Dark Solus

An Assassin's Tale

Fiction - Fantasy - General
224 Pages
Reviewed on 08/02/2011
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Author Biography

My name David Andrew Crawford and I was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada in 1969, the only son of Lewis and Martha Crawford. When I was three, we moved to Ottawa, Ontario and when I was eight, the whole family moved to Wendover, Ontario where I spent most of his childhood.

I studied psychology at Carleton University and then went in pursuit of a degree in Computer Science at Algonquin College until finally settling on web designing and development as a career choice.

It was at this time my father passed away and I delved back into one of my passions, reading fantasy novels, to help take my mind off the loss of my father. Several years had passed and in a passing conversation with my mother, I was urged to write a story about a character, Dark Solus, I had made as a child playing Dungeons and Dragons. On January 24, 2011 Dark Solus An Assassin's Tale was released. On November 24, 2011 I also released the paperback version. Since then I have won 2nd place in the Written Art Awards and Bronze in the Reader's Favorite awards, both in the fantasy genre. I write full time and am working on my second novel in the Dark Saga series. I still live in Canada in the small hamlet of Innisville with my two dogs Ares and Ariel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Dark Solus is a dark tale of revenge. This tale grabs your interest from the beginning by introducing you to Dark’s parents. The story begins in the dark of night with two figures being hunted. Elim tried to send his half elfin love Leynorr, to safety for she carried his child. She managed to escape to the Albatross and waited for her beloved. After battling animated rock statues, Halflings, humanoids, and Kalifen, the Arch Mage, Elim joined her on the ship.

From here our story moves forward in time, where we meet Dark and his hell horse, Nightmare. Mephisto was training Dark, his grandson, when the evil Taliesin appeared bragging about the murder of Dark’s parents and challenging Mephisto who quickly shifted into a dragon like creature. From that moment on thirteen year old Dark desired vengeance. For ten years Dark studied and trained with Styg. He knew that was not enough. He continued his preparations by taking on quests for talismans that will help him destroy those that destroyed his loved ones.

Dark Solus is a dark tale filled with magic, dragons, and dark characters. Author David Andrew Crawford presents readers with a tale that will make the most discriminating Dungeons and Dragons fans beg for more. As the reader journeys with Dark on his many quests, he/she will meet many outstanding characters. Crawford carefully molds the characters into creatures that seem to climb off the page. While the plot of Dark Solus is excellent, it was the characters that kept me turning the pages.