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Review: The Blade Heir by Daniel Adorno

The Blade HeirThe Blade Heir by Daniel Adorno

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blade Heir

In the elven city of Evingrad, Lucius Nostra suffers from recurring nightmares of a black dragon killed long ago. The frightening dreams signal the ominous return of Kraegyn and the dragon tribes who wreaked havoc on the peoples of Azuleah. Confused and uncertain of his role in the gathering storm, Lucius joins his elf brother Siegfried on a perilous journey to reforge the Requiem Sword–the blade which once defeated Kraegyn.

Lucius’ quest will take him through the hostile realms of Azuleah, where both human and unhuman foes lurk. Though Lucius will gain allies on his mission and uncover secrets surrounding his past, can he survive long enough to stop Kraegyn’s ascension?

The Blade Heir is Daniel Adorno’s debut novel and the first book in the Azuleah Trilogy.


An epic adventure full of powerful magic, hidden royalty, and people who are more than what they seem. Written in much the same style as J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, The Blade Heir brims with fantastical creatures and enchanting lands.


The characters are amazingly crafted. Every action, every move resonates splendidly with their personalities. They seemed so real, their trials and pain provoked deep emotions. I’m looking forward to getting to know them better as their story continues!


The plot was action-packed and enthralling. Every major plot point was unexpected, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This was not merely action, however. The story was an excellent mix of sword fighting and exhilarating skirmishes, as well as being deep and meaningful.

Overall thoughts

This is beautiful. Everything about this book, the characters, the descriptions, the names (oh gosh, the names!), makes it an alluring tale, well worth the read. And it really lends a sense of reality to the story, a sense of hopeless desperation, when authors are not afraid to kill their characters. This, and books that end on a cliffhanger, really entice me. (That may or may not have been a small spoiler. *_- ). I wish I could give it ten stars!

Would I recommend it? Yes, I highly recommend this book to all fantasy lovers, especially fans of Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time
Would I let my kids read it? Yes, most definitely!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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