Brian Naslund’s Fury of a Demon is the final installment in a fast-paced adventure series perfect for comic book readers and fans of heroic fantasy.
War makes monsters of us all…
The war against Osyrus Ward goes poorly for Bershad and Ashlyn. They are pinned in the Dainwood by monstrous alchemical creations and a relentless army of mercenaries, and running out of both options and allies.
The Witch Queen struggles with her new powers, knowing that the secret of unlocking her dragon cord is key to stopping Ward’s army, she pushes forward with her experiments.
Meanwhile, with every wound Bershad suffers, he gets closer to losing his humanity forever, and as the war rages, the exile turned assassin turned hero isn’t even sure if being human is something he wants
This was an epic tale from start to finish, involving clocks and brasswork, elements of steampunk with a lot of blood and gore, to finish nicely with characters that were fantastic and whose arcs had some powerful motivations. No wonder this is a world of chaos and Osyrus Ward, now ruling over Balaria, is doing his absolute best as a mad scientist to shape the world in his fashion. Because as a mad scientist that has gone drunk from power, who sees royalty as little more than mere specks of dust, sacrifice the lives of thousands of Ghalmarians and Balarians in the Jungles of Almira mean nothing to him. Never mind if a few dragons here and there snatch up Balarian soldiers, never mind if Simeon comes throughout the world rampaging and squashing men as if they were nothing more than putrid flesh and bone. Osyrus Ward is a man of rational emotion and logic. He will do everything possible to get rid of the Flawless Bershard and the Witch Queen.
A fascinating story that has elements of brutal gore that sometimes will make you want to wretch. And I mean that in every sense when you encounter Commander Vergun. For he, dear reader, is the true epitome of what evil is. When you see what he does, and how he does it, you wish that justice and karma deliver a ton upon him. Meanwhile, the Flawless Bershard is running a rebellion against the Balarian invasion, along with Felgor, Willem, Jolan, the Witch Queen and many other characters, including Kerrigan and Cabbage. I loved all their character arcs and you know what’s so good about this series? That I ended up caring for all the characters despite the multiple viewpoints, which are many. I ended up loving Felgor often, and he was a good comic relief. The other amazing thing about this book is that the characters didn’t feel wasted. Each had its conclusion, some bad, some good. I especially liked Captain Brutus, but I wonder what happened to him. I’d love to see him in a future spin-off series.
The writing was amazing, and each time I felt something new was going to happen, it did. This novel is not predictable, and that’s a good thing. There’s always something new happening, and I cannot wait to see what happens when Vera and the group travel to see the lands beyond Taggerstan. There’s so much story brimming here, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the entire series here. I enjoyed this amazing writing and enjoyable characters with dragons and jungles and steampunk elements. It’s a great fantasy novel, and I loved it! A fantastic ending to a great trilogy!