Title: The Realmsic Conquest: The Hero of Legend
Author: Demethius Jackson
Release Date: August 23, 2013
From its establishment, the Realm, has remained the only magical kingdom in existence. As a result, it has never known peace. Although the kingdom has never fallen, it must now defend against the Warlord Damian – a brilliantly merciless conqueror who uses history as a weapon. Rallying those resentful of the Realm’s magic, Damian has amassed a Legion of Warriors – the largest military force ever assembled.
The Kingdom’s defeat is imminent!
Maebus, the Realm’s newest King, has only ruled for six days. Yet he must now lead the magical Realmsic Kingdom through its most perilous conflict ever.
The Hero of Legend is an epic fantasy by Demethius Jackson that is done on a grand scale. By that I mean it reads like many of the translations of historical literary texts. The story about Maebus, the newly appointed king from humble roots who must save the Realm from the evil Damian, is told in a manner that reminds me a lot of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The structure was slightly different than the poem, but The Hero of Legend was definitely not written in a way that I expected from a novel. It was a bit jarring to read at first (I'm on hiatus with school, so I'm rusty with non-traditional writing), but I eventually got back into the swing of things. I think this is the first thing that needs to be addressed in the review because The Hero of Legend won't be for everything because of its format, though it was a good book.
Omniscient narration is used to tell the story, and the manner in which we are introduced to the various characters is another manner in which I'm reminded of historical literature pieces. The characters have their background information given and are described by that all-knowing source, but it doesn't exactly feel like an info-dump. You learn quickly that King Maebus came to his position through hard work and apprenticeship. He did not want to be king, but the last king was a coward and ran when the major threat raised its ugly head. Kelm was his best friend, adviser, and the Grand Wizard. Both were good men and believed in the Realm. Damian on the other hand was a baddie who was passing out the right flavor of Kool-Aid to bring in the followers. He sounds like a good enough guy who makes a little sense until very early in the book when someone questions his methods. It didn't end well for that questioner. At all.
All in all, The Realmsic Conquest: The Hero of Legend was a good read, but I understand that it won't be for everyone. I enjoy epic fantasies and quirky writing styles, and it is well worth working through. However, people who are fond of neither will have trouble working through it. It's still worth the chance.
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About the Author
Born into adversity, Demethius Jackson coped with and found inspiration in the extreme hardships he faced to later write stories of empowerment showcasing how a life journey, no matter how difficult, is necessary to discover one’s purpose and peace. Jackson is an alumnus of American University’s School of Communications. Through his ten-year career, his written works have spanned numerous forms of media such as music and television. He has also held positions at global media and cinema companies.
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