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First Chosen (Tears of Rage Book 1) by [Gallowglas, M. Todd]
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“This is really great stuff! The characters seem real, three dimensional people, not typical fantasy types.” - James Rollins, Author of THE DEVIL COLONY and MAP OF BONES.

“The pacing kept me engaged, and I have to admit, kept me up past my bed­time on more than one occasion. I can’t wait to read the sequel.” – Shay Fabbro from, “Writing on the Rocks”

"First Chosen isn't just a book - it is a window into another world." - Merelan Jones of Renaissance Productions.

On her twenty-first birthday, Julianna, frees an ancient god from his thousand-year prison. In his "gratitude," the god names her his high priest and commands Julianna to lead his people to greatness once again. Unfortunately, it is a crime for her to worship one of the five ancient gods, a crime punishable by execution and the destruction of her soul.

"The storytelling was truly out of this world. Gallowglas has created something gorgeous and complex." - Offbeat Vagabond

“A truly entertaining read.” – David Welsh, Author of LEGEND UNBORN

“M. Todd Gallowglas has written a compelling tale in ‘First Chosen (Tears of Rage)’. The world in which he sets the tale is a vivid, complex world; one in which theology and politics are so intertwined that it is hard to tell where one leaves off and the other begins.” – Best in Fantasy Blog

“I would definitely recommend as a great epic fantasy read.” – Jen Wylie, Author of SWEET LIGHT

“The characters are well-drawn and the world is truly fascinating, with its talk of gods and miracles. It is an unconventional design for a fantasy novel, and it works very much to the author’s advantage. We get several POV characters to give us different angles on the world, and none of them seem superfluous.” – Christopher Kellen

Fans of George RR Martin's A GAME OF THRONES and Steven Erikson's THE MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN will find themselves right at home with the TEARS OF RAGE sequence.

*****

Look for "Halloween Jack and the Devil's Gate" and "The Dragon Bone Flute" also by M. Todd Gallowglas.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa7c9e048) out of 5 stars 80 reviews
37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa768a1c8) out of 5 stars First Chosen July 15 2011
By Sammi Leigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The world Gallowglas creates is immediate and compelling. The characters are strong, unique, and intriguing. Within the first page I was drawn with curiosity to the magical, spiritual and mortal schemes. The relationships between Celestials, Infernals, and mortals are well developed and refreshing. I found the storyline original and fascinating. As a young woman I can relate to Julianna's passion, angst, and worry with amused familiarity. Her courage and strength of will is inspiring. I look forward to reading more by Gallowglas and will watch his career with interest.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa761fbdc) out of 5 stars The First Chosen will keep you past your bedtime! Oct. 30 2011
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In a world where gods and goddesses reign supreme, mortals must choose their path, and which gods they will follow. They must choose carefully, because following some gods can mean death.

On the day of her birth, Julianna Taraen was blessed by a Saent of one of the ancient gods, Grandfather Shadow. He has been banished, forced to endure imprisonment for a thousand years.
He bides his time, waiting for the time when Julianna will call out to him, and free him.

When she finally frees Grandfather Shadow, he marks her as the new Lord Morigahn, and orders her to gather his followers and unite them once again. She must somehow stay alive long enough to fulfill her destiny as the Lord Morigahn, which won't be easy with those loyal to Old Uncle Night and All Father Sun trying to kill her!

The author wraps the reader in a world that seems so real. The characters have depth and realism and I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering how Julianna was going to get out of several predicaments! The pacing kept me engaged and I have to admit, kept me up past my bedtime on more than one occasion ; I can't wait to read the sequel to The First Chosen and follow Julianna on her quest to unite the Komati and Morigahnti people.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa768a60c) out of 5 stars Short but good start Feb. 3 2012
By Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay so this is a story about a world were the only magic seems to come from gods. Some of the gods are imprisoned and when one gets out he chooses a chosen one. That is pretty much the whole story for this first book. Now there a lot of battles and close calls with a ton of characters introduced but really those two sentences sum it up.

Bad
- Short I felt like it was just a little over 100 pages
- Price for the price it could of been longer if this is how the books are going to be priced by the time you get to 600 pages well you do the math
- No info dumps you kind of have to learn the world as you go along while some like this it can be frustrating trying to figure out who anyone is and what they are talking about. Eventually you get it but the first little bit is annoying.
- Lots of characters they seem to pop out of the woodwork all talking about a history you have no idea of.

Good
- It is a gripping plot and moves with a fast pace.
- Interesting world with all the gods both lesser and greater and their interactions.
- Characters are fleshed out with both good and bad points and I cannot remember one of them doing something stupid to further the plot.
- Guns and swords this is one of the better mixes and I always find authors who use this time period of turbulence to have interesting worlds. On this note the world does seem to be thought about and planned out.

