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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
What does it take to defeat an enemy who seems invincible and who is aided by his powerful daimôn lord? The answer that The Enemy Within, the sixth book in The Paladin Chronicles by Neil Port, offers may seem easy, familiar to some readers, but it is the complexity of its execution that makes it interesting.For the Elves to live in peace, the powerful Gansükh must be destroyed, but who can destroy him? Who can even get close to the man subjugating everyone to his rule, aided by his daimôn? The solution lies in a skilled assassin, disguised as a lover. Now within the walls of the enemy, will she succeed in maintaining the façade, seducing him and winning his trust while shielding her intent, and ultimately destroying the enemy from within? This is a powerful epic fantasy with an interesting premise.
The Enemy Within combines magic with intrigue and deceit to create a fascinating reading experience for fans of fantasy. I loved the assassin from the very moment I met her in the story, and found myself hoping against all hope that she would succeed in her mission, but the author knows the craft and how to build tension in the reader with cliffhangers and the deft handling of suspense. The characters are hugely believable and the setting a fascinating place with a culture that is unique. I enjoyed the way Neil Port handles the theme of power and its role in the conflict that is masterfully developed in this story. The Enemy Within is gripping and each scene is crafted to ignite new levels in interest in readers, keeping them focused on learning what happens in the end. The tension builds up strongly and escalates to a satisfying climax.