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Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace foYears have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end....

Title : The Brotherhood of Piaxia
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ISBN : 9780987770608
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 358 Pages
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The Brotherhood of Piaxia Reviews

  • Lisa Hapney
    2018-12-05 17:50

    The author requested that I review this book. I really enjoy a good fantasy and the description sounded pretty good so I sat down to read it. Overall it was a decent story. Not epic and sweeping, but not bad either and I didn't have to struggle to finish it. The writing was good and the story flowed along. All things considered the writing was not the problem (and that is a compliment). I believe the overall problem was that the author played it a little too safe in the story and I really didn't feel that the characters were explored enough. Several of the characters had great promise to invest the reader in their struggle, but never quite hit the depth that drives emotion. As far as characters go Tarlok was my favorite, but at times even he seemed a little flat in his responses. For me, this type of story should be a valiant struggle against the adverse force that is causing trouble to make you really feel for the characters and get caught up in their struggle to right wrongs. There were moments when I was truly intrigued and couldn't wait to get back to the story. However, everything worked out a little too neatly, what should have been major battles were won too easily, everyone's plans worked out just as they had hoped and what should have seemed like insurmountable odds kind of fizzled due to the ease with which those odds were overcome and the predictability of the outcomes. There was no moment when you felt that the good guys might really lose the day and I think that's an integral piece for this type of story. Note that I'm not discouraging readers from this book. If you enjoy a good general fantasy story then you'll probably enjoy this, but don't expect to be holding your breath for the conclusion. I think with some additional skill honing with regard to plot and characterization along with a dash of risk taking we might see some really good things from this author.TJ's Book Blog review originally posted at http://tjsbookblog.blogspot.com/

  • Annamaria
    2018-12-02 16:34

    Although a bit slow to start, The Brotherhood of Piaxia, picks up in speed and action after the first few chapters. The main characters come alive within their own chapters, and each, in their own way, advances the story in a memorable way. War and magic intertwine to create the excitement, rushing you through pages as a warlock takes control of a peaceful world Commanders, warlocks and even the merchants’ guild come together to fight this evil emperor and to reinstate the monarchy. . Interesting war tactic discussions between the commanders and warlocks brought to mind some of the ancient Greek and Roman wars. Deep in the fields, among the sheep, a few surprises come to light, such as Bron, who made me cheer. Brave actions caused my heart to pound while rooting for their success. But at times, my heart sank when the war wasn’t going well for the good guys. A hard-to-put-down book.

  • Rebecca McKinnon
    2018-11-20 18:32

    Great, well-rounded characters? Magic running rampant? A lost princess? Yes, this book has it all.I have to admit, at first I was a little annoyed by how many "main" characters there are in this book. For probably the first quarter of the book I kept getting mixed up as to who had done what. Although, to be perfectly honest, this was only because it's been a while since I've read anything that follows more than about 3 characters. Yes, the blurb only names 3, but there are many more key players.The political currents this book includes could have been very over-done. Instead, they balanced the line perfectly. And, unlike many political currents, these weren't boring!It can be very hard to create so many characters and have them maintain their individuality. Mr. Drakich makes it look easy.If you are a fantasy lover, this is a must read!

