"the Penitent ‒ Part I"
by A. Keith Carreiro, Hollis Machala
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Pub Date 18 Aug 2019 | Archive Date 17 Jan 2023
A baby is born and placed in his dead mother's arms. When the funeral shroud is cast over her, his father decides to name his son Pall. It will soon become a name that strikes a shiver into the hearts of those who hear it in combat.
A lone survivor on a battlefield many years later, Pall dazedly recovers from the wounds of war. Despite the dead cast about him, everything he looks upon is unfamiliar to him. Wandering away from this scene of carnage, he encounters John Savage, a giant of a man who puts Pall within the sight of Savage's seven-foot, nocked longbow.
What ensues from this deadly encounter is an elusive journey for truth. Yet, it is haunted not just by a ravening demon that is out to destroy Pall and John, but by the vision of a startling beautiful young woman protecting Pall from afar.
“It is rare to encounter books that keep a reader’s interest from start to finish. This is one such book. It kept me spellbound, and I was interested in knowing what the next page would bring… This book deserves to be remade into a movie. It is that good.”
— Judith Donald (July 5, 2022), Online Book Club
This book feels like a throwback to a forgotten era—the era of fantasy adventure books written with a role‒playing theme. It has such a varied array of mythical creatures that avid fantasy novel followers will fall in love with it. I daresay it can grow its own fan base, starting with this piece.”
— That Reviewer (November 12, 2021), Online Book Club
“The Penitent is a suspenseful story filled with action and adventure. Author A. Keith Carreiro has penned a beautiful novel with an array of unusual characters, both real and imagined.”
— Natalie Soine, Readers’ Favorite
"Readers will relish in the uniqueness and risks that The Penitent: Part I takes. Carreiro ties in spiritual language with fantastical elements to create a one-of-a-kind book that defies tropes and places The Penitent: Part I in a league of its own. Thrilling and filled to the brim with action, The Penitent: Part I is an exciting beginning to this fantasy series.”
— Editorial Review, The Book Review Directory
“The Penitent: Part I is an emotional rollercoaster of a story that looks at both sides of life. It shows how hope and despair can easily be a part of one’s fate when one has little control.”
— Editorial Review, Literary Titan
Average rating from 3 members
This was a great start to a fantasy novel, it has what I was looking for in this type of book and was glad I was able to read this. The story worked perfectly and was what I enjoyed about the genre, it had a unique world and I'm glad I read this. The characters felt like they belonged in this world and were interesting. I hope there is more in this series as I enjoyed this a lot.
"The creature that Savage saw was familiar to him by reputation only. Rumors of it had reached him. He also had come across evidence of its ravaging people and animals several times before in his assignments."
In this first installment of the trilogy, Pall Warren, the member of an elite unit whose vanguard was sent against a coalition of raiders invading the country, wakes up after a head wound and realizes he is the sole survivor after the bloody combat. Unable to recall anything about his past, he forms an uneasy bond with an enigmatic bowman, John Savage, and the two set on a journey to unravel the evil breaking out around them.
After a slow start, the story becomes more fast pace and interesting. Then, I was drawn into the pages, imagining the characters and the surroundings.
Carreiro’s prose is crisp, his narrative was fluid, and he devotes special attention to sketching his characters, showing how they are affected by the events unfolding around them.
As a whole, it was full of suspense, twist and turns!
I really enjoyed The Penitent Part I. Matter of fact, I flew through the book. It is hard to describe as it felt like a mix of fantasy and history with some spirituality. The characters were fantastic, Savage and Pall being my favorites, but other really cool ones popped in along the way. The setting was wild and at times, it had me questioning if what was happening was a mirage or a dream. The writing is top-notch and makes for a story that is impossible to put down. I look forward to reading what happens next as it does end on a cliffhanger of sorts.
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