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When Captain Pieter Thomas arrived in the New World roughly one hundred years after Columbus, he sought a new and more prosperous life as a fisherman in the fertile waters of the Caribbean. What he found, or rather, what found him, is an entirely different story. When a pair of ancient Arawak tomes are unearthed on the island of Camahogne, their discovery sets off a chainWhen Captain Pieter Thomas arrived in the New World roughly one hundred years after Columbus, he sought a new and more prosperous life as a fisherman in the fertile waters of the Caribbean. What he found, or rather, what found him, is an entirely different story. When a pair of ancient Arawak tomes are unearthed on the island of Camahogne, their discovery sets off a chain of events never recorded in the traditional annals of history.Word of this revelation soon reaches Jeringas Mortifer, the malevolent king of the mainland south, who long desired to find the tomes of the lost prophecy and unlock the secrets of the scripture for himself. To recover them, the king sends forth his most harrowing servant - a mysterious being older than all of human history, with terrifying powers and an agenda of his own.Shortly after the birth of his first son, Captain Thomas has a chance encounter with a local fortune teller, who confides that his family is at the very center of the unfolding lost prophecy. While a skeptical Pieter initially dismisses her claim as primitive folklore, he is dangerously unaware of the many pieces in play, and that the hunt for his infant son had already begun.Beautifully composed and amazingly descriptive, Cimmerian Rising is a heart pounding adventure over exotic lands and faraway seas. Intentionally styled as a complete departure from the standard formulaic narrative and written in high definition, Cimmerian Rising will utterly transport you into another world and a forgotten time, arriving at the very colorful genesis of Eternidad....

Title : Eternidad: Cimmerian Rising (Eternidad #1)
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ISBN : 9780989375009
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Number of Pages : 250 Pages
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Eternidad: Cimmerian Rising (Eternidad #1) Reviews

  • Archit Ojha
    2019-03-30 06:01

    Refreshing. Pieter Thomas is the brave fisherman who has a faithful wife Lauren. There is a prophecy about his son that will alter many lives in the island.Everyone is after his son's powers but nobody knows his identity.Mortifer is the immortal with whom Stephen is supposed to fight and defeat him. It was one of the most amusing and fabulous fantasy I read this year.Beautifully fabricated and meticulously woven, Eternidad will certainly amaze you. The set, the theme, writing style and the era, all of it, are ready to win you over and over. I was immersed in it since the first few pages. While everyone else would be plunging in its fantasy and supernatural concept, I was connected to Eternidad at quite deep and different tune.I could relate to Pieter at many levels. The way he sees his child for the first time, his glittering eyes that bring joy to his eyes, the way he cared for him and protected him, it all made me think of the way I'm going to care for my children.The author has deliberately not given any spoilers about the powers the newborn has which I thought to be a great tactic on his part. He has told almost everything about the enemy's powers and intentions. And we are yet to see what will the heroes do in his next exciting novel.I've observed a few distinct features about this that I want to share.When I was little, my Mom used to pour some herbs and season into the tea to enhance its flavor. When she used to prepare it, the whole house would fill with its aroma. I don't drink tea so it used to be a huge task for me to resist myself from drinking it.Why am I sharing this with you?Well, because when I smelt this book, I was reminded of the same childhood, same reminiscences.It brought me back those memories I shared with my family during the evening. Or I should better say, Eternidad transformed me into a kid again and promised me a good time.When Eternidad is in your hand, make sure to smell it. You would be reminded of one thing or other for sure. I congratulate the author for this effort.I really appreciated that the first chapter started from the left side instead of right side like in other novels.Even though I've read a variety of books, it was my first time encounter with something as brilliant as this. I absolutely loved this one and plan to read it again.Verdict : With a Turtle Ninja speed, I head to its second part. There's no stopping me.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-23 03:52

    I won this book from Goodreads First Reads. Eternidad: Cimmerian Rising is somewhat of a supernatural fantasy adventure. You have Jeringas Mortifer who is a 2500 year old immortal that controls many of the islands and inhabitants of the Caribbean. Mortifer also has the Soul Collector working for him and just as him name sounds he collects the souls of their enemies. In the story we learn of a prophecy of a child that is going to be born that will eventually defeat Mortifer. A young fisherman and his wife have their child and a seer tells them he will be this child.My only complaint with the whole story is that it ended way too soon and would love to continue reading. Loved the fact that even though we have the different immortals, prophets and even vampires in this story it takes place in the very real islands of the Caribbean which makes a lovely blend of fantasy and reality. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Jack Deadmen
    2019-04-17 00:16

