Monday, August 3, 2015

"The Trials of Caste," by Joel Babbitt

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The Trials of Caste: Young Adult Fantasy (Paladin of a Hidden God Book 1), by Joel Babbitt
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323 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 12 reviews

"The completeness of the writing is absorbing, and I felt myself cheering on Durik and his intrepid band of would-be warriors going through their coming of age trial, while at the same time remembering the sweetness of first love when he meets the ruler's daughter who is totally out of his league. The writing is clear and concise yet flows beautifully, with characterization to rival David Eddings." -- JoNan

Young Adult Fantasy Adventure: A Game of Destiny, a Throne, a Paladin, a Prophecy... and Kobolds

In this explosive first novel in the Paladin of a Hidden God Series, the ancient game of destiny known as the Trials of Caste shows the Will of the Gods and reveals the Hand of the Fates.

A fresh voice in the Fantasy genre, Joel Babbitt’s story of Durik the kobold and his companions is genuine, triumphant, and absorbing. In two days and two square miles of caverns, Joel takes the reader deep into the heart of a tribe in turmoil. Looming insurrection, insurgent pacts, ancient powers, noble designs, and young aspirations combine to make the unforgettable coming-of-age tale of Durik the kobold and his companions.

With their year of training now past, Durik and six other young warriors are about to undergo the Trials of Caste where all of them will strive for the coveted position of elite warrior and the prestige and power that comes with it, though only one will win. Simultaneously, a deadly conspiracy threatens to destroy their tribal leaders and seize the throne for its own evil purposes. Durik and his six companions must each chose sides as the actions of an insurgent pact bring a day of decision for all the children of Kale. Yet through it all, as if from beyond where the ancestors go, an ancient power calls to Durik, strengthening him as he and his closest companions risk everything to fight against this encroaching evil.
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5-Star Reviews for The Trials of Caste, first novel in the Paladin of a Hidden God Fantasy Adventure Series:
"The fantasy civilization was breathtaking. Definitely fit to be on the shelf with all the other fantasy geniuses." - Melissa Anderson
"The completeness of the writing is absorbing, and I felt myself cheering on Durik and his intrepid band of would-be warriors going through their coming of age trial, while at the same time remembering the sweetness of first love when he meets the ruler's daughter who is totally out of his league. The writing is clear and concise yet flows beautifully, with characterization to rival David Eddings" - JoNan
"Wow! Great read from start to finish. I love books that make you care about the characters. I can't wait to read more." - David Ekstein


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Joel Babbitt is an officer in the U.S. Army and a bishop in his church. He has spent his entire adult life living and teaching principles of leadership and team building in a warrior environment. Joel lives with his wife and four children in Virginia.

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