Chris Patterson did a great job painting a picture through the detail and well written plot. I found myself fully invested into the characters, whether I loved them or hated them. I enjoyed the war scenes the most and I felt I was watching them on a screen through the amazing detail. I could feel the passion, fear, love and anger through the whole book. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy. - 5 Star Review on Amazon

"Christopher Patterson's writing vocabulary is expansive, often using archaic language and symbolism to bring life to the story. His writing style is acutely descriptive - not only does he give a voice to his characters, but resonating sounds to his scenery as well. I enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy." -5 Star Review by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

"The story has been well developed. The characters all seem real and well portrayed and they progress along with the story. There is a lot of action in the story. A well executed fantasy story. I can't wait to see what the author will come up with in Book Two." - 5 Star Review, Mamta Madhavan, Reader's Favorite

I really enjoyed the Character driven aspects of this story. The various characters that are encountered felt like real human beings with various pasts and motives and beliefs. I also liked the lack of nudity and sex. I gave this 5 stars because the majority of Fantasy gets a bad rap for poor characters and cheesy plot lines. This story felt real, and had various intersecting characters and their motivations for doing what they were doing. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fantasy or enjoys Character driven books.  - 5 Star review on Amazon by Brett Lindskog

"Christopher Patterson was able to meet (and sometimes overreach!) each expectation to the fullest extent of excellence. This book is a treasure, a find, and you will be happy you decided to read it. I loved the struggles that each character had to endure while pursuing their own destiny. It gave me hope to realize that there are going to be battles, but there are also going to be victories. I laughed, I cried, and I was drawn into every word of the fantastic story Patterson so diligently laid out for the reader." 5 Star Review, Julia Schemmer, Reader's Favorite

"Christopher Patterson delivers a wonderful novel in A Chance Beginning. This book is the first in the trilogy and I must say that I loved it. The story was bold and intriguing and it left the reader eager to find out what would happen next. I would highly recommend this book to all." 5 Star Review, Lisa Jones, Reader's Favorite