    "Set apart, Eternidad - Cimmerian Rising is a cut above the rest." B. Thomas Harwood transports the reader into a land so descriptive that it's not dependent on exploiting ones suspension of disbelief in order to exist, but rather he takes us to a place that's always existed; he knows the world of Eternidad as though he's lived there and has no cause for concern about whether or not the reader will buy into it. Harwood writes like he has faith in what he's crafting; he's done an excellent job of conjuring up a series of lore that compels us to believe that he's purely retelling factual adventures along a magnificent trip through a very dark chronicle in "human" history ... and it's an enjoyable ride that's worth taking. Each character has their own piece of mysterious enchantment, and each well-fulfils their purpose and adds value to the story as it unfolds ... as antagonists and protagonists alike seem to be on a doomed crusade to lessen the Hell that both sides fear may come if they should take a single misstep along their seemingly destined paths. The reader is summoned to enter that darkness with them, along those cursed paths that appear to be made from strands of malevolent webs, interwoven into tightly-bound snares that even the most evil of masters shows difficulty in navigating. Cimmerian Rising impressively sets the stage for the conflicts to come in what I anticipate to be a noteworthy and memorable saga. A pleasure to read, and an excellent contribution to the Fantasy/Adventure genres, Eternidad is an admirable undertaking; I'm anxious to read the next book so I may further submerge myself into its legend, which possesses the potential to continue toward the realm of an epic story.

  • Nathan Schmidt
    2019-04-20 00:14

    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads, and am grateful for the opportunity.Cimmerian Rising provides a very interesting and unique sort of fantasy, grounded in the real-life colonization of the New World and the Carbibbean. Harwood was able to visibly show a great degree of the various cultures in the Caribbean in a manner that was never patronizing. His mix of magic into the story made things more interesting.My main issue with the story is that the plot never fully develops. I can understand that more of the story is to follow in subsequent books, but I felt that the plot within the single book was never adequately resolved. The entire book felt like a prologue to a larger book, and I was dissatisfied with the lack of a conclusive ending; sequels aside, a single book should have a clear and solid plot guiding it within the single framework along with a larger plot stretching across the books. In addition, because of the slow progression of the story, I felt that the story jumped too much between different characters, making it confusing to keep all of them apart in my mind.One other problem is the occasional grammatical error; I noticed several places where hyphens should have been used to connect two parts of an adjective.Even so, I felt that the plot was very mysterious and inviting, as darkness slowly rose in the background. Mortifer and the Soul Collector were very interesting characters, and my favorites in the book; I look forward to see their role in the story as the adventure develops. It was fascinating to read a fantasy story centered on the early-modern Caribbean, and I hope to read what is to come in the quest.

  • Salem
    2019-04-03 03:15

    I loved this book! I felt an instant bond with each of the characters. Each of them seemed so necessary to me and I cannot wait to to see what they bring to the rest of the story.I think (and hope) that each of them will unfold even more and be given more depth in the future. I see where this all could go and the importance of each of them and cannot wait. I found myself even liking the Soul Collector...He just seems special in this story even though he is hanging on the darker side of everything. I find myself so entrenched in his storyline. It is the same way that I feel about Stephen. That baby has caught my eye and he was just born! What will this very advanced and very clever little being bring to the story.?!?!?! Jeringas, I can feel the evil from him with each page. He was written well. He is heartless and cold and it is conveyed in every page, but he is such a mystery. I will definitely loan this book out and wait anxiously for it to be returned to me. I will also wait impatiently for the next!

  • Michelle
    2019-04-26 02:03

    An interesting approach to fantasy. The story is told in the lands of the real world and within the historical reality of the time. I almost enjoyed the history lesson as much as the fantasy, but not quite. I found the characters to be unique and well developed, though I was slightly confused about the origins of Mortifer and his deadly lieutenant the soul collector and the powers they serve or don't serve. I find myself enthralled with this dark, mysterious being, the soul collector. He has, it seems, some sense of honor. Perhaps the woman in me feels that with a few hugs and some understanding and compassion and guidance I can make him a lesser evil being. We all know how that will turn out. Nevertheless, this character is so well created that he has wormed his way in to my very real psyche. I think this book lays a solid foundation for an excellent sequel and I look forward to the rest of the journey. I gratefully won this book through goodreads.com.

