The Cry of a Raven by Robert Blanchard continues the journey of Aidan in the epic conclusion to The Roar of a Dragon Trilogy. The exciting journey is narrated with an intensity that sets a quick pace and elevates the drama. The story keeps the same quick pace among brutal battles, sacrifices, and tragedy from the start. Aidan quickly narrates how his life is irreversibly changed through triumph and loss. As previously, Aidan knows he must build his strength, mentally and physically, to further his quest. The narration is engaging and colorful. It grabs the reader from the start and leads them through a realm of richly imaginative kingdoms and exotic locations.
Before the prologue, the author offers an honest, heartfelt introduction about writing this book through a challenging year. Through personal tragedies and the first year of a pandemic, Robert Blanchard shares his positive message of love and prosperity for the future and how learning to overcome today and embrace the best in life is essential. His vision of getting the most out of life is a great mindset to have before diving into the action-packed story. The introduction and prologue set up the perfect stage for this fantastic fantasy.
In this book, Aidan grapples with his battles, both physical and emotional. The author continues to lead the reader through the monumental struggles and life-changing paths that Aidan takes. Readers will find a solid connection to Aidan and his relationships with Delmar, Kirra, and other characters who profoundly affect his growth throughout the series. The story winds through many beautiful and dangerous kingdoms, keeping the pace exciting and the reader turning pages.
Aidan’s adventures are well documented and written, with intense, lively dialogue along the way. It’s a rollercoaster ride of solid character development and engaging action. The author masters internal and conversational dialogue that gives the story and characters a strong resilience throughout the tale.
Robert Blanchard’s third installment of this series lives up to the high expectations set in the previous books. The story maintains a high level of entertainment that’s an excellent read for fans of Aidan’s quests. The Cry of a Raven by Robert Blanchard rewards readers with a thrilling, fast-paced adventure and a well-rounded tale with engaging characters and dialogue. This is a creative epic fantasy novel that brings this rousing sword and sorcery story to a thrilling end.
Pages: 312 | ASIN: B08CSH9YLH
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The Treachery Of A Weasel follows Aidan as he must face his nemesis as a new foe and obstacles emerge to challenge him like never before. What were some sources that informed this novels development?
As always, Dragonheart inspires a great deal about the entire series. Ever since I saw the movie Willow, I’ve always wanted to do something with brownies. Norvin’s character change in this book is inspired by Wesker in the Resident Evil video game series (sorry, video game nerd here).
What were some challenges you felt were important to Aidan’s overall character development?
I felt that it was really important in this book for Aidan to hit absolute rock bottom. In The Roar of a Dragon, he dealt with a lot of horrible things, but in this one, it gets even worse, I think. It was going to be a testament to Aidan’s character if he could find a way out of this deeper, darker black hole than he had in Book 1.
What was the funnest scene in the book for you to write?
Funny that you would ask me that about this particular book. (Laughs) I said earlier that the brownies in this book were inspired by the ones in Willow. Years ago, I was telling by girlfriend about the idea, and she wanted me to add pixies as well. We talked through how the whole thing would happen, and we laughed the entire time. Ninety-five percent of that scene in the book is completely unchanged from that initial conversation all those years ago!
This is book two in The Roar of a Dragon series. What can readers expect in book three?
Expect an existing character (not Aidan) to deal with serious, debilitating personal issues that threaten the entire group. Expect new characters, new stories. Expect an epic conclusion. Do NOT expect everyone to survive …
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The Treachery of a Weasel by Robert Blanchard is a sequel to The Roar of a Dragon, a fantasy that continues to narrate Aidan’s journey to fulfill his destiny. As a knight, Aidan quickly adapts to a life of travel and battle, establishes an alliance with a dragon, and stability in various kingdoms worldwide. The story begins at a quick pace, detailing the conquering of Delmar and the creation of new kingdoms and regions throughout the realm. Narration is rich and detailed, with flashbacks of Aidan’s mentor, Garridan Winslow, and the impact of the training on his psyche.
Despite his inner turmoil and recurring nightmares, readers can still make a deep human connection with Aidan and his struggles to fight and endure. His mind quickly darts back and forth, connecting the horrors of his past with ongoing challenges that lie ahead and how he will charge forward. The author consistently draws the reader in with lively dialogue and character development. As a reader, you’ll be immediately drawn in, following Aidan, as he takes you on his quests across the globe.
If you’re looking for a story full of adventure, The Treachery of a Weasal is an exhilarating tale from beginning to end. The flow is quick and sharp, keeping readers engaged in Aidan’s human approach amid even the most grizzly and challenging aspects of his quest. It’s a page-turner that keeps an even pace of dialogue, steady narration, and excerpts of written correspondence between the characters. The description is bold and easy to visualize, without too much detail to lose the reader, which is ideal for the story’s pace.
