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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470081873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470081874
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,059,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DL Morrese is a fulltime American Science Fiction/Fantasy author with degrees in philosophy and government and a background in military logistics. His books are a unique blend of genres, often funny, and sometimes satirical. All are set in a well-conceived alternate world and populated with interesting and endearing characters. DL, or Dave for all things other than book covers, lives near Orlando, Florida with a varying number of humans, dogs, cats, and a turtle. You can find out more about him at his website: http://dlmorrese.wordpress.com/

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Amusing, entertaining, and fun.
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The author had a great time with a genre and his joy shines through the page through humor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By more4math on October 27, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a book with enough smiles and insights to please both young adults and discerning adults. Both my wife and I greatly enjoyed following the adventures of Prince Donald as he tried to unravel the mystery behind the rumored threat to his father's kingdom. For those of us who are somewhat older the threat posed by the Warden of Mystic Defiance (WMD) is quite satirical. Regardless, all can simply enjoy the adventures and mishaps of a young prince trying to prove himself. A very entertaining read. Pick up this book. It is more than worth the cost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Enter the Portal on November 30, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
THE WARDEN THREAT is a lighthearted epic fantasy parody with a science fiction twist that kept me engaged and entertained from page one. The journey starts with prince Donald's initial foray into the wider world to "find out about the commoners", as ordered by his loving but overprotective mother, but proceeds through the country of Westgrove and into the border of neighboring nation Gotrox, home of the stoutfolk. Despite the epic fantasy trappings, the story is humorous and fun, clearly not taking itself seriously as Donald struggles to define himself as a hero of the realm and stop an impending war with Gotrox.

Here are a few choice quotes from early in the book:
"Adventurers did not poop. Well, they did, but they certainly never talked about it."

"The gonds, the domesticated ones that could be ridden anyway, could, admittedly, travel long distances and carry a great deal of weight, but these assets paled when you considered their considerable lack of speed, an intellect approximately equal to that of overcooked asparagus, and their frequent flatulence."

Characters: **** 4 Stars
Donald is idealistic, young, inexperienced, and naive, but he tries hard to do what is right and make a difference in his father's kingdom. He's not a dumb or ignorant young man, he's simply been sheltered from the real world for far too long. Traveling with Kwestor, the unenthusiastic and pragmatic ranger, gives Donald a new perspective as he struggles to learn how to be a man. Kwestor acts as Donald's mentor and advisor, albeit in a somewhat closemouthed way, and tries to help Donald throughout his journey. It doesn't take long in the story before they meet up with Muce, a sword for hire that's a bit of a simpleton and obsessed with potatoes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria T. Violante on November 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The Warden Threat, by D.L. Morrese, is like a Shirley Temple - light, sweet, fun and sparkly. It's part of a grown-up genre, yet appropriate for all ages. Actually, that said, it's more of a Dirty Shirley, in that it's laugh-out-loud funny (and as you probably have no idea what I'm talking about, let's move on.)

I did catch a few typos and a couple of missing commas, but other than that, the grammar is refreshingly precise and the vocabulary, well, scrumptious. I admit, I had to look one or two words up, but at the same time, it wasn't a "too-smart-for-its-own-good" book, which I liked.

And as for the bad, that was about it. The characters are believable and well-rounded, although slightly cliche at times. The book avoids all of my major pet peeves. POV is logical, solid, and easily followed. Character motivations are clear and make sense. Descriptions are long enough to be engaging, but short enough to avoid clumsiness or awkwardness. I should make a note here; they are occasionally redundant, like the following passage -

"He approached it slowly, staring up into the stern black face and the cold black eyes that somehow seemed alive."

- but then you get passages like this little tidbit that make you overjoyed you picked up your kindle in the first place:

"The serving girl began to laugh in the friendly but uncommitted way waitresses do to make customers feel appreciated and more generous when it comes time to leave a tip."

One of my favorite things in the work were the little "easter eggs" that would make sense later - little pieces of our modern world in the medieval setting. Take, for example, this scene of a messenger learning to read for the first time:

"Grandpa Nash produced another book for her ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tahlia Newland on August 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
`The Warden Threat' is a light-hearted parody of epic fantasy. Though the genre is noted as science fiction, the science fiction was suggested rather than explicit. It's a fun read with a darker underlying theme of political and religious manipulation.

Our hero is Prince Donald, third son of the king of Westgrove and quintessential archetypal fool. He's sweet, naive and idealistic, and longs to be the hero in a story. He's left the palace to wander the country in search of adventure and to get to know the ordinary people. Luckily his guide is a worldly wise character who is able to moderate the Prince's impulses. When it comes to his notice that an ancient and massive magical stone warrior known as the Warden of Mystic Defiance in the neighbouring kingdom is going to be woken and used in a war against Westgrove, Donald sees it as his chance to prove his mettle and be the one to save the kingdom.

Nothing turns out as he planned. Everything is much more complex and difficult than he imagined, and it soon becomes apparent that in real life, the hero is not always predestined to save the day.

However, true to the fool archetype, his amusing bungles make it clear to him that he knows nothing, and that knowledge makes him open to the truth. Because he wanders with ordinary people, he sees things that the King in his throne room cannot. Donald discovers that something is brewing and it's not what the King thinks it is. Will he listen to Donald though?

Donald is a delightful character who grows as the book progresses, and his two companions are equally as endearing in their own way. I love the way his guide nurture's Donald's development, knowing when to step in and when to back off. He is the archetypal father to Donald's fool.
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