage-one whose magic makes the earth yield bountiful harvests. But Khadoran law does not allow Marak to speak to his mother, so he hates Khadoran culture and despises slavery. Thinking his father dead, Marak's love for his only parent has him sneak to meet her, but he is caught and brought before Lord Marshall Grefon. Thinking his punishment to be slavery, Marak is surprised when Grefon informs him of the recent promotion from Squad Leader to Cortain. As Cortain, Marak has rights to visit his mother. Marak's happiness is short-lived, for Lord of Fardale is killed by Chula-cat-like people that ride tigers and panthers, and have transformation and invisibility powers.
Lord of the Situ clan, Lord Ridak, along with Lord Marshall Grefon, designate Marak as Lord of Fardale and give him the responsibility of meeting grain contracts by harvest time. Ridak and Grefon feel the contracts cannot be met and plan to blame Marak when the expected grain is not delivered. But Marak is wiser than the two men think, and he requests "absolute powers" as Lord of Fardale, granting others the right of allegiance to him through "Vows of Service". Once Marak is at Fardale, he frees all slaves, assigns a woman as Bursar (finance manager), and teaches Air, Sun, Soil and Water Mages to use magic as weaponry; and cleverly and tactically makes peace with the cat-people and gets Vows of Service from three neighboring clans.
Marak breaks from the Situ clan in his effort to change Khadoran ways and forms his own clan: Torak Clan. Tmundo, Leader of Kywara Tribe (cat-people), gives Marak the Sword of Torak. Marak accepts the gift in friendship, unaware of a prophecy about him and the sword. The Sword of Torak becomes the Torak Clan symbol to restore honor and freedom to all Khadorans. But Ridak and Grefon will do anything necessary to cease Marak's growing reign of power, even if it means killing him, his mother and the entire Torak Clan.
Richard S. Tuttle expertly delivers a fast-paced fantasy tale in Book One of Forgotten Legacy. Young Lord of Khadora is filled with exceptional dialogue, exciting action, intriguing suspense, and clever and conniving characters that seem all too real. Tuttle definitely has a gift for fantasy writing. I look forward to reading the second book in this series. I highly recommend Young Lord of Khadora as an ideal fantasy read.
A classic fantasy novel - Darryl Kenning, science fiction editor for Reading for Pleasure
Author Richard S. Tuttle has created a classic fantasy novel in "Young Lord of Khadora". With a well scripted plot and likeable characters this is an ideal book to introduce new readers to Fantasy literature and, as the first book in the series "Forgotten Legacy", it made me anxious to look for and read the next book in what is sure to be a highly successful series. Available in softcover and as an e-book it is recommended as a good read for all ages.
-- Darryl Kenning, science fiction editor for Reading for Pleasure
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Reader Reviews for "Young Lord of Khadora (Forgotten Legacy #1)"
|Reviewed by The1Queen
| The story of Marak, in Young Lord of Khadora, is one of the most exciting and intriguing tales I have ever read. Tuttle introduces young Marak as a likable and realistic, yet common, lad, then allows the reader the pleasure of watching him grow into an awe-inspiring hero. We find that there is nothing “common” about Marak, but those qualities that are common to man, and in Marak we find extraordinary talent and vision.
I love other-world fantasy, and the culture which Tuttle has crafted for Young Lord of Khadora is rich in character and history. The differences between Marak’s world and ours are both delightful and fun to explore. And the similarities—the similarities will make your blood run cold.
And perhaps the best thing about this book: Tuttle weaves a story that, literally, kept me guessing and kept me up at night. His—and Marak’s—ideas for Khadora are surprising and brilliant. The book is reminiscent of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurt’s Empire trilogy, although it’s faster-paced and less dark.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it without hesitation.
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Writer Tuttle has a fine start on a fantasy series based on another world filled with well developed situations, people, locations and mores.
Reviewed by: molly martin http://www.angelfire.com/ok4/mollymartin
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____+___ Original Story Idea?
____+___ Does the first sentence, paragraph, page hook your attention immediately?
___+____ Is there a plot? a subplot? Do they tie in to make the story complete?
___+____ Are transitions handled so the flow of reading isn't interrupted?
____+___ Do the main characters seem real?
___+____ Does the dialogue between characters seem natural?
___+____ Conflict Present? Was the conflict believable? Was it able to sustain the book?
____+___ Was motivation logical? Believable? Could you see yourself reacting that way in that situation?
____+___ Was the climax believable? Could you envision this really happening?
___+____ Did the conclusion seem a natural outcome?
Richard S. Tuttle