Monday, March 18, 2013

Featured Book - Dark Solus

Dark Solus an Assassin's Tale
David Andrew Crawford


Book Description

Dark Solus, An Assassin's Tale, the first book in the Dark Saga, is a dark, fantasy novel about one of the deadliest assassins on the planet Eorth. The evil wizard Kalifen, along with the ruthless leaders of the Assassins, Thieves and Halflings guilds, murdered Dark Solus' parents when he was only a child. Haunted by their merciless execution, he now waits and prepares to exact his revenge on all those responsible for their demise. Dark is transformed and trained by the Styg, the warden of the Stygian depths, and his grandfather Mephistopheles, an ancient silver dragon. Twelve years later, Dark is now ready to travel to the City of Duergar, the home of his enemies. Trained in the skills of assassination, and armed with lethal magic devices and knowledge of the dark arts, he has set himself only one kill them all!

Author Bio

I was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada but moved to Ontario when I was a child.  I studied psychology at Carleton University and then went in pursuit of a degree on 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 passed and in a passing conversation with my mother, I was urged to write a story about the  character I had made as a child playing Dungeons and Dragons.  My novel is the story of Dark Solus, the character I invented for the game.  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 Innesville with my two dogs Ares and Ariel.

Relevant News

Dark Solus An Assassin’s Tale has won 2 awards both in the Fantasy genre and both in contests held in the United States:  2nd place in the Written Art Awards in February 2012 and in August 2012 it won Bronze in the Readers Favorite.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Researched, Action-Packed Saga of Vengeance, April 29, 2011
This review is from: Dark Solus: An Assassin's Tale 
David Andrew Crawford's Dark Solus: An Assassin's Tale is the riveting saga of a thirteen-year-old boy and his mission to vanquish his parents' enemies after witnessing their harrowing demise. Filled with wizards, magic, dwarves, elves, dragons, betrayal, conspiracies, and much more, Dark Solus adds a uniquely psychological element that sets it apart from the normal, run-of-the-mill fantasy. Thrillingly dark to its core, this science fiction/fantasy will not disappoint. Reaching deep into the recesses of his imagination, Crawford has crafted a well-written, detail-rich story that will make readers fall in love with this genre all over again.

As in any tantalizing fantasy tale, Dark Solus' action-packed scenes are preceded by a winding, well-researched historical description, or back-story. The narrative revolves around Dark Solus, the son of Elim and Leynorr Solus, and his unyielding desire to eliminate the masterminds behind his parents' murders, especially the evil wizard and Shadow Lord, Kalifen.

With the help and training from his thousand year-old grandfather Mephistopheles, a polymorphic legendary silver dragon and his friend and teacher the Styg, Warden of the Stygian Depths--a warrior and poet, and the individual who trained Dark's father--Dark hones his powers and prepares for his mission to defeat Kalifen and Lord Blackthorn, and wreak vengeance upon the Assassins, Thieves, and Halfling Guilds.

Though the plot itself is mesmerizing, the dynamic storyline forces readers to conjure how a thirteen year-old child instantly evolves into an assassin--avenging the brutal murders of his parents. Dark is constantly haunted by the memories of his parents. More specifically, the night of the murders is described from Dark's perspective: "That night, Dark's sleep was restless, tormented and haunted by nightmarish images of his parents trapped inside a shadowy coffin."

As Dark, now the cloaked assassin completes his training and prepares to invade the city of Duergar, he receives gifts and tools from his well-wishers that will help him in his endeavors. Can Dark single-handedly do what his parents were unable to do together?

Ultimately, Dark Solus: An Assassin's Tale is captivating, from the plot to the precise details, and the fateful birth of an assassin in Dark Solus. It's a must read for all sci-fi/fantasy aficionados.

5.0 out of 5 stars Demonically Good, April 27, 2011
This review is from: Dark Solus: An Assassin's Tale 
My first thought on reading this book was: I wish I could park my car as easily as the main characters in the story "park" their rides, whether horse or flying ship. My second thought was: what an imagination this writer has.

In Dark Solus: An Assassin's Tale, David Andrew Crawford has crafted a story full of horror, tragedy, revenge, and magic. Or at least partially, but more on that later. Protagonist Dark Solus is the offspring of a demon father and an elf mother, and is being raised accordingly --in a magical environment with lessons in stealth and self-defense from his father, a skilled warrior, with summers spent at the home of his grandfather (and WHAT a grandfather), a deep cave in the land of fairies. Sadly for young Dark, this idyllic childhood is destroyed when his parents are killed by enemies that the boy never knew existed. At the age of thirteen, Dark vows to seek out and kill those who murdered his mother and father.

Thus, Dark begins a long and rigorous journey, first as a student learning the art of assassination using every weapon known to man, demon, and very dark magic. Then when his training is complete, he embarks on several quests to obtain a series of talismans necessary for him to fulfill his vow of revenge.

It is at this point that Crawford's imagination "makes the jump into hyperspace," to borrow a phrase. Paying homage to Tolkien and borrowing elements of more than one ancient mythology, from the Greeks to the Norse to the Celts, the author sends his characters on a whirlwind tour of ageless cautionary fables (read: horrific fairy tales) in a sort of video game smashes into Bulfinch, or perhaps a version of When Vengeful Heroes Go Completely DARK.

And then the book ends. No kidding. Crawford didn't partially craft a story as I had mentioned earlier, he actually only partially shared it. I realized as I was racing through the last 20 pages that the dwindling amount of book left did not bode well for my learning the outcome of the entire story. Maybe the author thought I needed a break to get my breath back? Perhaps he was being as devilish as his half-demon main character? Whatever the reason, anyone reading this book will be tempted to turn up on the author's doorstep and demand to know what happens next.

So, Mr. Crawford, to prevent uninvited visitors, I'll ask here and now: What DOES happen next? And how soon can we find out?

5.0 out of 5 stars A tantalizing dark fantasy tale that is a treat to read from beginning to end., April 26, 2011
This review is from: Dark Solus: An Assassin's Tale 
"It is always a pleasure to come across a quality fantasy novel and Dark Solus: An Assassin's Tale by David Andrew Crawford is an entertaining read. This is one of those fantasy books that leave you thinking and visualizing about it well after you are done. The author weaves a tale that grabs your attention and holds it the entire way through. Simply put, the story is about a child, Dark Solus, who experiences the life-changing trauma of his parent's murders at a young age. He becomes an assassin to exact revenge. The story takes the reader through the life of Dark Solus as he is growing up with his grandfather raising him. He struggles with the driving force of retribution shaping his decisions. Dark Solus becomes a strong personality because of this drive and the conflict between him and his grandfather will have readers empathizing with both characters' point of view.

Crawford has an amazing imagination and it was obvious that he took considerable time and thought to write his first novel. The story is rich in detail with a quality storyline and excellent character development. The dialogue between the characters flowed well throughout most of the novel. There are fantastic action sequences throughout and enough sorcery and mystery to satisfy any fantasy buff.

Readers are left with a solid ending and will have to wait with anticipation for the sequel to find out what happens in the next chapter of Dark Solus, the assassin."

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