While the book is a fast-paced and enjoyable read that doesn’t slow much, giving readers a marathon that keeps them turning one page after the other, overall, the story is excellent. However, there are times when a slight change in pace may give the reader a much-needed chance to reflect on the story and prepare for what’s next.
The author creates interesting and relatable characters that give the overall tale lots of dimension for an entertaining read. The Treachery of a Weasal is an excellent book for fans of the series or anyone looking for a riveting fantasy tale with deep lore. It gives fans of the series exactly what they’re looking for: further plot development and a continuation of an exciting adventure. The Treachery of a Weasel is filled with thrilling plot twists, exciting characters, and engaging battles.
Pages: 204 | ASIN: B07GMDZCW2
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The Roar of a Dragon follows a soldier who discovers a far future ruled by an ancient evil and grapples with the choice to save the past that exiled him. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
From conception to completion, this book took ten years to formulate and write. The movie Dragonheart was a major inspiration. I loved the idea of exploring the friendship between man and dragon. What I mainly struggled with in coming up with a story for the book was the antagonist. Once I came up with Sirak and the Ther-lor, the story really started to come together. As far as Aidan goes, I love a dark, brooding protagonist–a character that begins with a more happy, conventional backstory, and then something major and traumatizing happens and then they’re a completely different, darker character. I love things like that.
Aidan is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character’s development?
Aidan always dreamed of being a knight. In the first half of the book, he believes strongly in the ideas of honor and sacrifice, and all the other things you would expect a knight to believe in. In the second half of the book, Aidan is much more bitter and believes he’s been betrayed. Deep down, he still believes in all the ideals of a knight, but now all these other emotions are pulling him in different directions. As with most main characters, I think most authors put a lot of themselves into them, and that’s certainly true here.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Friendship was first and foremost. As I said earlier, Dragonheart was a major inspiration for this book–I loved the relationship between Bowen and Draco in that movie. I really wanted Aidan and Iskandor to have that same kind of relationship. The friendship theme is also explored in the relationship between Aidan and Derrick. They have a very different dynamic, but the same type of bond. Betrayal is another theme, of course. I think it’s fascinating how different people can deal with things like that. Closer to the end of the book, the theme is love is explored, and it goes more in depth in The Treachery of a Weasel and The Cry of a Raven.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
With The Roar of a Dragon series done (and there will be more in that world to come, so stay tuned!), my main goal is to finish the zombie apocalypse book that I’m currently working on. I made characters for my two boys in it, so it’s very important for me to finish it. The tentative title of the book is All We Have Left, though that’s likely to change since there’s already a well-known book by that name. As to when it will be available, I’m shooting for the end of 2021, maybe early 2022.
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The Roar of a Dragon by Robert Blanchard is an adventurous fantasy narrated by Aidan, who begins the story from his childhood and humble beginnings in the countryside. The story develops from Aidan’s growing up on a farm and learning about the necessities of life. He details his family life and precisely how his upbringing prepares him for an initially traditional life, then unexpectedly changes. Aidan quickly discovers that the life he was raised for, and his destiny, is far more than he could imagine.
A simple twist in events, and realization by Aidan, propels him into a different life. He constantly struggles with dreams of his mother and a past and future that he learns to accept. The challenges of Aidan’s coming of age and developing into a solid and noble role are well-written with deep compassion and ambition.
As Aidan struggles with his fate and many obstacles ahead, he also grapples with his emotions and struggles to fulfill his soldier training. The book is more than a fantasy as it’s a deeply personal account of a young man’s transition from a naïve farmer’s son to someone who can make a difference in battle and beyond.
The characters are well woven into the story, shaping Aidan’s life and development into a bigger world that’s dangerous and exciting. It quickly becomes increasingly clear that Aidan’s life will play a significant role in a conquest that will require him to prove himself. The story beautifully explores Aidan’s life and his inner thoughts during his growth. He narrates every stage of his journey with exceptional clarity, with just enough detail and flavor to continuously engage the reader.
The Roar of the Dragon is a fantastic story of adventure and fighting battles, both literal and personal, with a rich character layer and development. Each scene is well described to paint authentic, rustic landscapes in a surreal fantasy world that comes to life. Aidan’s life is full of vibrant action that keeps the pages turning once you begin reading. He faces both external forces, from dragons and war, and his internal conflict.
The book is an incredible read, and you’ll easily move through the story quickly with anticipation for the subsequent development. The Roar of the Dragon is entertaining and well structured, detailing Aidan’s ability to face and conquer various levels of conflict in a unique fantasy world.
Pages: 280 | ASIN: B074BCDYTH
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