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Codex Alera – Awesome Fantasy Setting – Great Source of Inspiration

codex aleraNerdarchist Ted here and today I am going to share one of my favorite book series with you.  Last week I opened up the Star Wars Beginner Box Force and Destiny.  You can read that one here.

Many of you may not be into novels, but I strongly recommend it.  Not only do you get to see a whole new world but you typically get to see plot and character development.  Whether you are a player or a DM it can help your role playing as well as keep you in the fantasy setting when you can’t get the group together.  It is also a great source of inspiration.

In case you are planning on reading this there will not be any major spoilers here but I will talk a little bit about the series and some of the minor things that happen over the course of the series so you can just go get your copy and stop reading or continue with this little warning.

Codex Alera – Awesome Fantasy Setting

A Guide to the fantasy writings of Ty Johnston

As someone who writes fantasy fiction for a living, one of the questions I most often get asked is, “Where should I start reading your stuff?” In other words, which book should they read first?

This is not such an easy question to answer. It doesn’t help that all my fantasy novels and stories take place within the same world, Ursia, though often in different time periods, sometimes decades or even thousands of years apart.

The Kobalos Trilogy

city of rogues

Generally I suggest readers start with my novel, City of Rogues. It is not only the first book of this trilogy, but it is the first book featuring my Kron Darkbow character. Kron and his time period are sort of the center of my Ursian Chronicles, the books and stories that take place in my fantasy world, and to some extent all my other fantasy writings are related to Kron’s adventures.

Think you might be interested in City of Rogues? Here is the description for the novel:

“Kron Darkbow seeks vengeance, and he plans to have it no matter the costs. Returning to the city of his birth after 15 years, he hunts down the wizard responsible for the deaths of those he loved only to find out another was responsible for the murders. That other is Belgad the Liar, a former barbarian chieftain who is now boss of the city’s underworld.

Following his path for blood, Kron comes across the magical healer, Randall Tendbones, and accidentally reveals Randall’s darkest secret to the world. It’s a secret about the past, a

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Books in review – Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher – Codex Alera

Furies of CalderonHello all and welcome to another week over here on Nerdarchy.  I am Nerdarchist Ted and today I want to share one of my favorite book series: Codex Alera.  This is a series written by Jim Butcher, my favorite author.

I had been reading his other series: The Dresden Files, look for a review on that in the near future, when I decided to check out his other works.  The first book in the Codex Alera series is called Furies of Calderon.

This story takes place in a place of high fantasy with many Roman undertones.  You will learn why as you get into the series.

The magic in this world is fun and unique and makes a gamer want to play in this very rich world.  Jim Butcher if you are reading this please make this a gaming system or world so that your fans can enjoy this world in a new way.

See that is one of the cool things about this author. Jim Butcher is a gamer.  He not only gets us, he is one of us.  If you live out in the mid west you might have teh ability to do Live Action Role Playing with him.  That would truly be awesome. 

Books in review – Superpowered by James Schannep – Choose your own adventure

choose your own adventureHappy Memorial Day!  I hope this day finds you and yours well. Nerdarchist Ted here again.  Lets look back to the time we were kids.  Do you remember fondly watching and playing Super heroes?  Do you remember reading those choose your own adventure books?

Do you want to gain Super Powers?

Well I recently found that link to my childhood that covers both.  Superpowered by James Schannep  covers it quite awesomely.  It is a choose your own adventure book about an ordinary person who can get super powers and as you would guess there are loads of options.

Like any choose your own adventure book there are lots of options some the end the book quite quickly and others that can take you down the long reading road.  As an avid reader, one that has spent many an hour of reading these choose your way books, I knew the short roads early on and I experimented with those first to see where they would lead.

International TableTop Day

How to Speeks Goblin| Tabletop Terrors in Honor of International TableTop Day

International TableTop Day

Time to check in on Gil Beatin & Killicia Slay just in time for International Tabletop Terrors Day. Oh my is that Durgen from A Fistful of Dice and The Provokers on the table? I don’t know if I want to see what happens to this poor dwarf at these goblin hands. I’m sure they are going to take their time with this grisly game especially with it being International Tabletop Terrors Day.

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