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In Companion of Darkness: The Dragons' Curse - Book One, the Eldar Citadel, home of the elite race that dominates the faeries, dragons, dwelfs, and other magical populations of Teralia, glitters as a shining star for all to see. But beneath the glitter and gold lies a darkness that is, in fact, a plague that has spread over hundreds of years; a disease that silently and stealthily turns good to bad, healthy to sick, and friends to enemies. Here resides Teralia royalty and here the faerie Jesaela has been ordered to serve as a companion to Princess Lyssa, a young girl with magical powers deeply under the influence of the darkness.
In Companion of Darkness, C.J. Rutherford returns to the world of Teralia, where his writing career kicked into high gear with his original series Tales of the Neverwar. I "met” Rutherford in his first short story, Treaters, which soon became a fully-fledged novel, an apocalyptic horror tale that firmly established his writing style as one I particularly enjoy: characters that are true to life, action galore devoid of mundane details; or as another reviewer put it: “So many high fantasy books lure the reader into the doldrums of mindless page turning to find the next place worthy of reading...” You’ll find none of those mindless page turning passages in Companion of Darkness nor any other Rutherford book. If you’re an epic fantasy fan, if you love stories of magic, science, and a potpourri of fascinating characters, with utterly surprising twists and turns, you’ll love this novel that starts what undoubtedly will become another winning series for C.J. Rutherford. I’m in for the ride... join me, why don’t you?