Monday, April 8, 2013

Shadows of Kings by Jack Whitsel

Title: Shadows of Kings (Dragon Rising #1)
Author: Jack Whitsel
Publication Date: June 15, 2012
Length: about 248 pages (ebook)

The Harhn, somewhat orc-like beasts that plague the human villages, are suddenly attacking with more strategy than usual, and posing a real threat. Led by a powerful sorceror, and allied with dark elves, the Horde marches through the Hugue, laying waste to settlements. Lucia, a Viscountess and Dragon Maiden, begins to question the motives of the Dragon Order to which she has devoted her life, as she, a warrior named Lord Beaudoin, and a brave lowborn named Gui do everything in their power to protect their homeland.

Shadows of Kings is the kind of fantasy I wish I read more of: epic battles, sorcerors battling with their minds, and people worshipping dragons. Fights that are gory without being pointlessly so. Characters that swear profusely in a realistic way. Despicable villains. A story that wraps up nicely, but still leaves you excited for the next installment.

My only complaint is that I really wish there were a dramatis personae in the front of this book! I love fantasies with lots of characters, but in the beginning, before you really get to know them, it can be quite difficult to keep track of them all. I'm a big fan of characters lists. Maybe in book 2?

I recommend this book for fans of high fantasy!

4 stars.

Full disclosure: Free ebook copy received from the author.

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