Legacy of Darkspire


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Fantasy lovers should not risk missing out on Legacy of Darkspire, a tale of peril and friendship.

Legacy of Darkspire is the debut novel of Rick Buchanan, and it is one of those fantasy novels that screamed for my attention. No, really. I was browsing indie books to review on Reedsy, and I couldn't pass this one up. The title, cover, and description were too compelling for me.

They thought that defeating the King of Amorra would be enough to keep the kingdom safe. In theory – it sounded good. Kill the gem wielder and rid the world of that magical temptation. The only problem is that somebody else rose to take his place.

This new threat is forcing hands and bringing people to their destinies. Take Ben Marshall, he's a seventeen-year-old boy, and the entire weight of his kingdom sits on his shoulders. It will be up to him and his friends to save the day, but only if they get to Darkspire tower in time.

"How'd we get into this mess again?"

If you're looking for a fun fantasy read with high stakes and a delightful display of friendship, then you've got to check out Legacy of Darkspire. This fantasy debut is as captivating as it is creative, creating a diverting experience for this reader.

There's a lot to appreciate about Legacy of Darkspire, but what comes to mind first has to be the cast of characters. While Ben is undoubtedly the focal point, I love that all of his friends have a role to play in this story. Fantasy and friendship go hand in hand, especially when talking about epic adventures to save the world. I really did enjoy Rick Buchanan's portrayal of this group, they were well-balanced and a lot of fun to follow. And no, I'm not going to tell you which character is my favorite – you'll have to read it to find out!

Honestly, this book could have gone one of two ways. It could have been a fun romp full of danger and friendship, or it could have been borderline depressing (given the weight of what is at stake). I'm happy to report that it's the former. There are lighter tones and moments to help balance everything happening in this world, making it a more approachable tale.

Thanks to #Reedsy for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.  

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My name is Cat (aka Liz), and I am an avid book reader and collection. I write book, comic, and graphic novel reviews for my own book blog (Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks) and comic review blog (Quirky Cat's Comics). I also write for Monkeys Fighting Robots and The Review Crew.

About the author

Rick Buchanan writes science fiction and fantasy, which, considering where you’re reading this, means you're in the right place. He's an avid traveler who loves books, movies and sitting on his patio with a cold beer. See what's new at RickBuchananWrites.com view profile

Published on March 15, 2022

60000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Fantasy

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