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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Defenders of Dembroch is a work of epic fantasy fiction set in the age of knights and was penned by author Patrick Harris. Aimed at young adults, this opening novel forms the first story set in The Age of Knights & Dames. We meet a team of four friends when they are young and in search of adventure: Nick, Meg, Jenn, and Clay. Years later, adventure finds them at last in the incredible kingdom of Dembroch, where magic both good and evil awaits. There are many dangers on the path ahead, and mysteries that nobody yet understands, so our adventurers have a lot to live up to as they try to save the kingdom from its many perils.
Author Patrick Harris lifts his work above typical sword and sorcery books by virtue of the incredible worldbuilding he does with the insular, hidden magical kingdom of Dembroch. The use of vivid language and inventive descriptive techniques makes classic monsters come to life in a new light, advancing our heroes on their quest with every foe they face. There is never a dull moment in the plot, and YA readers will enjoy the intermingling of the four central figures, their personal relationships, and the stakes they have to face in order to succeed and save their homeland from ruin. With all these elements in play, the plot structure races from point to point with excitement and a fresh appetite for adventure, making The Defenders of Dembroch a superb opening novel that promises a lot more where it came from.