The Origin Key

Treasures of Dodrazeb Book 1

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


After an assassination attempt on his royal father, Prince Rasteem vows to track down the dastardly Chudreev the Viper. After he and his brother lead the Persian army to victory in an invasion of the mythical Dodrazeb, Rasteem begins to suspect that they may not be on the right track. As he searches for Dodrazeb’s fled King and his beautiful daughter, he learns that a powerful artifact has also gone missing. With the help of new allies, he must track down his father’s true assailant, and prevent him from recovering The Origin Key.

The Treasures of Dodrazeb chronicles the sword-and-science adventures of Persian warrior-prince Rasteem when he discovers a secretive kingdom inhabited by descendants of an ancient, scholarly society hiding powerful technology.

Peacefully hidden in a remote valley for millennia, Dodrazebbians are the guardians of advanced science that the rest of the third-century world mistakes for evil magic. Understanding that their strange and wondrous technology has potentially sinister applications, Rasteem chooses to protect Dodrazeb’s secrets in order to protect the Persian Empire from villains who would use it to conquer and destroy.

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2 reviews for The Origin Key

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
    The Treasures of Dodrazeb: The Origin Key is the unlikely combination of fantasy adventure with some science fiction thrown in. The elements of mystery, romance, politics, and magic all swirled together make this a rich and exciting experience from beginning to end.
    After conquering Dodrazeb, the Persian warrior-prince Rasteem finds himself left in charge of the ancient and mysterious city. His task is to hunt down and exact revenge on a criminal called the Viper, who may be Dodrazeb’s king. With its peaceful populace and scientific advancements that appear magical, Rasteem soon falls under Dodrazeb’s spell. At the same time, although the relationship has a tumultuous (and painful) beginning, Rasteem becomes infatuated with Dodrazeb’s beautiful, if sometimes annoying, Princess Laneffri who is determined to save her city and prove the king innocent.
    This tale of third century Persian royalty and a Shangri-La-like city of mysterious librarians is fascinating as well as believable. McPhail is equally adept at describing exciting battle scenes, exotic architecture, and recognizable “ancient” scientific inventions, making the story come alive. I felt as if I were walking the streets and experiencing the sights and sounds along with Rasteem as he discovers the exotic and intriguing Dodrazeb.
    My ONLY criticism is that I was left wanting more. Luckily, McPhail Susan left the tale so it can be taken up again. Soon, I hope.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    WOW! Add Susan McPhail to your must-watch writer list! Her debut novel, THE TEASURES OF DODRAZEB: THE ORIGIN KEY delivers! Suspenseful and intriguing, McPhail manufactures an elusive world amid ancient Persian historical truths. Rasteem, the protagonist, is a warrior prince, hell bent on revenge. Plot twists and turns make this imaginative story come to life. Truly a force majeure, this story alone will parent a new genre!

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