  • Farhana Chowdhury
    2018-11-18 17:30

    I received this book from Michael Drakich for reviewing purposes back in April. I have to admit, whilst the synopsis seemed interesting, I didn’t think I’d take to it as much as I did! It has even made it’s way into my Book Recommendations list, so it’s no secret how much I truly enjoyed reading this book!The book is set in the alternate land of Piaxia where magic and military force are fundamental to maintaining the peace, order and above all the control of the land. Technology is non-existent and the people make a living from traditional jobs such as fishing, farming and trading as merchants.How much I enjoyed the book: 8/10How well I think it was written: 8/10I found it startlingly easy to get into this book despite the fact that it’s set in an alternate world. Within the first chapter I felt like I was in the marketplace with Tarlok and witnessing his experiences first hand. The book is written in a familiar way without the use of complicated vocabulary (except of course the foreign sounding nouns) so I felt less alien and more at home in the world of Piaxia.The story is written from Tarlok, Savan and Tessia’s point of view as they are our three main characters. As you can tell from my rating I thought the book was written very well, however the multiple narrators did annoy me slightly as the focus on each character was sectioned and given in the beginning, middle and ending. This didn’t have the greatest result as I found myself loving Tarlok from the very beginning and growing attached to his character. Yet by the middle of the book I found myself thrust over to Tessia and then Savan and became more and more in the dark about Tarlok’s personal journey. By the end of the book, I felt as though Tarlok had become a whole other person whilst my focus was on the other characters. I would have been a lot happier if Tarlok alone had been the main focus of the novel but I am still grateful for the insight I gained from Tessia and Savan. On the other hand, the plot was well written, though at times it was a bit predictable; though my love for our main trio allowed me to overlook that quite quickly.One thing I absolutely loved in the book was the relationship between Savan, Tarlok and their father. The family was so adorable throughout the book as they trusted each other unconditionally despite all of the difficulties they had facing them. I can’t help but love it when a family dominant of men show their love for each other; it’s so heart warming that I was constantly giddy from happiness whenever such a moment would occur.The growing romance between Tarlok and Tessia was extremely interesting to see unfold. Though they both (mainly Tarlok) were indecisive at points, I found myself rooting for this ship from the very beginning. I was slightly surprised that Savan did not find love during the book, but I’m hoping for a sequel with the focus on Savan and his adventures finding love.So yes I do want a sequel from Michael Drakich but it’s a long shot though since there weren’t many loose ends left at the end. I will be taking a look at his other books though so that’s something to look forward to!

  • Jackie
    2018-12-06 15:24

    Book SynopsisYears have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end.My ThoughtsFilled with action, intrigue, adversity, warlocks, magic and a multitude of characters this is an adventure that will be enjoyed by lovers of fantasy mixed with romance for years to come. Granted there are times when you feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of the cast of characters but once you start immersing yourself within this tale that ceases to be a concern, rather you will race through each chapter rooting for good to withstand and ultimately overcome evil!This is a classic tale that is given new life by the author with his imaginative twists and plot turns, a tale that introduces the reader to memorable characters, fantastic feats of magic and victorious battles where planning and execution of audacious strategies overcome superior forces. In all the years that I have been reading it still thrills me to find another story that would make a great epic movie, this is possibly one of them if in the hands of the right director and casting agent! The book is easily read, the language is at times a bit over the top but suits the time and places that are used for settings for the characters, there is a sense of wonder in certain places and in others you know exactly what is coming before the scene plays out. All in all an excellent way to escape real life for a time while following the journey that ends quite satisfactorily.[Ecopy received from author in exchange for an honest review.]

  • Angie
    2018-11-30 21:23

    Synopsis: "Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end."My Review: I really enjoyed this one, like most other epic fantasy novels, it takes some time and effort to get into but that is just due to a lot of needed world building. I didn't connect with all the characters as much as I would have liked, especially the main characters, but I absolutely loved Bron! The Brotherhood of Piaxia had a lot of very interesting twists and was filled with magic, politics, and war, there was even a touch of romance but it was a breath of fresh air that the romance didn't take over the story! The only issue I did have with the book was that there seemed to be a lot of pointless characters, granted some were needed for a while and were killed off, but there were still others that gave you a little hint of history or a side story that got you interested but you never got to revisit that story. All in all though it was really a great stand alone fantasy novel. This book was sent to me by the author for review

