A man learns that he’s the warrior destined to champion the realm of light in an imminent battle against the opposing darkness in this fantasy debut.
Boblin Kule is one of the elion race relatively secure within the Fort of Pellen’s walls. It’s the last free dwelling in the North, all else having succumbed to Dark Lord Zadinn Kanas’ reign. When Boblin stumbles upon—and is spotted by—elions who’ve betrayed their people to Zadinn, he flees. Farther south he comes across humans Tim Matthias and his parents, Daniel and Rosalie, as well as dwerion Quentiin Harggra, on the trail of creatures who attacked the Matthiases and abducted nearly everyone from the dwerion village Raldoon. Because they’re still in the perilous North, Boblin presumes the safest place is the Fort, with the traitors unable to do anything to him in broad daylight. But Boblin suddenly faces a charge of murder, and it isn’t long before Zadinn and his minions, the malichons, launch a strike against the elions. Zadinn, an advocate of a magic known as the Lifesource, is threatened by the prophesied Warrior of Light, who would rival the Dark Lord in the Ancient War. As Boblin and the remaining group travel to align themselves with the Army of Kah’lash, Warrior of Light Tim hones his Lifesource skills. Heinzen guilefully draws readers into his fantasy world brimming with characters and various beasts. Concepts, for one, aren’t entirely foreign: inspirations are generally apparent, from tall, elflike elions and short, dwarflike dwerions to the uttered curse, hisht. Other recognizable components include relationships, particularly Boblin and Hedro Desh vying for Celia Alcion’s affections (which may escalate into a physical confrontation). The action-laden tale features myriad clashes with creatures: flying, three-headed sarchons and a tentacled monster aptly called the Horror. Tim’s burdened throughout with the likelihood of surrendering to corruption and darkness, while, even if he chooses the light, his climactic fight with Zadinn could be so powerful it turns apocalyptic. Heinzen bolsters his novel with engaging prose: “Jagged streaks of lightning,” “booming thunderclaps,” and water “so thick that anyone outside could barely see more than a few paces.”
An impressive momentum and colorful characters and beasts make this story an epic journey worth taking.