Childs, Pat Nelson. “Numen’s Trust”, Glynworks Publishing, 2013.
Book Three of “The Chronicles of Firma” and The End of the Epic
One of the very first writers that I reviewed when I started off in 2007 was Pat Nelson Childs. This may not seem an interesting tidbit but for me it is in that I am just not a reader of speculative fiction. In fact, before I read the series “The Chronicles of Firma”, I was never able to finish a book of this type so I own Childs a thank you for introducing me to this genre.
“The Chronicles of Firma” is a three book series which began with “Orphan’s Quest” in 2006 and was followed by “Scion’s Blood” in 2007 and then there was silence until a couple of weeks ago when I received “Numan’s Trust”. This fact tells us that each book stands alone but I tell you that it is so much better to read the trilogy. In the interest of getting you interested let me fill you on the preceding books. I am posting my previous reviews here so that you have an idea where we are.
Childs, Pat Nelson, “Orphan’s Quest: The Chronicles of Firma, Book One”, XLibris, 2006.
A Fantastic Adventure
I have never been much of a science-fiction reader but it looks like I found a book that could easily sway me to open myself to start reading more. “Orphan’s Quest” had me so involved that I surprised myself. From the moment I began to read Pat Nelson Childs’s book, I was hooked—so hooked in fact that I cancelled my classes and with a week to go before exams, I should feel guilty but I don’t. I was not going anywhere until I finished the book. But be that as it may, it was not just the plot that got me engrossed; it was Childs’s command of the English language. He wrote simply but beautifully and because of his style the book just moved along quite quickly. Details were plentiful but not over abundant and the character development intrigued me. Even though some of the happenings were predictable, Child’s way of telling the story kept me riveted.
Rokey, an orphan, has been raised in a monastery in a country known as Firma and has no idea of what happened to him before he got there, When tragic events lead to the death of the Abbot of Firma, Rokey is exiled and begins a journey throughout the country looking for a place to live and for work. He eventually meets up with a group of people who belong nowhere—an elf, Flashkamper, a giant, a young woman and a mercenary. He joins up with them ad when they are attacked, the others realize that someone is after Rokey. This brings about a quest for the group to find out who is after their latest addition.
Each of the characters has had something tragic in their life that has caused them to be an outcast and as you get to know them, you can’t help but love each and every one. There is a gay element here but I do not want to spoil your fun by telling what it is. There is no sex per se but there is a great deal of demonstrative feelings i.e. hugs and kisses.
Are the questions that the members of the band have ever answered? I will say that there are but you will have to read the book to find out for yourself just what the answers are.
“Orphan’s Quest” is a wonderful first novel and I have already been told by the author that another book is on its way. I heartily recommend that you read this one so that you will be ready for the next one. I have a strong feeling that I am quickly becoming one of Pat Nelson Childs’s biggest fans and I am quite proud of that.
Childs, Pat Nelson. “Scion’s Blood”, Glynworks Publishing, 2007.
Book Two of the Chronicles of Firma
I first encountered Pat Nelson Childs when a friend recommended “Orphan’s Quest” to me. I was sure I would not like it as I am really not a reader of science-fiction. I had prepared myself by convincing myself to be objective and to attempt to read with an open mind and before I knew it I was turning pages quickly and wanting to sit and keep reading all day. The book mesmerized me and when I closed the covers, I felt as if I had lost a friend. I am happy to say that my friend is back with “Scion’s Blood”, the sequel to “Orphan’s Quest”. As yes, it is as good as the first book and in fact it is even better.
Childs’ first book kept me riveted and “Scion’s Blood” did the same. Romance, self-discovery and lots of adventure come together to give a magical read. Reading Childs is like going on vacation to a place where everything is new and awaits discovery.
To talk about the plot would not be fair—I do not want to spoil anyone’s read. But I will tell you this—here is a book that will not be soon forgotten. I love the way the author dealt so subtly with the gay subplot which makes love seem so natural and so real as it should be. The book is great for both adults and young readers. It is tasteful and beautifully written. The only problem I have is that now I will have to wait once again until Rokey and Flaskamper return in “Numen’s Trial”, the final installment of the Chronicles of Firma.
I was so glad to hear that Childs had written the next book which comes some seven years later (the same amount of time between book two and “Numen’s Trust”. Rokey is somewhat free after his escape from his entrapment but Firma is at war; Cyure has captured all but two provinces, the kingdoms of Glacia and Iceberg. It is impotent that Rokey and his friends stay a step ahead of the conquering king. Cyure knows what he has to do to get Scion’s power and things really do not look good for anyone. The plot becomes complex now and the key to unlocking Rokey’s power and what is needed to do this is not even in Firma. The race is on and Rokey knows that he must vanquish Cyure and save the land and the people he loves.
I can only imagine how difficult it is to write a novel (or a trilogy) of this kind because the author only has his imagination to work with. Childs not only has to describe places but people as well and he really only rely upon himself to do so. It helps that he is such a good writer. He also has to invent a new language which contains words that are foreign to us. “Numen’s Trust” is a big book that comes in at almost six hundred pages but there is not a dull moment here. I found myself reading as rapidly as I could but it did help knowing that the series finishes here and that there will be a happy ending. I love the way this ends and I believe you will too. However, I really want to know what is coming net from Childs and I really do not want to wait another seven year to find out.
These two videos are from the first two books in the trilogy;