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Monday, August 5, 2013

Book Review - Morlanos - Book 3 The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo by Marshall Best

Book Review
(Book 3 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
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. 

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Other books in the Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo 
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Guiamo (Book 1)
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

Cumoro (Book 2) 
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.

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
The third book in an excellent series and again the authors understanding and research into the myths and legends add excitement and interest to the story.

Having destroyed the Fomori in England, to eradicate them fully and stop them coming back, Morlanos has to cross the sea to Ireland.  Taking with him the Cruthin people to establish their own settlements.

In pursuit of this venture he comes across even more dangerous creatures and has to call upon help from the gods.

The writer totally enthrals and absorbs the reader into a time gone by and again you feel you are there fighting and wanting to warn Morlanos of the danger he is facing.

Anyone who is interested in legends and has an vivid imagination and believes strange creatures and magic (or the belief that wizards/witches existed) governed the thoughts of the people and their lifestyles will find this an excellent read.

The fable is easily followed and the hidden messages you can pick up from the gods and their beliefs is one for the peruser to interpret for themselves.

The references at the end of the book to the language used is excellent and again shows the amount of time and care the writer has taken in producing another great book and can be read by all ages.

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Sharon x

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  1. I do enjoy reading books with ancient roots as their base. This sounds to be a fascinating series!

  2. Definitely not my usual type of book, but after through the descriptions of each one, these actually have piqued my interest! Adding to my "must read' list!

  3. Not my typical genre, but my husband would love this!

    And seriously, as a father of 6, where does he find the time to write? I must know his secret! :)

  4. This is also a very different genre for me. But it does sound very interesting and I love series.

  5. These sound very LOTR to me and I love those movies, so I would probably like this series. I will have to keep an eye out for them.


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