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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book Review - Guiamo Book 1 of The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo by Marshall Best

About the Author
Marshall BestMarshall Best is an avid reader, father of six and business owner. In the past several years he has found his love of writing as well. What began as a desire to write a story for his children has evolved into a nine book series. 

Marshall has done extensive research into the history behind the legends, people and places of England, Scotland and Ireland involved in his books. He loves being able to weave real people and legends into his stories making them come alive. He is definitely a writer that tends to the details often mapping out timetables, calendars, geneologies, etc. that pertain to his book to ensure that it is as realistic as possible.  

Marshall also enjoys putting real life issues into his books, delving into a bit of philosophy while entertaining with orcs, dragons, magic and battles. He is someone who loves a grand adventure but makes sure it's not a shallow one. 

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Book Description
A historical fantasy series which starts in 60 B.C. and spans hundreds of years covering many of the historical legends, myths, battles and people of England, Scotland and Ireland. It is the story of young Guiamo Durmius Stolo, abandoned at the age of 10. Through the kindness and wisdom of others, his inventive and courageous spirit and a gift from the god Mars, Guiamo will change the world. 

Guiamo Book One - In 60 B.C., ten-year-old Guiamo Durmius Stolo, an exceptionally gifted Roman orphan, is abandoned in Gaul . Left to fend for himself, Guiamo is set onto a path of legend. Recognized by the gods as having world-changing talents, he is given a weapon that changes his destiny and the world's forever. 

Combining legitimate legends with actual historical events, Marshall Best weaves an epic story that portrays the ancient world as it might have been, a world which the ancient historians recorded as fact; a time when gods ruled the earth and strange creatures dominated the land. It is the era of civilized conquerors exploring distant and primitive new lands. Scant recordings left to us today by ancient writers only touch on the fringe of the fantastic and brutal reality that existed in those distant lands of the west. Into this age, young Guiamo enters the world stage as the great game-changer, and by his hand the gods and beasts become destined to disappear into myth and legend

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Guiamo Durmius Stolo sails in 55 B.C. with Rome's 7th Legion as Julius Caesar invades Britain. But Caesar has not before encountered the Fomori, a dominion of wicked creatures which wage war against the human inhabitants and dominate much of Britain. Armed with his god-made spear, Guiamo joins with the tribal kings against their Fomori foe when Caesar departs.

Having destroyed the Fomori in Britain , Guiamo Durmius Stolo decides in 51 B.C. to bring the Cruthin people, once slaves to the Fomori, to Ireland , but encounters the Fomori who reside there as well. Guiamo discovers that the gods venerated by the Druids are unworthy. The gods are displeased with him and begin to work against him. 

In 50 B.C. Guiamo Durmius Stolo finds himself victor over the detested Fomori whose leader, Cichol, is slain and those few who survived are scattered. Guiamo explores the secret places where Cichol kept his most important secrets and discovers there the treasures of Cichol's master, the goddess Domnu. 

Our Book Review
Books around myths and legends are not normally my cup of tea but this story and the authors style of writing have changed my viewpoint

The story is easy to follow and intriguing and the author makes you want to turn each page in order to keep up and find out what is going to happen to the main character.

We follow Guiamo Durmius Stolo on his quest to find out his true vocation in life, abandoned as an orphan a local fisherman takes him under his wing and quickly realises Guiamo has a special talent and plans out his education to prepare him for the challenges he is going to have to face .

The research and historical facts and language used by the writer is superb and generates the feeling as a reader that you are right there every step of the way.

The writer has the reader intrigued from the first page and I really enjoyed the descriptions of the main characters and their escapades and the excellent way that to develop Guiamo they had to go and seek advice and knowledge from different sources.  The different sources lead Guiamo to the Druids, attaining a magical weapon and the ability to understand animals

The author has a way with his words and text which really appealed to me and found that I couldn't put it down and was enjoying it that much I didn't want it to finish.

On a even more positive note this was the first book in a series of four and cannot wait to find out what is in store for our hero.

An excellent read which could appeal across a wide range of ages and will stand the test of time.

Our Rating

prnted book           ebook version

Sharon x

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  1. how does he find time to write with 6 kids? i barely do and i have 2!

    1. Miranda,
      This is Marshall's wife, Tracey. If you notice in Marshall's author picture he's writing on a tablet. He has a huge binder he takes with him everywhere. He writes at lunch, on vacation, at family gatherings, etc... He has never been one to want to sit still and writing has been a great outlet when he has down time. It is a challenge at times but he just keeps at it. I think it helps that he has the grand scheme of his story already in his head floating around waiting to get out!

  2. This definitely sounds like a book I could get into---I have always loved mythology and learning about ancient civilizations--put both of those into a fictional story --guess who is putting this high up on her TBR list!!

  3. Oh yeah a series! I can become hooked in an instant, continuing on with your favorite bits and bobs from the previous book makes for a great read.
    I had 5 children and barely accomplished anything until they hit high school and learned to drive!

  4. i really enjoyed this book! he is a great storyteller :)

  5. This sounds like a book for my husband - he loves books based on myths and legends (especially ones that are part of a series)! I'm going to send him a link to this review!


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