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A Review Of Blade Lord By Award Winning Author S J Hartland

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Publisher: Dark Blade Publishing; 1st edition (1 Jan. 2021)

Language: English

Word Wise: Enabled

Print length: 439 pages

Genre: Dark Fantasy


Decallion is the only blade lord whose soul is not tethered to one of the rulers of the Circle Kingdoms. That makes him the most valuable warrior in the realm… it also makes him the most vulnerable.

The BookViral Review:

Fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Dark Fantasy genre Hartland adds another superb title to her impressive body of work with the release of Blade Lord.


A powerful and compelling picaresque that melds the best-loved tropes of fantasy fiction to stirring effect Blade Lord is a wonderful mosaic novel filtered through the principal viewpoints of Sinnabar, Decallion and Gedeon to build a convincing picture of a divided world driven by opposing ideologies. One rooted in the darkest of magic, the other under the protection of 12 Blade Lords and a looming war which will have far-reaching repercussions. 


As with her previous releases Hartland excels at building a fantasy world governed by an original system of magic and thrills the reader with an enjoyable, breakneck plot where the thrills and reversals of fortune come thick and fast. 


A labyrinthine quest of redemption and self-discovery which sees Decallion betrayed and Sinnabar with Gedeon on an epic quest to save him, Hartland combines all the required ingredients of a genre classic. With epic battles, fantastical magic, treachery and enigmatic foes whilst exploring gender and sexual politics. Weaving backstories and action effectively as the novel builds to a rousing cut and thrust climax Blade Lord really is as good as the genre gets.  


Another dose of fantastical escapism from Hartland. With its neat denouement and the promise of more high octane sequels to come, Blade Lord is an unreservedly recommended five star read!

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