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Light dances with dark, green fire burns in the night, hopes and dreams follow the wind, to fall in black or white. The prophecy spoke of Thomas Kestrel: outcast, lord, sorcerer, warrior, and perhaps savior of the Kingdoms — if he survives. In The Makings of a Warrior, the fourth book in The Sylvan Chronicles, Thomas risks more than he should for the Princess of Fal Carr Light dances with dark, green fire burns in the night, hopes and dreams follow the wind, to fall in black or white. The prophecy spoke of Thomas Kestrel: outcast, lord, sorcerer, warrior, and perhaps savior of the Kingdoms — if he survives. In The Makings of a Warrior, the fourth book in The Sylvan Chronicles, Thomas risks more than he should for the Princess of Fal Carrach, falling prey to the Dark Magic of Lord Chertney, a servant of the Shadow Lord. Beaten and almost broken, Thomas must dig deep as his strength and cleverness are tested in the Labyrinth, home of the living nightmare called the Makreen.


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Light dances with dark, green fire burns in the night, hopes and dreams follow the wind, to fall in black or white. The prophecy spoke of Thomas Kestrel: outcast, lord, sorcerer, warrior, and perhaps savior of the Kingdoms — if he survives. In The Makings of a Warrior, the fourth book in The Sylvan Chronicles, Thomas risks more than he should for the Princess of Fal Carr Light dances with dark, green fire burns in the night, hopes and dreams follow the wind, to fall in black or white. The prophecy spoke of Thomas Kestrel: outcast, lord, sorcerer, warrior, and perhaps savior of the Kingdoms — if he survives. In The Makings of a Warrior, the fourth book in The Sylvan Chronicles, Thomas risks more than he should for the Princess of Fal Carrach, falling prey to the Dark Magic of Lord Chertney, a servant of the Shadow Lord. Beaten and almost broken, Thomas must dig deep as his strength and cleverness are tested in the Labyrinth, home of the living nightmare called the Makreen.

30 review for The Makings of a Warrior

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shane Lawrence

    A short pointless novella I read the first couple of books, but this was by far the worst… Essentially boy stupidly put himself at mercy of enemy to chat with girl gets tricked, bad things happen, it’s not a bad thing and the story ends… This was more like four chapters in a larger book rather than a standalone book. I can’t believe the page count can be right

  2. 5 out of 5

    Travis Winfree

    An awesome series My only complaint about any of these books has to be their length, they are over far too quickly for how hard they are to put down

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Thomas makes a friend-or does he? First of all, this is well written, but these books are short...dragged out. It's like a story arc in a manga, almost as bad as the full version of "Dragon Ball Z" but not quite as draggy. And each arc is a short novel, in essence...not a short story, just a shorter novel than is normal for most fantasy series We start with the beautiful but willful Kaylie, daughter of King Gregory of Fal Carrach and heir to the throne, who is trying to talk her dad into 2 things Thomas makes a friend-or does he? First of all, this is well written, but these books are short...dragged out. It's like a story arc in a manga, almost as bad as the full version of "Dragon Ball Z" but not quite as draggy. And each arc is a short novel, in essence...not a short story, just a shorter novel than is normal for most fantasy series We start with the beautiful but willful Kaylie, daughter of King Gregory of Fal Carrach and heir to the throne, who is trying to talk her dad into 2 things. One, having mastered the dagger well enough to earn the praise of swordmaster Kael, she wants to learn the sword. And second, her mother passed away long ago...the Queen of a neighboring kingdom (and currently the sole female monarch in a country where all monarchs are female), who is there with Kaylie and her dad in another kingdom, Dunmoor, to meet with the High King (and according to the High King, Rodric, to concede to every demand he makes), is showing obvious interest in her dad. Kayleigh wants her dad at least to explore the idea of a relationship with Sarrelle, quen of Benewyn, telling him she believes her mother would want him to seek female companionship and be happy. They're out for a father-daughter day, in the woods, and while they're not in the part of the woods where the Dark Lord's creatures generally run, they're close enough. What Kaylie is fighting off among her companions are the endless boy-crasy chatter of the girls, and the unwanted attentions of clueless braggart boys, plus the unwanted attentions of the High King's heir, who just feels "wrong" to her despite a veneer of some paltry courtesies. Among the staff, his cruelty is well known. There is a biennial fair called the Eastern Fair that is ongoing at the same time, which is the setting for several events that unfold. Back at Rynlin's and Rya's place on the Misty Isle, Thomas is still recovering from his beatings, slavery, fighting, starvation, and exhaustion, both physical and metaphysical, detailed in the previous book. Rynlin and Rya will be gone for 2 weeks and they have advised Thomas to stay put and heal more before resuming his patrils in the Highlands and elsewhere. But, when the cat's away...Thomas resumes his patrols and decides he will go to the Eastern Fair as he hasn't been to a large gathering like this before. But once they are in the woods, he and Beluil, his wolf brother, realize evil is afoot...difficult to pin down, but nevertheless there. They follow it. It manifests in attacking King Gregory and Princess Kaylie and their men. While some of the King's guard die or are injured, Thomas saves the day, fading into the woods to watch for any further danger. At least Kaylie is given permission to learn the sword. They meet again at the fair, where Thomas wins an archery competition against the High King's heir, which angers the loser. He and Kaylie start to explore their attraction, but she is framed when he is drugged by something placed in the picnic basket she brought. To avoid the boy being killed, King Gregory demands a trial (think gladiators). Between traps and monsters, will Thomas survive? As a note, whoever proofread this book has little training (none IMO) in their purported craft. Numerous instances of verb/subject disagreement, wrong tense, and typos exist. Those crop up in other books in the series, but this is the worst so far IMO. If you're not a language arts nerd, it may not bother you like it did me, but if you are, be warned. At least the story itself is good. Hopefully the next book will be better as far as Wnglish errors.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steven Brown

