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Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite
Crown of Delusion by Tanor Costa is an epic fantasy for readers of all ages. When King Vicar Hamen of Bellos is assassinated by Amar, captain of his guard, it is left to Faulkner to protect the king's two nephews and heirs. Though they are brothers, Eloy and Sar are as different as night and day. Eloy dreams of a quiet life far away from Elderrock and its politics while Sar dreams of a career of military glory. Neither one is destined to see their dreams fulfilled. When Sar is killed by Amar's men, Eloy is forced to step up, avenge his brother, and save the kingdom from Amar's evil rule. On the run, Eloy earns the swords of undesirables and outcasts, Vikings, pirates, bandits and rangers.
Tanor Costa's hero, Eloy, is an admirable character who grows from a bookish boy into a warrior capable of gathering armies to his cause. Even though he is initially reluctant to take on the responsibility, by the end of the novel he is a leader men are willing to die for. Throughout his trials and adventures we learn and are entertained by his evolution. The secondary characters add humor and depth to the story without overshadowing the main character. All in all, Crown of Delusion is a story filled with magic, humor, and crusty but lovable old warriors. The novel ends on a cliffhanger so hopefully we will be getting at least one more book set in this world. Maybe we will finally read more about the magical foes from Phantom Island.