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Prophecy of the Kings: The Trilogy Paperback – March 5, 2010
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I'm halfway through Shadow of the Demon (book 3) and couldn't agree more that this is a fantastic trilogy, one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in a while, really!
About the Author
David Burrows is an avid reader of fantasy and counts Tolkien, Irvine and Rowling amongst his favourites. David is also keen on Saxon/Viking re-enactment where he learned the brutal reality of fighting in a shield wall. Writing is his main hobby and he has written a fantasy trilogy The Prophecy of the Kings, which comprises Legacy of the Eldric, Dragon Rider and Shadow of the Demon - sample chapters and reviews can be found on his website at http://davidburrows.org.uk. He is currently working on the prequel to the trilogy, Drachar’s Demons
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From the very first sentence of page one it grabs you. The attention to detail is amazing and the reader can immerse themselves into the world that is being created. Just the right amount of death, Magic intrigue.
Absolutely perfect from start to finish.
The first book is a bit choppy and somewhat difficult to read but forms an important base for the remaining two books in the series. Overall, the author uses an intriguing mixture of imaginative characters to provide an entertaining fantasy centering around a particular prophecy that could apply to more than one character. There are several nice plot twists that alter one's perceptions of a particular species and a gratifying maturation of the main character as he overcomes the many obstacles that he encounters. An entertaining trilogy that could warrant transformation into a quartet of books.
I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this title.
Book 1 is Legacy of the Eldric. It sets up the story, following the story of Kaplyn, Lars and Lomar, with the sorcerer Vastra. I found this part to drag on a tad to much, but overall, the author did a wonderful job setting up the story. Likeable characters, both good and bad. The ending was intense, and I was so glad I had all three books, so I was able to dive right in to the second one.
Book 2 is Dragon Rider. This book was very intense and enjoyable all the way through. The author did a great job of keeping everything going, lots of twists and turns, but without getting off into other tangents. The ending was a bit more mild, but definitely drew one in to reading the third book right away. I enjoyed some of the stories behind the secondary characters as well. Not hugely detailed, but just enough to be able to root for them as the stories progressed.
Book 3 is Shadow of the Demon. It felt a bit slow at the beginning, though it really wasn't. It built up the storyline well, and ended with a big bang. I was curious as to how the author would end it, since one kept being led to believe the Eldric would come back. I found the twist to be extremely interesting, and made for a very good ending to the story.
The author has been compared to several of the great fantasy writers like Tolkien and Moorcock. I can certainly see a lot of similarities with regards to Tolkien, but he has managed to keep it on its own course, and a very enjoyable one at that.
Quote: "True, the Krell tribes had been defeated years ago, fleeing to the remotest regions of the land, but there were still supposed sightings, and even rumors of attacks."
Although I did enjoy this book overall, I thought it got off to too slow of a start. The set up to the quest itself was too prolonged, and I didn't find myself really reading on eagerly until we got to that portion of the book. The characters are strong, with those to route for and against. There was a definite mythology, with a whole alternate world created. I was interested in seeing the outcome of the story, particularly the ending of book one which had my running to the second volume.
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