My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is an ARC review
The Unchosen by Simon Markusson is book one in The Queen Beyond high fantasy series. Alwarul the Old is an ancient wizard powerful beyond imagination but long forgotten in the world of men. Realizing that he’s coming to the end of his life he goes on a desperate search for knowledge that could restore and perhaps extend his life. In so doing he awakens an ancient evil that will destroy the world of the living. But all is not lost, the goddess has chosen a hero to vanquish the darkness. Tired of his life as a farm hand Nathelion Nightshadow is quick to join the crazy old man’s quest if it means leaving his old life behind. He doesn’t believe in the darkness, demons or the Queen Beyond. But what will he do if he discovers that the old man is not crazy after all?
After finishing the last page I am left with this unquenchable desire to know what happens next. The Unchosen is truly an epic tale filled with humor, magic and non-stop adventure. The dynamic between the characters is outstanding and makes for some awesome dialogue. I must commend Simon Markusson on creating not only lovable characters but making the reader feel a part of the crew. The dwarf Molgrimin gave me many laugh out loud moments and teary ones too. As for the unlikely hero Nathelion, his story is a revelation. From being a farm hand to an acting-hero then having his world turned topsy turvy again when he discovers that the quest is real. I am officially a fan and I’m sure fans of Lord of the Rings and other high fantasy will enjoy this book too.
Everyone believes he’s the Chosen One. They’ve made a horrible mistake.
Cynical farmhand Nathelion Nightshadow could use a change of scenery. So when a madman claiming to be a wizard mistakenly identifies him as a hero foretold in prophecy, he eagerly plays along for a free and adventurous journey. But he would have stayed home if he’d known the flattering title came with such deadly baggage.
Joined by a ragtag band of followers with more lofty ideals than common sense, Nathelion marches toward a noble destiny he borrowed for personal gain. But as they draw ever closer to the Chosen One’s fate, the skeptical imposter begins believing in something bigger than himself. Especially when that bigger thing is an ancient evil that wants to sever his limbs.
Will Nathelion’s little white lie get his party killed and destroy the world?
The Unchosen is the witty first novel in the Queen Beyond epic fantasy series. If you enjoy unlikely heroes, sweeping storylines, and madcap comedy, you’ll love Simon Markusson’s satirical tale.
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