Reviews - Reaping The Harvest
Demons and Gargoyles and Elven Hounds Oh My!
All right, just finished reading Reaping the Harvest and am ready for Book2. Yep, he got me hooked. Mr. Cox has a great way of turning a phrase, writing action and creating characters that keep your attention. The battles were real and the 'damsels' not just for saving. Money well spent and I'll get Book 2 for sure. Keep 'em coming Robbie, your audience awaits. (By Peggy Bechko on Amazon)
He Was Only Trying to Help, Now He's Guardian of the Realm
Right off the bat, Reaping the Harvest is a book that thrusts you into a colorful world of fantasy and paranormal elements when you encounter dark elves, a little person, gargoyles, demons, animal protectors and magic swords. And that's just the beginning! The reluctant hero, Rhychard, is entrusted with the power of a magic sword when he rescues an otherworldly creature. Whoever possesses the sword is now entrusted with duties to protect an entire realm, a task Rhychard manages to do, but not without some aggravation when the price he pays could be losing the woman he loves. A solid and nicely written story that's entertaining without being too morbid or dark, and with a surprise at the end that does leave the door open for a sequel without leaving the reader on a cliffhanger. (By BookBelle on Amazon)
Demons, Elves and Farriers and Humans Oh My!
Reaping the Harvest - that just about sums up the story line in this great book. Even though I as a rule do not read this genre, I had to try it. I must say I am so glad I did. The story grabbed me with the first sentence and pulled me into it all the way to the end. The main thing I did was open my mind up to the storyline. I refused to have any preconceived ideas about the book. Now I cannot wait for the next in the series. Mr. Cox took basic good and evil, sprinkled it with a doubting Thomas with a conscience, added pure evil and mixed it all together with elves and faeries. Oh and we must not forget the lady of the evening. Now if this doesn't get your attention then nothing will. Don't laugh it worked and it worked very well. (By Yvonne Mason “Author” on Amazon)
An entertaining story :)
Robbie Cox begins his 'Warrior of the Way' series with a bang. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, and definitely recommend this authors work. Its mix of characters, from the human element to the surreal world of outlandish creatures, quickly grabbed my attention. This is a great 'good guys versus bad guys' story!
I became immersed in the story within its first few pages, and was kept entertained throughout. I am looking forward to reading more of the series. :) (By James A Jackson “Terran Chronicles” on Amazon)
Cox's first book is a delight to read...
Robbie Cox wrote such a great character in Rhychard Saunders, the hero of Reaping the Harvest. I liked that he was different, a tad quirky, and wonderfully flawed. And I think that's genius to build such a character because we're all at least a little bit like that. I could easily relate to him, and was invested in the predicament he found himself in after doing a good deed. He, a mere human, wound up with a magic sword...and a humongous burden/responsibility that came with it.
The cast of supporting characters help to add humor to tense situations in this classic battle of good vs. evil.
Cox's first book is a delight to read, and has me looking forward to reading more of his work. (By Teresa Cypher “Teresa” on Amazon)
Highly Entertaining Fantasy Tale
Reaping the Harvest by Robbie Cox is a highly entertaining fantasy tale sure to be loved by fans of the genre.
What more could an ordinary guy want than to suddenly find himself transformed into a magic-sword wielding superhero with a super-sized, mind-speaking elfin dog called Kree, a two and a half foot tall ellyll named Tryna from the Land Under, and a local prostitute named Buttercup as side-kicks? Well he could want plenty, or perhaps less, depending on your point of view.
Richard Bartlett is happy with his life just the way it is. He has his own business called My Hand Truck & I, and is on the verge of proposing marriage to the woman he has loved for the past four years. Everything is going exactly as he wishes until he responds to a stranger’s desperate cries for help.
Rhychard’s reward for trying to save an Elf’s life is a magical sword to fight the demons of the Void, and a new life as a Warrior of the Way. In addition he suffers the loss of his beloved Renny, the alienation of his friends, and his acceptance as a member at Harvest Fellowship, the church where he and Renny attended services together. Some might consider it a fair trade off. Not Rhychard, but not that it matters.
Rhychard had been chosen as a warrior, and like it or not he is now bonded to the Guardian Sword for the rest of his life. With no choice other than to accept his fate, Rhychard decides to tell Renny the truth about what has happened to him even though it is against the rules of the Way of the Warrior. He figures at least then she’ll stop thinking he is a cheating jerk who keeps vanishing for days at a time with no explanation. He hopes she might even believe and forgive him and things will return to the way they had been between them before he had been given the cursed sword. After all, he is supposed to be one of the good guys. And everyone knows the good guy always gets the girl in the end…Right?
Sadly, that’s what happens in fairy tales and Rhychard’s situation is all too real. Renny doesn’t believe him and what’s worse; she has become involved with Pastor Adrian Michaels, the minister of their church and a married man.
