Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book Review: Duel Review: The Dark Elf of Syron Series Novella 1 & 2 by Laura Lond

Duel Review: The Dark Elf of Syron Series Book 1 & 2

Author: Laura Lond

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Synopsis The Prisoner: Captain Torren, the warden of the Dormigan Prison, knows that the mysterious Prisoner 34 is much more dangerous than the authorities think. Torren does his best to guard him, going so far as to break some of his orders, but the new  governor's sudden wish to personally inspect the prison threatens to destroy the shaky balance the warden has achieved. Will the Prisoner comply and help Torren through the inspection? What will he ask in return? And will he keep his word?

Synopsis The Knight: Renown and knighted for capturing the fearsome Dark Elf of Syron, Sir Fredric has nagging doubts about his victory. His brother Malgrid’s drunken remark strengthens dire suspicions. Was it all some devious scheme? Fredric has enough enemies who would want to compromise his honor, especially with the prestigious Jewel Quest coming up.

It seems that there is only one person who can possibly shed some light on the situation—the Dark Elf himself. But will the captured enemy speak? Will Fredric discover the truth before a plot far more elaborate and danger much greater than he realizes take his life?

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Duel Review: The Prisoner is a novelette consisting of twenty-eight pages centering around the Prisoner who has no name and is a powerful Elf. He is the most lethal prisoner at the Dormigan Prison where Torren is the warden. The main conflict in The Prisoner is the visit of Governor Malgrid Jorensen who has chosen to stop by the Dormigan Prison to see the Prisoner who had been captured by the Knight, Sir Frederic Jorensen, his brother. He treats the Prisoner with contempt and cruelty. The Prisoner escapes from the prison cell (something he could do all along since he is an extremely powerful elf but has chosen to stay at the prison for reasons that are not revealed) and decides to pay the Governor a visit unbeknownst to Torren.

The Knight is the follow up novelette where Sir Frederic is the main hero and the backstory behind how the Prisoner, who is revealed to be named Alvacor, came to be captured by Sir Frederic. Sir Frederic has doubts about his battle with Alvacor and decides to take a trip to Dormigan Prison to visit the Elf to get the answers he needs. Alvacor  isn’t quite as forthcoming as Frederic was hoping but Frederic has no more time to waste questioning the Elf since the King has sent him on a new mission to face off Draccans—dragon-like creatures—that are said to have killed many of the King’s guards and attacking villages. But on his mission Alvacor discovers blind faith to his King may have proven to be a mistake and uncovers secrets that will change his life.

Both the novelettes were pretty good. The Prisoner was shorter than the Knight and although I did enjoy both of the stories, I preferred The Knight more because the story was longer. Also, the characters are better developed.

I did enjoy the characters of both the Prisoner and the Knight. Torren seems kind and honorable. Lenora, Torren’s daughter, seems naive and compassionate. The dialogue was pretty good but had moments where it sounded too modern to fit in with the rest of the setting to the story. The ending to The Prisoner was left on a cliffhanger and was a sweet ending, even though predictable. The Knight also ended on a cliffhanger and very interesting one. I am definitely interested to read the next installment in the Dark Elf of Syron Series.

Laura Lond’s novellas and novelettes are very good stories for children and parents. They contain good life lessons and are written with an easy style. Even though the stories aren’t always as well-developed as a reader would like since they tend to be so short, there are still great aspects and fun characters to enjoy.

If you’re looking for an easy read and fast read, check out Laura Lond’s novellas! Fantasy fans as well as parents will enjoy her tales.

Author Bio: Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

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