GOLD winner of the Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards 2016.
The Last Druid has just awakened his powers.
Visit a land where the druids have been eradicated and Gaea stands on the brink of wiping out mankind. Join Will Arbor as he awakens his legacy of druidic powers and begins a journey of self-discovery.
Enter the world where the Church of the New Order seeks to destroy this last druid, remove the Lord Protector, and regain their control over the lives of the people of the Realm. Witness the horrors that only men with greed and lust for power can unleash.
This is a series that explores the strength of reason, the beauty of nature, and the lies of religion. A young man, ripped from his family, has raised himself in the wild and discovered his talents and a deep love of harmony and nature. Duilleog captures the joy of his journey to discover truths and his own strength in the face of adversity.
This is a story of how one young man will try to change the world.
Duilleog is the first volume in The New Druids Series. The second volume, Craobh continues that voyage of self-discovery and is available on Amazon. The current story arc will culminate in the third volume, Stoc, due out Spring 2017.
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“An excellent debut fantasy novel – recommended!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Kelly R. Bell
Allan is a promising writer, for sure. I am greatly looking forward to the next book in the series.
The only reason I gave this 4 stars is for lack of careful editing. There are many mistakes, especially misuses of homonyms. For example, a sentence, “the horse broke into a cantor” – a “cantor” is a noun, a Jewish ceremonial position which title’s etymological origins are related to the word “chanter” (chanting is the cantor’s ceremonial purpose). But a horse “canters”, it doesn’t chant. Nothing here a good editor couldn’t fix, though.
Allen has a deft ear for pacing, characters and storytelling. Though some characters are still lightly-sketched, they aren’t entirely predictably so, which is unusual in the genre. This is to be a trilogy at least, and therefore appropriate to leave the central characters some room to develop. If I have complaint with occasionally somewhat-unimaginative descriptions of the characters’ emotional states, it’s a minor one. The overall rhythm and story is such these are faults easily forgiven, though they do contribute to a slight unevenness in the narrative. Again though, only of minor detriment when viewed amidst the whole.
Especially invigorating is the clever but not too obvious parallels drawn between modern American social and political issues and Allan’s fictional world. Never too heavy-handed, Allen deftly weaves themes of equality and fairness, greed and cruelty, harmony and power, good and evil into a rich tapestry of story and metaphor as applicable to the struggles of modern life as they are to the realm of pseudo-medieval fantasy.
Highly recommended for those who love the swords and sorcerers fantasy genre (as I do); I predict subsequent volumes in the series will be satisfying indeed.
About the Author
DONALD D. ALLAN is a Canadian author of fantasy and science fiction and an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.
He is the GOLD winner of the Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards 2016 for the category Fantasy/Other Worlds for his debut novel Duilleog, the first novel in his New Druids series.
Donald lives with his wife Marilyn, son James, daughter Katherine, and dog Woody, in Ottawa, Canada.
Donald is currently working on Stoc, the third volume in the New Druid series, and a sci-fi novel involving nanobots from 3 billion years ago. Both novels are due out in Summer 2017.
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