Book Tour Reviews: Wyrms Of Pasandir by Paul E. Horsman

The Road to Kalbakar
Wyrms of Pasandir Book 1
by Paul E. Horsman
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
190 pages
Seventeen-year-old
Eskandar is the lowest of the low among the crew of the Navy sloop
Tipred. As ship’s boy, he runs messages, gets the dirtiest jobs and
tries to stay out of his betters’ way. It is a dull but safe life,
for the tired old Tipred patrols a shipping lane to nowhere and
nothing ever happens to disturb their peace.
None aboard know Eskandar’s big secret. For he is not alone. In his head
lives the voice of Teodar, who has guided and guarded him all his
life, and who is teaching him magic. Teodar is a mystery; he won’t
say who he is or why he is helping him. Eskandar has stopped asking;
the voice is his only friend, and that is all that matters to him.
Life goes on placidly – until the sea monsters appear. To save himself and
his ship, Eskandar has to use his secret magic and manages to defeat
the monsters. Now his enemies know him and his humdrum life becomes a
maelstrom of action – fighting monsters, desert robbers and even more
fearful enemies.
Will Eskandar’s barely tested powers be enough against an undead
necromancer who wants him killed? And what about those mighty wyrms
in the sky, are they friend or foe? Follow Eskandar’s adventures as
he gathers a strange band of companions in his battle against
terrible enemies in The Road to Kalbakar, Book One of Wyrms of
Pasandir.
Note: This series is the next-generation sequel to Lioness of Kell.
This book and series is reminiscent to the fantasy adventure series from my youth that I enjoyed reading and still do!
The beginning, as with most first books to any series, may seem slow, but this is where the author builds the characters, draws your emotions into them, and lets you choose how you want to continue reading them.
The Road to Kalbakar is book 1 of the Wyrms of Pasandir series in which we find 17-year old Eskandar, an orphan with a pirate hook for a hand, that lives and works as a ship’s cabin boy. As an orphan growing up he feels he is alone, except for having the voice of Teodar in his head. Teodar is the teen’s mentor, friend, and, ultimately, his protector.
Teodar is continuously teaching and training Eskandar magic which he must keep secret. Everything was going well until the ship, Tipred, answers a distress call to fight a sea monster. Doing so, brings his dark and dangerous secret to the forefront and pushes him into battles which will either be the end (come on, it’s the first book in the series, so we know that’s not the answer) or will it help hone his skills.
I really enjoyed the world in which the author, Paul Horsman, created for Eskandar to take the road to Kalbakar. I would highly recommend this to YA and fantasy readers alike. Now onto reading the rest of the series I received as part of its book tour!

 

The Pirates of Brisa
Wyrms of Pasandir Book 2
228 pages
When young Eskandar leaves his ship with the tough broomrider girl
Kellani, he has no idea how much his dull life in the navy is about
to change.
Being chased by desert robbers, delving through ancient tombs, fighting
mighty jinn and liberating Kalbakar Keep makes him aware of his past
– and his future.
He is a Wyrmcaller; a person of great magic, a speaker with wyrms, and
the defender of Bodrus the Sleeping God. Quite a change for a
one-handed seventeen-year-old, five-feet-plus ship’s boy.
And that’s not all; an ancient lich lord with an army of mad minions,
aided by the jinn and a bunch of pirates, threaten the Sleeping God’s
safety. As Bodrus’ defender, Eskandar is the one to foil their
plans. But for that he needs an army. An army of kids…
Follow Eskandar and his friends in The Pirates of Brisa, Book 2 of Wyrms of
Pasandir, a grand fantasy adventure in a world of wyrms, steamships,
magic and mayhem!
 
