W.O. Cassity grew up in the Mississippi Delta Valley dreaming of new worlds fueled by his passions for writing and playing tabletop games with his friends. As an adult, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he pursued a career in IT and Telecommunications, working for companies such as Dell Computer Corporation, Verizon Wireless and Asurion. Will returned to his childhood passions sharing those experiences with his children. He went on to release his debut novel, “Heir of the Blood King” which was well received. He also has an ongoing horror short story series, "A Short Journey Into Darkness". Will and his wife, Barbara, currently reside in Arkansas with their four children, three dogs and one very stinky cat.
on Jan. 20, 2016 :
This story took me straight back to my old high school D&D days. It felt to me like a backstory to match three friends' interrelated characters. Talia is a strong-willed, stoic girl; Donadeir her old friend with hidden depths; and Adam, the black-haired orphan of uncertain destiny. The characters drive this story, though it is an exciting time in their world, with the Blood King's Guards on the loose and the mysterious heir yet to be found.
As an adult reader, I found the writing style somewhat basic and overly detailed; everything is described, instead of implied. However, for a younger audience I think it would be just right. The story appeals to lovers of classic fantasy adventure. I guarantee any fellow D&Ders will feel right at home!
And I have to say, it's worth the read if only for the fantastic twist at the end...
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)