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A new series from award winning author, C.R. Richards: The epic tale of two men begins. The first – a man of honor trying desperately to turn his country from civil war. The other – a boy struggling to discover his destiny before agents of evil find him first.
Coveted by two ancient enemies of a long forgotten age, the continent of Andara holds the key to victory in an endless struggle for dominance. Eight hundred years have passed since the god-like Jalora struck a bargain with the first King of Valdeon. The Lion Ring, symbol of the covenant and conduit of power, gives its bearer incredible abilities. The ring’s borrowed magic protects the people of Andara from covetous evil, but there is a price. As with most predators, the Lion Ring must feed. Only the blood of the D’Antoiné family line will satisfy its hunger.
A rival for Andara’s treasures, the Sarcion has waited impatiently for its time upon the land. Whispers of treason in the right ear aid its treachery. The King of Valdeon mysteriously disappears, leaving his lands in danger of a civil war by the hand of a murderous usurper. His Lion Ring is lost and the covenant is broken. The Jalora’s power begins to seep away from the land. Evil’s foothold grows stronger. Can the Lords of Valdeon, Sacred Guard of the covenant, stop the tides of war? Or will Andara fall into chaos? The future rests in the blood of a boy…
For me, this book started out a little slow and it took me a bit to get hooked and interested in the storyline. But to be fair, for me that happens with most fantasy books. It just takes me a while to become familiar with the world and all of the different aspects of it. With that being said, the world that this book takes place in is very well thought out and written. It’s almost as if it actually exists in this world, and not just made up out of someone’s head.
Because this was the first book in the series, there was a lot of background which probably didn’t help with why this book seemed to drag on in the beginning. But after I got to the meat of the book, I was hooked! There is something about these characters that just made me need to know what happens to them all.
The war between good and evil is a tough battle. Is good great enough to hold out, or will the evil side gain a strong enough foothold to push out the good? This is the struggle that takes place throughout the entire book. I enjoyed the way that the stories of both sides were shown throughout the story.
I give this book 3.5/5 stars. You can order The Lords of Valdeon by clicking on the book’s cover above.