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I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review The vast realms and broad variety of creatures in Dark Solus An Assassin s Tale kind of reminds me of Lord of the Rings meets Skyrim However, that s where the comparisons stop Dark is a strong, but comical young man The determination he has to avenge his family goes beyond all reason He lets nothing get in his way as he pushes forward through one obstacle to the next, each bringing him closer to his goal the deat I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review The vast realms and broad variety of creatures in Dark Solus An Assassin s Tale kind of reminds me of Lord of the Rings meets Skyrim However, that s where the comparisons stop Dark is a strong, but comical young man The determination he has to avenge his family goes beyond all reason He lets nothing get in his way as he pushes forward through one obstacle to the next, each bringing him closer to his goal the deaths of all who betrayed his family.This is a story about family, betrayal, mystical discoveries, and the vengeance It is filled with many detailed creatures that are formed from a combination of mythologies, from elves to goddesses and everything in between.This book starts with a bang, throwing you into the midst of action, which continues throughout its pages It holds nothing back from the imagination The details are exquisite, from smells to scenery to creatures, each pulling you directly into the story The storyline itself seems to be on a loop of need object, get object, repeat, but there is no lack of action The only major downside I found was that it does end on a slight cliff hanger But I m looking forward to readingabout Dark and his quest for revenge My Favorite Interaction I loved the verbal exchanges between him and his grandfather especially the ones that included his pet.My Tip to Fellow Readers This is a wonderful book, but don t read a little and then try to come back to it days later Several of the characters are referenced bythan one name and if they all aren t fresh in your mind it may be a little confusing Personally I had to go back and reread the first chapter after I figured out who all the characters were, but it was worth it #DOWNLOAD EPUB ⚩ Dark Solus: An Assassin's Tale ⚢ Dark Solus, An Assassin s Tale is a dark, science fiction fantasy novel about one of the deadliest assassins on the planet Eorth The evil wizard Kalifen, along with the ruthless leaders of the Assassins, Thieves and Halflings guilds, murdered Dark Solus parents when he was only a child Haunted by their merciless execution, he now waits and prepares to exact his revenge on all those responsible for their demise Dark is transformed and trained by the Styg, the warden of the Stygian depths, and his grandfather Mephistopheles, an ancient silver dragon Twelve years later, Dark is now ready to travel to the City of Duergar, the home of his enemies Trained in the skills of assassination, and armed with lethal devices and knowledge of the dark arts, he has set himself only one missionto kill them all This action packed book comes alive with ancient imagery, in a time before solid boundaries formed between the mystical kingdoms of Faerie and the mortal world of man Author David Andrew Crawford grew up in Canada, and currently resides in the small hamlet of Innesville with his two dogs, Ares and Ariel Publisher s website http strategicpublishinggroup titl Dark Solus is somewhat clunky, with that artless style endemic to first time writers The text is sprinkled with words that do not match the approachable tone of the writing, which does not do anything to raise the tone, but rather makes even the advanced reader falter.It seems that the author has neglected the most important part of fantasy writing, the setting is a busy and chaotic mish mash of Greek, Nordic, Celtic, Mespotamian, and Dungeons Dragons mythology A significant number of co Dark Solus is somewhat clunky, with that artless style endemic to first time writers The text is sprinkled with words that do not match the approachable tone of the writing, which does not do anything to raise the tone, but rather makes even the advanced reader falter.It seems that the author has neglected the most important part of fantasy writing, the setting is a busy and chaotic mish mash of Greek, Nordic, Celtic, Mespotamian, and Dungeons Dragons mythology A significant number of concepts are lifted from the Dungeons Dragons Roleplaying Game, in some cases with no attempt to disguise or personalise the borrowed content ranging from creatures, spells, items, and gods, to abstract ideas like alignment.The novel fails to build tension, every obstacle is resolved within a few pages at the most, with very little effort on the part of any of the characters Very early on, it is established that the incongruously named Dark and his grandfather are supremely powerful beings, pulling massively powerful spells from no established background in order to defeat their enemies before a fight can continue beyond the first or second volley Even mental conundrums are immediately answered with a flash of insight.There is, however, no end of obstacles for the leading character to face, at the end of each quest, the assassin is unfailingly provided with a new goal to pursue This quickly grows tiresome when the reader realises halfway through that either the main plot will be wrapped up in an unsatisfying rush at the end, or will not be resolved with this book.The pacing of the final third of the book suffers, as if the author was impatient to finish or bored with the work In the words of the author, leagues were covered in what seemed like only seconds , as events and actions are listed off without any attention to detail or elaboration.The overall experience of Dark Solus is one of frustration The main character is petulant, childish, the dialogue is often awkward as characters expound aloud what the reader has already figured out for themselves None of the characters have any