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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Centurions: The Dragon's Prophecy is a work of fiction in the Christian, fantasy and adventure fiction sub-genres, and it was penned by author David Noel. As the opening novel to a series centered around a military order that protects the Christian kingdoms from many different threats, we find ourselves in the brutal reality of 946 AD. Our central protagonists are Brendan and Portia, two young people with a lot of weight on their shoulders, but who find themselves thrown together by monstrous threats that test their faith and their talents. As darkness from humans and monsters threatens to invade their world, these two must trust God and one another to battle on and save their people.
Author David Noel has crafted an excellent tale of high fantasy and pseudo-history which weaves in some fantastic supernatural threats. One of the things which I particularly liked about the novel was the characters and their development, and the fact that they were unusual in their roles and portrayed strong ideals of self-discovery and inner strength. The dialogue also showcases this fantastically, bringing Portia and Brendan to life with characteristic and authentic voices that capture both the history and emotion of the time period. What results is a set of heroes you can really get invested in, and when combined with the atmosphere and well-drawn fantasy world, it makes for a really exciting novel. Overall, I’d say that The Centurions: The Dragon's Prophecy is a superb series opener and not to be missed by fantasy fans of all kinds.