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I met this author in an online community on the Goodreads website. He needed beta readers for “The Aduramis Chronicles: Underworld.” Not knowing that his books were going to be gargantuan work of art, I volunteered. In order to take on the book “Underworld,” I needed to read “Destiny of the Wulf.”
After reading “Destiny of the Wulf,” Mr. Davies, in my opinion, had a lot of work ahead of him. “Destiny of the Wulf,” was a work of art. “Underworld” only proves that Davies is a master in his field. The story picks up wonderfully where the first book ended. The characters started to grow into their own as time advanced. The adventures are getting more complex and complicated. (Loved this fact!)
This book is classified as a fantasy novel. I personally disagree with this classification. I have read a lot of books over my lifetime. Only a handful of new authors have written a book that has just taken my breath away. (At one point in this book I caught myself holding my breath. Another time I was covering my mouth and gasping.) Mr. Davies books fall under a category that I created…Just Read the Damn Book! It’s That Good!
I have spoken via the magical realm of the internet to know that he has a third book in the works. (He resides in the mystical land of England. I in the rolling land of Half Way, MO) There are also a couple of prequels brewing in that wonderful imaginative brain of his. Plus there is a book or two that will branch off the main characters. (I would like to say I take credit for that thought…I suggested it!)
I personally believe that this book will become one of the next biggest works of art in the literary world. His story compares along the lines with Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and Le Guin. The only thing that I would like to personally ask of Mr. Davies…remember me when you become the next big thing!
Underworld is a highly action-oriented book. The pace is generally swift and the action is well-written and nicely set up with some neat twists and imaginative flourishes. If anything I found it was in danger of being almost too action-packed at times, and there were a number of sequences in which the protagonists were captured, imprisoned and escaped which maybe veered toward repetition, but before that could become a problem, Davies pulls out some new twists, concluding the main quest surprisingly early (I hadn't anticipated that pay-off until the end of the book somehow) and then setting things in a new direction. The book sets up a new storyline in the last couple of chapters, initiating up a dangerous new quest for the heroes. Thankfully, by resolving the main narrative thrust of the story (Coinin's quest), there's more than sufficient pay off.
The characters are well-drawn and engaging. Coinin is a sympathetic and three-dimensional hero with enough flaws to make him human and relatable. The bond with his brother Marrok is very well realised, as is his self doubt and somewhat repressed adolescent urges. I enjoyed the interplay of Aniol, Axl and the introduction of a very civilised orc named Len'i. At times there were possibly a few too many characters in the mix for my taste, but the eventual losses demonstrated that sacrifices had to be made and gave the story added weight. I'm not quite feeling Lordich Secracar as a villain yet, (I love his name though), he hasn't quite jumped out at me, but clearly there are many developments in store. The entire series feels meticulously plotted, which is very encouraging. I really look forward to seeing where is Davies taking this series and how he will pull things together. Already there's a lot of scope for all kinds of amazing possibilities. The Aduramis Chronicles is shaping up to be an excellent fantasy series, and one that will be enjoyed for many years to come.