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First, the action is great. Lots of books lead up to a too short action climax. Malcor's Story has an epic action sequence that covers a huge portion of the book. As a result when you get to that spot when you can't put the book down, you actually have a long way to go. Talk about getting your money's worth from a book.
Second, the philosophical exploration of the world is nice and complex. The main society is lawful evil. The secondary society is lawful good. Despite that, the lawful evil society's behavior is focused on the big picture and results in more good for the world while the lawful good society's behavior is myopic and puts the long term safety of the world in danger. Neither side is a lazy caricature of anything specific from our society, yet it makes you think about the role of politics and religion in our world as well. A great exercise for the mind to go along with a fun fantasy read.
Third, I get a little annoyed at books that leave holes in the logic behind why characters do what they do and how they got the abilities they have. Obviously you have to suspend reality to enjoy a good fantasy book, but Barnum weaves together a narrative which paints a picture of the Tanian society and their practices which create a solid background for the story. I got a feel of a fusion of Sparta (Greek) and Japanese culture being combined in a unique way along with bits and pieces of other familiar societies. Barnum took this familiarity and extended it into his new world in a magical way.
To sum it up, you really need to read this book. You don't have to have read the first book to start this one. Dar Tania occurs about 2,000 years prior to the events in Malcor's Story. When you combine the two books however, you start to see a marvelous new world that you want to keep visiting. And the foreshadowing of what will happen in Bloodstone makes me super excited to read the next book, Bomoki's Gate.
Sorry this review is a bit long, but I know new writers struggle to gain traction. I really hope that this series can go on for years - I'm definitely a fan!
For those familiar with "Dar Tania", Barnum’s earlier book, this will be a welcome follow-up which takes place almost two-thousand years later after the events of "Dar Tania". Like all skilled writers of the fantasy genre, the author weaves and links these two seemingly separate events from different times into one coherent and extraordinary history.
Malcor is considered a young and impressionable man at just nineteen years of age, but only he knows the hunger for ambition and honor that stirs ceaselessly within him. Restless with his life as an apprentice blacksmith, he dreams of something more. A life of purpose and valor, fighting for the Gods he serves and the safety of his people. And the only way to leave his mundane existence behind is to become a knight, or rather a Paladin, the most revered fighters in the land. Known for their devotion and unbreakable bond with the Goddess, to become a Paladin is no easy task, and is only bestowed on the chosen ones who must pass seemingly impossible challenges.
But it’s what Malcor wants more than anything, and he is determined to become one of the chosen ones. No matter what it takes.
Malcor is tested sooner than he expects when he is suddenly burdened with a perilous quest that may come close to destroying him. As his personal resolve is pushed to almost unbearable limits, Malcor must use whatever courage he has left to face an evil that has been dormant for centuries.....until now.
If you like books that take you out of your own world and drop you into other exciting worlds then this is your next read!
The plot is based in the fantasy world of Tania. I loved some characters... and loved to hate other ones.
The main character is a young man (Malcor) who you get to follow through his treacherous and fascinating right of passage into becoming a knight. There are countless others you follow as well as their lives intertwine with Malcors.
It's full of dragons, thieves, paladins, priestesses, gods, battles, sorcery, love, healers, loyalty, betrayal, and the ethereal flowing River Of Time.
Malcors Story is a riveting novel that will be hard to put down after reading just the first chapter. It sucked me in.
My personal favorite is Malcors first 'challenge' utop a snowy mountain. He has to face and conquer a dragon. He is special and finds out more of why that is, during this epic dragon battle.
The story flows perfectly and is written in such a way to instantly connect you to each and every completely unique character.
You won't be disappointed and I highly recommend this one!
Can't wait to read the next book written. If anyone is hesitant to read this and isn't familiar with Dungeons & Dragons games, don't worry this one will be fun for all. If you enjoy anything regarding magic, dragons, monsters and heroes this one will be a high favorite.
So many battles with exciting and unexpected outcomes, truly makes this one a fun read. Really started to feel the pain and agony of being a Knight and the hardships of excelling as a Paladin. Don't want to share too many details since there is a lot of pleasant glories and struggles in Malcor's Story. Get this book and really enjoy the story of Malcor.