Modrad's Exile

Fiction - Fantasy - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 07/03/2017
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Author Biography

Prior to hitting the fiction scene in 2009, I was a freelance writer for several years, covering everything from finance to sports. My debut work, World of Ash, was released by MuseItUp Publishing in the fall of 2010. Since then, I have released over a dozen books through MuseItUp, and I have also been published in various magazines and anthology books. My writing covers many genres, including dark fiction and horror, science fiction and fantasy, and crime fiction.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Neil A White for Readers' Favorite

Facing impending exile, Modrad - a dwarf from the village of Vargrom – isn’t one to wait around pondering his fate, so he sets out on a mission to Coalfell - the land of the Chrogs. There he hopes to bring back a gem worthy of allowing him admittance back into his homeland. Along the way, he is befriended by a gnome named Farfiz, who proves a handy companion when the duo is attacked in the forest by a pack of vicious beasts. Once in Coalfell, Modrad meets up with an old friend from Vargrom and together the three adventurers set off in search of a worthy treasure. Of course, no fantasy story is complete without the prerequisite dragon. And just when their quest is about to bear fruit, the monster – who has a penchant for deal making – appears and is hell bent on ruining their plans.

Vargrom: Modrad's Exile is the latest offering in the fantasy genre from Canadian author Kevin Hopson. This forty-two-page short story is both a companion piece to one of his earlier works, The Fire King, and proved to be an entertaining read. Mr. Hopson spins a wonderful yarn, and his style of writing helps to build tension and keep the story moving along at a breakneck speed. My only concern is that at a mere forty-two pages, character development does tend to suffer and interesting encounters within the storyline are too quickly passed over. Overall, though, I really enjoyed Mr. Hopson’s storytelling technique, and I fully expect fans of the fantasy genre will be searching for more offerings of his after ingesting Vargrom: Modrad's Exile - which is infinitely more palatable than a Chrog stew.