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…Two heroes and a heroine, two opposing nations, an enemy steeped in evil, adventure, all-out war and The Shintae, the Stone of almost unimaginable power. Only one nation can survive…
After recovering The Shintae, an ancient relic of mystical properties, the Maraén warrior Kaér is surprised by the enemy and left for dead. Surviving his injuries Kaér is once more charged with retrieving The Shintae and, with his companion Angharad, travels deep into the Cantaén Mountains in search of the object. Together, Kaér and Angharad face great danger, adventure and all-out war before their arduous task can be completed. Standing in Kaér and Angharad's way is Sartae, an antagonist whose evil ambitions know no bounds. A leader, whose cruelty and hatred is legendary. As the mission progresses, Kaér and Angharad receive help from the most unlikely of sources but in the end, they must use all their skill and knowledge to keep themselves alive. As the venture races to its explosive climax, even this may not prove sufficient.
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The Shintae takes the reader to a distant time where survival of the fittest is the law. Mr. Hill pits the evil mountain people, Cantaéns, against the forest people, Maraéns. The quest is to find the Shintae, a stone of magic powers, and unharness the magic.
Kaér, “a native of the forest lands of Maraé”, he was just short of six feet in height, he was tall for his race.” He had found the Shintae and was returning home when he was caught unawares by the evil Cantaén warrior, Sartae.
“Sartae was a terrifying sight.” Sartae’s reputation for torture in the name of fun has reached Kaér, who only anger’s the warrior by laughing in his face. Leaving Kaér for dead, Sartae and his troops return to their homeland to try and harness the magic of the Shintae.
Meanwhile, Kaér recovers and is joined by Angharad on a quest to recover the stone. Together they set out to recapture the Shintae and return it to Maraé. Separated during a blizzard the two each go their separate ways toward recovering the stone.
The detail of man vs the elements in this story is enough to keep the reader glued to the pages. Who will triumph in the battle for the Shintae? Will the Cantaéns be able to take over the Maraéns? Will the Maraéns outwit the Cantaéns?
Does Kaér recover? Does he have one last battle with Sartae? Do Angharad and Kaér meet up again? These and many other questions are only answered if you read the book.
As a first book, Brian R. Hill has a hit on his hands. I found it to be an easy read, yet one I had trouble putting down. The action begins in the first two pages and is non-stop right to the end of the book. I look forward to seeing more by this author.
Rebecka Vigus, reviewer.
Lighthouse Literary Reviews
...Shintae is a most fascinating book. Mr. Hill takes you on a vivid journey that allows the reader to get a feel of the landscape and surroundings of Kaér's adventures. He depicts the story in a way where this reader could almost feel Kaér’s hunger pangs and weaknesses when he was exhausted from his travels, down to the picturesque black clouds and huge droplets of rain when the weather began to deteriorate.
The writing is full of creativity...The display of characters is brilliantly detailed making them practically light up in battle on the pages. I admired Angharad’s strength and her bravery. When Kaér said he would be back for Angharad, it was a most tender moment. Mr. Hill keeps the reader completely embedded in the story until the final end and then some. The secondary characters complete the story keeping it smoothly flowing making this read a page-turner.
Linda - Lighthouse Literary Reviewa
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