Author: Ken Floro III
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure
Rating: 5 stars
Have you ever dreamed of being swept into adventure alongside a dashing knight or two? Would you be outraged if you were suddenly thrust into terrifying dangers against your will? What if you found yourself trapped on a cursed island, in the middle of a haunted sea, surrounded by your worst enemies? When a conniving treasure-hunter hijacks the Rising Wind, its passengers will find themselves facing all this and more!
“The same trick didn’t work a third time. When Marc stepped into the ring of firelight and shouted a challenge, his adversaries shrank into the shadows across from him – more cautious now than they had been earlier. Their broad limbs and hulking silhouettes prowled the darkness at the edge of the forest, disguising their numbers. Standing exposed, in the open clearing, Marc felt vulnerable, but he knew he couldn’t run. For an anxious moment, he just stood there, uncertain what to do next. The curse of inexperience was lack of foresight, and Marc hadn’t stopped to calculate an alternative in case his original plan failed. Now he had to think on the spot. Unfortunately the present circumstance was no place for contemplation. So, in that dangerous moment, he acted on instinct.”
This review will be short, because well, I have trouble reviewing books I really enjoyed. The Rising Wind is one of my favorite books I’ve read all year. I loved the dynamics between Marc and Monty, the unruly and boyish duo functioning as main characters in this enjoyable read. Marc and Monty are both Knights and aristrocrats, so like all young men of their age, they kind of act like they’re better than anyone else. It may seem annoying, but it’s actually rather hilarious, and makes for quite a few eye-rolling scenes. When the ship they boarded, The Rising Wind, strands on an enchanted island filled with monsters and other nightmarish creatures, Marc and Monty’s heroism is soon put to the test.
This is the kind of book that would get me into reading. It reminded me of Feist’s “The Magician”, of the Dragonriders of Pern, of everything that’s great in epic fantasy.
The character development is immense. No character comes out the same at the end of the ride. I was amazed by the amount of thought and detail put into this book. Truly, an amazing read.