"Exciting sword and sorcery fantasy"
Eight hundred years after Connavar and Bane defeated the
Stone (see SWORD IN THE STONE) freeing the Rigante, the
clan needs a hero to end their current oppression. That
champion appears to be Kaelin Ring, better known as
Ravenheart, who becomes the leader of the still proud but
slaved Rigante clan. He leads the demand for freedom from
the Varlish and their Lord Moidart.
Ravenheart takes his revolution to the north where
Moidart's son Gaise Macon, the Stormrider, awaits the
confrontation. As the war comes closer, the Knights of the
Sacrifice obtain a skull said to contain the evil of the
Orb. If true, an evil artifact owned by unconscionable
individuals who slaughter innocents for fun will spin the
war-wracked lands into deeper dismay and chaos. Then there
is the anticipated impact of preadolescent Feargol who as
the Ghost Walker might prove to be the ultimate savior or
destroyer of all.
STORMRIDER is an exciting sword and sorcery fantasy that
never slows down for a moment. The keys to this exciting,
action-packed tale are the prime characters. Ravenheart
and Stormrider, in spite of their respective positions,
seem real and will remind the audience of Harold and
William. The two rival stars are giants whose persona
overwhelm the support cast, even the evil orb; yet they
entice readers to refuse to put David Gemmell's latest
fantasy down until the novel is complete to see how the
final battle between these giants ends.
Harriet Klausner - Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 15, 2002