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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
War is in full swing in Powteros, and Saxthor and his allies struggle to defend their kingdoms against the might of the Dread Lord. Death and destruction strike commoner and nobles alike and the entire world will never be the same after the Powterosian War.
The fantasy genre is full of authors that have become successful by catering to the preconceived notions of readers, by taking oft-used tropes and themes and simply using these to give readers a sense of familiarity and comfort as they go about another run-of-the-mill fantasy adventure. But the truly magnificent authors, writers like Melville, Erikson, Cook, and Martin eventually break free of these common tropes and themes and, instead of just using them, they push the genre's limits, testing, challenging and daring readers to come along for the ride. This is exactly what C. Craig Coleman has done in The Powterosian War, the fifth book of the Neuyokkasinian Arc of Empire Series. He dares you to stand beside Saxthor against insurmountable odds. He tests your limits, your emotional resolve as each twist and turn hits like a physical blow. He challenges you to think two and three steps ahead, to look at each character in each scenario and think about the possible future.
This is epic fantasy writing at its best. What started out as an ambitious project from a novice author has turned into an epic that weaves emotion and thought alike and draws the reader in with a superb plot and a solid narrative. I can unflinchingly say that I want more. More sleepless nights, occasionally exclaiming out loud as I immerse myself in this world. More of the twists and turns that at times make me marvel at the author's bravado, all while wanting to choke him to death. This is the best work by C. Craig Coleman. So far.