depth, and the reader is given no reason to care about Dark or his goals Rather than being encouraged to read the next book in the series, it is a relief to reach the end of this text Disclaimer this is a paid review This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards This is what our young readers thought TitleDark Solus, An Assassin s TaleAuthorDavid Andrew CrawfordFEEDBACKCover 8 10Excellent cover Very powerful, central image and easy to read fonts The readers thought it represented the story and the genre well One reader put in his feedback, I thought it was a fantastic cover A bit scary but it made me want to read the book Another reader put, It looks fantastic but I think this imag This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards This is what our young readers thought TitleDark Solus, An Assassin s TaleAuthorDavid Andrew CrawfordFEEDBACKCover 8 10Excellent cover Very powerful, central image and easy to read fonts The readers thought it represented the story and the genre well One reader put in his feedback, I thought it was a fantastic cover A bit scary but it made me want to read the book Another reader put, It looks fantastic but I think this image might look better on a book for adults, not for kids Editing 8 10The readers discovered no problems with punctuation, grammar or spelling They also felt the book was well paced They did feel that it was a little confusing in parts and a few of the characters and sub plots needed fleshing out.Theme 7 10This book was very much enjoyed by our young readers They loved all the magic and monsters, the exciting plot and sub plots They felt the characters were interesting and fun to follow, particularly Dark Solus From the feedback, it seems the part of the book when he is being tutored in the art of magic was most enjoyed The young readers also enjoyed how the hero discovered the different items he needed One readers girl, aged 12 put in her feedback, This was a very exciting story I liked all the magic and I liked the problems Dark had to overcome The only problem for me was all the killing Although the readers thought it was well written with interesting characters and plots, they thought the endless battling was a little too violent for younger readers.Style 7 10The readers though the author created a lot of suspense and intrigue in the story They felt he was very descriptive and kept up the pace well throughout the book One reader boy, aged 12 put, This author has tons of imagination and he puts everything across really well I had to re read the odd page when I got confused as to who was who and what was happening but, apart from that, it was great STATSOf the 17 readers 11 thought the first page chapter was gripping.9 want to read the next book in the set.10 thought the cover was excellent.3 thought the cover was a bit too scary.6 though the blurb was good.8 thought the magic lessons were the best part of the book.5 thought that the plot was the best part of the book.4 thought your ability to describe action was your strongest writing skill.9 plus two teachers thought the book s vocab was age appropriate but the violent content was not A pulsating, fantasy filled thriller Perfect for young adults The Wishing Shelf Awards My first thought on reading this book was I wish I could park my car as easily as the main characters in the story park their rides, whether horse or flying ship My second thought was what an imagination this writer has In Dark Solus An Assassin s Tale, David Andrew Crawford has crafted a story full of horror, tragedy, revenge, and magic Or at least partially, buton that later Protagonist Dark Solus is the offspring of a demon father and an elf mother, and is being raised accordin My first thought on reading this book was I wish I could park my car as easily as the main characters in the story park their rides, whether horse or flying ship My second thought was what an imagination this writer has In Dark Solus An Assassin s Tale, David Andrew Crawford has crafted a story full of horror, tragedy, revenge, and magic Or at least partially, buton that later Protagonist Dark Solus is the offspring of a demon father and an elf mother, and is being raised accordingly in a magical environment with lessons in stealth and self defense from his father, a skilled warrior, with summers spent at the home of his grandfather and WHAT a grandfather , a deep cave in the land of fairies Sadly for young Dark, this idyllic childhood is destroyed when his parents are killed by enemies that the boy never knew existed At the age of thirteen, Dark vows to seek out and kill those who murdered his mother and father Thus, Dark begins a long and rigorous journey, first as a student learning the art of assassination using every weapon known to man, demon, and very dark magic Then when his training is complete, he embarks on several quests to obtain a series of talismans necessary for him to fulfill his vow of revenge It is at this point that Crawford s imagination makes the jump into hyperspace, to borrow a phrase Paying homage to Tolkien and borrowing elements ofthan one ancient mythology, from the Greeks to the Norse to the Celts, the author sends his characters on a whirlwind tour of ageless cautionary fables read horrific fairy tales in a sort of video game smashes into Bulfinch, or perhaps a version of When Vengeful Heroes Go Completely DARK And then the book ends No kidding Crawford didn t partially craft a story as I had mentioned earlier, he actually only partially shared it I realized as I was racing through the last 20 pages that the dwindling amount of book left did not bode well for my learning the outcome of the entire story Maybe the author thought I needed a break to get my breath back Perhaps he was being as devilish as his half demon main character Whatever the reason, anyone reading this book will be tempted to turn up on the author s doorstep and demand to know what happens next So, Mr Crawford, to prevent uninvited visitors, I ll ask here and now What DOES happen next And how soon can we find out