About A Fateful Journey by Edgars Vlasovs
This epic novel leans towards a gritty style of Fantasy. We are exposed to the difficulties, small and large, that plagued the lower classes during the real Middle Ages: back-breaking labour, inequity and crude behaviour of all sorts. And war, with all its horror. There is a good swath of battle action in the story, well-told in chilling detail. This is no children’s tale; swords go into bodies and blood gushes out.
This social and physical setting is described for us in careful detail, placing us and our imaginations firmly in the era. The themes that are worked out have too much application to our modern world to dismiss them lightly.
As expected from epic tales, the story has themes of friendship and loyalty, with an interesting foray into whether loyalty should extend to committing acts with evil consequences.
There is a certain amount of imagery, with storms and crows used as omens, and it would have been an addition to the tale if there were more.
“Kingdom in Flames” is a fast-paced, action-filled epic with sympathetic characters. It just needs some polishing.
Review by Gordon A. Long
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Born in Latvia, Daugavpils in 2000s. I've been into books since I was a kid, especially fantasy books. When I was 20, I started writing my first book. Favorite writers are J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Paolini, Brandon Sanderson and Mark Lawrence.