I should point out, that as I haven’t finished the book yet, this is not a review. Last night I cracked open Storm Dancer (Dark Epic Fantasy) by my Twitter pal Rayne Hall.
You see, I haven’t read fantasy of any genre since David Gemmel’s passing. Sufficed to say, I took his death hard. The worlds he’d crafted were vivid and I was enveloped by the characters. His were not the only fantasy books I read but they were my favorites.
Since his death, my friends and family have recommended several different books and series, good ones I hear, like Game of Thrones, for example, but I have categorically refused them all. Till now. I chose to break my fast with Storm Dancer for a truly shallow reason: the depiction of the hero on the cover resembles my fiancé only with brown eyes instead of blue.
Regardless of my reasoning, I am so glad I decided to take the plunge back into fantasy. I’m enjoying the story very much so far. The world is well-defined as are the characters. As I said in the beginning I’ve only just started the book. In fact, Dahoud and Merida, the hero and heroine, have only barely crossed paths at his point. I have quite a way to go; but I’m looking forward to seeing where their journeys take them and, by extension, me.
You can find Rayne Hall at https://sites.google.com/site/raynehallsdarkfantasyfiction/ or follow her at https://twitter.com/RayneHall