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Heart of a Lion (Dark Sun Dawn Book 1) by…

Heart of a Lion (Dark Sun Dawn Book 1)

by Stephen Zimmer

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Heart of a Lion is probably my favorite Stephen Zimmer book to date, and not just because of the strong female lead protagonist. The novel offers a cool blend of real-world and fantasy, like Game of Thrones without the weighty politics. Convincingly different characters people lands that might almost belong to our own history. And blond Nordic Raven picks her fights and her loyalties, moving swiftly and surely through civilizations that feel hauntingly real.

Starting nicely in the middle of her adventures, author Stephen Zimmer allows the reader to follow Raven’s journey back home from unknown action in southern lands. Neat details offer the chance to speculate about where she’s been and why, making this the sort of novel that sticks with you long after the reading’s done. Loyalties are tested, tied and broken, or tidily left behind, avoiding that agony of continued protection or unchallenged inconvenience, and making Raven achingly human and real. But she’s more than that. She’s a hero with heart, a fighter with soul, and a clever tactician with a willingness to listen and a mind to question the unknown.

Slowly, more bits of that complex unknown reveal themselves, as darkness gathers and the tale continues. Pleasingly lyrical passages of description are nicely juxtaposed with fast, well-choreographed action scenes, and convincing introspection. Fight and flight are equally convincing and human, while satisfying strengths and wise changes of heart raise the novel far above the norm. Read on to a perfect ending, relax and sigh, then prepare for more because that darkness is still gathering, and war will come.

I’m eager to read the next in the series. This is seriously cool fantasy with a wonderful lion-hearted hero.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Jun 3, 2015 |
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