Prelude to a Hero (Chronicles of a Hero, #1 eBook)

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Nerd. Introvert. He was the hero they never knew they wanted.

All Wendell hoped for was a decent job, a hot new car and a girlfriend to match.

What he got was the mantle of a legendary hero, the heart of a girl who had no idea who he really was…and a diamond bigger than his fist.

What could possibly go wrong?

 

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Prelude to a Hero is book one in the Chronicles of a Hero series, by Jaime Buckley. If you enjoyed Tiffany Aching, Harry Potter or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, then you’ll love this humorous, original epic fantasy, packed with magic, mystery and sharp kicks to the funny bone.

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14 reviews for Prelude to a Hero (Chronicles of a Hero, #1 eBook)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oh hell ya. Finally a book with potential.

    I’m on board….and NOT bored!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m very excited to jump on this ‘adventure train’.

    Bought advanced worldbuilding–but the offer of Prelude as an example got me here.

    The story kept me here.
    Excellent, excellent, excellent.

    No spoilers–only a warning: Ignoring this book is a mistake. You’re going to hear about it sooner or later, so treat yourself now, while the books free.

    Moving onto the next book as quickly as I can!

  3. Rated 3 out of 5

    I want to say right away that this type of book is not my usual type of reading. But I did give it a try and I did enjoy it overall. I do think it’s a book that boys will love. Great adventure and humor, from a boys perspective.

    The first chapter kind of threw me. It is heavily laden with foreign names and set in a Universe and time that unknown to us, leading us into more of what will happen later in the story.

    But the second chapter dives more into Wendell’s story and takes on a more light-hearted feeling. I did feel like the writing jumped a little in styles. The beginning couple of chapters I found some paragraphs that were overly descriptive of the setting almost poetic. (I added a quote in goodreads for the book for an example)

    Then the writing style slowly changes and turns into a combination of more modern day dialogue for teen boys. For example the main character describes the creature as “poop” colored. Leading more into a comedic and light-hearted writing than the previous serious prose we were getting. The humor continues throughout the rest of the story that sticks to the end and the story became more enjoyable for me.

    Overall very funny, there is a pronunciation packet in the back of the book to help sound out the aliens names and places.
    I do think this would make an awesome comic book or cartoon. Illustrations and pictures would add to the content greatly.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I thought this was a website for LITTLE kids.

    (I think it’s also the covers–the smiley faces threw me off).

    Wow, was I wrong.

    Incredible start to an adventure I can’t wait to continue.

    Too bad Wendell isn’t real–I’d love to date a guy like that =)

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I wasn’t too sure about starting these books because the covers put me off. They look like something for a little kids book–but a friend of mine who told me about the story said it was from the comic book days.

    So I thought, why not?

    Very cool start to a storyline I’m totally hooked on. For anyone struggling with the decision to start these books, bite the bullet and get a copy. You can’t beat free anyway, so you have nothing to lose.

    Good pacing, impressive character development and as for Wendel?

    That kid is seriously messed up in the head…but I love the sarcasm! Mad eme laugh over and over again.

    Five Stars and onto the next book tonight!!

    R.

  6. Rated 3 out of 5

    **I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review**

    First I want to reiterate, this story is more for adolescent males. Going by the tone and pubescent humor, this book definitely appeals to teens (and all those grown-ups who cannot or will not let go of their immaturity).

    With that said, I would have given this a higher rating if I were still my fifteen-year-old tomboyish self instead of a wife and girly girl. And I mean super girly girl.

    The Plot
    A boy who thinks he’s nothing special learns that he is the foretold hero of another planet/moon located far from Earth. It’s the standard young hero storyline: normal, slightly geeky boy becomes hero… in a comical way.

    The Characters
    At the beginning of the story we’re introduced to son, Shea, and his father, the high elder. Their job is to protect the whereabouts of the “chosen one” from the evil Dark Lord Mahan.

