Publisher: Red Rune Books
Series: The Shadows of the Revenaunt #1
The night before his Coming-of-Age, Ghyll and his two friends escape their castle on a clandestine boar hunt that will forever change their lives. The hunt proves a disaster, and with one of them badly wounded, they return just in time to see their island castle destroyed by macabre warriors from a dragon boat, and by flocks of fire-breathing birds. Ghyll's eighteenth birthday turns into a nightmare as they flee into the night.
Now begins an epic journey to find out who is trying to kill them – and most importantly, why?
Fortunately, they can count on the help of new friends, including a sometimes overly enthusiastic fire mage, an inexperienced paladin and a young beastmistress who is also a ferocious mountain lioness. It soon becomes clear that not one but several sorcerers want to kill them. Are those blackrobes really followers of a terrible, long-forgotten organization?
The return to the village is a somber one, but it gives them something important, a purpose. From here Ghylls, the leader and subject of a prophecy, with his warrior-like foster brother Olle, and their friend Damion take off on an adventure. Oaths of revenge burns in the background but doesn't dilute their morals. Along the way they find some magical, helpful friends. The camaraderie is fun to witness, especially amongst the original three.
I liked the three main boys, along with Uwella, a wikke who I wasn't sure they should trust, but she was pretty helpful and quite entertaining.
With danger around every corner, there is one evil that stands above the rest. One that's ruthless in his hunt for Ghyll. There was a neat network of sorcerers, magic swords, golems, and of course the classic good versus evil.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
He has been a soldier, a salesman, a scoutmaster and from 1995 till his school closed in 2012 a teacher of Dutch as a Second Language and Integration to refugees from all over the globe.
Being unemployed and economically overage, yet still some years away from retirement, he is a full-time writer of epic light fantasy adventures. His books are both published in the Netherlands, and internationally.
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