A Chance Beginning

A Chance Beginning

ChristopherPatterson / Feb 22, 2020

A Chance Beginning Erik Eleodum is a simple man He doesn t want to be a hero He doesn t need fame or fortune He is content farming his family s homestead in northern H thgolthane and raising a simple family like his fa

  • Title: A Chance Beginning
  • Author: ChristopherPatterson
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  • Page: 215
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  • Erik Eleodum is a simple man He doesn t want to be a hero He doesn t need fame or fortune He is content farming his family s homestead in northern H thgolthane and raising a simple family, like his father, for the rest of his life In fact, adventure is the last thing on his mind Befel, Erik s brother, and Bryon, his cousin, can t think of anything worse than farmingErik Eleodum is a simple man He doesn t want to be a hero He doesn t need fame or fortune He is content farming his family s homestead in northern H thgolthane and raising a simple family, like his father, for the rest of his life In fact, adventure is the last thing on his mind Befel, Erik s brother, and Bryon, his cousin, can t think of anything worse than farming for the rest of their lives They want to be heroes They want fame and fortune They want to leave their families and go east, to the country of Golgolithul, where they are sure to find easy wealth and great adventure But when these three young men leave their farmstead, they quickly discover the world is not so simple, not so easy Most fortune is laden with treachery, fame must be earned with blood, and adventures are rarely grand Ideas of grandeur are crushed and the road east is hard To get there, these men must ultimately sell their swords and become friends with thieves, dwarves, soldiers, and mercenaries well past their prime They battle a band of ruthless slavers, slip past assassins, and experience the deadly consequences of black magic Will Erik ever be able to return to the simple life Will he unwittingly become famous, become rich, become a hero Or, will he even survive Often the deeds of those deemed smaller, either in stature or status, go uncounted by chroniclers of history Yet, it is these deeds that repeatedly change the course of history For every hero whose feats minstrels sing, there were fifty men following his stead, giving blood and sweat just as he did and because they were not the first to return from a long voyage away, or perhaps they did not return at all, their glories are never sung This is a story about those men who would only be known in the local legends, who would have been forgotten by time save for a small bit of chance Chance, Fate, Destiny, Dumb Luck all these and , and then maybe none of these things, are the reasons a young man can go from a farmer s son, a boy of lowly birth born with dirt on his face, to a great warrior, a kingly knight, a dragon slayer Three young farmers, tired of plowing endless fields from sunrise to sunset, gave up all they knew to pursue fame, pursue riches Their crying mothers at their backs and the unknown ahead of them, they worked in pigsties, slept in the alleys of outskirt cities, traveled with strangers and shed blood unwillingly They trusted men they should not have trusted, and did not trust those they should have These young men who left their way of life for fame and glory would soon learn, as most young men full of grand ideas and just ideals do, the world is not what they thought it to be.

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      • ChristopherPatterson

        I live in Tucson, Arizona with my wife Kellie We currently have two kids Savannah is five and in Kindergarten and Shaymus is one My wife is a nurse at Tucson Medical Center I was a high school English teacher for seven years before I transitioned over to Government, Economics, and History I am the head wrestling coach at Sahuaro High School in Tucson AZ and have been for ten years I am also a coach on the Sahuaro football staff I fostered a love of the arts at an early age when I started playing the guitar at the age of seven My mother encouraged me greatly in my musical endeavors, even getting me up at 5am to practice since I was also busy with church and sports In fact, I spent my first year at the University of Arizona as a classical guitar performance major I have loved action and adventure as well as science fiction and fantasy for as long as I can remember I grew up watching the original Star Wars movies and Star Trek series I read The Hobbit at a very early age, loved stories about mythology, and have always had a fascination with the European Middle Ages As soon as I could, I played Dungeons and Dragons and started reading any Forgotten Realms or Dragon Lance book I could get my hands on I also read Ursula K Le Guinn s Wizard of Earthsea series, C.S Lewis Chronicles of Narnia, and, of course, J.R.R Tolkien s Lord of the Rings I started writing my own fantasy adventures on my grandma s typewriter Each one she would title, The Next Great American Novel and I find myself extremely lucky and blessed that my family encouraged my creativity It was in college, studying Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, that I started taking writing seriously and exploring a career as an author After my first year in music, I found that that was not the path I wanted, but knew I wanted something involving the arts, and so I transitioned to Creative Writing I actually started writing what would eventually become the Shadow s Fire Trilogy in college I am also active at Desert Hope, the church that my family attends I am very actively involved in the high school ministries and the music ministries Church and faith are a major part of my family s life and I have tried to implement that influence in my writing I am also sincere about fitness and health and I have been a competitive power lifter since high school I workout as much as I can and try to pass that love on to my students and athletes A Chance Beginning Book One of the Shadow s Fire Trilogy is my first novel.


