I am a musician that loves fantasy, and I love to write. An epic featuring dwarves as the centerpiece has long been sought, and I wished to provide that to world.
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Intelligently written and entertaining, Dwarf: A Legend Is Born by Michael Benningfield is a story that features kings, ogres, giants, sorcerers, and dragons in a power game that could annihilate entire kingdoms. A dwarf with no claims to the throne succeeds in overthrowing the king. Now, an unusual hero challenges him, creating a conflict that will call forth memorable characters and creatures of magic. This is a tale of war and power, with intense action, and Michael Benningfield’s unique signature for complex characters and awesome pacing is stunningly manifested.
This book is abundant in emotional content and action, the latter being fiery, starting with the opening lines of this well-crafted story. The paragraphs are vividly written and well broken down, with rich content and wonderful imagery. Again readers are introduced to a wonderful cast of characters — Fogrolir, Praghock, Mersoth the Dragon, Kemoth, and Kurikjaw — and they will grab the reader’s attention. These are irresistible characters that leap off the pages like a movie playing out before the reader’s eyes.
Dwarf: A Legend Is Born is an epic fantasy that is hard to put down and it succeeds in many aspects. The aspect that caught my attention the most is the conflict. It starts on a grand scale and quickly escalates into a terrible menace. It is the conflict that brings life to the characters, each playing a very defined and meaningful role to ensure the plot culminates in a surprising denouement. This story is brilliantly executed, a series to follow, and characters that will stay with readers for a very long time.