- Series: The Realmsic Conquest
- Paperback: 346 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (July 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500596116
- ISBN-13: 978-1500596118
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,347,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Realmsic Conquest: The Hero of Legend (Volume 1) Paperback – July 29, 2014
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About the Author
Demethius Jackson is a fiction writer from Washington, DC. He is the author of The Realmsic Conquest book series, which chronicles the struggles of the Realm — Earth’s only magical kingdom. Jackson is also an alumnus of American University’s School of Communications. Throughout his ten-year career, he’s held positions at global media and cinema companies.
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Newly crowned King Maebus and a wonderful ensemble cast of supporting characters guards the crucial Realmsic Crystal from would-be conqueror Damian and his overwhelming horde of soldiers and supporters. In heart-stopping battle scenes, the two armies clash as War Wizards called Crucifers hurl deadly magic fireballs far into enemy lines.
Things are looking bleak for King Maebus and his battle-weary warriors: the cruel armies of Damian flood the valley floor and pour through the Realmsic Castle gates. But what's this? Maebus's forces have fallen back instead of fighting to the last man. There's a plan afoot here, and King Maebus is its architect. Still, the displaced Council members grumble and many innocent civilians and townspeople die at the hands of the invaders.
And, oddly enough, one of the bad guys seems to be having second thoughts about the wanton violence, bringing new depth to what otherwise might be a stereotypical villain. In a revealing passage, a key enforcer for Damian -- who signed on eagerly to help right ancient wrongs, as his people saw it -- views dozens of bodies hanging in the marketplace and wonders: "At which point did the aggrieved become the aggressor?"
Indeed, this novel rises above the usual fare for this genre, layering rich texture and realistic vulnerability to its key players as the story develops. Even the exiled king seems to second-guess the wisdom of his actions.
And that doubt is only underscored when the conquering warlord embarks on a path of brutal punishments to the remaining survivors in an attempt to bring Maebus -- and the Realmsic Crystal -- within his reach.
The story then twists and winds through narrow escapes and startling revelations that deal with the origins of magic. But, in the end, it all seems to fall back on Maebus and his quest to regain his kingdom -- and, if possible, end a millennia of war.
This is a book not to be missed, for all fans of fantasy. It's the first installment in a series of adventures in this magical kingdom. Book Two, The Realmsic Conquest: The Icon of Earth is now available. Get it today and continue this imaginative venture into classic world-building fiction.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
The Realm is the world's only magical kingdom and at the heart of its magic lies the Realmsic Crystal. The Wizard Kelm and the new, young King Maebus must protect the Crystal and the Realm against a potent threat from the Warlord Damian, who will not scruple to use any power to overcome the Realm's defenses. To do so, they must make the right decisions, choose their allies wisely, and utilize the power of The Hero of Legend....if they can find him.
Author Demethius Jackson describes this series a 'self-help fantasy', designed to provide a model for young readers in making choices and developing self-reliance and resilience. Given that, I was a bit apprehensive in beginning this pair of books, concerned that the story might be a bit 'preachy'. That concern, I am happy to say, was completely unfounded.
What Jackson gives us is a well-plotted, very well written fantasy adventure story in which the values of consultation and cooperation underlie the story but are not blatantly obvious. In that way (and that way only, because the genres are so different) they reminded me of the British children's classic Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (and other books in the series) which I once heard described as “a lesson in good manners”. While there is nothing strikingly new about The Realmsic Conquest, as a solid fantasy-adventure for readers at the younger end of the young-adult readership it more than passes muster. Had I a twelve-to-fourteen year old to recommend books for (or either a younger readers with above-average reading skills or an older reader for whom reading was more difficult) I would be buying them this pair of books. Strong male and female characters, solid plotting, good dialogue and well-paced action all added to my positive impression. Jackson's writing flows well; action and description are well balanced. There were almost no errors of typography or production in the e-pub copies I read.
So, five stars to both books for the late middle-school/early high school age reader. More from Demethius Jackson should be hoped for!
Review by Amazon Author Marian Thorpe Empire's Daughter (Empire's Legacy Book 1)
The author provided me with copies of both books in return for an honest review.