"Will appeal to romance and fantasy readers"
In the Wyrling Forest live many humanoid races that regard
humans as their enemy. The short green Vaarblog use their
claws to dig tunnels that connect their lairs and are the
most powerful of the inhabitants of the forest. Klarshk,
the warrior shaman of the clan has united all of his
species into a fighting force. He will use magic as well as
mundane battle techniques to take control of Wyrling Keep
and from there conquer the rest of the Eightfold Kingdoms.
Teris Rathden and Syrena Marsena, royals in their
respective countries, are getting married as part of the
peace treaty. As soon as the vows are pronounced the
Vaarblog and their allies, the grayskins attack, forcing
the wedding party to retreat into the fortified keep. Teris
is pleased with his bride, a warrior woman who can fight as
well as any man and who helps the soldiers and the healer
during the siege. During the two day battle the pair falls
deeply in love even though they are surrounded by danger
from within and without the keep. In a daring move that
could mean his death, Teris and his allies strike deep in
the enemy camp in the hope of killing the one being whose
death will end the battle.
John Helfers has created an imaginary realm so detailed and
believable readers will believe it actually exists. The
battle scenes are so intricately described so that the
audience can see it in the mind's eye while the romance
between Teris and Syrena is used as a tension reliever.
This novel will appeal to romance and fantasy readers who
like reading fantastic cross-genre novel. It would be a joy
if the author places future books in the Eightfold Kingdoms.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted September 15, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007