Although I usually don’t read fantasy adventure a friend suggested this
novel and I’m glad she did.
A summary of the plot is not as important as stressing that this author has
a firm grip on the key elements of writing and storytelling.
CONFLICT! Without conflict there is no story.
She uses the classic conflict of two brothers consumed by their hatred for one another, who have dedicated their lives
and all their energies to one final purpose: the death or ruin of the other brother.
Mythos! She also has a keen understanding that in these
novels the author has to create a pure virtual-reality kingdom that whisks the reader away to faraway lands and adventures.
It’s the key to suspension of disbelief, and she accomplished it with ease.
The “Essence” code of honor or conduct is
akin to the Arthurian mythos of “Might” makes right and Camelot. Again the classic conflict both inner of outer
of good vs. evil.
Of course hearing that the author is an ex-cheesehead transplant from the great
white north Wisconsin did endear her more quickly to my heart. Who says all the great American writers have to be from the
Jump in and read her series and be transported to mystical realms where the
damsel is in distress and truth and honor still prevail.
~R. Douglas Weber
Author of Solomon's Key