Tasakeru, Book I: Without a Name by BHS (Brian Hamilton Stanley)

Somewhere far away, on another Earth, devoid of humankind…

Isolated upon an island country in the vast ocean, eight mammal species grew and changed, becoming like man, and yet not like man...

Somewhere far away, on another Earth, devoid of humankind…

There was once an island country, alone in the vast ocean, isolated by storms and deadly currents. Its inhabitants knew nothing of any land or people outside of their own, so to them, their island was “the world”.

In the place of humankind, the animals grew and changed, becoming like man… and yet not like man. Faint echoes of human cultures and ideas unknowingly bled across reality from our Earth to theirs, shaping the growth of the island’s civilization.

There were eight of them, eight intelligent species that called themselves “sentients”… eight species sharing a world that became too small for their differing ways of life.

It was a world of ancient gods, of long-remembered wars and the heroes that fought them. It was a world of magic and science, logic and emotion, faith and proof clashing against one another.

It was a world where the only way to enforce order and stability was to keep the many different cultures separate… and to exile any people deemed too dangerous to coexist with the rest of sentientkind.

Unknown to the world, the very exiles they shunned and feared had a part in saving civilization itself. They should have quietly faded from history… but their story refused to be forgotten. They live on as legends, whispers in the wind.

These are those legends, the tales of the Outcasts of TASAKERU…

An original young-adult fantasy adventure by Brian Stanley, the first book in a series of twenty-four. More can be found at http://tasakeru.com

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted April 12, 2012
  • Last updated April 12, 2012
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  • Retired user
    Karamak [Retired] wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    A beautifully written unique story, excellently conveyed highly stared Brian well done. Karen.

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    Bookkus wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    Really liked the book. Come check out our submission section.

    -William
    Bookkus Publishing
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    LintonWood wrote 3 years, 4 months ago
    Although not what I would normally choose to read, I found Taskeru to be an imaginative and intriguing idea that is well told. You use lots of dialogue to move things along and to show reader what goes on in your imagined world without boring descriptive narration. Perhaps at times some of the speech sounded just a tiny bit too modern for a fantasy setting, but that's just me. You seem to write with confidence and a clear plan, so ...
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    ELAdams wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    I love this- it's really unique. The characters are great, the writing is fantastic, and you completely draw the reader into the world. Amazing stuff- six stars from me!
    Emma

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    Bookkus wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Brian,
    I really like your story the original story line along with Japanese culture is really great. I enjoy how there is a variety of races and how the interact is sure to be interesting as the chapters go on. I am on chapter 4 and plan to finish reading it by tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for writing it. Hopefully you get a chance to check out our site. It might be something you are interested in.
    -William
    www.bookkus.com

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    Bookkus wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Brian,
    I really like your story the original story line along with Japanese culture is really great. I enjoy how there is a variety of races and how the interact is sure to be interesting as the chapters go on. I am on chapter 4 and plan to finish reading it by tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for writing it. Hopefully you get a chance to check out our site. It might be something you are interested in.
    -William
    www.bookkus.com

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    giggy wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Brian-A great piece of fantasy that has a strong start. Its fluent and well thought out. Your characters have clear, strong personalities and descriptions. They were clearly developed in this first chapter that I've read. You set the right kind of intrigue at the end of the chapter to keep me turning the pages! I'm really drawn into the story and will keep reading...Very well written.

    Good luck,
    sk giggy

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    poetess wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    Absolutely fantastic! You are a gifted storyteller who weaves magical thoughts, peaceful scenes, credible personalities and believable friendships with unusual descriptions of purely frightening events. I'm definitely "hooked" on your series. Congratulations!

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    poetess wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    You really know how to build suspense. Chapter endings make it almost impossible to stop reading or thinking about the next challenge these Outcasts will face.

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    poetess wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    I'm so glad you submitted additional chapters. This is a cliff-hanger, for sure.

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    srstanley wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    This book combines highly original characters with universal themes. It can be a parable about dealing with difference and the power of community to overcome victimhood and to bring hope and purpose into the lives of the stigmatized. This writer has obviously put his own life into the lives of his characters and also created a story that is also our own. This is a story about us all which should be read and supported by us all!

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    FringeBenefits Author wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    [QUOTE] Great start - Japanese flavor - particularly the anamism aspects of Shinto. [ENDQUOTE]

    I'm glad you noticed that! Well done!

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    FringeBenefits Author wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    [QUOTE] I already feel a kinship with the well-drawn characters and have a mental map of the world developing in my mind. Can hardly wait to know what happens next! [ENDQUOTE]

    I hope the conclusion was worth the wait! Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate the feedback.

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    FringeBenefits Author wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    [QUOTE] This made for a different read and I enjoyed the chapters posted here. I always liked the programmes like Thundercats, where the characters were animals, and this puts me in mind, favourably, of those. Would make a great cartoon series and can see the merchandise now - so cut me in for 10%! :) [ENDQUOTE]

    Ha ha, that's the plan, eventually! I'll let you know about that cut once I get published. ;)

    Thanks for your comments!

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    FringeBenefits Author wrote 3 years, 4 months ago
    [QUOTE] Interesting idea, liked the writing - it flowed easily. I was a little confused at the start - despite the pitch I wanted to know a little more about where we were and so on, but I can see that it will develop and my questions will be answered. The talking beasts and idea of this parallel earth is intriguing and was enough to make me read on. Any more coming soon? [ENDQUOTE] Thank you for your comments! The ...
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    Cariad wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    Interesting idea, liked the writing - it flowed easily. I was a little confused at the start - despite the pitch I wanted to know a little more about where we were and so on, but I can see that it will develop and my questions will be answered. The talking beasts and idea of this parallel earth is intriguing and was enough to make me read on. Any more coming soon?

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    Jim Darcy wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    This made for a different read and I enjoyed the chapters posted here. I always liked the programmes like Thundercats, where the characters were animals, and this puts me in mind, favourably, of those. Would make a great cartoon series and can see the merchandise now - so cut me in for 10%! :)

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    Troll wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    Great start - Japanese flavor - particularly the anamism aspects of Shinto.

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    CoCoBean wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    I already feel a kinship with the well-drawn characters and have a mental map of the world developing in my mind. Can hardly wait to know what happens next!

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    poetess wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    I like the fact that narration and dialogue reveal characters' different personalities: Ashpaw (kind, wise and gentlemanly), Faun (naughty, yet comical) and Hanami (innocent, but becoming more confident). You're a talented writer.