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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Looming Shadow: Journey to Chaos, Book 2 by Brian Wilkerson takes the reader back to the world of Tariatla, along with Eric as he returns to find that his reputation has preceded him. He is now being hailed as the Vessel of Dengel and the Trickster's choice. When one wants to live the life of a mercenary, titles like this are downright dangerous, bringing attention and accolades that can be unwanted. That is when a dangerous shadow begins to loom over Eric and strives for one purpose, to snuff him out for good.
This is the follow up book to A Mage's Power, which I admit I have not read so there were some things that ended up being lost on me when I started reading. However, this book is very enjoyable and it paints a good enough picture of things on its own. Eric is a compelling character that I found amusing and interesting throughout the book. The battle scenes are epic and I think in my reading only Tolkien has written better ones. Brian Wilkerson creates a world and characters that you can feel a connection to. The world may be strange because it is not like ours, but that is what epic fantasy reading is all about. You want to dive into a world that is different from your own and feel lost in the journey. This is exactly what happens with this book and you will love every moment. I will be going back to reading the first in the series and I look forward to the next work by this author.