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Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite
The Pious Insurrection: The Reaping by Dexter Morgenstern is a fast paced fantasy novel of high adventure that begins at the monks' temple on the island of Regnarov. The story opens with a rainstorm. The fearsome reptile creatures with human heads, the nagas, attack and feed during rainstorms. The monks do their best to fight them off with the help of their seers' magic. Amos and Eli have been best friends their whole life, but Eli is killed during the battle. The Seer Bo is chosen by their goddess to go on her quest for the Reaping, and right away she chooses Amos to accompany her. Amos has his magic lantern of light, and Bo has her magic flute. The scene switches to a combat tournament with Lancaster and his soldier Darwin squaring off in an arena. Lancaster is looking to win so that he can ask the king's permission to court his daughter. Even though Lancaster loses, both he and Darwin are chosen to go on a spy mission to see what their enemies, the Seladorians, are planning.
Dexter Morgenstern does a magnificent job of moving this story along with lots of surprises, legendary creatures, and well-described exotic landscapes. The author is able to switch back and forth between the different quests while leaving the reader in cliff hangers as the story shifts back and forth between our heroes. This technique reminded me very much of Terry Brooks's writing and it works. The Pious Insurrection has an array of stunning scenery vividly brought to life by the author. This book is entertaining with many surprises and internal conflict with underlying plots. This book has that wow factor to be a huge success in my opinion. Bravo!