Drachar's Demons Kindle Edition
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- File size : 850 KB
- Publication date : October 20, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 244 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B006F63352
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,120,694 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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An imaginative and action-packed fantasy that provides a background for the events that end the halcyon days of the Eldric. The insidious descent into evil dictated by one man's search for power and the defense mounted by those who support goodness is presented in this entertaining tale which features wonderfully intriguing beings such as the flying grakyn and the evil krell. A great introduction to the series.
© Night Owl Reviews
The author creates a fascinating world populated with dwarves, magic and demons as well as the creepy krell and intimidating grakyn. This novel gives insight into the conflict that started the struggles that the Eldric have with themselves and shows a villain's rise to frightening power as he utilizes beings from another world.
Drachar's Demons is a powerful and satisfying prequel to The Prophecy of the Kings trilogy. The Prophecy of the Kings trilogy was a good trilogy, but in my opinion Drachar's Demons is a more balanced book and offers even more entertainment for the readers. The authors, David and Andrew Burrows, explore themes of revenge, survival, love and loss in a fresh and interesting way within the traditional fantasy context.
Drachar's Demons tells how a sorcerer called Lothanal becomes Drachar. People find out that he has been experimenting with dangerous magic and has glimpsed into the demon world. He is exiled because of his actions, but he is a treacherous man and wants revenge. He makes a pact with the demons and promises to deliver them souls. He attacks his enemies and starts a war...
This book contains several good - and even brilliant - scenes. I think I'd better not write about all the good scenes, because I might reveal too much information about the plot, but I'll mention a couple of scenes. In one fine scene one of the main characters loses a close friend and in another scene this character learns to fight evil with evil.
The authors write fluently and compellingly about the desperate fight against evil. It was fascinating to read how the good guys had to fight evil with evil and had to learn how to summon more power, because they didn't have any other choice - they had to be just as strong as Drachar in order to survive. As things escalated from bad to worse, the good guys had to give up several of their principles or they would've been helpless against Drachar and his army of monsters.
Although Drachar's Demons is a fast read, the character development is surprisingly subtle and the characters feel believable and it's easy to understand why they do the things they do. In my opinion the character development works better in this book than in the previous books.
The authors write fascinatingly about how Drachar feels about the demons and how he begins to lose his humanity, because he gradually becomes more attached to the demon world. The authors also write about how the good guys feel about the happenings. I think it's great that the authors write about the events from different point of views, because it brings depth to the story.
The authors explore differences between wizards and sorcerers in an interesting way, because the sorcerers don't exactly like wizards (the sorcerers think that wizards aren't equal to them). The differences between the Eldric and other races are also handled well, because the Eldric are different from other races and they're a bit arrogant.
The battle scenes are excellent and the story flows fast in them. The frenzy and fury of the battle feels believable. I think that David Burrows' interest in historical re-enactments has a lot to do with this, because he has experience about fighting and tactics. He has spent a lot of time on the battlefield, so he knows what he's writing about.
I enjoyed reading about magic and how the sorcerers summoned demons, because the authors describe the magical elements of the story perfectly. I've always loved descriptions of summonings and things related to elemental magic, so I was impressed by these authors' descriptions about them. The authors write engagingly about how the sorcerers use magic and how they learn to master the more dangerous aspects of magic. It was fascinating to read how the good guys had trouble learning the principles involved in summoning demons.
I think it's good to mention that reading The Prophecy of the Kings trilogy before this book isn't necessary, because Drachar's Demons is a prequel to The Prophecy of the Kings trilogy, but reading it may help to understand certain things.
As the David Burrows has mentioned on his website, he is a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and it shows in his writing, because he writes similar kind of traditional fantasy. His writing style is, however, original and he doesn't imitate Tolkien (he only uses Tolkien's stories as a source of inspiration for his writing).
It was nice to see that David Burrows has developed as an author. It's easy to see that he loves writing and knows how to write good stories. He seems to be shaping up to be a good author, so I hope that he will continue to write fantasy. I definitely want to read what he writes next.
I enjoyed reading Drachar's Demons, because it was good and entertaining fantasy. Drachar's Demons is excellent and fast paced entertainment for fans of traditional fantasy books. If you like well written traditional fantasy with plenty of magic and action, you'll enjoy this book very much.
Drachar is an outcast Eldric on the hunt for ultimate power. Along the way he uses Demons and the demon world to assist him, as well as unlikely allies such as the Krell. The rest of the Eldric have to do things they find distasteful to try to track him down and stop him. The Eldric will never be the same again either way!
It is a wonderful prequel to the "Prophecy of the Kings" books!!
Top reviews from other countries
When the sorcerer Lothanal is caught studying demonology he is banished by the Eldric. Stripped of both resources and the ability to work magic, his only option is to enter into a pact with the demons. To meet a price measured in thousands of souls, he resolves to reignite war between the peoples of the north and south.
Both the main plot arc and subsidiary character arcs are engaging and consistent. A similar level of effort is clear in the creation of the background, which provides the monsters and magical powers a reader expects of high fantasy, without seeming derivative.
Burrows displays particular skill in large-scale combat, managing to successfully show the power of magic without rendering common soldiers an irrelevance. He also balances portrayal of the confusion the characters feel when immersed in a battle with the reader’s desire for a clear overview of events.
His system of magic is also well realised, providing a sound reason demonic magic is stronger than permitted magics, without falling into simplistic right-vs-wrong dualisms.
However, the writing does let the story down in places. Although the book is easy to read, there are occasionally issues with descriptions and word choice which reduce immersion; this is especially noticeable in a few of the faster-paced scenes.
There are also a few scenes toward the end which are clearly set up for a series rather than parts of the existing narrative; this failure to fully integrate events could leave the reader feeling slightly let down.
Burrow’s characters are – for the most part – very believable, with even supporting characters displaying a plausible range of personality traits. Unlike some high fantasy novels, the romance does not feel tacked on merely so there is romance, and the heroes do not flawlessly put aside all their disagreements and prejudices because there is a greater threat.
I enjoyed this book for its ideas. I recommend it to readers looking for a quick fix of high fantasy.