Friday, September 21, 2012

Review: Shadows of Kings By: Jack Whitsel

Steel and sorcery clash as the Harhn incursion sweeps through the Hugue. Mankind faces its greatest peril without the Order Knights of legend to defend them. Crusading deep in the frontier, the Order is unaware of the savage beasts threatening their homeland as the Hugue realms muster their armies for war. Between a cunning Harhn sorcerer, and an alliance forged with the decadent Darkfey, the horde threatens to extinguish the domains of men. Only Lord Baudouin and Lady Lucia, a Dragon Maiden from the Order, stand in the enemy's path. One must find the strength to unify the realms. The other must discover the strength within her, while coming to terms with the agendas of her Order. But only together will there be any hope to repel the onslaught, and preserve the future for a mysterious girl they do not know. Jack Whitsel is a native Californian, but has made Oregon his home since 1982. His favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction. Shadows of Kings, the first novel of the Dragon Rising Series is the love child born of these two passions. "I love the elements of fantasy when mixed with the gritty aspects of a medieval society
My Review:
I have always enjoyed fantasy and sci-fi, but this book was spectacular!!  The vividness of the scene descriptions made you feel like you were watching the whole thing play out.  The writing was done in amazing detail with not only fantasy aspects, but medieval ones as well!!
The story is focused around Luciana and her development.  We follow her through a period of growth, and the story is told through many different point of views.  I liked this about the book because it added depth.  It's nice to know what all your characters thoughts are on a particular subject!
It was a fast-paced and very well-written book.  I look forward to the next one in the series!  A must read for all fantasy lovers!!  Excellent Read!!

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