David and Andrew Burrows' Drachar's Demons was published as an e-book in 2011 and as a paperback in 2012.
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Information about Drachar's Demons:
Drachar is a ruthless and ambitious sorcerer who will stop at nothing to wreak revenge against those who betray him. From a lowly although arrogant Eldric lord to commander of the most deadly army the land has ever seen, he pitches relentless hordes of powerful soul devouring demons against his own people, the Eldric.
Fierce battle is to commence and all in its path must fight or risk their soul being sent screaming from their twitching corpses. Madness tears at Drachar, a constant reminder of what should happen if he fails in his bloody pact; delivering one hundred thousand souls to the demons in exchange for the greatest of power. The Eldric must learn to summon demons of their own to stand any chance against Drachar's deadly arsenal of krell, demons and grakyn.
Magic and swords clash together in a war of such catastrophic proportions that the world will be forever stricken. Join Drachar the outcast as he rises to omnipotence. The die are cast and events are set in motion that look set to destroy the world.
The race is on for war threatens; a war like no other for sorcerer will battle sorcerer and demon set against demon.
A REVIEW OF DAVID AND ANDREW BURROWS' DRACHAR'S DEMONS
Before I write anything else, I'll mention that I enjoyed reading Drachar's Demons. It's one of the most enjoyable fantasy books I've read this year.
Drachar's Demons is a powerful and satisfying prequel to The Prophecy of the Kings trilogy. The Prophecy of the Kings trilogy was a good trilogy, but in my opinion Drachar's Demons is a more balanced book and offers even more entertainment for the readers. The authors, David and Andrew Burrows, explore themes of revenge, survival, love and loss in a fresh and interesting way within the traditional fantasy context.
Drachar's Demons tells how a sorcerer called Lothanal becomes Drachar. People find out that he has been experimenting with dangerous magic and has glimpsed into the demon world. He is exiled because of his actions, but he is a treacherous man and wants revenge. He makes a pact with the demons and promises to deliver them souls. He attacks his enemies and starts a war...
This book contains several good - and even brilliant - scenes. I think I'd better not write about all the good scenes, because I might reveal too much information about the plot, but I'll mention a couple of scenes. In one fine scene one of the main characters loses a close friend and in another scene this character learns to fight evil with evil.
The authors write fluently and compellingly about the desperate fight against evil. It was fascinating to read how the good guys had to fight evil with evil and had to learn how to summon more power, because they didn't have any other choice - they had to be just as strong as Drachar in order to survive. As things escalated from bad to worse, the good guys had to give up several of their principles or they would've been helpless against Drachar and his army of monsters.
Although Drachar's Demons is a fast read, the character development is surprisingly subtle and the characters feel believable and it's easy to understand why they do the things they do. In my opinion the character development works better in this book than in the previous books.
The authors write fascinatingly about how Drachar feels about the demons and how he begins to lose his humanity, because he gradually becomes more attached to the demon world. The authors also write about how the good guys feel about the happenings. I think it's great that the authors write about the events from different point of views, because it brings depth to the story.
The authors explore differences between wizards and sorcerers in an interesting way, because the sorcerers don't exactly like wizards (the sorcerers think that wizards aren't equal to them). The differences between the Eldric and other races are also handled well, because the Eldric are different from other races and they're a bit arrogant.
The battle scenes are excellent and the story flows fast in them. The frenzy and fury of the battle feels believable. I think that David Burrows' interest in historical re-enactments has a lot to do with this, because he has experience about fighting and tactics. He has spent a lot of time on the battlefield, so he knows what he's writing about.
I enjoyed reading about magic and how the sorcerers summoned demons, because the authors describe the magical elements of the story perfectly. I've always loved descriptions of summonings and things related to elemental magic, so I was impressed by these authors' descriptions about them. The authors write engagingly about how the sorcerers use magic and how they learn to master the more dangerous aspects of magic. It was fascinating to read how the good guys had trouble learning the principles involved in summoning demons.
I think it's good to mention that reading The Prophecy of the Kings trilogy before this book isn't necessary, because Drachar's Demons is a prequel to The Prophecy of the Kings trilogy, but reading it may help to understand certain things.
As the David Burrows has mentioned on his website, he is a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and it shows in his writing, because he writes similar kind of traditional fantasy. His writing style is, however, original and he doesn't imitate Tolkien (he only uses Tolkien's stories as a source of inspiration for his writing).
It was nice to see that David Burrows has developed as an author. It's easy to see that he loves writing and knows how to write good stories. He seems to be shaping up to be a good author, so I hope that he will continue to write fantasy. I definitely want to read what he writes next.
I enjoyed reading Drachar's Demons, because it was good and entertaining fantasy. Drachar's Demons is excellent and fast paced entertainment for fans of traditional fantasy books. If you like well written traditional fantasy with plenty of magic and action, you'll enjoy this book very much.