Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Last Dragon Slayer (Deathsworn Arc) by Martyn Stanley Review

Title: The Last Dragon Slayer
Series: Deathsworn Arc, Book 1
Author: Martyn Stanley
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 200
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Thoughts: Loved the introduction to the characters.

Book Synopsis:

There is rumoured to be a noble dragon, an almost mythical beast, long thought to be extinct in Torea – terrorising a village in the north, at the foot of the Sky Cleaver Mountains. Saul Karza, Emissary to the Empress and licensed magic user, has been ordered by the Empress to assemble a band of warriors to investigate, and if the rumours are true, to vanquish it.

Having failed to assemble the band of hardened warriors he’d hoped for, Saul enters the town of Trest with a homeless dwarf, and two would-be sell-swords from the barbarian northlands, who’ve grown weary of working as labourers at the dock.

Seeking a fabled dragon slayer, the last known living soul to prevail in battle against a noble dragon, seems logical, even though he may not turn out to be all they expected. When the companions set out from Trest, they find simply getting to the Sky Cleavers proves to be a challenge and by the time they are ready to confront the beast, their party has changed dramatically and includes individuals from some of the rarest races in Torea.

As the gravity of their grim task becomes apparent, the warriors begin to realize, their chances of success are not good, and even if they can prevail against the odds, it seems unlikely they will all survive the encounter.

Only when the quest is done, is the true nature of the Empress's mission revealed. What is not revealed however, is the mysterious 'Truth', which Brael continually alludes to but is unable to talk about. Nobody can foresee the devastating consequences that the emergence of this ‘truth’ will unleash, and the impact its unveiling will have on their lives.


Let me say first that I LOVED how the author introduced the characters with awesome illustrations and background stories. I think it was a great way to start the series and novel. The story doesn't disappoint either. Fans of epic fantasy and going to love this novel and series. This is such a captivating and entertaining read. If you love fantasy, read this book.

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