*I beta read this novel and received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review is unbiased and represents my own personal opinions.*
Blurb: A heroine no one knows they need. A reluctant warrior with a dark secret. A crumbling kingdom on the brink of war.
Taliesimon has always dreamed of being the first female Dragoon warrior, but the commander and his lackeys will do anything to ensure she fails.
An itinerant sell-sword, William’s life is nothing like he imagined. His two greatest enemies are the bottle, which he takes no pains to avoid, and his past, which he avoids at all costs.
When the king mysteriously disappears, the kingdom teeters on the verge of collapse. If neither he nor his estranged son, the prince, can be found, the kingdom will fall into the hands of a brilliant mastermind working from the shadows.
As an unknown threat rises, a violent raid brings William and Taliesimon together in an uneasy alliance with tremendous potential for disaster.
With enemies on all sides, can they put their differences aside in time to save humanity from a brutal war unlike anything the world has ever seen?
Shadow of the Overlord is 675+ pages of thrilling epic fantasy, guaranteed to keep you up reading late into the night! If you enjoyed the constant adventure of Dragonlance, the complex and fully realized world of the Magister trilogy, or the wonderful characters of the Inheritance Cycle, then you’ll love Kevin Potter’s page-turning, epic sword & sorcery adventure.
I have reviewed a number of Kevin Potter’s dragon-based fantasy novels over the last few years, and Shadow of the Overlord is definitely my favourite so far.
The plot interweaves between the viewpoints of young adult main characters Taliesimon and William as they work through battles, political intrigue and their own personal demons in order to attempt to survive, follow their dreams and restore peace to the kingdom. And also, dragons!
This is classic epic swords-and-sorcery fantasy, with kings, warriors, forbidden magic and a good dose of defying the world to achieve your destiny. The characters are well-developed and interesting, and the parallel plot featuring Quill and the Overlord (from a more familiar dracontine perspective).
The book is epic in scope as well as content – it’s quite a long tome – but the individual chapters are short and the story flies by at a brisk pace thanks to all of the action. I would definitely recommend this for epic fantasy fans looking for a dragon-rich new world in which to immerse themselves.
Taliesimon snapped her jaw closed and the world seemed to return to normal time. She glared straight forward, determined as never before to make the jump and overcome the course.
Her last few steps before the chasm passed in a blur, her pulse thundering in her ears.
She shortened her last three steps before the edge, to ensure her right foot landed at the very edge of the pit.
She sucked in a deep breath and held it, then her foot touched down.
She thrust up from her right foot with all her might. Her thigh, calf, and torso seemed a single muscle as all worked perfectly to send her sailing into the air.
Taliesimon glanced down as she went up and caught sight of the broken body, and a dozen more just like it, impaled by the stakes.
Oh, no, she thought. I’m not going to make it.
– Kevin Potter, Shadow of the Overlord
You can find my reviews of The Fall of an Overlord and Rise of the Overlord here and here, and here are links to my reviews of Metal and Stone Book 1, Book 2, Book 3 and Book 4, if you need more dragon-centred fantasy reading.
Shadow of the Overlord is available on Amazon right now!