WELCOME TO YAZSBOOKSNSTUFF, I AM VERY EXCITED TO PARTICIPATE IN MY FIRST BLOG TOUR. SHADOWS OF KINGS IS THE DEBUT DARK FANTASY BOOK BY JACK WHITSEL.
Steel and sorcery clash as the Harhn incursion sweeps through the Hugue. Only Lord Baudouin and Lady Lucia, a Dragon Maiden from the Order, stand in the enemy’s path. Only together will there be any hope to repel the onslaught, and preserve the future for a mysterious girl they do not know.
The Hugue are under attack by the unpredictable Harhn horde who have ventured for the first time in 50 years from their home in Vol Thaldane in great numbers and are decimating everything in their path. The Darkfey in this book are nothing like the ones in fairy tales, brutal and vicious they take great pleasure in torture and killing.
The brave knights of the Hugue fight valiantly despite the odds against a innumerable enemy, death seems to be a hairs breath away and betrayal and secret agendas are rife within their ranks. Their only hope lies with the mysterious Order Knights who are conspicuously absent from the battle and the Dragon Maids, followers of the Great Dragon Shyrdasa who centuries ago bestowed on them the secrets of draconic sorcery.
Shadows of Kings is a gritty epic fantasy filled with sorcery both good and evil, this book takes you on a wild rampage that has you on the edge of your seat. Surprisingly, my favourite part of the book was the battle scenes between the Hugue and the Harhn as they are amazingly tense and descriptive. The book is well written and the characters are engaging especially Lucia who I didn't like in the beginning, but after her abduction she shows immense growth of character that really had me warming to her. I look forward to the next book in the Dragon Rising series and hope we don't have too long to wait.
Jack is a native Californian, but has made Oregon his home since 1982. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Finance from Portland State University, but studies medieval history in his spare time. His favourite genres are fantasy and historical fiction with a medieval emphasis. Shadows of Kings, the first novel of the Dragon Rising Series is the love child born of these two passions.
“I love the elements of fantasy when mixed with the gritty aspects of a medieval society. In the worlds I create, there are neither citadels of shimmering glass nor any utopian realms.”
The final contributing catalyst to Jack’s creative process comes from his two sons, Josiah and Noah. They remind him how important an active imagination can be, and are the first to hear his tales of diabolical wizards and valiant knights.
“Because of my boys, I still believe in Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy.”
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