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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
Tyrant by D. B. Sinclair, the first book in the I, Sovereign series, is an epic literary adventure worthy of comparison to Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and others among the most distinguished pantheon of fantasy authors our Western culture has produced. Fantasy lover, take note: D. B. Sinclair is a name to watch - one who will one day be universally acclaimed as both groundbreaking and important. Stock up on first editions now! Tyrant’s impeccably crafted and lavishly detailed text is accompanied by a beautifully rendered map of Sinclair’s vividly imagined world of Utarius and a tremendously useful introductory glossary of key characters, both of which make the sweeping narrative easier to follow than one might expect, given its complexity. In a world where everything and everyone is viewed as a commodity and opposing forces are on the verge of an inevitable war of attrition, three iconic characters are forced to leave their comfort zones and face their greatest fears, with the fate of their respective worlds hanging in the balance.
Vasilia/Aleksandra, daughter of the late Emperor and the rightful Princess of Drakha, must stop running from her responsibilities and return to her royal destiny. Zakhar, son of the current Emperor of Drakha, is handsome, keenly intelligent, unpredictably cruel, and deeply concerned for the future of his country and culture in the wake of decades of fighting. Genderless and enchanted Sasha must leave the solace of books and an adoptive witch mother’s home to take part in a burgeoning cataclysm neither caused nor asked for. The destinies of these fated characters intersect in breathtaking and unimagined ways, making for a page-turner that readers will not be able to easily put down. Add into the mix a host of fantasy creatures and denizens of the various empires of Utarius (representing a virtual tossed salad of world mythologies), forces of good and evil, darkness and light, and a never-ending series of plot twists and reversals, and a timeless fantasy classic unfolds. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Tyrant by D. B. Sinclair is the wisdom infused into every line. Tyrant has many lessons to teach – a powerful cautionary tale of the future of humanity for those willing to surrender themselves to its forces.