IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:
The Legend of the Gamesmen
More than mere sport, the gamesmen stand for an idea. That humble men can win the day, that the lowly are not so low. That the least of men may yet succeed. This is the tale that launched the legend.
The Women of Agben use potions to heal and enhance. Now Marra knows of a third use, one that brews goo capable of detecting a prince or a potion to hide a creature’s appearance. It’s forbidden – and being wielded against Tryst’s throne.
Its key ingredient grows only on the Dim Continent.
Journeying with her mentor to this fabled place, she stumbles on another secret. Agben allows Terrin females into the order, the same hairy creatures that kidnapped a king. Now the trust that bound the two species together is rapidly corroding.
Marra doesn’t know Prince Tryst has also pursued the traitors to this wild, dangerous land. Or that Drail travels with him, to provide gamesmen cover.
In a land of strange beings and dangerous animals, the three friends must again pool their skills, this time not just to save themselves – but to save all their people. The fate of Skullan and Trumen alike depend on defeating a powerful enemy who has plotted their destruction for centuries.
The final battle looms in the evil heart of power – the Dim Continent.
Title: The Dim Continent: Series Finale – The Legend of the Gamesmen Book Three
Amazon Author Page: Jo Sparkes
Publication Date: August 30, 2018
Formats: Paperback & Kindle
Genres: Science fiction & Fantasy, Children’s E-books, Fantasy & Magic, Sword & Sorcery
I’ve read and reviewed the first book in the series, “The Birr Elixir,” HERE. Book two is “The Agben School,” and you can read my review, HERE. Please note: The Author as changed the book covers from my previous reviews. <3
At the Agben school, Marra has learned the art of concocting potions that help to heal and enhance. She has a keen sense of smell and this ability helps her surpass all expectations.
But when she stumbles upon the concealed body of King Bactor, she also discovers there exists a forbidden potion that can change and deceive appearances, found only on the Dim Continent.
The Skullan empire is under siege and the healers of the Agben school are forced to act. One of their own, Rain, has grabbed more authority for herself by betraying the trust of their order and escaping to the Dim Continent. Could this evil have spread to more of the healers? The time has come for Kirth and Marra to venture to the Dim Continent to seek out the truth of Rain’s deceit.
Weaving throughout the story is the game of Comet. The “game” is played in an arena with two opposing teams. At an inner circle in the field, a line is drawn in the sand by a judge. It is forbidden for the teams to cross the line until the judge allows it. There is much jockeying for the balls by both team members. Four leather balls need to be dropped into a cone-shaped area to score points, which are determined by the judge. Each ball has distinctive markings which ascertain the number of points each ball is worth.
As contact sports go, I envisioned the game to be a combination of football and hockey with players participating in a competition to the death to win, if necessary.
The Skullan and the Trumen are the usual gamesmen. The Trumen are the smaller, weaker race, while the Skullan is the physically superior race which rules the kingdom. But this time the game is different. On the Dim Continent, they encounter the Terrin. Huge hairy, long-fanged beasts that play to win. Even the Skullan are out of their realm, now.
Meanwhile, the elder Kirth, Marra, and a female Agben Terrin, named Tinge set out to make things right. Their only hope is to get to Rain before any more damage can be done!
This has been a delightful epic journey and if you love epic fantasy you will love this series. Jo Sparks has created fantastic lands, filled with creatures you will never forget. I found this story from start to finish to be quite unusual in the realm of fantasy. It was a pleasant surprise.
The author devises characters that are rich and multifaceted, often motivated by human needs. I found the inclusion of the game of Comet to greatly enhance the story. The game paved the way for the different peoples to relate to each other. And, in much the same way, the book will appeal to everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed the series.
I received this book as a gift from the author and because I enjoyed the novel, I chose to review it.
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies
About the Author:
From television shows to football articles, Jo Sparkes can’t put the pen down. She’s interviewed Emmit Smith and Anquan Boldin (as Arizona Cardinals), taught screenwriting at the Film School at SCC, and went on camera to make “Stepping Above Criticism”.
An award winning writer, she lives happily in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their dog, Oscar.
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