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The roads we must walk to become great are long and hard. To weather the storm of both internal and external trials is the true path to power. In Commandment, a follow up to the book Dominion, our heroes have achieved much, but are far from completing their goals. Lakif, the heroine from the last book, has her Rare Earth Stone, but no way of knowing how to release it’s power. A mysterious man from her past, named Bael, arrives to the city-state of Grimpkin, searching for Lakif. Bael has his own Rare Earth Stone, and he has a plan to unlock the powers inside, but needs Lakif help. The two, along with Lakif’s champion, the Half-man Torkoth, pursuit leads and myths in order to find the last keys that would open a kingdom of possibilities. The trio travel to the ends of Grimpkin and face the utmost of both death and rebirth, resulting in all three gaining what they desired.

I enjoyed the first book, but this book blew away my expectations. Like in the last book, Daryl Chestney proves that he is an expert storyteller. There is always a sense of danger and excitement beyond the next page, a trait that held me in the book’s grasp. I loved how each character was different and emotionally deep. I personally enjoyed the contrast between General Eyre Rasp and The Bard—both new characters.

One of the highlights of the book was the intense unmasking of the city-state of Grimpkin. Grimpkin moved from being the background into a full-fledged character with a torrid past and emotions. The book ends with a bang and with the promise of a new tomorrow and new adventures. I can’t wait for the next book. Commandment is an inspirational quest that all will enjoy and would make any fantasy fan proud to own.

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Star Count 5/5
Page Count 359 pages
Publisher Bookmasters Inc.
Publish Date 07-Dec-2011
ISBN 9780984070732 Buy this Book
Issue January 2011
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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