Book review of Falestian Heir (The Imperium Saga: The Warlord Trilogy, Book 2)

Author: Clifford B. Bowyer
Publisher: Silver Leaf Books, LLC
ISBN: Print: 978-1-60975-043-5; eBook: 978-1-60975-044-2

Good read!

Good read!


This is the second book of the Warlord Trilogy and as in the previous book this too has ample action and blood fest in doses potent enough to keep an adventure lover hooked. The story talks about the journey of the true heir of Falestia and the many challenges he faces in claiming what is rightfully his.

In this journey he encounters several adventures and meets several strangers that either ally with him or try to finish him. The book, especially the first twelve chapters, is an effortless read. A reader, even if he wants to, wouldn’t be able to miss even a single line because Clifford B. Bowyer really leaves a reader spellbound.
The meeting between Barksis and his ‘Troll’ father come across as no less than a perfect start for the book. But then later, the lack of emotional bonding between the two does not, somehow, look very convincing. The idea that the writer has put forward is the unity of races, then why does the hero agree to his uncle’s suggestion to not call the ‘Troll’ his father; his silence is shattering. But then the writer already has brought into question the hero’s ‘cool’ nature when his thought process is laid bare by him in connection to the Wraith girl. When his companion enquires about the Wraith girl the hero at one moment feels that it may dent his quest.

Another highlight of this book is the vivid employment of sexual imagery. The hero and the rival both have their share of sexual relations but the way they are presented brings out the difference in their characters minutely. While for one it is the beginning of love, for another it is just ‘comfort’ and gratification. The contrast couldn’t have been any starker!
There are several new and old characters that have been introduced. Now this could have been a bad thing with a lesser writer but Clifford has been able to give them identity and character of their own, which indeed is remarkable. The only thing that breaks concentration, while reading, is the overconcentration on the aspects of warfare. But, this is something completely subjective because for some this would appear no less than a special treat! After all what is a fantasy book without action? All in all, the second book is a good read and those who love adventure and fantasy sagas would love this one too!

(The review was done in exchange of a free copy and for http://www.bookpleasures.com)

Book review: Falestia (The Imperium Saga: The Warlord Trilogy, Book 1)

Author: Clifford B. Bowyer
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Silver Leaf Books, LLC
ISBN: Print: 978-1-60975-041-1; eBook: 978-1-60975-042-8

Good read!

Good read!

This is a book that may appear a must read for those that love fantasy fares. It is partly true too! But it is actually as much an action thriller as it could be. The high octane fight scenes that this book offers is bound to keep a reader’s pulse racing, but, the best part about this book is the detail in which it destructs the myth that two people of the same race but with different color or demeanor cannot be allies or friends. This book also clearly brings forth the idea that the people that may not ‘seem’ civilized to some, too are living beings with feelings that need love and security, just as much as any other.

Consider the detailed way in which the writer, Clifford B. Boyer, tackles the dialogue between a Barbarian woman Zorarna and a Falestian Prince Lorrents. It sums up the idea that those who may seem enemies may not actually be that. In fact, they, if given time and chance, may even turn out to be the best and truest friends one can ever hope to get. The book also explains the tender loving bond between father-son and husband -wife. Such is the impactful writing displayed by the writer in these scenes that it is potent enough to leave a reader misty eyed for some time. The best scene, however, remains the one in which a Barbarian, Blaeinger, greaves the death of his beloved wife while a Knight, and a so-called human, Rawthorne turns a blind eye when enemies put a Barbarian woman to death, brings out this contrast so vividly that for a moment, it would seem to a reader, that humanity may have nothing to do with being born into a humane household or in human form. While Barbarians are united in grief and merriment it is Humans and Trolls that show savagery, backstabbing and lunacy that are extremely disturbing.

In this book, the fight scenes would keep a reader hooked, but, the scenes that speak of friendship, unity and love are the ones that create the most impact on psyche.
In short, this is a story that speaks of a fantastic world, but, the emotions that the writer explores are too real to let go. The scenes where gore is defined may appear unpalatable for some but overall this book is an entertaining, dreamy ride and thus, should not be given amiss.

(The review was done in exchange of a free copy and for http://www.bookpleasures.com)