  • Gregory Lauble
    2019-03-31 04:13

    this book really was a great read. Chapter nine Isla Mona, is fantatic. I love how Harwood makes the Soul collector use the strigoi, who is a shape shifter. The Strigoi really is a story in itself. hauting and scouting for the soul collector. Just the fact the soul collector was able to harness the talents of this sacraficial charactor by extorting the strigoi communuity was evidence of the soul collectors power. love it.

  • Karen
    2019-04-18 03:06

    I received this book in a goodreads first giveaway. I enjoyed the book, it certainly had some interesting elements, however i feel it could have been a bit more 'exciting'. I understand that it is the first in a series but i felt it lacked an impactful climax. Nonetheless, I'm curious as to how the story will unfold.

  • Elisa Panjang
    2019-04-09 23:48

    Full of action and interesting characters! I super love it!Recommended to paranormal fantasy fans!- Won in a Goodreads giveaway

  • Savona
    2019-04-05 23:50

    I ordered this book on a whim. I am a big fan of Conan the Barbarian. I am always searching for new books about Cimmeria and this book came up in my search result. The cover art caught my eye, and one reader review mentioned it had something to do with Conan, so I bought it.As it turns out Eternidad did not have anything to do with Conan the Barbarian or the land of Cimmeria, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I got to read. I was able to read this book in three days. I would have read it faster if I did not need the help of a Spanish dictionary on occasion. It is well organized and written in a style that is both easy and enjoyable to read. The comparisons to other book franchises here do not give the story a fair shake. I do not think it is anything like Conan or Star Wars or Game of Thrones. It is very different from all those books and movies.According to the back of the book, it takes place in the Caribbean about a hundred years after Colombus. So that sets the story between 1592 and 1605 depending on what voyage the author meant. After a brief intro that describes the man villain, King Mortifer, the book jumps into several story lines that are all very compelling. It is hard to say who the `main' character is because the book spends equal time on these different story lines.Since the story takes place in the Caribbean, it is not like Game of Thrones, which is loosely based on England and the War of the Roses. No dragons either. There is a higher, supernatural power that is mentioned called "The Continuum," but it is not anything like The Force in Star Wars. "The Continuum" seems to be based very loosely on the Washat religion of Native America. This is a totally different concept from other books, and nobody moved anything with their mind, or had any power similar to telekinesis.There is a good amount of action and plenty of gore. I thought the day of mirrors chapter was shocking. It has been a long time since any book did that to me. The chapter with the freed slaves was very well done, and speaks to a lot of the issues with race we still face today. The ending was a surprise and it felt like it came too quickly. I really wanted to read more but I guess I will have to wait for the 2nd book.Very good story and I hope there are many more installments to come.

  • Robert Wilson
    2019-04-22 04:54

    Before I begin you should know that I know the author personally.I have to admit that I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, the author has been pestering me to read it for years and give an honest review of the book. I've resisted because it's not exactly a genre I generally read (I generally read non-fiction and more "serious" subject matter). However I promised my good friend a critical review and here it is. At the start I found it a little slow, but then slowly it pulled me in. Brook, as known to his friends, has a wonderful way of description, giving you just enough to allow you to paint the rest in with your mind's eye. That and his characterizations are what make this debut novel so good. Taking place in the late 1590's to early 1600's the world is still full of magic and wonder and before long your hooked. It's a hard book to put down. A careful reader will see the influences of the Bible, the Star Wars movies, even Conan. However Mr. Harwood's book doesn't become directive of any of those, it stands up well on its own. While the logic is a bit stretched at times, it never breaks.He's managed to create a wonderful villain in the "Soul Collector", a pure stone cold killer with a sense of honor. Frankly I would love to see more of just this character (a one off short story perhaps) because that honor is what redeems that tortured soul. It's a book worth reading and I know he's just finished the sequel. I'm planning on ordering it later this week to see if Brook can hook me in again. Let's hope so. If the book has a flaw, and I'm willing to overlook it, is that its a mix of of history, fantasy and horror. It's an odd mix where facts and fantasy collide and at times can be a little jarring. For the most part however it works and does not take away from the story overall. You will also need a Spanish to English dictionary in parts. Again it doesn't distract from the overall story but I did have to go look up a few words just to make sure I was following the ideas correctly.So 4 stars I think is just about right. Give it a read, you won't be disappointed.

