Fiction - Fantasy - General
175 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2018
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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

Long ago there was a fairy tale. It spoke of a dragon knight. A being born of divinity who helped those in need and banished evil wherever it was found. Now darkness has come to Halorum, and has reached deeper into the kingdom than ever before, breaching the sanctity of the King's prayer room, displaying a power none who came before it had - this was just the beginning. For a long time this threat had been hidden from the people, and the Reaper Knights had protected them, but as the darkness spreads and gains ground, such obscurity seems impossible to maintain. Ancient quests and looming danger lie before the world, offering hope to force back the darkness. Xov's influence and corruption is growing, the undead rise, and everything seems lost. Can a hero rise, can the people fend off the threat, or will they be consumed?

There's an old style fantasy charm to Serdar Aydemir's Halorum that, in places, put me in mind of Witcher. A valiant quest, with side quests to overcome obstacles before them. More than once I found myself smiling at the charm and feel of the book. I really liked the strength of character in Paulira and Artemetis. That said, I found all the characters to be well rounded with depth and their own individual personalities. If you're looking for a tale of heroes, armies, epic struggles, conflict, hope, and despair woven to create a gripping, action packed tale where gods and mortals and all in between dwell, then this is a book for you. An epic tale of light and darkness that is certain to entertain.

Susan Sewell

From the depths of darkness, an unholy overlord is spreading his evil across the land, devouring the light and raising armies of the dead in Halorum by Serdar Aydemir. In the kingdom of Halorum, the threat of the Underworld is growing and Lord Tarkin Moonsteele, the King, recognizes the danger to his empire. He calls upon Paulira, head of the order of Reaper Knights to aid him. Tarkin dispatches Paulira on a quest to the southern outpost to find the Dragon Knight and obtain his assistance. While Paulira is gone, Tarkin learns that the Castle of Sagebraven has fallen to Xov, a sorcerer of darkness. Xov is creating an army by reanimating the dead and is laying siege to the realm, extending his domain. Determined that Soul Reapers shall not prevail, Tarkin counsels his subjects to have faith in their God and declares war against Xov. Halorum, the city of light, will fight against the darkness of the Soul Reapers, but will the God of Halorum hear their cries and save them?

Halorum by Serdar Aydemir is a fantasy novel that depicts a kingdom in the throes of a battle where darkness opposes light. With so many allusions to light and darkness, the whole novel is presented as an allegory. The duality is reinforced throughout the story line. The setting is in a world where the realm of light reigns abroad, and the shadows dwell in the lower recesses. There is a conception where a bright light illuminating a plain, virtuous young woman results in the birth of a king, and the principal source of conflict contains elements of diabolical and ungodly sorcery. All of these components, combined with the faith in a deity, portray the archetypal battle of good versus evil. Filled with action-packed scenes, this is a tale that will please those who enjoy fantasy novels with skirmishes complete with swordplay. A word of caution though, Halorum contains sexual content, explicit language, and violence.