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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Making of a Warrior, Volume 2 in the Realm of Hulsteria series has more rape, murder, political intrigue, and family sexual indiscretions than a good season of HBO’s hit television series Game of Thrones, and in my opinion, Frank David tells his story every bit as well as George R.R. Martin, but without as much unnecessary detail. That is just my opinion. Some readers love all that detailed minutia. I sometimes find it difficult to get through, so I like Frank David’s writing more. Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of detailed descriptions and vivid details in Making of a Warrior, but I found many more cleverly constructed conversations with rich dialogue, and that is what I like more. Again, this is just my personal preference. I find that I enjoy this kind of royal family drama. Making of a Warrior takes place in another world and another time, but it reads like the history of England and many other European countries.
What I enjoyed most about Making of a Warrior is undoubtedly the characters. I liked Roderick from page one and it did not take long to like his grandfather, Antonio, and his sister, the empress Stella. I don’t know why I enjoy tales of royalty and royal families so much, but I do. Apparently, many others do too. Making of a Warrior has royalty at its best and its worst and this is what makes the plot and the characters so easy to lose yourself in. You want the good guys to win and the bad guys to lose, and sometimes you're not really sure who’s who. I did not read book one in this series, but I am going to do that this summer. I want to catch up and follow this story to the end. You will want to as well.