Shadow of the Overlord

The Calamity Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
679 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2019
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Author Biography

An avid reader and prolific writer since elementary school, Kevin always knew he’d be an author.
The idea for The Calamity, “Literally dropped in my lap while I was designing a fantasy roleplaying game,” he says. “And it took on a life of its own from there.”
Currently, he is working hard to complete the next volume of the ongoing Calamity series.
Kevin lives in Oklahoma with his wife, two daughters, and several animals.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

The Free States is on the brink of collapse due to the absence of its king and heir as well as manipulation by a mastermind who works in the shadow. Taliesimon is a farmer's daughter who longs to be the first female Dragoon warrior, despite the discrimination from the commander and his lackeys. William is a traveling mercenary with a secret past. A violent raid by strange humanoid creatures brings the two together, along with an unexpected alliance with a half-elf, a dwarf, and ultimately a peace-loving dragon. Meanwhile, the Dragon Overlord is progressing with his plan to conquer the world and enslave other beings under his reign. Shadow of the Overlord (The Calamity, Book 1) by Kevin Potter is an epic sword and sorcery fantasy adventure for fans of the genre.

This multifaceted plot is filled with detailed, grand fight scenes and creatures galore. Starting with a gritty prologue that's engaging right away, Kevin Potter's Shadow of the Overlord is told through the perspectives of a number of lead characters. The attention given to their backstory is deftly balanced, giving each of them sufficient time and room for vital development and good depth of personality. Divided into three parts, we get to know the protagonists who will cross each other's paths in unexpected circumstances. I gravitated towards the tenacious Taliesimon, who perseveres along with her friend, Okara, to prove that female Dragoons are as good as their counterparts. Overall, this debut for The Calamity series is entertaining and has the classic charm that reminds me of all the fantasy adventure novels that I’ve read in my younger days. I look forward to reading how the characters will survive the next onslaught.