    Next the story jumps to Earth and we are introduced to our accidental hero, Wendell, and his popular friend Evan. (We all have that one friend, right? The friend who is prefect. Yeah, well Evan is said friend.)

    Along the way, we’re introduced to other characters, a few comical one’s like Dax who is a goblin like creature wearing boxer shorts and even a wizard named Chuck who’s a mix between Gandalf and The Mad Hatter.

    The Good Bits
    The overall story line was fairly straightforward. I like fantasy, so it was easy to dive right in. I loved the narrator’s tiny monologues at the beginning of each chapter, and would have loved to see more of this narrator. During the bits when Wendell wasn’t acting all Wendell-ly, these were the parts where I thought the writer really shined. It was such a jump from being inside Wendell’s mind that it almost seemed like a different author at times. The writing in these parts were really good, and I’d love to see the author’s more serious work. Perhaps something more geared toward adults.
    The humor seemed appropriate for teens, nothing too crude. I’m not a boy, so I can’t speak for them. But in my experience the humor seemed right for your typical 14 + boys.

    Readability
    When Wendell traveled around the city – when his funny side melted away – was a nice slow down and I really became engrossed. But then the action picked up again and there was no slowing down. For me, as an adult, I would have preferred more story mixed in. I think I felt as Wendell did, a little overwhelmed – which could have been the author’s intention.

    OVERALL it was a good little read. Great for the busy teen who likes to squeeze a novel in between bouts of homework and after school activities.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Prelude to a Hero was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. It’s about a young man named Wendell who, by accident, is taken to another world and finds himself among creatures he never knew existed and finds thousands of lives relying on his leadership. No pressure right?

    I loved this book because it takes a misfit who was never really liked or appreciated and it shows the beginning of the process of him unlocking his potential and becoming something greater than anyone would have imagined for such a small, insignificant person. Wendell is the perfect example that even a self-proclaimed coward can become important.

    I was always a sucker for comedy, but this book had me laughing till me cheeks hurt. Wendell has so many hilarious side comments and thoughts that I couldn’t help but want to see how he reacted to everything. Wendell has a way of sucking you into the story and if by the time your done with the first 3 chapters you aren’t asking for more, I would be very surprised.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    There were a few things about this book that really impressed me. Jaime Buckley’s narration style was one of them. It was very different and full of wicked humors that had me laughing and smiling occasionally. He made Wendell, the MC, seemed truly relatable. Wendell’s struggle with his confidence was realistic and genuine. Every kid, boys and girls, faces the same issue as Wendell’s every day and being an unlikely hero, Wendell chooses not to walk away from challenges but instead faces them like a real, well…‘hero’.

    I was deeply inspired by some thoughts Jaime Buckley put in some of his narration. One of my favorites is as below (found on Chapter 8):

    There comes a moment in every life when the Universe presents you with an opportunity to rise to your potential.
    An open door that only requires the heart to walk through, seize it and hang on.
    The choice is never simple. It’s never easy. It’s not supposed to be.
    But those who travel this path have always looked back and realized that the test was always about the heart.
    …The rest is just practice.

    I could only say it was well said and very thought-provoking indeed. How can anyone not be inspired by those words? It was such a clever effort of incorporating words of wisdom in this book without sounding too preachy or unoriginal.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Humans know so many things yet are oblivious to so many other facts. Those facts will change Wendell’s life forever when he is kidnapped and teleported to another whole new galaxy. Upon arrival he is told that he is the last bloodline of the royal family and the only hope to defeat evil, which is growing ever stronger. Wendell doesn’t want to have anything to do with these strange martians and so, he decides to bid his time until he can come back to Earth. Soon he meets an ecstatic girl named Kyliene and he believes he may have to stay a little while longer after all!

