Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Shadow of the Demon by David Burrows (Prophecy of the Kings: Book 3)

Mulluane | 3:00 PM | 6 Comments so far

Events are coming to a head. The battle for CarCamel has ended and Kaplyn is seen as the saviour. Catriona, the Thracian Queen, wants him to lead the army in its fight against Trosgarth, leading the army with a dragon at his command. Kaplyn, however, has other ideas. He fears dragons and does not know why. His dreams remain plagued by the great serpents, but yet one helped them. It is a conundrum and Kaplyn decides to pursue an image shown to him by Astalus, the Thracian wizard. The image was of Vastra, now an old man, held captive in Aldrace. Kaplyn harbours a terrible fear. Vastra recovered a crystal from the Tree of Life and, with it, he can open a gateway to the demon world. A permanent one! Should that happen then nothing can prevent Drachar’s Shade from crossing the Great Divide, at the head of a demon horde.
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Shadow of the Demon (Prophecy of the Kings: Book 3)

| Source: Gift/No Review Requested
| Author: David Burrows
| Genre: Epic / High Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 1450520456
| ISBN-13: 9781450520454
| Content: Demons, Sorcery, Heroes, Dragons
| Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
  Platform; 2nd edition (February 2, 2010)
| Cover Art and Design: Phillip McDonnall
| Source: Gift/No Review Requested
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| Paperback: 182 pages
| Rating: 4 Stars
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Shadow of the Demon (Prophecy of the Kings, #3)

♥ Mini Review ♥
Dwarves!!! Yes I'm excited but you need to understand why. I grew up on Elves Dwarves, Wizards, and all sorts of mythical beasts including but not limited to Dragons. Way before I discovered Tolkien, I developed a love affair with all things mystical and magical. I devoured mythology like I was starving. I read every fairytale in the school library then nagged my Dad into getting a library card. Somehow I missed Tolkien in those early years but I found it later.

These days however it is like Tolkien ruined it for the rest of us. Authors are so sick of being compared to him that they won't touch a dwarf, elf, goblin, orc or troll with a 10 foot pole. Well I miss my childhood buddies which explains my delight in being reaquainted with my beloved dwarves.

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♦ What else I liked. The pace continues to be fast but steady for most of the story. There were a few twists I didn't see coming and one I expected but never saw. Ummm, how do I explain that without a spoiler. Well, lets just say that there was possibly an easier way out of the Demon problem only David Burrows did not take it. And I respect him all the more for that. All too often a writer introduced a "convenient" magical solution which solves everything and takes the believability of the tale and tosses it out the nearest window.

Not this time. Every time our heroes got a foot up, David Burrows knocked them back down, dusted them off and then shoved them under the closest bus. It was truly fun to watch and I enjoyed every tension filled minute of it.

♦ What didn't I like? The pace escalated to the point where it felt rushed towards the end. This happens all too often in third books where all of the layers need to be tied up in a set number of pages. In reality it can leave you breathless. This war has to be won or lost, that magical side effect needs to be dealt with, lesser but still uncompleted quests must be resolved. It can get overwhelming as you zig zag back and forth. Not a deal breaker by any means but you do need to really pay attention. There were also a couple of storylines that did not get resolved. More like offshoots of the main story that might have gone somewhere if there had been less going on in the foreground.

But that is what they made sequels for right?

♦ The Conclusion. The story ended better than I had hoped without quite being happily ever after. The heroes who remain finish the story with a much brighter future than they started with but all carry the pain of loss and sport the scars of sacrifice. All in all the ending felt just right.

And so ends what turned out to be a very strong story. Personally, I hope David Burrows hones his writing skills and continues to write because if this is an example of the stories he has roaming around in his head, I want to read more of them someday.

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Epic High Fantasy Book Review of Shadow of the Demon: Prophecy of the Kings: Book 3 by David Burrows - Reviewed by Mulluane - on November 11 2013 - Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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  1. It does sound like an interesting series. I particularly perked up when you mentioned the dwarves. I've always had a soft spot for dwarves, maybe because they remind me of the Hawaiian Menehune. Those are, if anything, even more popular in modern Hawai'i than they were in ancient times. Now that's saying something! {SMILE}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. Thanks Mulluane for a very kind set of reviews. They were all very much appreciated and eloquently put. Thanks for taking the time to read my books. :)


  3. I forgot to mention Markus Heitz wrote Dwarves which is a charming tale, but the first 200 pages are very slow. I really enjoyed it once it picked up.

  4. I'll have to look into that. I do love dwarves!

    And thanks for writing a fun story to read.

  5. I remember seeing Dwarves. I think it's the first in a quadrilogy, all of which are now translated into English (from the original German). {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  6. I have warned you about the first 200 pages!! It is a good read though :)


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