Author: Andrew Q Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: AngtsyG
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/15/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Fiction
Dumbarten should have been the end of Farrell’s efforts to find his distant ancestor Kel, but the Six have other plans. Farrell is told to continue his search for answers in Agloth, the temple city to Seritia. Forced by the Goddess to ride across the vast continent of Lourdria, Farrell and his companion learn that Meglar’s reach extends well beyond the borders of Ardus. And Agloth, despite being dedicated to the Goddess of Love, is also home to a millennia-old curse that Farrell must end if he wants to complete his task.
Answers don’t come easily, and Farrell determines he must travel to the Dwarf Kingdom of Colograd to continue his quest. When an ally of Meglar’s threatens Agloth, Farrell cuts short his time in Colograd and rushes back to defend Seritia’s home. The attack seems doomed to fail, but the death of one of his companions distracts Farrell at a critical moment. Battling against his crushing grief, Farrell struggles to save Agloth, his friends, and himself. And even if he survives, he still hasn’t found Kel or his answers.
Yesterday I got up from my favorite reading spot and looked around my house wondering which spell I could use to clean it up. My mind was so engrossed in the story I was reading, it couldn’t figure out WHY the flick of my hand wouldn’t clean the place up. That is the sign of a good story. That is the sign of a terrific fantasy. One that immerses you so completely it takes you some time to come back to reality when you put it down.
That is the Champion of the Gods series from Andrew Q Gordon for me. I enjoyed the first one, but have come to love the series more and more with each installment. I have even fallen more in love with The Last Grand Master with each successive re-read — I am at 4 or 5 now.
Kings of Lore and Legend continues Farrell’s journey to follow the edicts of the six gods for whom he is champion. If you have read the first two, you know of what I speak. If you have NOT read the first two, what are you waiting for? You can get The Last Grand Master for free for cripes sake! (And The Eye and the Arm was $0.99 last I looked… They are seriously worth way more than that!) Okay so back to my review.
As I said, Kings of Lore and Legend continues Farrell’s journey to follow the edicts of the six gods for whom he is champion. Along the way he meets friends and foes. He has help from some fantastic magical beings (unicorns, peregrines, and so much more). He has to grow as a person and a wizard. He forges lifelong friendships and lifelong familial bonds. He learns not everything is as he has been taught. He learns who to trust and when to let go.
He engages in battles of the mind, mettle, and magic. His companions engage in some old fashion hand-to-hand combat. He brings himself, his companions, and Nendor a few steps closer to war, but also a few steps closer to defeating the enemy. This series is about a journey and a war. There is love and loss along the way. There has to be. Sometimes the loss overwhelms, but more often the love, courage, and heart of this group of companions shine through.
Seriously, if you are a fantasy reader, you will not want to miss this series. If you are not a fantasy reader, well, I still have to recommend this series. Maybe it will be your gateway read 😉 I mean magic (and some seriously cool magic at that) and unicorns? How can you not love unicorns? Okay, I am done now. Just read it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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