    Book 4 continues the trend of interesting snippets of a larger story. This is a third person omniscient epic fantasy. The entire series is pretty much one book chopped up into seven sections as far as I can tell. Perhaps two books if it was written in such a fashion. What's the most part this part starts off directly from the ends and does add a few dashes of time drops in which you're not really how much time has passed. It is interesting and engaging enough to keep you turning the page but at t Book 4 continues the trend of interesting snippets of a larger story. This is a third person omniscient epic fantasy. The entire series is pretty much one book chopped up into seven sections as far as I can tell. Perhaps two books if it was written in such a fashion. What's the most part this part starts off directly from the ends and does add a few dashes of time drops in which you're not really how much time has passed. It is interesting and engaging enough to keep you turning the page but at this point you also know that the book will not be a complete story end of itself. Thankfully since the series is complete it is easily read on Kindle unlimited. Given the nature of the books I do not see it as a wise decision to buy the audible versions as well. Considering it would be 50 bucks for them in total. This is a fast read as again it is more of a snippet of a larger story. I couldn't give it a five-star rating this time because of the reason stated above but also because of a romance cliche. I don't like this particular cliche because it is akin to idiot plotting. Where an obvious fake obstacle is put in place. I can't name it because then it would be a spoiler. Still the work is interesting and I do like the romance subplot outside of the cliche. The romance started out I feel as an instant love and considering it's been carried over four books or selections of the larger story I feel it has seen some good investment. The progression of the character and what he's been put through is quite a lot throughout these four books. This series is a quick read that is entertaining with a few continuity errors for the first couple books and in this as well. It's still engaging enough to keep it at a four-star rating however I do feel that I have rated several three star series that or better executed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Mummel

    Love the series What I like about this series Mr. Wacht is you chose each sentence with care. You do not go into long details and you move the story along at blistering pace. I just wish each book was longer. I so hate the wait between books it's very much like an addict looking for your next fix. But that is also the sign of a book worthy of the five stars I gave it. You have a great universe you have built. While I do feel like it is more a super hero like and I am not really surprised at the c Love the series What I like about this series Mr. Wacht is you chose each sentence with care. You do not go into long details and you move the story along at blistering pace. I just wish each book was longer. I so hate the wait between books it's very much like an addict looking for your next fix. But that is also the sign of a book worthy of the five stars I gave it. You have a great universe you have built. While I do feel like it is more a super hero like and I am not really surprised at the choices your character make. Nevertheless I am satisfied by the struggles Thomas overcome. You did leave some loose ends that I expected you to address in this book but I am happy to see you move forward with the stories of the princesses. I do not normally read such thin books but I am invested and loom forward to the next one soon. Those who may wish to consider this bokm I would compare this to Raymond E Fiest work. The books read fast and so be prepared of the withdrawal you will experience in waiting for the next book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    roy douglas lynch

