The Legacy of Skur

Volume One

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
419 Pages
Reviewed on 10/10/2015
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Author Biography

A maverick with a pen, Nevada author L.F. Falconer brings her own unique style to dark fantasy, crossing genres and infusing the real with the unreal to provide imaginative insights into hard social issues. Her work has appeared in various publications, both online and off, and has won awards in the USA and the UK. A fan of exploring the roads less taken, she and her husband enjoy wandering the desert mountains and ghost towns.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Legacy of Skur: Volume One by L.F. Falconer is the story of three people, but only one of them is going to take the next installment forward. It is divided in three parts and each part tells the story from a different person’s perspective. The first part is Fane’s, a young man who wants to become a wizard. His father and brother are both warriors and they object to his decision, but Fane does not listen to anyone and goes out to search for the Skur Mountain where he will find gold and many other treasures. But he is captured by a dragon, Raag, who is there to protect the gold and the treasures.

The next part is about Fane’s brother, Kael. With Fane out of the picture, it is Kael who needs to look after his newborn daughter. He finds a woman, Alyn, to nurse the little girl and falls in love with her. His story ends with his battle with Raag. The final part of the story is about Fane’s daughter, Elva, who wants to become a warrior and a wizard. Raag, the shape shifting dragon, makes her believe that Alyn and Kael did her wrong. Now, she is out for revenge and to achieve the impossible.

Well, this novel was definitely a thrilling read. The Legacy of Skur: Volume One is written so beautifully. Mostly, writers who write fantasy fiction choose very difficult Latin-French mixture names. This does not allow the reader to connect with the characters and some of the charm is lost. However, Falconer did a great job in not just choosing the names of the characters, but making them feel real. I really like it when writers make their characters round and relatable. Five stars for a great job!

K.C. Finn

The Legacy of Skur: Volume One is dark fantasy epic by L.F. Falconer. Filled with gruesome feats, fearful beasts and adult situations, this decidedly dark journey takes place over three sections, following three central characters who belong to the same family, and each contribute their own elements to the legacy which is unfolding. First we have Fane, seen as a young man who aspires to achieve magical greatness, but who is lured to the mountain of Skur under false pretenses, leading to his imprisonment. Next, Fane’s brother Kael begins what appears to be a domestic journey as he cares for Fane’s daughter and falls in love with tavern girl Alyn, then finally Elva, the prophesied Legacy daughter, takes the stage.

For readers who can tolerate graphic sex and violence in parts, The Legacy of Skur: Volume One will prove a riveting fantasy tale with plenty of plot, world building and intense character development. For me, the best part of the story was when Elva finally took the reins, but it was interesting to see her family background and the lore and legends that surround the world she’s born into. L.F. Falconer writes with distinctive voices and changes of perspective between the novel’s three sections, differentiating each of the central characters and producing a diverse, unique method of storytelling. For those fantasy fans looking for fantastic beasts, I’m pleased to say there were dragons, witches, winged lions and other creatures to keep me entertained too. A recommended read for the dark fantasy audience.

Janelle Fila

The Legacy of Skur: Volume One by L.F. Falconer contains three connected parts told from different points of view. The first is The Pathways of Darkness and Light and is told from Fane's point of view, a man desiring to become a wizard's apprentice. He is tempted to the mountain of Skur by a wizard claiming the mountain contains a treasure of gold guarded by the shape shifting dragon Raag. The second is The Wizard Stone, which is a third person tale of Kael, Fane's brother. Kael must take care of Fane's daughter and the crystal talisman that comes with her. A romance ensues between Kael and the woman he hires to nurse his niece. This section ends with the battle between Kael and Raag. The third section, Dragonslayer, is the story about Elva, the daughter of Fane who has become the Legacy of Skur. Raag the dragon tricks her into questioning her loyalties toward her uncle and his love interest. Her story is about a quest to get her revenge by following in her family's footsteps and becoming both a warrior, like her uncle, and a wizard, like her father.

The Legacy of Skur: Volume One by L.F. Falconer is an epic adult themed fantasy with dark and dangerous tastes. This is a very well written story with super fantastical elements that fantasy and horror readers will love. It is a very dark fantasy with explicitly adult themes and should be read only by those willing to face dark, evil creatures and story lines that could haunt readers and give them nightmares for nights on end.