Not many novels of Sword & Sorcery are written nowadays, due to audiences demanding Epic Fantasies that read like Game of Thrones, and/or Lord of the Rings. I discovered S&S for myself entirely by chance. One day, I was flipping through the TV Guide, to see what was on. And, whattaya know , Conan the Destroyer with Arnold Schwarzenegger was on. And man, it was awful. Not the best intro to the old school Sword & Sorcery genre.
Then, awhile later, I was at my local library, and I discovered the original Tarzan novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs on a dusty shelf. I grabbed a Tarzan book , I believe it was titled Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar. I devoured it in one day. After that I wanted more Sword & Sorcery!
In my quest for more S&S, I read Michael Moorcock, Robert E. Howard, David Gemmell, and many other fine authors of S&S. All these S&S books were great works of Fantasy.
So, I had huge expectations for The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff by Philip Athans (Baldur’s Gate) & Mel Odom (The Left Behind Apocalypse Series).
The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff starts off with our hero (a barbarian called Arron of the Black Forest) leaving his homeland, after all of his tribe is frozen in a glacier. He is the last of his kind. Arron goes on a journey, to the colonies of the empire he hates. called The Heteronomy.
Arron tries to fit in with these foreigners, and they all hate him, and call him a savage, and try to kill him. When he kills a man attacking him, he runs out of town, chased by blood thirsty Bounty Hunters……
And that is all I’m going to say about the book’s story. No spoilers for you! 🙂
The plot is fast. Action is realistic and brutal. The villains are wonderfully devious. The characters are fully realized. Overall, The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff , is an excellent piece of work.
I give the book 5 out of 5 stars! I highly recommend it for fans of old school Sword & Sorcery!
Available in ebook formats only.