  • Therese
    2019-04-10 01:50

    I was torn between giving this book a 4 or 5 star rating, but I really think I am going to enjoy this series. My only gripe with this book is that it ended rather abruptly without any real resolution to the conflicts at play. However, I can forgive this because it is obviously part of a larger series (the author used the word intermission, as opposed to the phrase "to be continued"). What it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. The book is written so beautifully, you just have to sit back and enjoy it. There are passages that read like pure poetry. If I may quote the author here, I particularly loved this part: "The fluttering canvas, the murmur of the rising and falling sea, the tempo of his ship's keel as it repeatedly cut through the ocean froth, along with the cold indigo drape of eventide, together they completely enveloped him in spiritual harmony and cerebral concert."As a woman who has had sexual violence touch very near to me, there is a rape scene that was difficult to read. But to be fair, it is not so graphic as to be untactful, and really gives the reader an insight as to whom the most evil character really is. I applaud Mr. Harwood for writing such a bold and different novel in the fantasy genre. It is not only very well done, but very different in approach and delivery. I would love to read the sequel right now, as in today.

  • B. Thomas Harwood
    2019-04-06 02:00

    Well - I suppose I cannot review my own work, but I feel inclined to share someone else's review so here it is:"The dark plans of a 2,500-year-old tyrant, Jeringas Mortifer, and his sinister assistant, the Soul Collector, kick off this new fantasy series set in the 16th century with a tone of dread. Captive clairvoyant Azura reports that recently discovered stone tablets foretell of a challenger to his rule, and Mortifer sends The Soul Collector in search of Peiman, the one seer who can properly decipher the tablets. Harwood skillfully keeps this tale of legend and myth grounded in reality. Simple fishermen Capt. Pieter Thomas and first mate Franklin Smit of Statia—who think the European imperial powers could easily smash Mortifer—provide another link to the real world. Meanwhile, the determination of the newly freed inhabitants of Camahogne to preserve their liberty and The Soul Collector's solicitation of aid from a vampire colony suggest that a protracted struggle between the powers of light and darkness looms. Hardcore fantasy fans will relish this witch's brew of the macabre and the fantastic." ~ Publishers Weekly ~

  • Devyn
    2019-04-21 03:04

    I received this book from Goodreads.Cimmerain Rising is a historical fiction based in the Caribbean around the time America was being settled.So the real question: why did I give Cimmerian Rising only two stars? Allow me to explain.The writing was really good and the plot very unique and interesting, the characters relateable. Everything a good novel needs.It just didn't have spark.Eternidad:Cimmerian Rising is like dessert without sugar. Everything is made, mixed, and baked to perfection but its missing that one little ingredient that would have made it take off.I don't know what the missing ingredient is. I just know that there's something off about it.If Mr.Harwood can find that missing ingredient and mix it in, his next novel could possibly be a very good read.

  • Courtney
    2019-04-21 23:57

    I won this in a good reads giveaway.This was a good book; I really enjoyed it. The characters were well interesting and well drawn, and the setting was intriguing. The writing was descriptive and flowed well, even though there were a few commas out of place. I enjoyed the mythology aspect, and the author set the stage well for the upcoming struggle between good and evil. The two evil characters were impressively horrible, and I enjoyed reading from their perspective. The story was stands well on its own, and it was not a retelling of other fantasy stories with typical fantasy memes. I would recommend this book to any adult who likes unique fantasy stories. It is definitely not for kids, even teenagers. I am very glad I won this book, and I look forward to the sequel!

  • Chris
    2019-04-01 05:04

    I got this as a goodreads first read. I really enjoyed this book. Found the plot line and setting to be interesting with enough mystical and mysterious elements poured into the exploration and settlement of the New World. I liked the way the writing flowed from chapter to chapter, revealing more and more of the characters and buffing suspense as the book carried on. Yet still the book retains planet of intrigue that left me wanting more by the time I finished the book. I look forward to reading the next installment as I was hooked on the characters and the growing dangers and elements that are fast approaching.

  • Derrick
    2019-04-18 07:49

    I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway from the author, B. Thomas Harwood. Thank you for sending me this book it was very good! I didn't know what to expect from it whatsoever. Gotta say I was pleasantly surprised! The book ranged from heartwarming to absolutely brutal. Exactly what I look for. I look forward to reading the rest of the story.

  • Emily
    2019-04-05 04:04

    The characters and locations are richly imagined and beautifully described. combining action, adventure and the supernatural with locations that are familiar and yet just different enough to be totally new. A fantastic start to a series that I can't wait to read more of.

  • C. Stuchl
    2019-04-17 00:15

    Thank you Goodreads and Mr. Harwood for the free book. It was different than what I usually read. I enjoyed it and the people involved. Very descriptive with scenery. Well developed characters. History, fantasy, evil, what could be better. When does the next one come out?

  • Tarran
    2019-04-23 05:48

    This is a really great book. The characters are very well developed and I can't wait to see more of them. The plot will grab you and pull you right in. Excellent read!