    1. "A beginning, is a very delicate time" - Dune, written by Frank Herbert.It is obvious that Mr. Patterson is no novice when it comes to literature. The above quote from the critically, and historically, acclaimed novel "DUNE" by Frank Herbert holds true in all circumstances. In a similar fashion to a few of the greats - J.R.R. Tolkien & Robert Jordan - Mr. Patterson takes both time and due diligence with A Chance Beginning. It is because of this that on the first read, I recognized the obviou [...]

    2. I thoroughly enjoyed, Shadow’s Fire. This book is a tale of three young men and the adventure they encounter when they leave the life they know as farm workers. They travel to beautiful and mysterious places. They meet gypsies and dwarves, they stand next to giants, and they sit next to beings with webbed hands and feet and cat men with orange fur. They fight for their lives against thieves and slave traders and look into the eyes of men on their death bed. During this adventure these three me [...]

    3. Fleeing the farmThree farm boys leave their homes. One is looking for adventures, one for wealth, and the last for a way to save his home. This is the start of what seems to be an interesting new fantasy series, that is part Tolkien and part Exodus. If you've finally finished the Wheel of Time and need something to read between Game of Thrones, you probably will enjoy this book. The only knock is on some of the editing.

    4. ** I received a copy of this book for free through a giveaway. **Interesting world and well-developed characters make this book an excellent read. The language tends to be a bit over-descriptive (florid at times) but the action, adventure, magic and characterizations kept me interested enough to overlook that for the most part. A good start to an exciting fantasy series.

    5. I received this book through First Reads, and am grateful for the opportunity.A Chance Beginning, the first book of the Shadow’s Fire series, is very interesting to read. There are many interesting characters, and a vivid world. More than that, the book is an interesting twist on the usual conventions of a fantasy quest. There are not many monsters actually fought or magic used, though it is evident in the background. The true focus is on the three protagonists – Erik, Befel, and Bryon – [...]

    6. Shadow’s Fire is the story of two brothers and a cousin who leave their farm in search of riches and adventure. Their plan is to travel to the coast and join an army that is fighting in a foreign land. But circumstances lead them on a different path. The story is fantasy, constructed on a different world, replete with dwarves, elves and what I call cat-people. I am sure there are some other races in there as well, and I am eager to meet them–at some point in the story.Patterson does a good j [...]

    7. I really enjoyed the Character driven aspects of this story. The various characters that are encountered felt like real human beings with various pasts and motives and beliefs. I also liked the lack of nudity and sex. I gave this 5 stars because the majority of Fantasy gets a bad rap for poor characters and cheesy plot lines. This story felt real, and had various intersecting characters and their motivations for doing what they were doing. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fantas [...]

    8. Being a reader who is normally into suspense and murder mystery, James Patterson-type books, I wasn't sure I would like this book. But I found it very easy to get into and found the characters well written and believable. I very much enjoyed A Chance Beginning and thought it was full of good action. I can't wait for the second and third books to come out. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes good fiction of any genre.

    9. Great adventure story and beautiful writing! I would love it if a big publisher would pick it up and do some detailed editing with iten I'd probably read it again and give it five stars! Very impressive for a first novel!