    The novel gripped me from the first few sentences. I had no doubt that the book would be an interesting one. The method used by the author to bring in his audience before every chapter started was by using an unfamiliar technique. He would create a quote that would relate to the characters or the situation in the chapter. I loved this technique because as a reader it made me think and also it made me relate and think back to the quote while reading. Example of the first quote: We knew we were the center of the universe. We knew the Earth was flat. We knew nothing existed smaller than the naked eye could see. We knew only birds and bugs could fly upon the wind. Yes, we knew so many things…even if it was only for a moment.

    My second love for Prelude was one character in specific. Wendell was oh so very stubborn. He had a lot of wit and could come up with very sarcastic remarks. I loved his exchanges with the High Elder. Wendell was also very awkward with his own body. Being tall and skinny his arms would dangle and his feet wouldn’t be where they were supposed to be. Tripping and falling was second nature to him, and he made me laugh with him, or even cheer for him a few times.

    As for the setting, what’s not to like? At first I thought it was like a deserted planet with rocks, but I was soon proven wrong. I enjoyed how Jaime included a fantasy-like feel into his sci-fi novel. The setting was gorgeous and had a lot of description when needing to be. I liked the places they described such as the market place and the sanctuary. Here’s a small example of the description: Thousands of white buildings and domed cathedrals stretched out before him. His eyes followed the intricate waterways, saturated with flowers, trees, vines, and grass, between, around and even through the buildings constructed on a grid. At the center was a small, football-shaped park completely surrounded by a lake of crystal blue water. Five small bridges joined the park to the city and a much larger, white bridge arched over the buildings and waterways extending to the terrace, just to Wendell’s left.

    Sadly every masterpiece can have its own flaws. As for Prelude, I thought that it took a while for the story to start rolling. By the time Wendell was accustomed to this whole new world and that reality hit him it was far too late. Which brings me too point number two. In my opinion there wasn’t any climax where I was jumping off my seat. It seemed that the author deliberately ended the novel short.

    While I did enjoy Prelude, I believe that book two will be much better with actual battle scenes and the discovery of magic as well as some training. I recommend Prelude to Sci-Fi lovers!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    As an avid reader of a lot of different types of books, it takes a lot for me to relate and like a main character. Wendell captured my attention right from the beginning and in my opinion has all the essential characteristics in order to make a book both readable and enjoyable. I could relate to him as, in parts, he seemed a bit vulnerable. He strives for a better life yet fails to realise that as a person he’s good-hearted enough to be proud of who he is. I loved his sense of humour. “Welcome to Earth.” Wendall squeaked with a tight toothy grin. “Live long and prosper.” By the end of the book, I felt such a connection with Wendall that I almost feel protective of him. Perhaps a strange feeling, but I’m definitely looking forward to reading the further development of his character in the upcoming books.

    Other characters captured my heart too. In particular, although he featured towards the end of the book, I’m eager for more from Chuck. Chuck’s an old man who’s also a great wizard. He’s a bit senile and his outbursts had me laughing out loud. He’s another character I can’t wait to read more about.

    The plot was interesting and included plenty of unique, exciting developments. It successfully grasped my attention from the offset and there were twists and turns along the way. The writing has to commended for it was exceptional. Buckley delivers his tale in such a straight-forward yet detailed manner which allows this book to be a page-turner. I particularly liked the thought provoking quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

    I honestly can’t fault this book. It left me eager to learn more and provided me with excellent entertainment. It’s a great introduction to what I know will be an even greater book series. I’d recommend to fans of fantasy fiction, no matter what gender.

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    I really enjoyed this one.

    You know a book is good when you develop strong feelings and relationships with its characters right from the start.

    I loved and even hated a few of the characters as soon as I met them. I was sucked into the story’s totally new universe and, like Wendell, I simply couldn’t escape. It was funny and very entertaining. You feel for Wendell, you connect with the strange new people, you get angry at the High Elder…

    It starts out as a classic underdog story. Wendel is your less than average ‘just out of high school geeky guy’. No girlfriend, not good looking, not intuitive about people or even life in general, and constantly peeking out from under the shadow of His ‘above average,talented, hot guy’ of a best friend. Just your basic underdog storyline.

