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  • 05/2019
  • 978-1-7337922-1-9 B07QSVGPSS
  • 461 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 06/2019
  • 978-1-7337922-0-2
  • 461 pages
  • $16.72
Ebook Details
  • 06/2019
  • 978-1-7337922-4-0
  • 461 pages
  • $24.99
The Treasure of Capric (The King of the Caves Book 1)
A fabled treasure disappears. Three young warrior-monks must race against a tyrant to find it before their world collapses. Kurian Abramson entered training with the warrior monks of Capric Hill at seven. Every day of his youth swings between brutal combat training and quiet study of the Order’s religious teaching. Now, almost a man, he vows to protect the Capric Treasure with his life. But when a tyrannical noble razes the monastery, Kurian and two friends are set on a quest to retrieve their treasure. The only lead points to an outlaw known as the King of the Caves. Can Kurian restore the treasure? Or will his world fall under the prophetic curse of 1,000 years of darkness?
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Well-paced and often exciting, author Wilborn's first volume in his "King of Caves" series unspools its journeys and mysteries with confidence. Wilborn combines familiar epic fantasy elements -- a boy of mysterious provenance from a backwater town called to adventure -- with an entertaining chase plot, showing readers enough of villain Lord Evasius' scheming to generate suspense. That said, there's little suspense in story beats involving a prophecy and the temporary sundering of a fellowship, as only newbies to epic fantasy won't guess their resolution.

Prose/Style: Wilborn's tale deserves high marks for its compelling, purposeful prose. While the novel is long, Wilborn wastes few words. He crafts memorable sentences, describes action with rare vigor and clarity, and sometimes pens passages of beauty. The hero, Kurian, seeing a star for the first time in his life, makes for a moving and evocative scene. Occasional passages detailing the history of the land of Pallingham are suitably mythic.

Originality: That prose distinguishes a story that in outline too often resembles epic

fantasies of a generation ago, reveling in old tropes rather than upending or interrogating them.

Character Development: The novel is at its most compelling when in the head of protagonist Kurian, a young acolyte who struggles some in the role of prophecy-touted adventurer. In the strongest passages, he responds to the beats of a fantasy story like an actual person might. The rest of the cast tends toward stock types, though the (often absent) heroine Louise is a warm and welcome presence, mostly because Wilborn invests great energy into her passion for horses.

Date Submitted: May 16, 2019

Formats
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 05/2019
  • 978-1-7337922-1-9 B07QSVGPSS
  • 461 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 06/2019
  • 978-1-7337922-0-2
  • 461 pages
  • $16.72
Ebook Details
  • 06/2019
  • 978-1-7337922-4-0
  • 461 pages
  • $24.99

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