Aaron Dennis, author of the sci-fi Lokian sequence, has now ventured into the realm of action-trip. And his readership would possibly per chance presumably not be disappointed with this dramatic divergence. For his first foray into this novel style, a legend entitled From Blood, surpasses his old literary works in every methodology.
Modern chums are instant made and lost. Hardened criminals are remodeled to the side of goodness thru the vitality of God. Beasts of every form and measurement emerge to feast on human blood, turning the island of Volgunther into a desolate atomize. And Dysart, in fact one of the favorite descendants of this dreaded build, lands on the island intent on destroying the sole entity to blame for all this bloodshed and destruction: the everlasting Daemon named Salamandrus.
“The Daemon wants me to despair, but I can’t. No, I can’t let this man perish. We won’t succumb to apprehension. We won’t succumb to the Daemon, nor his treacherous ways.” With these phrases Dysart vows to atomize the menacing monster, Salamandrus, who has precipitated his household and the native islanders unspeakable sorrow and lack of lifestyles. Dysart is a protagonist who personifies guts and resolution. Yet extra importantly, he is a marvelous persona who desires to employ his strength and magical powers, not for mere bloodlust (after the style of his fellow, and now fallen, Cayneian forefathers) but to rid the island of deplorable.
Dennis’ fable of the knight-treasure Dysart–and the heroic, and each so often traitorous, men and girls he encounters on his mettlesome quest–possesses your whole aspects of accurate legend. At cases the darkish imagery and visceral violence of the fable, on the side of the myriad monsters, abnormal incantations, and rustic peoples of the land, reminds in fact one of the first monumental action fable of western literary canon, namely, Beowulf. Indulge in that heroic legend poem, the romantic surroundings of Volgunther familiarizes the reader with a extra unhealthy and primeval time and build. Yet From Blood is also paying homage to extra current legends, corresponding to Excalibur, The Fellowship of the Ring, Vikings, and even the Harry Potter books and movies.
From starting to total, this novel captured my imagination and saved me glued to the score page. It’s by some distance Dennis’ most efficient literary work to this level. I’m deeply drawn to the mythic characters and world of From Blood. The novel ranks up there with the most efficient I’ve read on this style. I sincerely hope there shall be a sequel, and presumably several prequels, to this impartial fable.