Upon Eskandar’s leave from the navy and his life as a deckhand, he realizes that his life is about to be a lot more interesting!
While Eskandar is a Wyrmcaller, a person of great magic, I felt the second book really didn’t focus on this as much as the first one. This book, The Pirates of Brisa, also did not bring to the forefront his friendships with Kellani nor Naudin. However, it DID add more “visualization” to the world they are in as we follow Eskandar as he works to raise and army to go up against a Lich Lord and the pirates that are chasing them.
My favorite parts were the details that encompassed the adventures along the seas and steamships. As the second book in the series, I am still enjoying the read, world, and adventures. Continuing on into the world of wyrms and magic, I continue my reading to book three of the tour I received the series for, The Bokkaners Of The North.
The Bokkaners of the North
Wyrms of Pasandir Book 3
220 pages
Against all odds, Eskandar and his bunch of ragtag youngsters have managed to
capture a powerful Qoori fourmaster warship, and used her cannons to
blow up the pirate harbor of Brisa. Victory!
But his enemies won’t give the young wyrmcaller time to bask in the
glory of a job well done, and soon the voice of Teodar in his head
summons him north, where new and even more powerful pirates create
havoc on the seas.
Two thousand miles north… that means finding a new base for his army of
kids. Teodar sends them by airship to Smalkand, a deserted cave
system on the coast of their own Pasandir Peaks. On arrival, Eskandar
and his companions discover their new home harbors some
surprises…
Once inside Smalkand Keep, and with his main force in the ships still days
away, Eskandar and his small group find themselves under attack from
Bokkaners and other minions of their ultimate nemesis, the lich lord.
New adventures in the mighty, snowcapped Peaks, at sea, and in the rich
lands of the Hizmyran kingdom await our heroes in ‘The Bokkaners of
the North’, the third book of Wyrms of Pasandir.
Book 3 of the book tour for the series, Wyrms Of Pandir, that I received continues to follow our Wyrmcaller, Eskandar. Teodar (his mentor and friend that speaks to Eskandar in his head) sends him and his companions to the north. As the adventures and visualizations of Pasandir unfold and peak, we found ourselves once again sailing the seas against the enemies, this time the Bokkaners and lich lord.
What I felt was lacking in the second book, came to the forefront in the second book:  Magic and friendship! While these were back stronger than before, the adventures still mixed into everything fluidly! Besides the main characters, the third book also started delve into sub-characters like Lothi-Mo, dragon. The plot was even better and truly pulled me into the adventures more than the other two, which at times could drag. This book of the series already has the stage set, so it’s all about the characters and the adventures they are into.
Building a Trade Empire
Wyrms of Pasandir Book 4
322 pages
SHAW: A GIRL’S GOAL TO BECOME A WEALTHY MERCHANT
Trade had been Shaw’s life, her dream, her future – until a terrible
fire destroyed her parents and their business. Now the 15-year-old
orphan follows the wyrmcaller, using her mercantile genius to sell
his honestly gained loot and finance his battle against pirates and
jinn.
When Wyrmcaller Eskandar leaves for the north, she gets the chance to
branch out. A large cargo of confiscated foreign goodies brings in
much more gold than she had expected, and with that money she opens
her first trade center.
Armed with her inborn stubbornness and her fire-hardened will to become a
powerful trader, she dives into the business world of the Weal
Nations; battling scheming financiers and protecting the rights of
the people she employs.
Aided by Nate, the only true love in her life, she fights her enemies on
land and at sea, conquering pirate vessels, islands and important
companies on her way to become a rich and powerful High Merchant.
First off, I love the steam punk and raw grit feel in the fourth book of the Wyrms Of Pasandir series!
While this is the fourth book in a series, it branches off and follows the young orphan, Shaw as she comes into money which opens another new world to her. A world that is far from her life as an orphan, but stokes her inner fire to rise up above from her orphan ashes and become a powerhouse to be reckoned with.
This book gives a whole other feel and look into the world of Pasandir, but still follows the seas of course as Shaw must come face to face with the business world and the politics within to become her ultimate goal, a High Merchant.
The author, Paul Horsman, continues being able to expand on the world he created with the fourth installment of the Wyrms of Pasandir I received as part of a book tour. I really enjoyed the expansion and characters in Building A Trading Empire.
High Merchant
Wyrms of Pasandir Book 5
279 pages
Fifteen-year-old Shaw is already at the head of a fast-growing transnational business.
With the acquisition of the great WyDir airlines company, she became
a power in the lands of the Weal, and now she is ready to expand.
She manages to get an airship concession from the king of Hizmyr, a large
and rich country to the north. This brings her into conflict with the
local guilds, who have a monopoly on all businesses in that kingdom.
The Guilds of Hizmyr are ruthless and go to any length to maintain their
hold over the king. Soon, Shaw finds herself embroiled in a battle
demanding all her grit and ingenuity to win.
Meanwhile the populace, fed up with their poverty, is on the brink of
rebellion. To save her plans, Shaw must not only defeat the guilds,
she must prevent a civil war as well!
 
The book cover says it all about this grit and steam punk-filled end to the Wyrm of Pasandir series. Book five continues following our now High Merchant Shaw who is looking to expand her business.  While the first four of the series are predominately centered around the seas and steamships that sail them, this one soars into the air on-board airships.
Thrown into the adventures that have regaled Shaw is even more conflict that brings a brewing Civil War. Leaning heavily on the political side of Pasandir’s business world, the fifth installment still enraptured me with its visualization and character building qualities. While I enjoyed the branching off part of the series, I admit, you have to be in the mood to read outside of the fantasy and adventure aspect that the first three held onto me for.
From dragons, magic, and high seas to civil war and the bulls versus bears business mentality the series is enrapturing, yet smartly written all-in-all. This brings the conclusion of the series I received for this book tour.
Highly recommend reading if you are into YA, fantasy, adventure, and steam punk.
Paul E. Horsman is a Dutch and international Fantasy author.
Born in Bussum, a quiet little suburbal village in the Netherlands (1952),
he now lives in Roosendaal, a town near the Belgian border.
After finishing school and doing a stint in the army in tropical Surinam,
he served for thirty years as a Scoutmaster. Professionally, he
earned his bread in various business capacities.
From 1995 to 2012 he was an instructor at a large educational institution
– where he explained to foreigners the wonders of the Dutch language
and customs – until Governmental budget cuts terminated both the
school and his job.
Since then is Horsman a full-time fantasy author.
His first three Dutch books have been trade published in The Netherlands
by Zilverspoor.
His English books and later Dutch books are self-published under the Red
Rune Books label and appear at Amazon and many major on-line
bookstores, both in print and e-book.
His tales are a mixture of high fantasy, mythology and steampunk, and are
characterized by their positive mood. Equality and friendship,
courage and determination, humor and growth form some of the colors
with which Horsman paints his stories. His worlds and their peoples
are diverse and full of adventure. And behind it all there is always
that dusty scent of old death so characteristic of dungeons, and the
smell of dragons, kobolds or other denizens of other worlds.
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MsCat

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