    Then you are taken to a new world, new universe, with new (blue!) people, and have the ultimate responsibility dumped on your shoulders. That’s where it gets funny.

    It goes from typical to a totally unique, side-splitting, adventure.

    It has characters you can relate to. It has characters you never could relate to. It has places I was intrigued by. And best of all it had a feeling about it that it was well developed. Nothing stupid that felt as though some idiot pulled it out of his hat in a jam.

    Jaime Buckley’s universe has the feel that it’s been around forever, we just didn’t know about it till now.

    In short; You get drawn into a fun,exciting story, with interesting people and places. I enjoy Jaime Buckley’s writing style and am looking forward to reading the rest of Wendell’s story.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Quirky, unique and oh so funny. That’s how I would describe Prelude to a Hero. This book is an introduction to the awesome tale in which an awkward boy has to save the blue residents of a far away planet from evil. This debut novel is a epic story that will leave you craving for more.

    The writing in Prelude to a Hero was incredible. The narrating and inner thoughts of Wendell (the main character) were really amusing. You know that awkward guy who never tries to be funny, but everything he does and says just becomes hilarious? Wendell is that person.

    Now, for some reason the first chapter was really hard for me to get trough. I couldn’t get a grasp on who the characters were and what was happening. I don’t know if it was because I wasn’t in a reading mood or something. But the next chapter, the one in which Wendell is introduced, drew me into the story and made me wanting to read more.

    So if you have a hard time geting through the first chapter, please don’t stop reading. Because if you do, I’ll feel sorry for you since you’ve missed a books this wonderful.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    It has been a very long time since I have been deeply moved by a book. And you know you have found a great book when you want to slap the author and give the author a hug at the same time, when you take some of the plot turns personally. How can you laugh (a lot), cry, feel vengeful anger and fall so in love with the characters in a book thinner than your pinky?!

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    These books started out as comic books… which is way cool.

    This is a really fun, fantasy read. Right from the beginning, the book tells you that, “This story begins with a stranger. A self-proclaimed coward. A mere boy from a different world–who united the hearts of nations by accident.” (Location 52) This is a classic underdog story and I cannot wait to see where Wendell ends up. Wendell is actually a really funny character. He is self-deprecating, awkward, and some of his inner (and spoken) dialogue is hilarious. When he thinks something is about to eat him, the only comeback he can come up with is, “I…hope you get heartburn!” (Location 355) This is my kind of guy. He may think it was a lame retort, but I found it pretty funny. It shows his innocence and good-nature. If heartburn is the worst thing he can think of in a threatening situation, you know he must be pretty good. You can even find a “Lord of the Rings” reference from Wendell in this book.

    The first chapter was slightly confusing, but once Wendell was introduced, I was hooked. There is even a nice little pronunciation guide in the back of the book. We don’t see a lot of the villain in this portion of the story, but we do learn a bit about him. He is very cunning and, “his influence grows in ways we can only measure by destruction and death.” (Location 135) Quite a picture, isn’t it? The villain is so elusive that you can only tell how powerful he is becoming from the amount of destruction and death around.

    Some of my favorite parts of this book were the beginning segments of each chapter. They stepped out of the story a bit and were somewhat aimed at teaching a lesson. They were presented in a narrator voice. Two of my favorites were about every gift having a price and the universe presenting everyone with an opportunity to rise to their potential. It’s kind of a nice thought, that even though the choice isn’t easy, everyone gets a chance. We all want to be important and Prelude to a Hero really showcases that. Wendell feels as if he has been overshadowed his entire life. I’m sure we can all relate to this. Who hasn’t felt under-appreciated at some point? I was definitely able to relate to the characters in this book. I really enjoyed it. A nice, quick read that had me interested in the sequel!

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