The Blade Heir (The Azuleah Trilogy, #1) by Daniel Adorno



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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

In the elven city of Evingrad, Lucius Nostra suffers from recurring nightmares of a black dragon killed long ago. The frightening dreams signal the ominous return of Kraegyn and the dragon tribes who wreaked havoc on the peoples of Azuleah. Confused and uncertain of his role in the gathering storm, Lucius joins his elf brother Siegfried on a perilous journey to reforge the Requiem Sword–the blade which once defeated Kraegyn.

Lucius’ quest will take him through the hostile realms of Azuleah, where both human and unhuman foes lurk. Though Lucius will gain allies on his mission and uncover secrets surrounding his past, can he survive long enough to stop Kraegyn’s ascension?

The Blade Heir is Daniel Adorno’s debut novel and the first book in the Azuleah Trilogy.

Genre(s): Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Arthurian; Literature & Fiction > Fantasy
Series: The Azuleah Trilogy, #1
Length: 403 pages
Release date: 2014-08-11



“Your path has been foretold, Lucius. Your people need you, and even the elves need you, though they may not yet know it,” Helmer said softly.

!I do not know if this is the path I wish to take, Father. Fear overtakes me at what may meet me on this path. Why must I rise to such responsibility? Why was I chosen? My mind is full of questions, and my mind is unwilling to hear the answers,” his head sank.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Lucius, and to his elven family Helmer and Siegfried. Lucius has nightmares about the dragon Kraegyn, otherwise he is not unhappy with the elven environment. And then – he and Siegried are sent to save Azuleah.

With The Blade Heir, Daniel Adorno has created a nicely woven fantasy story. It is a compelling read, drawing you into the world of Azuleah. Daniel Adorno paints a clear picture of Lucius’ mind while the story evolves. Lucius is very likeable, he is of sufficient depth, this also applies to the other characters – depending on their relevance. Siegfried is a great guy as well, and I need to mention Syl; Syl is my favourite supporting character! The story comprises several plot lines, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy and adventure, and if you like highly believable characters.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, dark
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the author

Daniel A Adorno is an author of novels based in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He began writing back in 4th grade when his teacher assigned everyone to craft a short book with construction paper. Daniel was up to the task and wrote a book on race cars worthy of a Pulitzer. Before he was a teenager, his father bought him a typewriter for his birthday and Daniel started writing a sequel to the original race car story, which he titled The Hot Rod. Unfortunately, the book was never published, but Daniel discovered a love for writing from that first story and he continued to write short stories throughout high school and into college. His first completed manuscript was a fantasy story that he finished during finals week of his sophomore year in college. For 8 years, the novel sat in limbo waiting to be edited and then Daniel placed in the top five of a local writing contest. Everything changed. He dusted off the novel and a year later his debut novel, The Blade Heir, was published on Amazon.

Daniel currently resides in Minnesota with his wife and two sons. Besides writing, Daniel enjoys reading speculative fiction, creating digital art, and teaching Sunday school students at his church.

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 The Blade Heir?  Or – if you did not yet read The Blade Heir – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂






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