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    Review of THE DREAD KNIGHT'S REDEMPTION by Joshua Calkins-Treworgy

    FREEDOM OR THE FIRE Vol. Two, April 2008

    The Dread Knight's Redemption cover Richard Vandross, a power-hungry warlock has claimed four of the five Orbs of Eden's Serpent. If he can gain the fifth, he will become an unstoppable force. Even with the four he already possesses, he has gathered armies of demons, orcs, and dark-elf mages. Worse, the orbs not only give him power, they're driving him insane. Destruction, rather than simple power, has become increasingly the goal rather than simply his tool.

    Against Vandross, his former ally, Dread Knight Byron of Sidius, has gathered a small band of warriors and mages. They have a lead on the last orb and a plan to beat the warlock to his goal. But they're tired, discouraged by the loss of their friend, David Spore, and on the lookout for another betrayal of the kind that cost them their friend. That risk of betrayal grows larger the closer they come to finding the orb. Because the Orbs of Eden's Serpent aren't simply tools, they have goals of their own, and the orbs desperately want to be united--whether in the person of Richard Vandross, or in that of Byron.

    Beating Vandross to the last orb is important, but it will take far more than that to destroy him. Byron knows, from bitter experience, how difficult it will be to assault Vandross's mountain fortress. The last time Byron attempted it, he was captured and turned from paladine to dread knight. And that was before the Glorious Mother of Destruction had been unleashed.

    Author Joshua Calkins-Treworgy (see more reviews of novels by Calkins-Treworgy) concludes his epic Freedom or the Fire series (see our review of DAMNATION OF THE REALM) with an action and magic-packed thriller.

    THE DREAD KNIGHT'S REDEMPTION includes an introduction to bring the reader up to date on the story in case he/she hasn't read DAMNATION OF THE REALM, and it can be read as a stand-alone, but they're best when read in order.

    Approximately 124,000 words.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 4/15/08

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