  • Tim Verhoeven
    2019-04-04 01:18

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review from the author and this review is also posted on my personal website Travels in MediaWhen the author of Eternidad: Cimmerian Rising, B. Thomas Harwood, was looking for people who wanted to review his book, I instantly jumped on the opportunity. The synopsis sounded interesting enough to give this book a try, so get on board of the ship to The New World!There are many characters in this book, but the best ones are Pieter and Franklin. There is one simple reason for that, they are Dutch! Joking aside, Pieter and Franklin are two likeable fishermen who make a decent living catching fish. But their lives are about to change drastically because a 2500-year-old bad guy called Jeringas Mortifer has set his eyes on Pieter’s new-born son.... There is also The Soul Collector, who, as his name suggests, collects souls. He is without a doubt very mysterious and (to me) the most interesting character. Besides these four, there are a lot of different characters as well. I’m not going to spoil everything, you just have to read the book to find out.The descriptions are done excellently, from the characters to the world building. There are a lot of cities, so a map would have been handy. But Harwood’s writing style is so brilliant, that you can really visualize the surroundings. Cimmerian Rising is a fantasy book full of unnatural beings. There are immortals, seers and even vampires. But even though it is fantasy, it doesn’t feel fake. While reading I felt like those beings could step in the room at any moment.However when English is not your native language, Cimmerian Rising can be a difficult read. There are times when I just stared at a word and had no idea what it meant until I picked up the dictionary, and sometimes a word turned out to be Spanish, or even Latin! The book does feature a lot of nationalities so I do not mean this as a flaw, but it did slow down my usual reading pace. While it could be personal, I did not really have the idea that anything happened in the book. It was a nice introduction for a first book but it feels unfinished, even for a series. If I would have read this book in 2013 when it was released, I would have lost my patience by now (2016). In the last chapter a few new characters are introduced, and then it just stops, full of open endings.ConclusionCimmerian Rising is the first book in the series. While it is a good introduction to The New World and its inhabitants, it does not feel complete. What is written is nicely done, but it is just too concise. It does promise a lot for Harwood’s future books though, I can’t wait to read the sequel and finally learn what happens to Pieter, Mortifier, The Soul Collector and all the other characters!Storyline 30/40Main character(s) 25/30Plot twists 0/10Ending 6.5/10Overall experience 7.5/10---------------------Total score 69/100

  • Terry Fedosky
    2019-04-09 08:06

    First of all, I would like to thank the author, B. Thomas Harwood for the free book! Now that I am drawing Social Security, the purchase of books is few and far between!This story takes place in the Caribbean during the sixteenth century. Jeringas Mortifer is the dark king, on a quest to enlarge his kingdom, by whatever evil powers he needs. He is assisted by "The Soul Collector", who does just what his name implies. He is also aided by Azura, a seer he has captured. She tells him of the discovery of stone tablets which foretell the birth of a child that will challenge Mortifer.We meet Pieter, a fisherman, and we are present at the birth of his firstborn son. Stephen is unusually observant for a newborn.Mr. Harwood blends history and fantasy beautifully. He is so descriptive that the reader feels as if they are actually there. The characters range from vampires, seers, half-immortal Mortifer, and the Soul Collector to revolting slaves and fisherman. Even the dark parts of this story were well-written and memorable.I am looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

  • Candy
    2019-04-22 02:01

    This book would have benefitted from better editing. The plot was slow and got bogged down in descriptive background details; there was an annoying disconnect between the time setting and the language the characters used; and the misuse of punctuation, esp. commas, disrupted the flow of the narrative and forced me to go back and reread way too often to be enjoyable.

  • Brian
    2019-04-08 00:05

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.A nice beginning to what could be a wonderful saga. A child is born to a simple fisherman who may be the answer to the evil sweeping the Caribbean, if he can live long enough to grow to adulthood. Sought by supernatural forces, the baby's future is is grave peril.

  • Jennifer-Eve Workman
    2019-03-28 06:15

    I won this through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

  • Elaine Plourde
    2019-04-08 06:51

    I had a really hard time following the story line and by time I did figure it out some what ,the book was finished. I expected a lot more out of the book from the description and was very let down.

  • Gina
    2019-04-03 03:13

    (review to follow)Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaway.

  • Tracy Radcliffe
    2019-04-25 07:54

    When I got my copy from Good Reads I couldn't put it down. It has a very Tolkien like feel to the bad guys. The good guys don't seem organized yet and I wonder where the story goes from here.