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THE TOME OF SYYX by Stavros Saristavros


The Fateful Force Series: Book One

by Stavros Saristavros

Pub Date: April 1st, 2022
ISBN: 978-1-77374-095-9
Publisher: Self

A band of misfits turns into a team of heroes in this fantasy debut.

Having spent his whole life among humans, Zom is careful to suppress his orc heritage. Akke—also a “half-blood”—feels like an outsider wherever she goes. Humans are wary of her and elves disdain her. Ailuros is a preening panther, proud of his lush, white fur and his fighting prowess. Osho is a human monk, as serene as he is skilled in warfare. They meet when they’re hired as bodyguards for a dwarf mining mission. Adventure ensues. As they trek across the Wild Moor—a land without a king—these strangers must work together to keep their enemies from taking possession of a book that gives whoever possesses it unimaginable power. There are dragons, armies of the undead, and the fulfillment of ancient prophecies. Anyone who has a passing familiarity with Tolkien will recognize this story, but that’s not a criticism. It’s not easy to write a sword-and-sorcery novel that doesn’t pay homage to the father of high fantasy, and an existential struggle between good and evil is a universally compelling trope. The universe in which Saristavros sets his tale began as a role-playing game, and sometimes the plot and pacing feel as if they’re defined by the roll of some 12-sided dice. And the idea of “races” with clearly delineated physical characteristics, personalities, and even occupations feels a bit limiting. But Zom’s and Akke’s struggles with their own identities interrogate these stereotypes and add depth to these characters. And one of this world’s cities, Sanctuary, was founded as a place where diversity thrives, and where citizens can live lives that aren’t circumscribed by their own race—a refreshing concept in fantasy. This is the first installment of a series, so readers can look forward to a return to this distinctive realm.

An engaging tale filled with epic battles and plenty of magic.