Overall
I found the book enjoyable the characters believable in a fantasy setting and the setting itself to be interesting. I would recommend this book to those who read the genre however the shortness of this first book and it's price would have me recommend other books before it.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa768ac3c) out of 5 stars A very smart and rich fantasy. Can't wait for the sequel. Oct. 21 2011
By Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been lucky enough to be asked to review First Chosen by the author himself. M. Todd Gallowglas. This is a part of the Blog Tour de Force. First Chosen is set in a beautiful dark and epic fantasy world. It is about a girl (a duchess) named Julianna, who has been chosen as the Lord Morigahn (high priest) to protect and lead the Morigahnti (followers of Grandfather Shadow), physically and spiritually. But she can only do this when she speaks the words that will release Grandfather Shadow, a god who has been held prisoner for 1000 years. When she is put in a frightening and traumatizing situation that causes her to use the words, everyone wants a piece of her. So Julianna is in quite a predicament. Not only does she have lots to learn about those after her and who to trust, she also has to figure out her new found powers and who she is.

I really enjoyed this book. The storytelling was truly out of this world. Gallowglas has created something gorgeous and complex. I love a plot that has so many layers that you can pick a part. Not only is the story deep and compelling, but the characters are as well. Gallowglas wrote it in a way where no one is left out. I love that I get a sense of everyone in the story. There is so much mythology in this book and no matter the species, everyone was playing a game. This book is full of betrayals, secrets and lies. If you want a great story on the battle of good vs. evil, First Chosen is a great choice.

I loved the characters. I loved Julianna. After her initial shock of knowing everything rests on her shoulders, you see her growing into it. It was a nice journey with her and Faelin. Faelin was chosen by Grandfather Shadow to help guide and direct Julianna since he is a true believer in Grandfather Shadow. We also have characters that we meet that have their own agendas about Julianna. For instance, the Goddess of Lies, Yrgaeshkil, she has power over Daemyns. But she wants more power, more dominions to control. Her husband is Old Uncle Night. Old Uncle Night is a rival to Grandfather Shadow and he has followers of his own trying to kill off the Morigahnti. But she isn't the only villain in this story. Some are villains that might be closer to Julianna than she thinks.

Now for a few complaints I have for this book. As I said, we have a lot of characters which was both good and bad. The good: we have many characters to love and/or hate. We get lots of diversity and different sides of the same story. The bad: we have a lot of characters and at times, it is hard to keep up with them. Some get more "screen" time than others, so when another gets mentioned, it is hard to remember who they are in the story. I have seen that was an issue with some people, which leads me to another issue. When starting the book, it is a bit of information overload. Gallowglas wastes no time getting you into the heat of it all. As I said, this book is complex, but it does start off a bit overwhelming. We meet a lot of people in a short amount of time. Last issue, editing. This book had quite a few grammar issues. Not enough to be distracting, mind you. But you do notice them.

Overall, I highly recommend this book for fans of dark and epic fantasy books. This book has a very clever and rich story that made it difficult for me to put it down. There is definitely has a Game of Thrones feel to this book that made me love it even more. Political intrigue, lies, secrets, wars, and supernatural creatures; this book has a little something for everyone. The plot is very deep and makes me very happy that there will be a sequel because there is still more to know. Even with a few kinks, First Chosen isn't hard to read; well besides some of the characters names. I definitely want to know how to pronounce some of those. Nonetheless, read this book. You won't regret it.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa761df78) out of 5 stars Delicious shades of gray... July 29 2011
By Laura Sorenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
So I've read Knight of the Living Dead and enjoyed it. I've read The Dragon Bone Flute and LOVED it. Therefore, I was very much excited, and cautious, about reading First Chosen. I've enjoyed the stories that he has written so far, but what if a book, not mention a book in a series, just doesn't read as well as the stories? Silly me, I shouldn't have worried...

This is a complex story in a complex world, and I love it. It took a bit to get used to the names and the labels for the various characters but things got easier as I moved along in the story. If it gets too complex for you, the reader, I encourage you to stick with it, because the payoff is worth it. The characters are well written, with equally well written motivations. Good and evil in this world, as in the real world, are not as black and white as some would want it to be. A 'good' person could find herself drawn into the world of shadows (or as some would put it, the world of evil), but for perfectly acceptable reasons. The protagonist, Julianna, is the kind of strong female who I'd like to see more often, particularly since "strong female characters" have sadly become cliched lately. She is sympathetic, and even as she takes what some would perceive as a dark and even evil path in her journey, I would personally say that I'd take the same path if I had gone through what she had gone through.

The world, characters, gods, etc end up very well fleshed out, and I can't wait to read the next book. Once again I was drawn in to M. Todd Gallowglas' story. He is passionate about this book, and it shows. Well done, Michael!