Today we have fantasy adventure book The Gift: The Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield by author Tegon Maus!
Read on to know more about the book and check out my thoughts on the book. You can also read a short excerpt from the book and enter the giveaway at the end of this post.
About the book
Tucker Littlefield is a liar, a thief, a con-man. In an attempt to take advantage of a party thrown by the King, he becomes involved in the kidnapping of the King’s niece, Elizabeth. Injured, he is saved by a shaman who turns Tucker into a Soul Bearer who is enslaved by its power, compelled to devour the souls of the dead. “I am Tucker Littlefield. Know all that I say now is true-spoken.”
Fast-paced, sometimes confusing but interesting fantasy
This was a rather interesting read. It starts out with the main character Tucker Littlefield telling the story of how he met Enon, a Jonda who is never without his canine companion Noget and who’s known as the Truth-Seeker because he can see the truth in everyone by just looking at them. Tucker and Enon are thrown together into a crazy and dangerous adventure when the King’s niece Elizabeth is kidnapped and the two of them must work together to save her. Of course they meet some interesting characters along the way and run into all sorts of trouble, including one where Tucker almost dies and is saved by mysterious magic.
The Gift, The Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield is a very fast-paced, sometimes confusing but interesting fantasy story. I actually like the premise of the whole thing – you know, a less than honorable man who, by some turn of fate, becomes this “soul bearer” and finds himself doing “honorable” things – and I also like the whole idea of Enon and his dog Noget. There’s a fascinating magical element about those two, however the book doesn’t really get into it. The story sort of just runs at breakneck speed and so many things are happening that it can get a bit weird because there’s not a lot of explanation or backstory to many things, most specifically the characters. I’m big on backstories and what not so I was hoping for more on the characters and more descriptions of the setting or the fantasy world where the story takes place. Anyway, if you don’t dwell too much on those things and just read on for the adventure ride, this novel can be fun. It’s certainly full of serious action and has some amusing scenes that can get a chuckle out of you. If you like fantasy and adventure, you might like this one.
I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed above are mine.
About the Author
I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.
The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years chasing other dreams before I got back to writing.
It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.
I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not. When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.
Read an excerpt from the book
The trees had grown closer together their shade deepened and travel between them more difficult. I trotted next to Enon. His stride, an easy gate for him, was so enormous I had to make every effort to keep up.
At long last Enon stopped at the edge of a small opening in the trees. He held his hand over his head and gestured silently.
I had been so busy keeping up with him, I hadn’t noticed the others had spread out to the point they were no longer visible, all except Bowen and Enon himself. He gestured for my silence as a light breeze filtered through the trees. I settled onto the ground next to Bowen and waited, happy for the lull.
With a faint rustle of leaves he and the dog trotted away from us. The sound of a strange voice drifted from a short distance away.
Someone was talking to the dog. I sank lower, trying to burrow under the leaves at the base of a large tree. Bowen moved closer to me, hiding me with his body. I wanted to look and edged my way up to peek over his shoulder.
There, not more than fifty feet away, was a half-naked man. He was shorter than a Jonda but larger than me. From the back of his head grew a long tuft of black hair, braided with leather its full length. His head was shaved with this lone exception. It laid as a single entity across his back, cut square at the bottom of his hunched shoulders. He turned briefly toward us, I was shocked. His face was a dull, ruddy red and stood as stark contrast to the gray tone that covered the remainder of his body. Square, primitive, with a single brow and a protruding jaw his face was like no other I have ever seen. His body and arms were as muscled as any Jonda, only squatter, more compact standing on short powerful legs. He was covered only by a loincloth laced at the hip. It seemed unnatural he would be wearing anything at all.
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