Book & Author Details:
The Verkreath Horror by Martyn Stanley
(Deathsworn Arc, #2)
Publication date: September 2014
Imperial Wizard Saul Karza has stared death in the face.
Instead of an easy ride home to claim his reward, he finds himself fleeing a fanatical dragon cult and a horde of vile creatures – determined to devour his entire party.
Just when things couldn’t get any worse, he is faced with the even greater horror, of Brael Truthseeker’s enigmatic ‘Truth’.
The Deathsworn Arc Series of Dark, Epic Fantasy Adventure Novels:-
Deathsworn Arc : The Last Dragon Slayer
Deathsworn Arc 2 : The Verkreath Horror
Deathsworn Arc 3 : The Blood Queen
Deathsworn Arc 4: Rise of the Archmage (Coming Soon)
The Deathsworn Arc is a fantasy series with themes of atheism and pragmatism, it contains graphic violence and mature themes.
Recommended for readers 14+ only.
The plot of this book is more involving than book #1. But although there is marginally more to this storyline, the events which unfold still do not imbue me with any sense of foreboding or peril. And unfortunately, it seemed to me that the whispering was simply a get out of jail free card which compounded the lack of any impression of danger.
Although an easy read, I’m afraid this series has not grabbed me.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Martyn Stanley is married to his wife, Rachael, and has two young children. He lives in a small village on the Staffordshire Cheshire border and is employed full time as a manager at a small manufacturing unit. He has always been interested in writing, and over the years has spent many hours writing for pleasure on forums, as well as writing some short stories. ”The Last Dragon Slayer” is his first novel, and his second and third books, “The Verkreath Horror” and “The Blood Queen” (along with other planned books), form part of the “Deathsworn Arc” series.
He has also authored the ‘Lambton Worm’ and ‘Return of the Worm Slayer’ a re-telling of an old English folktale and a sequel.
He has long been an avid reader of Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld,” and it was partly due to his love of this fantasy series, that he sought to write his own “epic fantasy” books. Unlike Terry Pratchett’s work, his books have a darker tone and address some adult themes, including questions of faith and moral philosophy.
Martyn has many other varied interests. He is currently studying towards an Open University General Science degree, the course material of which has helped provide inspiration and ideas for his books. The course has also led him to read a number of other science-based books for pleasure, which has further strengthened his atheist leanings.
Martyn is interested in video games and gaming culture, particularly fantasy adventure and role-playing games. He enjoys playing the guitar, and spent a few years in a rock band during his miss-spent youth! Besides this, he has an interest in martial arts, and although no longer practising, due to family commitments, he holds a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo. This is something he would like to resume doing, time permitting!