Saturday Morning Ramblings

The Brotherhood of Dwarves - Book One

Here are the two newest reviews for The Brotherhood of Dwarves.  Thank you to both of these reviewers for taking the time to read the book and write up their thoughts.  The first is from Soliloquy: the Personal Blog of Kaitlin Michelle:

REVIEW:

This book was received as a review copy.  I enjoyed this book a lot, and look forward to reading the sequels.  Roskin is the main character, and he is heir to the throne of one of the Dwarven Kingdoms.  He is given the choice to take a year to “find inner peace”, before accepting his role in the counsel.  His heart seeks adventures so he decides to leave his homeland and seek glory in other lands.   He goes on many adventures, but his main goal is to seek the statue The Brotherhood of Dwarves, from the Black Rock Fortress.  I felt like this was a very good fantasy novel.  D.A. Adams keeps the reader entertained throughout the book.  It was very short, so it was a quick read.  The characters are detailed, and every time they get comfortable something comes along to mess things up, which keeps you entertained.

THE VERDICT:

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel, and likes a short read.  If you liked The Hobbit, you will probably like this book

The second is from The Independent Review Site by Daniel Cann:

The first in a series of novels by D.A. Adams finds Roskin, heir to the throne of a remote, peaceful kingdom of dwarves, craving excitement and adventure. Roskin is the son of King Kraganere and the heir of Dorkhun; he is also half dwarf and half elf. Hot-headed and impulsive he craves adventure and experience.

The story follows him as he serves ‘a year of isolation to find his inner peace.’ It was interesting to read a story with a privileged dwarf at its centre going through his own rite of passage.

I particularly enjoyed Roskin’s interactions and relationship with the old warrior Red who serves as wise counsel and mentor to the green Roskin. Together they get into plenty of brawls and scrapes. The action is not for the sake of it as the reader can see Roskin learning from his mistakes. He also takes quite a few knocks as he evolves from a coddled royal into a hardened traveller and adventurer.

As well as Red, the young dwarf is joined on his journey with some unusual and interesting characters such as Molgheon a female dwarf, Vishghu a female ogre, and Kwarck, a half-elf wizard. I would have liked a little more depth and back story but perhaps that is missing the point as Adams keeps the action coming thick and fast.

This is very much a ‘land divided’ with many kingdoms and disputed areas. There are also three types of dwarf: Tredjards, the Ghaldeons, and the Kiredurks. Factor in disputed human, elvish and orcish lands and you have a melting pot and plenty of scope for conflict and danger.

The novel is packed with in-fighting and scheming as well as an impressive roll call of dwarves, elves, humans, ogres and orcs. Roskin’s main quest is to find and return a stolen platinum statue known as ‘The Brotherhood of Dwarves’ which used to symbolise the unity of the nations in the past.

The unlikely group of allies assembled around Roskin find themselves venturing to Black Rock, an imposing fortress to retrieve the artefact. I would have liked more background and detail on the statue and after being mentioned it is never brought up again, but perhaps as this is a series of books its importance will become more apparent later.

I really enjoyed learning of the differences in culture between all of the lands. Adams is great at reminding us that there are many languages spoken including orcish and elvish. This helps in making this world solid and more vivid.

Roskin certainly discovers the harsh realities of this world as he endures first-hand the suffering of the slaves at the Slithsythe Plantation which is ran by amoral and sadistic orcs.

I found the addition of buffalo to this fantasy world unusual but I suppose there is no rule book saying that there can’t be. The plantation also seems to belong more to the Antebellum South of the nineteenth century than fantasy fiction but again it is used to good effect in highlighting the cruelty of the orcs.

The novel is short and sharp but always entertaining even if it does end rather abruptly. The main purpose of this entry seems to be in setting the scene: introducing characters as well as the history and geography that I am sure we will get to know much better. It’s a good opening effort and I will be looking out for the sequels and hope they will give us a little more depth to what is a promising start.

7 thoughts on “Saturday Morning Ramblings”

  1. Nice reviews! I’m close to finishing Brotherhood and have really enjoyed it. After burning out on fantasy a few years back, your book has really brought me back to the genre. It’s nice to see someone doing something character driven for a change.

    Not sure if you remember us, but my wife and I spoke to you at Con Nooga a few weeks back. She was kind enough to pick up the second book on Sunday when she went back for the writing panels, after I was kind enough to stay home with the kids so she could go. lol

    Will you be at Fandomfest in Louisville?

    1. Yes, you also posted on my FB page. You’re the excellent father and husband who watched the teething 18 month old. Tell your wife I said hello and that she should love you forever, LOL

      1. Cool. We’re planning on going too. The guest list is really shaping up nicely and I was excited to see Robin Hobb’s name on the list. Can’t wait to see who else is added!

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