The Blade Heir

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Kraegyn, the leader of the dragon tribes of Azuleah, has risen from the grave and threatens to plunge the world into chaos through his fiery reign. The ancient Requiem Sword is the only means to stop Kraegyn, but it was destroyed long ago. An orphaned, young man named Lucius Nostra is tasked with reforging the blade. Can he and his elf brother, Siegfried, stop the dragons from rising again? More

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About Daniel Adorno

Daniel A. Adorno is a fantasy/scifi author who is currently working on his debut fantasy trilogy. His stories weave Christian themes and historical elements with fantastical plots and characters. Daniel was born in 1982 in Puerto Rico and moved to the state of Florida at an early age. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in History at a private Bible college in Minnesota and went on to earn his Master’s degree in Ancient and Classical History. Daniel currently resides in Minnesota with his wife and son. Besides writing, Daniel enjoys reading speculative fiction, playing the latest board games, and teaching Sunday school students at his church.

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Review by: Lena Karynn Tesla on Oct. 11, 2014 :
The Blade Heir

*In the elven city of Evingrad, Lucius Nostra suffers from recurring nightmares of a black dragon killed long ago. The frightening dreams signal the ominous return of Kraegyn and the dragon tribes who wreaked havoc on the peoples of Azuleah. Confused and uncertain of his role in the gathering storm, Lucius joins his elf brother Siegfried on a perilous journey to reforge the Requiem Sword--the blade which once defeated Kraegyn.

Lucius’ quest will take him through the hostile realms of Azuleah, where both human and unhuman foes lurk. Though Lucius will gain allies on his mission and uncover secrets surrounding his past, can he survive long enough to stop Kraegyn’s ascension?

The Blade Heir is Daniel Adorno’s debut novel and the first book in the Azuleah Trilogy.*


An epic adventure full of powerful magic, hidden royalty, and people who are more than what they seem. Written in much the same style as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, The Blade Heir brims with fantastical creatures and enchanting lands.

Characters

The characters are amazingly crafted. Every action, every move resonates splendidly with their personalities. They seemed so real, their trials and pain provoked deep emotions. I'm looking forward to getting to know them better as their story continues!

Plot

The plot was action-packed and enthralling. Every major plot point was unexpected, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This was not merely action, however. The story was an excellent mix of sword fighting and exhilarating skirmishes, as well as being deep and meaningful.

Overall thoughts

This is beautiful. Everything about this book, the characters, the descriptions, the names (oh gosh, the names!), makes it an alluring tale, well worth the read. And it really lends a sense of reality to the story, a sense of hopeless desperation, when authors are not afraid to kill their characters. This, and books that end on a cliffhanger, really entice me. (That may or may not have been a small spoiler. *_- ). I wish I could give it ten stars!

Would I recommend it? Yes, I highly recommend this book to all fantasy lovers, especially fans of Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time
Would I let my kids read it? Yes, most definitely!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)
Review by: Emory Skwara on Aug. 12, 2014 :
The Blade Heir is an epic fantasy brimming with action and adventure, mystery, and lively characters that you will love. Daniel has an amazing way of bringing the story to life while also immersing you into the world he has created through his detailed descriptions. If you're hungry for classic fantasy and mythology filled with elves, faeries, dragons, and adventures, then look no further. The thing I loved the most was his descriptions of the menacing dragons. I couldn't get enough of Kraegyn! This story is perfect for children, teens, and adults alike, and unlike many modern fantasy tales, it has a strong moral compass and is clean. I loved this book and can't wait for the future installments!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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