Tuesday, 12 May 2009
FANTASY REVIEW - Dark Lord, Arch Wizard - Ed Greenwood
Rod Everlar is a writer who mysteriously finds himself drawn into a fantasy world of his own creation. Once there he discovers that three dark wizards dominate the land. Facing danger at every turn, he must learn how to seize control of Falconfar and find a way of defeating the spreading corruption before it's too late. Dark Lord displays all the hallmarks of Ed's reputation for creating a richly realised fantasy setting, and characters that shine.
Arch Wizard is the second thrilling adventure in The Falconfar Saga. Having been drawn into a fantasy world of his own creation, Rod Everlar continues his quest to defeat the corruption he has discovered within. He sets off in pursuit of the dark wizard Malraun, only to find that he has raised an army of monsters and mercenaries in order to conquer the world.
I, like a number of other readers, grew up with Ed Greenwood’s Elminster and his Forgotten Realm series so when Solaris let it be known that they were to print his latest series I really couldn’t wait for them to land.
Dark Lord see’s the principle protagonist starting out in our world and is sucked into a world of his own creation (similar in certain respects to the 1982 Anime Flight of Dragons.) Its well written and allowed me a touch of nostalgia to get back in touch with my childhood which really did allow me a few magical hours at a time. Add to the mix Ed’s typically Spartan descriptiveness along with a well driven plot and you’ll find yourself sucked into this world and willing to spend a good while exploring it.
Arch Wizard, the follow up to Dark Lord, takes the hero from the original and plunges him into a great chaos than he believed could be possible. As you’d expect from Greenwood, well written with a character that keeps you guessing as to what they’re going to do up to the moment in which they act. A great new series from one of the rejuvenator’s of the nineties.