    10. A Chance Beginning is the first book in the Shadow's Fire Trilogy. I was pretty intrigued after reading the synopsis. It seemed fairly different than books I have read in the past.First of all, let's talk about the cover! It is so pretty! It caught my eye immediately!This isn't your typical fantasy book. There were a several elements that were new to me, but there really wasn't as much focus on the magical things usually found in a fantasy. This book truly is focused on the main characters, whic [...]

    11. The author of this book gave me a copy in exchange for a frank review. I promise there was no bribery involved.A Chance Beginning tells the story of brothers Erik and Befel, and their obnoxious cousin Bryon. Follow their heroic coming-of-age tale, as they leave their families behind to die, cause the deaths of a lot of gypsies, and get a barber's finger cut off and his shop burned to the ground. Wow, maybe not so heroic. These kids get into a lot of trouble while they're discovering themselves.B [...]

    12. “I was there.” The first sentence of the book. The scene isn’t really described by the author but in my mind, after reading that sentence, I instantly saw a man in a tavern sitting at a table in the darkest area, glaring at his drink as he tells his tale to others around him. I tried to imagine something else, a grandfather telling his grandchildren, a camper telling his story around a fire but the tavern scene would not go away. I got chills.The story actually has quite a few POV changes [...]

    13. This book has a lot of familiar fantasy elements. You have dwarves, giants, magic, treasure and war. The story, itself, is fairly typical as well, young men seeking their fortune for different reasons. What makes this book different, for me, is Erik and the message of cooperation over division. I’m used to wars between the races in fantasy novels so to read about dwarves trying to better human-dwarven relations and groups of gypsies trying to change the negative stereotypes associated with the [...]

    14. What a book! The author did a superb job creating another Middle Earth's style world, full of different races and all kind of adventures on every turn of the pages. His description of scenes, battles and internal conflicts on our heroes is so real that we cheer for them since the beginning of the book until the last page and we finish the book begging for more.Plot is simple to follow and flows in a nice pace. Two young guys (Befel and Bryon) are not happy with the perspective of being farmers f [...]

    15. WinAll Erik Eleodum wanted is to work the farm on his family homestead in northern Háthgolthane and like that of his father one day raises a family. He does not need adventures or to become a hero.Unlike Erik’s brother Befel, and , his cousin Bryon they can’t think of anything worse than farming for the rest of their lives. They want to be heroes. They want fame and fortune. They want to leave their families and go east, to the country of Golgolithul, where they believe that they will find [...]

    16. This seems like a book that was written more for the author's enjoyment than for the reader's - don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and I'm glad the author likes what he does, the story just wasn't as exciting as most other fantasy type books I've read. Actually, the first half wasn't really fantasy at all, just fiction. But, once we did meet dwarves and cat-men and other creatures I've never heard of (bonus points to the book for HAVING creatures neither I nor my brother have heard of!), the book [...]

    17. The story line is very appealing, three young men going out in the world to forge their own path. The beginning is slow and meanders a little bit but it gives you the background that you need on the lives of these young men. You do get a really good sense of who these characters are though by what they do and say, but the narration also gets into it a little too much for me but that's a minor critique about a book that does a great job of creating a new world. The characters are also diverse, as [...]

    18. A Chance Beginning, the first book in the Shadow's Fire trilogy, is a fun, adventurous, old-school companion's quest. The author leads the reader through a well-conceived landscape rich with history and factions. Reading this first book in the Shadow's Fire trilogy reminded me of the first time I read 'Dragons of Autumn Twilight' but much grittier, more teeth. The battle scenes are descriptive and the gypsies and dwarves entering the tale give the story even more depth. I especially like the dwa [...]

    19. I received the book for free through First Reads.A Chance Beginning wasn't bad. The main characters Erik, Befel, and Bryon were fleshed out and distinct. The story itself seemed to move quite slowly. I felt as though I read the book for quite some time yet hadn't read many pages. I felt more should've happened than lots of traveling and three battles.My number one issue with the book is its cover. I don't understand why the photoshopped cover has modern day dice laying on a sword over a fire. A [...]

    20. Great New FantasyExciting new fantasy without many of the intense sex scenes of so much new fiction. Entertaining moving fun an family friendly.

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