This is a continuation of Book One: Dwarf - and thus far, it is my personal favorite of the series.
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
A freshly original and delightful read, Demoweir's Rise by Michael Benningfield is the second book in the Great War Chronicles, a tale that features magical beings, great warriors, storm riders, ogres, giants, Cyclopes, elves, and a world that is strangely similar to the one created by J.R.R. Tolkien in Lord of the Rings. The peace of Umuosmar has been ruefully disrupted by the power struggle involving groups of beings and creatures. But there is more than just malicious groups fighting over Umuosmar, there is worse than the Cyclopes; yes, there is the “resurrection” of an evil, demonic woman operating as an elven goddess, and her rise could mean the complete subjugation of the land. Who can stop her and who can escape her might?
I love books that are set in worlds quite imaginary and different from our own, stories that transport me into other realms, into realities that are strangely familiar because they excite my imagination and remind me of something very basic and primitive about human nature - Michael Benningfield has succeeded in creating such a setting and such a story. This story may feature legendary characters like the elves and the Cyclopes, but it has powerful moral currents that reflect the politics and greed that are very noticeable in human society. I loved the heroes and the villains of this tale, and I was surprised by the fast-paced, intricate plot, the intense action, and the huge conflict. Demoweir's Rise features excellent prose and names that will always ring through the ears of readers like tingling poetic sounds. This is a story that is hugely entertaining, adventurous, and exciting in more ways than one, a perfectly satisfying fantasy.