The Treasure of Capric (The King of The Caves – Book 1)

The Treasure of Capric (The King of The Caves – Book 1)

A fabled treasure disappears. Can a failing order of warrior-monks stop a tyrant from gaining ultimate power?

When he was seven years old, Kurian Abramson entered training with the legendary Capric Monks, vowing to protect the Capric Treasure with his life. But he doesn’t know what he’s guarding. The treasure veiled in prophecy is a mystery even to the monks.

Every day of Kurian’s youth swings between brutal combat training and quiet study of the Order’s religious teaching. He knows the withering monastery doesn’t live up to the heroic legends he heard as a boy. But he longs to prove he’s worthy of the honor that protecting the treasure still affords.

But when an ambitious, tyrannical noble razes the monastery, they discover that the treasure is missing. Kurian must get it back or lose everything he trained for.

The only clue points to an outlaw known as the King of the Caves.

Guided by a female spy with a secret and hunted by the noble’s top officer, Kurian's journey becomes a race that pits him against soldiers, witches, and deadly mythical creatures. His quest will test his training, friendships, and faith.

Can Kurian restore the treasure? Or will his world fall under the curse of 1,000 years of darkness?

Brandon M. Wilborn’s debut novel combines the high epic fantasy of JRR Tolkien with the deep allegory of C.S. Lewis to craft a compelling new coming of age fantasy full of adventure and steeped in values of enduring friendship and rediscovering purpose.

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Vickie L. Grider
The Treasure of Capric (1) (The King of the Caves): King of the Caves I loved this book. All of the characters were relatable. I was excited to meet the King of the Caves.
The Treasure of Capric (1) (The King of the Caves): I knew for sure when you introduced the locusts To all potential readers, this author is a novice art the art of projection. I firmly believe he tries to communicate his allegiance to the order of Nymrod in hopes of gaining success like Robert Jordan. He's a deceiver like Sanderson, he made his intents obvious when he described the evil locusts in his story as looking almost identical to the locusts God uses to judge the wicked in the book of revelation. Look at his profile picture and ask God to show you his essence.
Kindle Customer
The Treasure of Capric (1) (The King of the Caves): Understanding why Good vs evil story. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline but I started getting bored with this book and I am not sure why. The young monks always seem lost in their minds constituents to turn next. I was getting tired of waiting until they figure what's next.
C. S. Wachter
The Treasure of Capric (1) (The King of the Caves): An Exciting Story and a Good Read When their monastery is destroyed and their ancient treasure stolen, Kurian and his friends, Rhys and Tobin, are tasked with the challenge of retrieving their treasure which puts them on a collision course with the despot, Lord Evasius, and his right hand man, Captain Fallon.As the story progresses, the three meet the King of the Caves and the Christian underpinnings of the story come clear. Though they expect the King of the Caves to be a bandit, they find something entirely different.The pacing is smooth, and the characters rounded. Elements of miracles are juxtaposed against a background of dark magic and witchcraft and a few gruesome moments.I enjoyed the way Kurian’s character matured and grew while maintaining a humble, compassionate nature. If you like your fantasy with a generous dose of Christian imagery, this book should be a delight. And even if you don’t seek out the Christian elements, this is an exciting story and a good read.
The Treasure of Capric (1) (The King of the Caves): I liked this at first I liked this story at first, but if I remember rightly, it had a cuss word in it. Since I don't read stories with cussing in them I didn't finish.
A Partent
The Treasure of Capric (1) (The King of the Caves): A Great Christian Allegory While very well written, the book starts off a bit slow. Once the main character come into contact with King of the Caves, the Christian allegory becomes apparent. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series to come out!
richard joesten
The Treasure of Capric (1) (The King of the Caves): The Treasure of Capric This read is a great read. Kurian Abramson entered training with the Capric Monks. Vowing to do guard the treasure with his life. But is things the way there suppost to be. This is a great read. That has great world building as well as bringing out the Characters and the scenery. The Author has done a great read. I highly recommend this read.Shauna Joesten
The Treasure of Capric (1) (The King of the Caves): Great Book Loved this book. It transported you into a magical world of adventure, struggle, passion and imagination. Can't wait for the next one to come out.
The Treasure of Capric (1) (The King of the Caves): Really good start! The Treasure of Capric was quite the interesting read. It was a book that I really had no idea what it would be about coming into it. The story was engaging and very fit for many audiences. It is a story that could be read by just about any age (12+).Very quickly you are thrust into a familiar world. I really got a feeling that I was in a world akin to Elan from Michael J Sullivan's Riyria books. This world, however, is very bleak and grey. There is no sunlight, the fields are fallow, the people are lost, old, and without hope. The author paints a beautiful picture of what life is like when people fall out of faith and feel there is nothing left for them. They drudge on in life with no purpose and wither away.The story follows three monks who are dubbed, the Deer, the Brute, and the Princely Son. These three embark on a journey to recover a stolen treasure that their Order is supposed to have been guarding for centuries but has somehow been stolen. They've never seen the treasure or know what it is about, they just know, as they've been told, that it is important and what their mission in the Order is all about. The three monks are expertly complimentary of each other and fit in like puzzle pieces. Kurian is the all around character with characteristics that you love, Rhys is the big brute, all about fighting and protecting those he loves and thinks diplomacy is something best dealt with by the sword, and then there's Tobin who is a critical thinker, one who has the answers to everything and acts as more of a counselor. Each character goes through a discovery process on their own through their faith. I really got the sense that this was not just a journey to find the treasure but a journey of faith.The one and only part of this book that I didn't like was the treasure. It felt like something was missing. I didn't think the treasure would be something of immense monetary value like a golden crown or a pot of gold, however, to find out what the treasure actually was left me disappointed. Maybe it is because I'm used to other fantasy novels having something that felt immensely important to the story but this just did not leave me with that feeling.Even still with that one part I did not care for I highly enjoyed the book. I would move on to the second in the series whenever it gets released. I think the story arc has a lot going for it and if the author plays his cards correctly we could end up with a really great series.I received this book as a ARC. I decided independently to leave an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Stephanie Lynn
The Treasure of Capric (1) (The King of the Caves): Exciting Story! I've always enjoyed a good fantasy, but few have so captivated me and keep me reading without all the breaks that some of the more classic fantasies have in the past. This one is a satisfying read and one that has plenty of world-building and complex characters, but also has a fast pace and easy to read style that makes the story flow smoothly and without info-dumps or lags that are common in similar stories.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

