Book Review: Dream of Fire

DreamsOfFireby Michael D. Pederson

 

Dream of Fire
Nicholas C. Prata
Arx Publishing, 247 pp.

Dream of Fire is a classic Conan-style adventure novel. Actually, comparing this book to Conan might not be altogether fair. Although it is a fast-paced story—filled with action, epic battles, and buckets of gore—it is also an in-depth character-study that delves deep into the topics of evil and redemption. Kerebos Ikar is the ruthless warlord that is at the heart of the story. Dream of Fire follows Kerebos’ journey from bloodthirsty barbarian to redeeming hero. The character of Kerebos Ikar is one of the best written heroes/anti-heroes that I’ve come across in a while. Unfortunately though, none of the supporting characters are as well written, making them come across as caricatures, comically so in the instance of Montanus, a corrupt priest that is supposed to be the impetus for many of the conflicts in the second half of the novel. Despite the fact that the book would have benefitted from another hundred pages, it is still an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to the prequel that Prata is working on.

 

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