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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
War of the Orcs by Brent Reilly is a fantasy adventure that swirls around a robust and intelligent eight-year-old princess named Bisi and her grandmother, Cesi. As orcs annihilate the land, eating everything in sight, there is little hope for the survival of all else that lives in Reilly's thoroughly depicted realm. It is up to Bisi to bring together all of the remaining kingdoms, which include humans, dwarves, elves, trolls and giants. There can only be one victor since the orcs will not back down...and Bisi cannot back down; not without succumbing to the same fate and accepting the extinction of all.
War of the Orcs is incredibly fast paced, which is unique for the fantasy genre. It certainly packs a huge punch in a short span of time (reading time, the book itself spans over decades). I liked that Bisi showed strength and real determination, and loved that she was made heir after defeating her older brothers. “Father made me his heir when I beat all three in one duel.” Point of view varies but that's clearly the intent, since it allows for a full immersion into different kingdoms. As a genuine fan of fantasy, I felt that Brent Reilly did an exceptional job of creating a fresh theme, story line, and protagonists that you can't help but get behind. As with all good stories, there were some losses that felt like my heart was being ripped out of my chest, but that's just another testament to how engrossing the book truly is. Recommended for die-hard fantasy fans looking for something quick and satisfying.