The Stonegate Sword by Harry James Fox
The Stonegate Sword by Harry James Fox blends together everything a fantasy reader enjoys. The story takes place in the future but harkens back to the Middle Ages with warriors racing on horses and fighting in armor. The novel introduces the reader to its protagonist, Donald of Fisher, who, in the beginning, appears to be the least likely of heroes. More accustomed to reading and having never picked up a weapon, Don’s life is quickly thrown forward when he becomes a sword-wielding fighter. He shows great natural ability as a warrior, proving himself in his first battle. However, events take a turn for the worse when a tragic mishap occurs, resulting in the kidnapping of Don’s beloved Rachel at the hands of the dark forces, the Prophet and his evil Raiders. Still, rescuing Rachel is only the beginning of Don’s dealings with the Prophet’s followers: as a classic war of good versus evil ensues.
Fox’s novel is very well written. He has a keen eye for detail in everything from describing a character’s physical appearance, to the surrounding landscape, to the sounds of battle. This skill allows the reader to easily escape into the world he has created. The second half of the novel is heavy with war tactics, descriptions of weapons, and battle scenes. This may be enjoyable for some readers; however, others might find it a bit tedious. Nonetheless, this novel definitely has something for everyone. There’s romance, action, humor, and even some religion. Fox displays adept writing skills, creating a novel that does not disappoint.
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