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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Rise of Dresca is an epic fantasy by Tim McKay. Left for dead by Athamein Tarvor and his cult, Valdaris Drascar, a former artillery captain of the fallen nation of Ceremai, rises from the throes of death to transform into someone who spells doom for anything and everything that crosses his path. After a devastating battle with dragons and humans alike, Vald finds himself in the company of a small group, which includes a few Selvan scouts, a scheming captain, and two high-born Siilvalan twins who are sword masters. As the little group makes its way to the Kartumol fortress, an imperceivable evil follows them that leaves blood and carnage in its wake. With everyone having their schemes, a little orphan girl's power and Vald's unquenchable rage are the only things standing in the way of monsters.
Action-packed and filled with a healthy dose of magic, mayhem, and fantastical lore, Rise of Dresca is a phenomenal start to what promises to be a riveting epic fantasy series. Author Tim McKay knocks it out of the park with a story that sets the stage perfectly for an expanded fantasy saga rich in world-building, epic storylines, and characters who leap off the pages. McKay uses a multiple-POV narrative style that helps readers get into the headspace of different personalities and showcases the varying factions and the stakes involved. Each character has their agency and motives that add layers to their personas. The book ends on a cliffhanger, making me even more eager to read the sequel. If you enjoy action-packed dark fantasy, don't miss out on Rise of Dresca.