Adversaries Together (Ascendant Realms, #1) by Daniel Casey



The author sent me an ARC (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  3.8  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Adversaries Together is the first book in the new fantasy adventure series Ascendant Realms. In this opening installment, we are introduced the to the men and women who will go about changing their world, Syr Nebra. The political intrigues of city-states attempting to become nations and eventually empires, as they vie for control of resources as well as the hearts and minds of the numerous human races is the focus of the series.

In the world of Syr Nebra, there is no such thing as magic, yet every human clings to their faith and country. The nation of The Seven Spires has imperial ambitions while the seat of the world’s great religion, The Cathedral, plots its own crusade to control the world. The once prosperous city of Rikonen has been under siege for more than a thousand days and is crumbling. All the while, deep to the south the city of Lappala, the only source of the most precious substance in the world, is a sleeping giant.

Avery Roth is a wanderer scratching out a living in the hinterlands trying to avoid the religious zealots of The Cathedral and the imperial ambitions of The Seven Spires. But when a young woman and her paladin guardian literally run into him in the wild as they are fleeing bandits, he is entangled in a web that tightens the more he struggles to free himself and others. Roth aids the duo on their way but in so doing is drawn into the duplicitous schemes of the elites from rival realms.


Genre(s):  Fantasy

Series:  Ascendant Realms, #1

Length:  414 pages

Release Date:  2014-11-05



Tobin smiled, “Soon there will be two Cassubians traveling on the highroad from Sulecin to Anhra on their way to Lappala.”

Declan broke in, “That’s a bit of a trek. Just the two?”


My Opinion

This book’s first chapter starts rather slow. This is obviously due to the fact that the important characters need to be introduced. As of the second chapter, the story develops a pleasant flow, it becomes a gripping story with interesting characters. There were some typos in the ARC, they are presumably corrected by now.

With Adversaries Together, Daniel Casey has created a quite thrilling fantasy story with characters to like and/or to abhor. The story comprises several plot lines; characters leave sufficient room for the readers’ imagination; sufficient depth, nicely woven situations and interesting interactions. I started enjoying Adversaries Together as of chapter 2; I was drawn into the story then, looking forward to reading book 2 in the series. This is for you if you like fantasy (different clans, no sorcerers or dragons).

The interesting start of a fantasy series.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace First slow, then steady
Characters Some one-dimensional, others developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

Daniel Casey has a MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from the University of Notre Dame. He’s been an adjunct English instructor, a soccer journalist, and a literary magazine editor. He blogs occasionally and continues to freelance.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Adversaries Together?  Or – if you did not yet read Adversaries Together  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Adversaries Together was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



9 thoughts on “Adversaries Together (Ascendant Realms, #1) by Daniel Casey

  1. I like that you give fair reviews and am impressed with the great way you break the elements in each book into parts, which make it clear where things may be needing work and others are great. I would not wish to read this since I am not a fantasy reader, but the way it is beginning its series, sounds like it is setting up for bigger and better things. Just my impression, Karen.

    • Thank you very much for the praise.
      I am already half through the second instalment – it starts right where the first book ended and is pretty thrilling. I am truly glad that I continued with this series.

  2. Reblogged this on Misanthrope-ster and commented:
    My first non-magic fantasy book just got a review from Karen Oberlaender. Think I might write a whole vanity post replying to her question “If Adversaries Together was filmed–who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?” That’s a game I played with every work of fiction I read as a kid

    • Great idea, Daniel. Actors will have to be selected with utmost care as they need to be believable in every situation and interaction.
      I’m looking forward to reading what you come up with.

  3. Sounds more like a Legend type book that an Epic or Sword and Sorcery. Being the first book in the series, I would guess the author focused most on world building.

    • This may well be a reason. As soon as the plot lines start interweaving, everything seems to fall into place.
      The second instalment is shorter (171 pages) – the story picks up where it ended in book 1.

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