The Treasure of Capric is a clean, epic fantasy novel rich enough for adult fantasy readers, and clean enough for ya or teen fantasy audiences.

Readers have likened it to the epic heroes quest of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the magical sword and sorcery of Terry Brooks’ Sword of Shannara Trilogy or The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.

Editorial Reviews

“Well-paced and often exciting… Wilborn’s tale deserves high marks for its compelling, purposeful prose.”  – The BookLife Prize
“One Word: AWESOME!”  – T. Cartwright
“Magic, miracles, witches, knights and fantastic creatures; what’s not to love? The Treasure of Capric is layered with battles in the physical realm as well as the inner spiritual realm, mirroring the struggles we all face in life.If you love Tolkien then Wilborn will quickly become a new favorite.”  – Kendra Lowry, ARC Reviewer
“Terry Brooks style with CS Lewis allegory.”  – Kevin Nishinaga, ARC Reviewer

From the Author

An interview with the author:

If you had to explain this book in one sentence, what would you say?

It’s about three young warrior monks who lose their sacred treasure and must go on a quest to retrieve it, while an ambitious noble uses all of his power to find it first.Where did you get the idea for this book?

It’s been wandering through my mind for so long, I don’t really remember. So many of my story ideas just stick in my mind like an earwig.I do remember that this one revolved around the concept of a group of warrior monks protecting a sacred treasure that they didn’t understand. And then, part of the quest was learning what they had been protecting and having that reorient everything for them.What other authors or books influenced you to write this one?

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are big influences. I tried to walk the line between the tone and atmosphere of Tolkien, and the allegory of Lewis. John Bunyan had a bit of influence, as well as stories about King David and the prophets of the Bible. There are other fantasy authors who probably snuck into my thinking, but nothing consciously added.

What are some of the major ideas that you integrate into this book or your life in general?
One of the concepts I wanted to explore was the difference between magic and miracle. The book’s system of magic centers around what we can do of ourselves through manipulation and willpower compared to those times when the task is too much for us, and we must rely on outside help. I think we all face times in our lives when the struggle is too great, and it’s comforting and hopeful to know help is available.

Good and evil is one of the major themes, but more specifically how we interact with those concepts through our decisions. In some sense, good tries to draw us, through our consciences and other means, but we can choose to reject that option. The consequences aren’t always lined up as rosy outcomes for good choices and problems for bad choices–just like in real life.

In one sense, this is a coming of age story amid loss and grief. One difference is that it the concepts of purpose and calling also enter that theme. Kurian isn’t just finding out who he is, he is discovering a lifelong pursuit greater than himself. Part of that involves the struggle of character and becoming a man, friendships, and the challenges of competing goals among allies.

Finally, there is a fair amount of tension between faith and religious order in the book. I’ll let the reader see where that lands.

How do you get inspired to write?
For The Treasure of Capric, music was a big factor. My wife was part of a community symphony while I was beginning the book and in one season, they performed The Moldau (Vltava) by Smetana. It immediately linked with what I was writing, especially the parts about the river, and became an instant motivator to write those scenes. When writing the villains, I often listened to The Water Goblin by Dvorak.

If you could not use your current book title, what would be another choice?
I originally wanted to use The King of the Caves for the book title, but that was an overarching plot point for the series. Other potential options would have been, The King’s Calling, or perhaps The Princely Son, or Land of Shadow.

Series: The King of The Caves, Book 1
Genres: Christian Fantasy, Fantasy
Publication Year: 2019
Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover
Length: Novel
ISBN: 9781733792219
List Price: 16.72
eBook Price: 2.99