I am a simple guy who had a series of stories in his head about a period of time I've always loved. A friend encouraged me to write my stories out and I am glad she did.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Making of an Empress by Frank David is a gorgeous story with a powerful conflict, a story that features strong themes, including personal development, family, leadership, and the power of change. As the only person — her grandfather — who could help her harness the secrets of becoming an Empress is dying, Stelaphina feels like her world is coming to an end, especially after hearing his dying advice: “Trust no one.” The reader is introduced to a world of magic, filled with men and women who are frauds, and who will do anything to access the secrets of magic or stand in the path of the Empress. Stelaphina will uncover her gifts and discover her destiny, but it won’t be as easy as a walk in the park. This is a story filled with many lessons, insightful writing, and a lot of entertainment. Meet great characters, witness a moving drama, and travel into a fantastic world with Stela.
From the first sentences of the story, I was already certain that this would be a great read. The opening is filled with vivid descriptions and the reader’s imagination is provoked by the imagery: “The room was dimly lit with only the fireplace providing illumination. The shadows moved about the walls as the flames of the fire danced in the hearth. No other movement was present, no voices could be heard, only the crackles as the logs burned.” The power of the author’s prose doesn’t slacken or diminish in any way as it permeates the entire narrative. I was hooked from the very beginning of the story and there are many wonderful scenes I reveled in. The third-person narrative voice comes across strongly, and it combines literary elements like contrast, symbolism, and imagery to give more life and color to the already excellent plot. Those who are fond of fantasy will find delight in Frank David’s Making of an Empress.