Rathen: The Legend of Ghrakus Castle

Rathen The Legend of Ghrakus Castle Rathen a former Captain in King Delvant s army retired to a quiet backwater town after the Kingdom s forces were dissolved following the King s sudden death Trying to forget his problems by the copi

  • Title: Rathen: The Legend of Ghrakus Castle
  • Author: Grant Elliot Smith
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Rathen, a former Captain in King Delvant s army, retired to a quiet backwater town after the Kingdom s forces were dissolved following the King s sudden death Trying to forget his problems by the copious use of strong ale, he is approached by the emissaries of a powerful lord to lead a team of fighters, healers and mages to dispel brigands from his lands Rathen quickly rRathen, a former Captain in King Delvant s army, retired to a quiet backwater town after the Kingdom s forces were dissolved following the King s sudden death Trying to forget his problems by the copious use of strong ale, he is approached by the emissaries of a powerful lord to lead a team of fighters, healers and mages to dispel brigands from his lands Rathen quickly recruits his best friend, an ex gladiator and landlord of the local tavern, Bulo, to assist him The two join other members of the group and begin to hear stories of magical creatures and numerous dead in the land they are supposed to cleanse Despite this, they head for Ghrakus Castle and on the way they learn of the Castle s dark and mysterious history.Finally arriving at Ghrakus, where the full horror of their task becomes clear, they realize that their chances of returning home were indeed very slim and that betrayal awaits him.

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    1. Rathen: The Legend of Ghrakus Castle by Grant Elliot Smith.The titular Rathen (a retired soldier/captain) leads a band of misfit characters, mostly retired, needing money or companionship, to explore/tame mysterious dangers around Ghrakus Castle. The first 50% of the novel is the band forming, then it rockets into action that does not cease. The promise of betrayals among the party members, an intriguing mystery with castle-ruins to explore, and interesting back stories per character are compell [...]

    2. This book starts out with the main character, Rathen, agreeing to take a job because he is down on his luck. As the story goes on, he finds he’d gotten himself into more trouble than he bargained for. While I liked Rathen and could identify with some of his characteristics, I found a stronger connection to Bulo, who is a battle-hardened warrior with a gentle heart and a sense of humor.The style of writing made it an easy read and as the story got going it kept me turning the pages. I am not go [...]

    3. Rathen: The Legend of Ghrakus Castle at first glance is a simple and straight forward adventure fantasy novel. But to me, it was more than that.The story of Rathen is inspirational, a man against the unknown, constantly fighting to face his fears and doubts, and his struggles to move forward against all odds.That said, I really enjoyed this book. Its simple and straight forward writing and style makes it easy to read, and it isn't cluttered with useless details and descriptions. With many charac [...]

    4. A riveting read. Before I got caught up in the intricate story-line it reminded me of the RPG games I played as a kid. It was like going home.Smith writes each and every one of his characters to grow and change as they journey to Ghrakus Castle. You grow to love all twelve men. (I privately refer to them as "my boys") I messaged Smith once via Facebook "If you kill off Bulo I will scold you!"The promise of treachery leaves you in delicious suspense through the duration of the book. You wind up e [...]

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