This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Dragon Scale Publishing, Publisher. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Flight of the Krilo by Sam Ferguson
Illustrator: Jimmy Ling
Also by this author: Ascension: The Dragons of Kendualdern, Dark Sahale, Gatekeepers
Release Date: January 25, 2017
Publisher: Dragon Scale Publishing
Source: Dragon Scale Publishing, Publisher
Purchase at: Amazon
Persecuted for their unique magical abilities which allow their entire race to read minds, the Krilo have moved from place to place along the southern continent looking for peace. Sometimes these moves came after ridicule. Other times they were forced migrations at the bloody hands of intolerant settlements too afraid to try and understand the Krilo.
It has taken them centuries to find a place to call home, but all of that is about to change.
The Varvarr, a powerful race of nomadic barbarians, has found them. Worse than that, the Varvarr despise the Krilo. The peace-seeking Krilo are small and weak compared to the Varvarr, and they worship strange gods. Tensions flare as the two civilizations realize they cannot coexist in the same region. The Krilo have nowhere else to run, and the Varvarr are determined to crush each and every one of the mind-reading Krilo.
I am a fan of Sam Ferguson’s writing style. Every character is unique and the world building is always so original. The words just flow and create a vivid story that interests you throughout the tale. This story takes place in a world that has several races all striving to conquer, kill, or survive.
There is a Native American feel for the Varvarr race. They are very connected to the planet and spirits of both their ancestors and natural elements. Where their ancestors were more nomadic the current tribe has been stationary for many decades. They are hunters but year after year there are less animals to be hunted. Their tribe once had a sacred duty but the previous chieftain had turned his back on the responsibility and now the current chieftain is being charged with correcting that mistake. For if they do not make amends their people will surely die.
The Krilo race are a race that descended from seven families that were chosen from the humans at the beginning of the Era of Kings. These families were given the gift of telepathy and became a race of their own. The religious order they follow is called the Way of the Wisdom. This Way was originally taught by an ancient dragon which dictates that all life is precious and that disciples could not lift a sword against others, even in defense of themselves. There are strict rules about what kind of food they can eat or how they can harvest it. These restrictions have led to them needing a symbiotic relationship in order to survive.
In addition, there are also dwarves, orcs, and ghouls. Who doesn’t love a story with orcs?? All these races are mostly in competition with each other as resources are dwindling and everyone is feeling the pressure. Now I say mostly because there is an alliance that has existed between the dwarves and the Krilo. The Krilo cannot defend themselves so they have an agreement in place with the dwarves that meets both of their needs.
These races are represented by various characters and it is through these characters that you get the true heart and soul of the challenges that they face. This is not a story without conflict. The Varvarr are out to destroy the Krilo but this vengeance will not come without a high price for all involved. This story is fast paced with plenty of action, character development, and depth. It is a story that will entertain, surprise, and draw you in.
*Thank you to Dragon Scale Publishing for this complimentary copy of Flight of the Krilo*