Making of a Warrior

Realm of Hulsteria Volume 2

Fiction - Fantasy - General
404 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2018
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Author Biography

Frank David starting writing late in life. The characters which bring Hulsteria to life began as imaginary friends when he was a child. As he got older the characters would play out their stories in his head. In his forties, the characters refused to be ignored any longer, keeping Frank up at night acting out their stories. A friend encouraged him to write the stories down, thus, began his journey into writing and self-publishing.

    Book Review

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.

Sarah Westmoreland

The Empress Stelaphina is reeling after the events that transpired in the first book of this series. Now she finds herself struggling to trust those around her, and her distrust only grows as she discovers more treachery at the hands of those she trusted. As if that didn’t make things difficult enough, her estranged husband resurfaces, determined to steal the throne away from her. Despite the Empress’s desire to leave her husband in the past, fate is pushing her towards a dangerous battle to decide the fate of the known kingdoms. Fate, and a mysterious vanishing mystic named Braynard, who seems to be the driving force behind everything that has happened in the known kingdoms in recent years. Fortunately, Stela has a fascinating assortment of friends, allies, and relatives to help her prepare... but will it be enough? When the battle is over, only one of them will be left alive, but no one is certain which of the former lovers will be victorious.

Making of a Warrior, the second book in the Realm of Hulsteria series, is a fascinating continuation of the story that was begun in Book 1 (Making of an Empress). Frank David has done an excellent job creating a wide variety of characters, from an assortment of social stations. The characters are well developed, with intricate and believable backstories that provide a realistic foundation for their actions and goals. The subtleties of politics and foreign relations are also a very large and well done portion of this story. Making of a Warrior is an all-round pleasing and well-crafted read, one that I definitely recommend.

Liz Konkel

Making of a Warrior by Frank David is the second book of the Realm of Hulsteria series. Stela struggles to pick up the pieces following her husband's betrayal. She works to rebuild trust with her sister, Sofia, but a shocking betrayal finds them on different sides. When the mysterious Braynard warns her of more betrayals to arise, she's unsure who to trust. As others discover their newfound magical abilities, some quickly reveal themselves to be allies while others have more nefarious plots in mind. Meanwhile, Felicia turns away from taking her father's place as his heir and is determined to prove herself worthy of the guard. As she travels, she meets Harris, who has a greater role to play than he realizes. Roderick discovers a family secret that shakes them all. Daniella and her brother, Luke, put in motion their own plays of revenge, setting their sights on Malcolm, his family, and an aging duke. When Stela is notified of Edmund's plans for war, Stela knows she will have to confront him, but their confrontation could end in one of their deaths.

Frank David weaves together different story lines which all factor into Stela's journey and the battle brewing. Stela's journey is one of a hero, slowly building her towards becoming a warrior and this powerful ruler. Her journey questions how to be a warrior and how the heart and love factor into it. David has a commentary running throughout the story as each of the characters uncovers truths about themselves. Stela's story balances well with the journeys of the other characters. Felicia is rebelling against her family, not wanting to be her father's heir or behave the proper way her mother wishes for her too. She's a warrior at heart and dreams of being in the guard. She's a strong woman who breaks all convention by going around with a sword to protect women. She has a strong personality and, like Stela, has an empowering journey. Secrets from the past find their way into the present as various betrayals are uncovered. These betrayals directly affect Roderick and his family when he uncovers the truth about his family. Daniella and Luke are making their way into power for reasons of the past, but they factor into the story in a key way set up for significant events. Braynard is a mysterious character, one who meddles in literally everyone's life, acting as a mentor, but he feels more attuned with being a puppeteer. He drops in to give them warnings or to casually give advice to push people in a certain direction. He knows how to manipulate with temptation, leading the characters to their own downfall, and plays every side to get the results he wants. He's put everyone on this path and has taken matters into his own hands with Stela's future in his sights. He's quite powerful and has an omniscient personality where he seems to know everything happening with everyone at any time.

Making of a Warrior has a historical and otherworldly tone, with the story focusing on multiple characters whose lives interlock. The characters are layered and well-rounded with their own motives and agendas for what they're doing and why. David has a flair for complicated relationships, revolving the story around these characters who are navigating power with love, loyalty with family, and how to balance the heart with politics. The depth of these characters allows for a chance to truly get to know them and to get caught up in their power struggles as well as their family drama. Making of a Warrior tackles serious subjects in a world of politics and power plays, betrayals and magic in this story of empowerment and family.