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Shadowbane: Age of Aelfborn by [Francois, Paul]
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In Shadowbane: Age of Aelfborn by Paul Francois, young Megildur must traverse Aerynth, a world in constant turmoil, to rescue his sister and fulfill a destiny ordained by the All-Father. He must find the mighty but cursed sword, Shadowbane, and lead everyone to unity and peace. The story premise is a familiar concept in the fantasy genre - you have a come-of-age protagonist chosen to find a mystical item and embark on a perilous quest. That said, a skilled storyteller can put a fresh spin on a classic theme, and Paul Francois successfully did that. 

There are evident inspirations from other well-known fantasy fictions for its world-building, but there are also unique qualities to keep readers interested. In terms of characterization, protagonist Megildur will not disappoint you. As an Aelfborn, or half Human and half Elf, Megildur already experiences hardship due to his race. He's easy to root for and has traits that we would want in a lead character or a hero. 

The narrative and the dialogue are clear cut. The plot is well-structured, even though I feel that some parts can be more polished in terms of pacing. On the other hand, Shadowbane: Age of Aelfborn is overall a solid and enjoyable read, ticking all the necessary prerequisite of a fantasy novel. Francois has an interesting story to tell, and no doubt he has more to share with readers. He's another worthy writer in this genre and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.

Review Rating: 4 stars.
Reviewed By Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite


"Enjoyable read. This story captured my imagination from the very outset and plunged me into yet another mystical world of adventure. I immediately warmed to Megildur, the main character and the troubles he faced. The setting of the story was truly original and exciting, the characters had depth and their presence in the world often entertaining.
I hope Paul Francois continues with this genre, and becomes a veteran fantasy writer. I feel he has a lot to offer in this genre." - Jay Freeman

About the Author

By day, Paul Francois is a mild mannered IT professional. He has been in the technology field for over 20 years. One day, in 2011, he started pondering story ideas until they leapt out of his brain and onto paper… onto the computer to be precise. Join him as he discovers which genre suits his writing style best. Fantasy, Sci Fi, Thriller, or perhaps...all of the afore mentioned genres. The road is dreary and his journey long, sit back and enjoy a tale as we travel it together.

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  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1537706780
  • Publisher: Paul Francois (October 24, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 24, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M3UFR4X
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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