I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for the first in a series of books by Shah Jalal, “Legend of Horian & the Dycentian Blade” . My thanks to Rachel at Authoright UK PR for my spot on the tour.
‘Long ago in the distant Kingdom of Dycentia, storytellers sang the legend of one of their own; a hero the likes of which were only born in forgotten lands, in forgotten times. This Dycentian’s name was Horian and although his life was cloaked in shadows, the secrets the storytellers sang have been passed down through the ages, known to only a select few and now preserved in these pages so that they may never be forgotten. The residents of today’s world can benefit from the lessons of bravery and duty in Horian’s quest. Few could have survived the soul-seething journey he undertook to access the most awesome weapon on the face of the earth. Few could be entrusted with the responsibility of wielding such a sovereignty seizing sword. However, it was only with the Dycentian Blade that Horian would literally govern the godly powers required to massacre the Mightiest and Most Malignant Monarch of Demons and Everything Foul, and to right the many wrongs that had been done.’
Horian has returned home after 4 years training. His home is a village in the Kingdom of Dycentia. His father Juratan, is a wizard and also the craftsman behing the Dycentian Blade, a sword that has been imbued with the power of 9 elements, no ordinary man care wield it, it has to be someone who can prove his worth and pass the tests required by the Gods.
This is a really interesting fantasy read that the author has built around the kingdoms of Dycentia and Galleria, describing the differences between the inhabitants, building and structures, the landscape and also the history. These are told in conversations between characters and also in descriptive passages. A book that leans heavily on the “good ‘v’ evil” plot, as well as the role the gods play in everyday life for some, but not all. There is a build up to a large battle, though it is not featured in this story, but the foundations have been laid for what is to come.
I though the plot was good and is based around Horian’s journey, or quest that will lead to further adventures. It is basic in some ways, but as this is the start of a series it is more about getting to know the people and their customs and traditions. I did find the religion featured quite a lot, but it is part of the story and how the gods are involved in this world, but it has been balanced with the believers and the non-believers.
This book definitely hit a lot of the right notes with me and I am interested to see where this story leads to next. It has introduced me to a new world, with different inhabitants, with history, religion and some interesting characters.
This is a book I would recommend to readers who want to start a new journey in fantasy. It is well written with a lot of detail and explanation, has action,adventure and the promise of more to come. A book that has set it’s foundations down.
About the Author:
Although born in Bangladesh, Shah Jalal has lived most of his life with his family in England.When not writing he helps his father run the family retail business in Leytonstone, London.
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