Dark Solus, An Assassin’s Tale is a dark, science fiction fantasy novel about one of the deadliest assassins on the planet Eorth. The evil wizard Kalifen, along with the ruthless leaders of the Assassins, Thieves and Halflings guilds, murdered Dark Solus’ parents when he was only a child. Haunted by their merciless execution, he now waits and prepares to exact his revenge on all those responsible for their demise. Dark is transformed and trained by the Styg, the warden of the Stygian depths, and his grandfather Mephistopheles, an ancient silver dragon. Twelve years later, Dark is now ready to travel to the City of Duergar, the home of his enemies. Trained in the skills of assassination, and armed with lethal devices and knowledge of the dark arts, he has set himself only one mission…..to kill them all. This action-packed book comes alive with ancient imagery, in a time before solid boundaries formed between the mystical kingdoms of Farie and the mortal world of man.
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
The vast realms and broad variety of creatures in Dark Solus – An Assassin’s Tale kind of reminds me of Lord of the Rings meets Skyrim. However, that’s where the comparisons stop.
Dark is a strong, but comical young man. The determination he has to avenge his family goes beyond all reason. He lets nothing get in his way as he pushes forward through one obstacle to the next, each bringing him closer to his goal…the deaths of all who betrayed his family.
This is a story about family, betrayal, mystical discoveries, and the vengeance. It is filled with many detailed creatures that are formed from a combination of mythologies, from elves to goddesses and everything in between.
This book starts with a bang, throwing you into the midst of action, which continues throughout its pages. It holds nothing back from the imagination. The details are exquisite, from smells to scenery to creatures, each pulling you directly into the story.
The storyline itself seems to be on a loop of need object, get object, repeat, but there is no lack of action. The only major downside I found was that it does end on a slight cliff hanger. But I’m looking forward to reading more about Dark and his quest for revenge.
My Favorite Interaction: I loved the verbal exchanges between him and his grandfather…especially the ones that included his pet.
My Tip to Fellow Readers: This is a wonderful book, but don’t read a little and then try to come back to it days later. Several of the characters are referenced by more than one name and if they all aren’t fresh in your mind it may be a little confusing. Personally I had to go back and reread the first chapter after I figured out who all the characters were, but it was worth it.
Overall, I give this 4 stars!
You can find Dark Solus – An Assassin’s Tale by David Andrew Crawford on Amazon.