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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Prishum’s Revenge: The Battle for the Underground City by Paul Duncan is a compelling epic fantasy tale with an unlikely protagonist. The inhabitants of the continent of Euratwin have been subjected to the worst forms of treatment from the Legions of Marduk that come down from the Frozen North, pillaging and crushing everyone who stands in their path. But now the tides are about to turn as a small boy loses his parents and vows to exact revenge. Once a descendant of a peace-loving people, Prishum finds himself under the care of a ninja master. He trains with specialized weapons and develops the art of spying, determined to kill those who killed his parents. It is a dangerous and difficult path, but the destiny of a continent may depend on him. Can he answer the calling when the moment arrives?
What struck me when I started reading this novel was the author's gift for vivid descriptions, his ability to rouse the reader's imagination and fill it with powerful imagery. The reader has a clear idea of a unique species of humans and the conflict begins on the first page, with a conversation between the protagonist's parents, a conversation he isn't supposed to hear. The prose is a thing of rare beauty and Paul Duncan has a unique signature for phraseology. The paragraph breaks are timely, crafted for dramatic effect, the dialogues are exciting, and the world building is impeccable. The author invents a world and thrust readers into it; a world of adventure, with a story filled with action, and rock-solid characters. Prishum’s Revenge: The Battle for the Underground City deserves more than a five-star rating, for it is full of potential, both masterly and engrossing.