Reviews of The Nephilim Chronicles

Yare’ Darkness Bound – Book One of the Nephilim Chronicles


4.0 out of 5 stars Angels, Demons, Blood and Belief,June 20, 2014

This review is from: Yare’ Darkness Bound: Book One of the Nephilim Chronicles (Paperback)
Yare Darkness Bound, is the first book of the Nephilim Chronicles. The story revolves around Jake, a library assistant that works at Saint Micheal’s University. Coming from a strictly catholic upbringing Jake struggles with the teachings of the university and often clashes with several staff members who are priests and nuns. When a more level headed priest, Father Darien begins requiring Jake to help him study up about demonology Jake dismisses the stories as just that. But when he begins seeing things, being apart of things that cannot be explained as mere stories the world as he once knew it becomes a very different place.This story is reminiscent of the movie Prophecy, starring Christopher Walken as well as the comic book series Constantine. Indeed it is a nice addition to the Christian influenced action genre. Much like End of Days, this discusses the heavy themes of faith but doesn’t beat the reader over the head with it. This book is old school, light vs darkness, good vs evil, destiny vs choice, angel vs demon and in that regard it is a quick, entertaining and light read.

My advice when picking this book up is to sit back and enjoy the ride, I know I certainly did.

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Adventure With Biblical Undertones,March 10, 2014

This review is from: Yare’ Darkness Bound (The Nephilim Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
Nephilim“Yare’ Darkness Bound” is an intriguing work by talented newcomer Travis Ludvigson. The work is an interesting example of urban fantasy, dealing with the Biblical Nephilim as well as other renowned religious figures such as demons and arch-angels. To some extent, I was reminded of “Tears of Heaven” by R.A. McCandless which also fits into the category of “Biblical Heroic Fantasy.” However, the book also brought the shared world novels of Janet Morris to mind, although “Yare’ Darkness Bound” is written more in a common language rather than high poetic style.

The book follows the adventures of a young man named Jacob (commonly called “Jake”) in the novel. Jake has recently ceased his pursuits of becoming a priest due to doubts over the veracity of many Biblical lessons. In the early chapters, we learn that Jake is a runner as well as a sky-diver, and that he blames himself for the death of his father.

I was especially taken with the early chapters of the book which follow Jake through a fairly normal existence. The sky-diving chapter is especially exciting, although it doesn’t really seem to be connected to the rest of the book except as foreshadowing that Jake seems to be surrounded by guardian angels. Travis Ludvigson does a good job presenting Jake as a down-to-earth, believable human being.

As the novel progresses, Jake has a lengthy discussion over his Biblical beliefs with Darien, a priest and mentor to Jake who is more than he seems. Their dialogue encompasses many of the commonly discussed contradictions that eventually come up in religious conversations. The scene skews a little bit in favor of religion (perhaps a touch contrived), but it’s a necessary set up to the events of the novel.

The novel begins to pick up steam when a demon is released from its centuries long imprisonment in a tree in a nearby park. The demon emerges like a starved vampire and slowly gains strength as it embarks on a campaign of evil in the local community—much of which it’s able to blame on Jake.

I found this to be a light and exciting read, and it was interesting to learn a little bit about the Nephilim. I’m the type of person who tends to view all matters of religion with a somewhat suspicious eye, but I found this book only used the religious element as source material for a very human adventure. However, I think those people who are deeply religious might find this novel more impactful than it was for me.

Ludvigson does a good job creating an interesting and appealing character in Jake. There are a couple moments of excess verbiage, but for the most part this is a sharply written book that clips along at a steady pace. Ludvigson is definitely a writer to keep an eye on, and it will be interesting to see the work he produces as he develops further. For now, give “Yare’ Darkness Bound” a chance, and then come back here to add to the discussion.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great first bok!, November 13, 2010

This review is from: Yaré Darkness Bound: Book One of the Nephilim Chronicles (Paperback)
If you like fantasy, fights, and fun reads, you’ll love this book! Well-written, interesting characters, and a storyline with twists, but not so many as to lose the reader. Definitely a great first book, and look for more in the future!

Iron Song – Book Two of the Nephilim Chronicles

4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: Iron Song (The Nephilim Chronicles) by Travis Ludvigson, June 16, 2014
This review is from: Iron Song (The Nephilim Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
This book is a historical fantasy story that brings to mind the epic Beowulf, or the earlier Norse and Danish heroes like Scyld and and Bodvar Bjarki (not that I am in any sense an expert on these things, only having read them on a very limited basis). It has the feel of an epic fantasy with an overall structure that is familiar in these types of tales.

The book is set in Denmark during the Viking age, when the Danes undertook raids throughout Christian Europe. It is infused with Norse mythology and magic (something that I have neglected during my reading of fantasy fiction, history and mythology—and, I must say something in which the author has sparked my interest).

The book is filled with action from the very beginning. And the author is very good at bringing the reader into it with great detail and wonderful description.

The main character, Soren, develops through the story from a young man into an accomplished warrior, blessed with the strength of the legendary berserkers. His character is fun to read and root for as he grows throughout the book in power and in wisdom.

What I like most is the historical feel to this book. Despite the magic and mythology, or perhaps because of it, it undoubtedly has the feel of good historical fiction. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys character driven fiction, non-stop action, and wants to learn a little bit about the Danes.

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Viking Historical Fantasy, May 30, 2014
This review is from: Iron Song (The Nephilim Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
Travis Ludvigson’s “Iron Song (The Nephilim Chronicles)” is a compelling story, with engaging characters that create an enjoyable, page-turning experience. Even if you’re not familiar with the Viking Siege of Paris in 885, Ludvigson provides the right balance of historical narrative and first person account to clarify the events.

Ludvigson’s historical fantasy revolves around a Danish warrior Soren Gormson, an unabashed warrior and “berserker” in the classic sense. When Soren, as a young man, finds himself washed ashore in enemy territory, he finds within himself the very spirit of the feared Danish warriors.

Even in the late 9th Century, life was not simple. Soren’s skill as a warrior earn him the favor of his adopted father and Jarl, Gorm, but the enmity of his adopted brother Knudt. In addition, Soren, who earns the literal favor of Odin, the All Father, finds himself enmeshed in a battle with the Christians, whose faith seems unshakable. These layers of storytelling, leading up to the historical events of the Second Siege of Paris were highly reminiscent of Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories, in a very good way. Readers may find some of the earlier, unexplained events, puzzling. Even when the fantasy elements are introduced, these aren’t fully resolved, although they will make more sense in retrospect. That shouldn’t deter anyone from reading.

Ludvigson has the ability to create a pacing and flow in “Iron Song (The Nephilim Chronicles)” that will engage most readers. He brings to life Soren’s story and provides interesting twists and turns, weaving together historical and fantasy genres in a near seamless tapestry.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blend: Action, Supernatural, Theological, Inspiring, December 7, 2013
This review is from: Iron Song (The Nephilim Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
I greatly enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book and hearing more of the unfolding supernatural story of the Nephilim Chronicles. I’m not a literary critic, so the occasional typo and sometimes unorthodox pacing were not big deals for me. More important for me were the incredibly realistic fight scenes, insights into Norse warrior culture and theology, visionary perspectives on Christian theology and the authors unique ideas about a theology that encompasses and transcends cultural theologies. All of this packaged in an engaging story that I enjoyed. Finally, I also found that this story inspired me to be a warrior in my own way against the evil that I have been called to battle in this world.

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