Will Rhychard and his unusual companions be able to subdue the demons of the Void and keep the Way and the World safe for humans and magical beings alike? Or will the reluctant hero succumb to his emotions and damn the world to the rule by the Void for eternity? Read Reaping the Harvest and find out.
I very much enjoyed this imaginative, action-packed fantasy, and look forward to future books by this author. (By Carol Marrs Phipps on Amazon)
Let me tell you of a time of high adventure - this very moment!
It dates back to THE WIZARD OF OZ and ALICE IN WONDERLAND and perhaps even further, this idea that there are alternate worlds coexisting with our own. In the late 1980s, I fell crazy in love with THE CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT, about a common man from our world who is outcast because of his leprosy, but when sucked away into an alternate world called The Land, he is hailed as a messiah.
REAPING THE HARVEST owes a tip of the hat to the aforementioned works but only in passing. Rhychard Saunders, the story’s reluctant hero, is a moving man living a quiet life until a single good deed sends his life into a tailspin. Responding to a cry for help, Rhychard finds himself pressed into battle between two otherworldly causes, The Way and The Void. What’s worse, his heroic actions thrust upon him the role of Warrior of the Way, entrusted with a Guardian Sword and sworn to protect the denizens of this world and the next from a horde of demons and gargoyles. To aid in this quest, Rhychard is assisted by a diminutive elf-like creature called an ellyl and a horse-sized telepathic dog called a coshey.
This all sounds rather romantic, but not to Rhychard. Moonlighting as an otherworldly hero has its drawbacks, not the least of which is the loss of his girlfriend and the inability to take high-paying moving jobs because he never knows when he’ll be called into action.
Sparks commence, to put it mildly.
Robbie Cox is the author of the thoroughly entertaining blog The Mess That Is Me, in which he waxes philosophic about the pockets of brilliance nestled within life's seemingly mediocre moments. Much of that Mess spills over into REAPING THE HARVEST, and I mean that in a good way. Although engaged in a battle of epic spiritual proportions, Rhychard Saunders’s days are tragically short on reflection. Rather, the Mess that is Rhychard is a meandering medley of delays, disappointments, and distractions from what should be an otherwise unassuming life.
As a lover of both fantasy fiction and spiritual tomes, I found myself recalling Dan Millman’s THE WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR, specifically the statement that peaceful warriors fight their battles on the inside. It is fitting that Rhychard Saunders has been enlisted as a WARRIOR of the WAY (note the juxtaposition), for despite the fact that his life is now harried by demons and gargoyles, his most devastating battles occur within. The beauty of REAPING THE HARVEST is that we can see a bit of ourselves in Rhychard, which makes it easier to suspend our disbelief when a demon named Vargas comes snooping around. .
Whether you read REAPING THE HARVEST for Cox’s wistful insights or for the rip-roaring good time of a story, you will not be disappointed. Here is a book where the pages flip past you like a brush fire, sweeping the reader along for an afternoon of adventure and reflection. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting the sequel. (By Matthew Krause on Amazon)
We are shown The Way
This is a faery tale. The story is engaging and uncomplicated, without subplots to distract you from the good vs. evil theme. Mr. Cox's first forray into urban fantasy is one of clean writing, and characters that are easy to accept and relate to. Though the tale is timeless in the battle of good vs. evil, the battle to reach an "acceptable" conclusion is not an easy one.
Fight scenes are well played, the action is dynamic and intense. We are able to easily visualize the action and that is an achievement for many authors. I will say that our hero wields a large sword, very reminiscent of other urban fantasy heroes, so this formula is well-worn. However, the use of this device is done with precision. Mr. Cox does not mess with well-established canons concerning the fae. He keeps to standard mythologies which helps to understand his characters and the reasons for their behaviors, especially when it comes to the UnSeelie and the dark sidhe.
The ending felt a bit abrupt and predictable but gave me the feeling there could be more tales in the making for our Warrior of the Way, our main character. The cast of characters that make up the end of the story (the warrior, the faery, the giant elvish dog, the prostitute and the sword), would be an engaging team for a sequel. I would highly recommend one so that we have time to connect more personally with them.
Overall, a delightful first fantasy and good enough that I'd love to read more. (By Sheryl Rentschleron Amazon)
Not your mother's faery tale...
I loved this story! What an engaging, quick, and enjoyable read. The story is exciting and compelling, the writing is rich and flawless, and the plot never wavers from beginning to end.
It is a story of choices and the consequences of those choices...when Rychard Bartlett, the protagonist, is thrust into a world and situation not of his own making or choosing. The biggest battle is not between the Way and the Void, but within Rychard himself. His internal struggles with what fate has thrown at him far outweigh the struggles and battles with Demons, Gargoyles, and Dark Elves.
It is a battle of conscience. He must choose to embrace his destiny or forever be lost in anger and resentment.