  • Karen
    2018-11-27 16:50

    At the author's request, I reviewed this story and I can say that I did really enjoy it. It is well written with a wonderfully thought out plot and will leave the reader truly engaged. One issue I had was the number of characters and at first, I was a little confused until I could sort everyone out. This, however, does not distract from the story and the characters themselves are interesting and delightful. It's not often that you see male characters shown with such closeness and camaraderie with each other. That fact helped to make you really become engaged with the characters and want to see them succeed in their quest. My only change would be maybe fewer characters so there could be more character development along with the plot.It was so easy to become one with the story. Everything was so vivid and I couldn't be help but be sucked into this fantasy world. Even though this was a different universe, it was still realistic and the descriptions allowed you to visualize the different scenes and settings. This story was full of magic and fantasy and all of it was believable, well, as believable as fantasy can be! There is also political intrigue and just a touch of romance. It was an imaginative story and my time was well spent. If you are a fan of fantasy, I think you would enjoy this story.

  • Rubysbooks
    2018-11-24 13:51

    Every once in a while I read a fantasy book that reminds me why I love fantasy. The Brotherhood of Piaxia is one of those books. Warlocks, magic, corruption, war.I thought the book started a bit slow. But it wasn't that "nothing's happening, when is the action starting?" kind of slow. Before the big turning point and before the big changes, we get to meet the main characters and see them evolve, grow up or turn into a better version of themselves. Also, during this time, we see how magic can corrupt, how power can change a person, turning them into tyrants or evil people, capable of anything - even murder.There are a lot of twists and turns and some of them where really unexpected to me. Some were good, some not so good. There were a few characters that died and it really broke my heart. I know that they needed to die in order to show how much damage too much power can do, but it still made me sad.I liked the writing style. And I very much enjoyed the world in this book, the history and the characters. And I loved the battle scenes. There weren't that many, but I loved the strategies they used and the action in those scenes.If you like fantasy you should give The Brotherhood of Piaxia a try. You won't be sorry ;)

  • Nadège Richards
    2018-12-04 21:41

    Brotherhood of the Piaxia wasn't my typical read, even though I am a reader of all. It was also a slow read that I really had to get into, but once the action kicked in a few chapters in, I started to become excited. The plot was very riveting and I found the characters to be this story's greatest feat, especially Tessia. Michael's writing style I appreciated the most, as it was very mature and compelling. With a story like this one--full of adventure, myths, and mystery--that's the kind of writing it deserved. What I thought was the most surprising was that Drakich included a lot of characters at times and still managed to give them their own personality, never having one sound like the other. He highlights three characters in specific (my favorites) but they were a lot of characters to really connect with. I'm really into the folklore genre right now, and kingdoms and wizards and such, so Brotherhood of the Piaxia was truly amazing to read. It really widened my reading scope to a lot of new books and genres! The chracters in the story really come alive and become a part of you, the reason why I loved the fact that Drakich gave them their individual chapters.A lovely read worth the buy!

  • Jessica Bronder
    2018-11-19 21:31

    We start the story with a group of warlocks killing a royal family. From there, Piaxia is divided where one warlock rules over one town. Fast forward twenty years. Kurmia has been corrupted by his power. He has a plan to kill off the other warlocks so he can rule Piaxia. Then the rumor of a princess that escaped the killing years earlier give hope to those that think she could rule Piaxia. There are many characters that have different roles to this story. It is almost overwhelming, but you do get a feel for whom is playing what role in the story. I liked the plot of the story. There was a little of fantasy, politics, romance, and such without each one being over done. There were some great strategies used for battles.I think this book started slow but got on a role about a third into the book. Having said that, I think it could have been a trilogy or such because of all the information, the ending was a touch rushed. Beyond that, this was a great story. This is a great book and one that you don’t want to pass up.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Liz
    2018-11-30 15:52

    Twenty years ago, in the land of Piaxia, the corrupt royal family was put to the sword by a group of determined warlocks known as the Brotherhood. In the present, the now-ruling warlocks each hold sway over individual towns. The story begins when Kurmia, warlock lord of the town of Lia, takes steps to eliminate the other warlocks and assume the title of emperor over the land of Piaxia. Soon, rumors arise that as least one royal family member survived the slaughter years ago, one who now has a rightful claim to the throne. Among the many searching for this long-lost princess—and a way to halt Kurmia’s climb to power—is Master Capolidu, master trainer of the Brotherhood, his brave apprentice, a shepherd with mysterious powers, and a crafty merchant. The plot builds slowly, and the royal survivor element, which was the driving interest factor for me, personally, is introduced quite a ways into the story. While it’s a perfectly nice plot-driven fantasy, very few of the characters stood out to me at all—a major flaw in my mind, at least. But for those who don’t mind a story that focuses on plot-crafting rather than character development, this story is for you.

