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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Legend of the Lightscale is a work of fantasy fiction penned by author A.R. Cook, and forms book two of The Scale Seekers series. Set in a fantasy realm very far from our own world, the story picks up the action with our heroine Desert Rain and her band of wily travelling companions. After the tragedy that befell the Swordmaster in book one, Desert Rain’s heart is heavy, but she must continue her quest against the wicked Katawa. As more and more innocent people are transformed to populate Katawa’s evil army, Desert Rain encounters extra problems and magical beings on the way, things that she hadn’t planned for.
As a fan of traditional RPG like Dungeons and Dragons, I loved this world so much that I wanted to step right in and have an adventure in it. Desert Rain is a powerful female hero who has flaws but who also has great strength and leadership skills, a really good example of how to write a strong female in epic fantasy these days. I particularly loved all the artefacts and lore that are woven into the story, and found author A.R. Cook’s world building simply spectacular. Fans of Tolkien and his peers will not be disappointed to discover this sharply updated epic fantasy for the modern age, with its crisp dialogue, lavish settings and water-tight conceptual elements. Overall, I’d certainly recommend The Legend of the Lightscale to all fantasy fans, and anyone looking to explore the genre for the first time would find this an exciting and high quality read.