Book Review: Hazard of Shadows: Mike Phillips

Hazard of Shadows by Mike Phillips is the Book Two in the Chronicles of the Goblin King series with a story well-rounded in the tradition of the novel justice that blends fantasy and reality in a nice beginning of the saga, thrilling, exciting, very interesting.

The enthralled creatures of fairy tale still continue living, taking bolt hole as of an era of camera phones and government labs in an underground consign called the World Below. Subsequent to leading an insurrection against Baron Finkbeiner, the authoritarian monarch of the World Below, Mitch Hardy has occupied the throne but unknown to him, primeval powers are at work. The Lords of Faerie seek out to settle scores of the demise of Baron Finkbeiner and convalesce the inexplicable Blade of Caro but before long Mitch is skirmishing for his existence against hellish monsters, the likes of which he certainly not imagined.

A delightful book that excels in sensitivity and sharpness, the novel is really well written with a fantasy tale with a sad solid reality in the background with mysteries, magic, deception, secrets, and these are just some of the ingredients of this novel. Sometimes a bit complex, sometimes cumbersome with some explanation, but the rich storyline and rich characters make you forget any slow down in the story.

It’s a fantasy story, but you will not find wizards, elves and dwarves but actually it runs off very quickly with a simple and dry style that does not alter the charm of the world created by the author. The writing style is very congenial, fresh and smooth and the first-person narrative makes you identify with what you read. In addition, the narrative is also intriguing.

The book is well written, with attention to detail with a book enjoyable, flowing away fast and have the pleasure to approach the fantasy world. This fantasy novel has a different story from other fantasy beds, spread between thesis, especially magic, through a narrative of great charm, yet written with disarming simplicity.

The reading is pleasantly smooth. The narrative does not lack ideas and are expressed with time sequences well articulated. They are the background scenery, landscapes and choreographic details that enrich the reader. The characterization of the protagonists are much more pronounced than the other characters and it has allowed the writer to do the best in this kind of novels probably transmitting traits of his own personality to the main souls and leaving space in future episodes of this saga in future investigation on other characters. The ending is open as to implement the next episode.

The novel is ageless and engaging with the story very original and well-structured plot told by following the pages of a magical book, as well as the author's style, simple and direct, and the narrative rhythm. The book is beautiful, very well-written and engrossing storyline that will make you want to read it in a hurry to know how it ends.

Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC ○ Published: August 2015 ○ ISBN - 13:  978-1629292977  ○ Language: English ○ Binding: Paperback ○ Pages: 280