    Robuster This was a good read. Not great my any means but better than average. I enjoyed it. It has a good hook and the pacing was better than average. This is the second book in this series. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys this genre. .. I don’t like the constant conflict that the protagonist finds himself in. Sometimes letting the hero just be an ordinary guy having an ordinary day pulls the reader into the story better than constant chaos and conflict. For me , Gregory and his Robuster This was a good read. Not great my any means but better than average. I enjoyed it. It has a good hook and the pacing was better than average. This is the second book in this series. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys this genre. .. I don’t like the constant conflict that the protagonist finds himself in. Sometimes letting the hero just be an ordinary guy having an ordinary day pulls the reader into the story better than constant chaos and conflict. For me , Gregory and his daughter should have a bigger part in this story. The stories are only as good as the Villain is bad. I hope to see more vile villainy from Roderick. This was good work by the author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris Yaldezian

    This is book 4, here the author gets caught up in trying to provide tension vs. just moving on with the story. I say this because without Thomas, there is no story. So, we KNOW that Thomas has to live, at least until the final outcome at the end of the series. With this in mind, there are parts to skim and parts to read. Also, this one needs some editing, as he sets up a possible dramatic rescue but abandons it...don't know why? Maybe we find out in book 5. Still would like a map. I am still rea This is book 4, here the author gets caught up in trying to provide tension vs. just moving on with the story. I say this because without Thomas, there is no story. So, we KNOW that Thomas has to live, at least until the final outcome at the end of the series. With this in mind, there are parts to skim and parts to read. Also, this one needs some editing, as he sets up a possible dramatic rescue but abandons it...don't know why? Maybe we find out in book 5. Still would like a map. I am still reading the series and recommend it as light Summer reading for those that like the genre.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ed And

    Stunning!! Thomas is way too good! The story has me in its grip and I am out of breath. How could Thomas win when all of the odds are stacked against him? Our hero is paying a huge price for the experience of staying alive. He is sure Kaylee (spelling error I am sure) has betrayed him and she is just as sure he will never have the time to explain. Well, on to the next book of adventures. 😋😖

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gina Phillips

    Too short I would've gone given it five stars but it didn't feel like the story was finished. Then author got to a point where he could just barely call an ending and seemingly gave up and called it good. Much more could've been added to this book to truly call it a co.ok were story. Too short I would've gone given it five stars but it didn't feel like the story was finished. Then author got to a point where he could just barely call an ending and seemingly gave up and called it good. Much more could've been added to this book to truly call it a co.ok were story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Great continuation of Sylvan Chronicles The story unfolds with drama packed action and hints toward a new future of the Highlanders. The author 's intense descriptions add awareness and emotion for the reader to feel the story, Once again, Wacht has created a dramatic tale that leaves the reader craving for the next book in the series, Great continuation of Sylvan Chronicles The story unfolds with drama packed action and hints toward a new future of the Highlanders. The author 's intense descriptions add awareness and emotion for the reader to feel the story, Once again, Wacht has created a dramatic tale that leaves the reader craving for the next book in the series,

  11. 4 out of 5

    John

    Editor needed urgently! If ever a series of books needed a conventional editor to proofread the script and tighten the story, its this series! It’s infuriating at times to read through something that has the potential to be an excellent work and watch it falter at the altar of poor storytelling!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carole Eshenbaugh

    Warrior Yes, exciting. Betrayal. Love lost. Bad guys put on notice—- there is a Warrior in town. This books continues the saga of Thomas and his battle to gain his rightful place as King of his grandfathers lands. Yes, this is rather short, but necessary to continue the story line. Enjoy as I did.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Chandler

    I love the Kestrel Series! The characters are well rounded with personalities that make you love them, hate them or at least care about them . finding yourself hoping that things work out, the tests will be passed, the fights being won. Overall a great series well worth the read. I also look forward to reading more from this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jason Perry

    Only wish the books were longer. Always sad to come to the end and have to wait for the next one. I recommend this series to all my friends when they are looking for their next read. Can't wait for the next one. Only wish the books were longer. Always sad to come to the end and have to wait for the next one. I recommend this series to all my friends when they are looking for their next read. Can't wait for the next one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Anxiously awaiting next book Strongly recommend this series. Each book seems to be better than the previous. Strong character building by the author has you appropriately becoming emotionally attached to Thomas and the wolf.

