by Jacob L. Grant, Mark T. Russell
“The Stormcaller: The path of the fallen is a war of the heart. On the Isle of Türmak, a power-hungry necromancer longs to resurrect the unholy spirit of the Dragon. At his side is a legendary swordsman named Legion, who has single-handedly crippled the kingdom of Freeport from defending itself against the necromancer¿s plot. Then Andrea, a young slave who has magical powers beyond human comprehension, finds her way to Freeport and the tides of war begin to change. But is her faith in her abilities strong enough to stop even Legion? With surprising twists and imaginative medieval battles, The Stormcaller is an illustrative tale of redemption from the pits of the darkest kind of evil.
For the fantasy lover this story will cover it all. There are epic battles and supernatural powers at work, a classic good vs evil, heroes and heroines, dark antagonists and demonic creatures. All of these and more encompass the 400+ pages of The Stormcaller. Needless to say it took me a little while to finish reading. I couldn't help but get emotionally attached at the beginning of the book as the authors follow Andrea bound to a life of slavery hidden under the guise of indentured servitude rising to the heroine that is destined to save the land of Freeport from The Dragon. They did a fantastic job of getting me hooked but then they pulled a twist on me.
Just an FYI, this story is not mainly about Andrea The Stormcaller but also about Legion, the legendary swordsman and his quest for revenge gone awry. I was a bit torn with this because I really was hoping to stay more on Andrea's development and understanding of her special gift of calling the powers of nature to her will. But in the middle to end of the book the story is more about Legion which in itself is a very interesting story. I needed to shift gears mentally as the authors delved into Legions emotional state at the loss of his younger sister years ago. His quest for vengeance takes a very unexpected turn when he happens to bump into and saving Andrea who reminds him of his dead sister. This is the turning point in this character's development that I couldn't help but be reminded of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi with Darth Vadar turning back to the good side. The inner conflict and decisions that Legion is faced with made me connect with him and want to smack him a little. =)
The story of The Stormcaller is really about these two characters Andrea and Legion, a story well worth reading. This is the first story in what is scheduled to be a three part series so far. The Christian themes of redemption and God's calling on our lives shines through brightly. The Stormcaller is a great start to a fantastic world filled with possibilities and adventures! I look forward to books 2 & 3. Get writing gentlemen!
I recommend this story strongly and give it a 4 out of 5 star rating.
Daniel L Carter
Author of The Unwanted Trilogy
I received a review copy from the publisher for my unbiased opinion of the book. ”