  • Marybeth (Manhattan Reader)
    2018-12-05 14:43

    Twenty years have passed since the corrupt royal family was put to the sword by a group known as the Brotherhood, made up of warlocks. The story tells a tale of good trying to triumph over evil in a fast-paced novel.This book is made up of a lot of action, mystery, intrigue, and magic. And I think this is why I gave it three stars. There was such an overload of material, it felt almost overwhelming, especially with the amount of characters that was in the novel.Admittedly, once the reader gets into the story, it almost feels a little less overwhelming. But, I'm getting a little ahead of myself right now.Drakich weaves together a magical tale filled with imagination and surprising twist.I, for one, thought that the novel was a little cute. It has been awhile since I read a fantasy novel, so it was refreshing from all the adult fiction that I've been reading. It has been a really, really long time since I read something just purely fantasy.It did take me awhile to get through this book, which is another reason for my rating. It wasn't something that I could get into right away, but once it picks up it picks up.

  • Karen
    2018-11-29 14:27

    The Brotherhood of Piaxia had a slow start, something that I dislike. But the action starts after some chapters, and then it was hard to put it down.The plot was very good, I really enjoyed how the book had put the plot in the center. Many other books, put the characters in center and that can be a bit boring.I liked Drakich writing style, he used a style that I appreciate. It was easy to read, but I had to read some parts twice. The book contained a lot of characters, in the beginning it was hard to know who was who. But I personally like books with a lot of characters, even though we didn't got to know them very well. Anyway, Tarlok, Savan and Tessia were the once we got to knew best. My favorite character must be Tessia, she is fantastic and very lovable! The fantasy in the book was fantastic. Lost princess and magic is like the best combination you can have in book and Drakich made a wonderful mix with these two points. To conclude, this book was very good, I liked it. If you like fantasy, then you must read it!

  • Christine
    2018-12-12 16:33

    It seems that I've been reading quite a few fantasy books recently, and I'm not able to remember why I ever stopped.The Brotherhood of Piaxia is all about warring wizards, lost royalty, and setting things right. There are many characters in this story, but all of them play a special part in the grand scheme. Even with all the varied characters, I never had a problem keeping track of the story and what was going on. The only drawback I found was the slightly slow build-up to the real meat of the story. During this build-up I know there is a lot of story-building and helping the reader understand each of the characters and their motives, but at times I found myself getting distracted. Once I reached the middle of the story, however, I was lost...In a good way. I couldn't wait to find out how all of the intrigue would play out. If you love fantasy that mixes magic, lost royalty, sacrifices, heroes, and strong characters, I would suggest The Brotherhood of Piaxia.Christy @ Captivated Reading

  • Annamaria Bazzi
    2018-11-16 14:41

    Although a bit slow to start, The Brotherhood of Piaxia, picks up in speed and action after the first few chapters. The main characters come alive within their own chapters, and each, in their own way, advances the story in a memorable way. War and magic intertwine to create the excitement, rushing you through pages as a warlock takes control of a peaceful world Commanders, warlocks and even the merchants’ guild come together to fight this evil emperor and to reinstate the monarchy. . Interesting war tactic discussions between the commanders and warlocks brought to mind some of the ancient Greek and Roman wars. Deep in the fields, among the sheep, a few surprises come to light, such as Bron, who made me cheer. Brave actions caused my heart to pound while rooting for their success. But at times, my heart sank when the war wasn’t going well for the good guys. A hard-to-put-down book.

  • Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
    2018-12-08 16:25

    This is one of those high Fantasy books in which you will completely immerse yourself in. There are several central characters and political intrigue with magic and adventure. Set during the time of Castle's, Princesses and alliances between Kingdom's is crucial. Princess Tessia is in the middle of the negotiations between Kingdoms and she is my favorite character, showing strength and determination. She also brings a little bit of the softer side to all of the politics that are going on. I liked the addition of magic into the story as well, it gives it that little extra to make the story more enjoyable and helped to break up the constant discussions between the characters of strategies and attacks and winning the battles. A good story for boys interested in war strategies and battles, in general.

  • A.D. Trosper
    2018-11-30 20:40

    I really enjoyed reading this book, I thought the political maneuverings were well done and the strategies of battle well thought out.Drakich did a good job of making me care about the characters, particularly Tarlok, his brother, and Grott. I liked the wide use of magic in the book as well. I found the lack of orphaned farmer boy (or something close to it) and evil god-like "dark lord" quite refreshing.I do wish the story had a moved a little slower though and developed Tessia and other events more and that the conversation in some areas had flowed a little smoother.That said, I did enjoy the story and will likely go back to it again in the future since I know I will want to read the story of these characters again. It's also a book a would recommend to other fantasy readers.

  • Marianne Søiland
    2018-11-27 18:43

    Tja... Ideen bak boka er ikke dårlig. 12 trollmenn styrer hver sin by i landet Piaxia. Iblandet stridigheter og maktkamper, en dose kjærlighet og usannsynlige krefter så kunne dette blitt en god historie. Istedenfor blir den langtrukken. Her har Drakich rom for å bygge gode karakterer, men utenom Tarlok er det ingen jeg får noe troverdig forhold til. Det verste eksempelet er Tessia som på kun kort tid går fra å være en usikker handelsmannsdatter til dronning over Piaxia uten noe som helst mellomspill eller erfaring. Hun gir plutselig krigsordre på liv og død og tar beslutninger med store konsekvenser uten å basere det på noe som helst vettugt grunnlag. Nei dette blir for dumt. Jeg leste boka ferdig, og for det får den stå-karakter. Heller ikke mer.

  • edifanob
    2018-11-15 15:23

    Fantasy with magic and sword. There is much more behind the story as you think at the beginning. Laveable characters, a lot of action, emotions.A very satisfying read except the end. I found some of the solutions a way to easy.This is the last sentence of my full review which you can read over at Edi's Book Lighthouse:"Or in simple words The Brotherhood of Piaxia is like the espresso you enjoy after a good meal."

  • Donna
    2018-12-05 20:51

    This book was given by the author for an honest review.A slow beginning that quickly advanced to all out action. There were a few too many characters for my liking, a bit much to keep straight. There was never a time while reading when I thought the bad guys would win. It was a fun read but somewhat predictable. I did like the fantasy element of the story. It was a very well written story. I was able to read the entire book in one sitting. I look forward to more by Michael Drakich.

  • Judy
    2018-12-05 13:37

    My Review: I have to say I have liked everything I have read by this author. He seems to be able to write in any genre he chooses. This turn at fantasy is no different. The world is well developed and the characters are interesting. Love the simple shepherd Bron. The key to the great power is so simple when it is revealed. I would definitely look forward to more of this world. The only thing I would mark down is the editing could be a little bit better but I got so wrapped up in the story that it did no detract from it. I give this book 5 stars.

  • Christine Hayton
    2018-11-26 20:49

    This is a fantasy Young Adult novel and I found it well written and quite interesting. Being it is YA, it was not my usual read and although I did enjoy it I would not recommend for adult readers. The story line and pace are definitely suited to young readers and I have no doubt they would be enthralled by the book.

  • Rachel's Book Reviews
    2018-11-25 14:24

    I'm super excited to be getting to this one

  • Stina Madison
    2018-11-21 19:26

    Review to come...

  • Michael Drakich
    2018-12-11 13:22