Artfully plotted and skillfully written, this book could easily become a fable; a tale of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, life vs. death. The author uses his expert writing skill to subtly inner-weave moral lessons throughout the story without appearing to do so, but in truth, he makes you think. His descriptions are detailed...spot on, making you see, feel, even smell the scenes. In short, it is a feast for the imagination and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I will admit I was surprised by certain outcomes in the end, but feel sure that these only lead to more of the story. My hope is that a sequel is in the making and on its way soon.
I would recommend this book to anyone. It is a well-written, fast-paced adventure that has everything a reader could want.
Thank you for sharing your gift Mr. Cox...Bravo! (By Taylor Fulks on Amazon)
A good, and well written, story
Reading this book I found myself staying up later than normal, not being able to put the book down. It is a captivating story about an unlikely, and unwilling (at least in his own head) hero that tries to do the right thing even when he doesn't want to. The basics of this book have been covered well in other reviews so as not to give away anything to the future reader, I will say this....I will buy the sequel when Robbie Cox puts it out there. (By Garth on Amazon)
Leaves you wanting more
Reaping the Harvest is one of those books that you can't put down and don't want to end. It is the story of a good samaritan, Rhychard Bartlett, that gets far more than he bargained. He is cast into a battle between the Way and the Void that nobody else knows is being fought by the Guardian of the Way. A reluctant warrior, Rhychard is trained by an elfin warrior master, educated by an elyll and protected by a coshey hound in a battle against gargoyles and demons. It is a fast paced book of love, loss, anger, corruption and redemption. When the book ends you want more. There is much more to tell in the story of Rhychard Bartlett, Warrior of the Way. I just hope Mr. Cox does not keep us waiting too long. (By Amazon Customer on Amazon)
Think Lord of the Ring Meets Underworld!!
Gargoyles, churches, a 300-pound dog, a faery, forces of evil and a prostitute; just another day in the life of, Rhychard the moving man. Get ready for plenty of fast paced action when the main character, Rhychard, becomes a Warrior of the Way; a role he never wanted. After coming upon a hoard of killer gargoyles, Rhychard finds himself in possession of a sword that will change every aspect of his life. His new role of Warrior not only causes him to lose , Renny, the love of his life but invites a host of characters into his life who help him on his quest to conquer the evil, Vargas. The book opens right in the midst of the action and just keeps going; never a dull moment. With plenty of twists, turns and battles the author has created a page turner of a book that you will be hard pressed to put down. Good vs. evil, corruption, love, underworld and fantasy, Reaping the Harvest has it all. I can't wait for the next book in the series and I consider this a must read for anyone who wants to see what an unleashed imagination is capable of creating. (By Stephanie M. Neighbour on Amazon)
You have to feel sorry for poor Rhychard Bartlett, the main protagonist in Robbie Cox's novel, Reaping the Harvest. One day you're driving along minding your own business, the next you're rushing to the aid of an elf who has been mortally wounded by giant bat-like creatures. Jamairlo is a Warrior of the Way, bearer of the Guardian Sword, who, before he dies, bequeaths this sacred weapon to Rhychard. Rhychard's life is turned upside down after this chance encounter. Plunged into a battle between the Way and the Void, Rhychard's secret life alienates him from those around him. The most important is his girlfriend of four years - Renny Saunders - who interprets Rhychard's distancing as clear signs of infidelity. Can Rhychard win her back and what of the war he is in the midst of?
Rhychard is aided in his quest by by an elyll named Tryna from the Land Under and Kree, a large coshey also from the Land Under. Rhychard's is a busy life. He has to contend with gargoyles and other threats from the Void and sent by the demon - Vargas. If that isn't bad enough, there are strange things going on at Rhychard's church - Harvest Fellowship - and with him and Renny attending this place of worship things get a little awkward. Despite his best efforts Rhychard cannot win Renny back and she refuses to listen to any claims of his innocence about the infidelity she believes he has committed. Then there's the pastor - Adrian - and a prostitute named Buttercup thrown into the equation before the end. Action-packed? Certainly.
The opening installment in the Warrior of the Way series, Reaping the Harvest begins well and continues at a frantic pace. The action only slows for the tender scenes between Rhychard and Renny but the threat of the Void is never far away and more than once you will be left wondering whether Rhychard will make it to the end. There's a good story built around the Harvest Fellowship and you will be left speculating what the demon - Vargas - is up to throughout. The ending was something of a surprise as well. The only downside to the book is the brevity but I understand Mr Cox has another book in the works so that's a mild complaint.
Reaping the Harvest is a solid opener. You will sympathise with poor Rhychard, left with a huge responsibility for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is a rare example of the downside of being kind and caring towards others. The narrative is well-paced with a memorable set of characters who I hope will make a welcome return in the next book. (By D Brown "David M. Brown"on Amazon)