Shadow Warrior, The By J.E. Klimov, 409 pgs.

Although the fantasy genre is something I probably hadn’t really dug into since The Elfstones of Shannara, I was really impressed with the first book I read in this trilogy—The Aeonians. All of the characters were fully formed within the novel. The story followed a logical path, but not without some twists and turns along the way. For the second book in this series, the author goes for a somewhat darker turn. But the descriptions of the countries and the humans (and non-humans) within are presented in startling detail. I’m not going to give away all the secrets here. There are species described that leap off the page in some spots. But if you want to read a novel with a truly engaging story line, I would suggest picking this up and diving in head first. You will be rewarded handsomely for your efforts. –Sean Koepenick (Silver Leaf, SilverLeafBooks.com)

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