  16. 5 out of 5

    K

    Quick read, fun! I have read all 4 books in this series in 4 days! I can't find out what happens next fast enough. The characters are engaging and the story is mesmerizing. Please write faster! Quick read, fun! I have read all 4 books in this series in 4 days! I can't find out what happens next fast enough. The characters are engaging and the story is mesmerizing. Please write faster!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Athey

    What a good series Truly love this series. I just wish they were longer. It would make one really good Book. Hope the rest come out soon because I'll probably try to wait till they are all released and read them at once. What a good series Truly love this series. I just wish they were longer. It would make one really good Book. Hope the rest come out soon because I'll probably try to wait till they are all released and read them at once.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Piper

    Awesome series! I am totally addicted to this series, I couldn't put it down! Enthralling characters that suck you in from page one! Peter is a very talented author, and I highly recommend checking this series out! I can't wait for the next book! Awesome series! I am totally addicted to this series, I couldn't put it down! Enthralling characters that suck you in from page one! Peter is a very talented author, and I highly recommend checking this series out! I can't wait for the next book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cecily Hemphill

    Great story I really loved this series. The characters are well developed and I did not want to put it down. The only thing I did not like is having to wait for the next book to come out.

  20. 5 out of 5

    coby l Weber

    Great book, it has it all for a roller coaster ride. Characters well defined, story line has been wonderful. must wait for the next in series, wish it was already done Thank you for the great read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Connie Fogg-Bouchard

    taking the fight to the attacker Thomas has reached a turning point in his life. he is seeking out the enemies and taking them out. on the day he feels evil's movements in the forest, it is his instinct to stop it. and that instinct costs him all he dreams of taking the fight to the attacker Thomas has reached a turning point in his life. he is seeking out the enemies and taking them out. on the day he feels evil's movements in the forest, it is his instinct to stop it. and that instinct costs him all he dreams of

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Levesque

    This is a different and unique story, with strong/lovable characters who battle evil trying to save the people of their lands. Thomas is the main character who you'll be rooting for through out the series. Great Reading Everyone! This is a different and unique story, with strong/lovable characters who battle evil trying to save the people of their lands. Thomas is the main character who you'll be rooting for through out the series. Great Reading Everyone!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Gordon-Bercich

    Maze Thomas gets captured a lot. This time he gets thrown in a Labyrinth to die in the deadly maze. He looses his trust in someone who did not betray him, but was betrayed themselves. Can he find his way back to trust?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roger D. Lee

    Love and betrayal send mixed signals as Thomas faces the future. The powers of darkness are getting braver and moving farther into man's kingdoms. Thomas stands in their way but each test is more challenging. Is he ready to claim his leadership role? Love and betrayal send mixed signals as Thomas faces the future. The powers of darkness are getting braver and moving farther into man's kingdoms. Thomas stands in their way but each test is more challenging. Is he ready to claim his leadership role?

  25. 5 out of 5

    C M N

    Great red short books Pace good, writing good with minor grammar errors. Not an intricate read but immersive. Books are not long and often feel abbreviated or finished at poorly judged points

  26. 4 out of 5

    John G.

    Not much advancement Another good short story. I wished the old could have advanced more but that might only be due to the short lengthy of the story. I'm looking forward to the next three or four. Not much advancement Another good short story. I wished the old could have advanced more but that might only be due to the short lengthy of the story. I'm looking forward to the next three or four.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lance Lund

    Problem with plot Good book only problem was the whole plot hinged on ragin eavesdropping on kaylie and Thomas in the woods as Thomas was using the talent. How is this even a possibility? Lol

  28. 4 out of 5

    Monte

    This could be so much better I actually like the story here, despite the Deus Ex Machina that keeps popping up. However, I'm not at all a fan of the quick, cliffhanger endings. They shouldn't be there. Turning two or three books worth of content into seven... I am not amused. This could be so much better I actually like the story here, despite the Deus Ex Machina that keeps popping up. However, I'm not at all a fan of the quick, cliffhanger endings. They shouldn't be there. Turning two or three books worth of content into seven... I am not amused.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fred Dearman

    Totally enjoyable Good guy faces impossible challenges. Demonstrated skill, wood gitl, gets caught in a presumed betrayal, fights through monster and traps in an extremely weakened condition. Will he ever be able to trust her again? This was a read I couldn't put down. Totally enjoyable Good guy faces impossible challenges. Demonstrated skill, wood gitl, gets caught in a presumed betrayal, fights through monster and traps in an extremely weakened condition. Will he ever be able to trust her again? This was a read I couldn't put down.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Ciuffo

    A good series I have enjoyed these books a am looking forward to the next installment. I will be haunting amazon . Nice work Mr. Wacht.

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