This Article is About
fantasy book
fantasy novel
great game
good job
confrontation
Fantasy Book Reviews: The Spectral Blaze Book 3 Of The Brotherhood Of The Griffon
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Fantasy Book Review: The Spectral Blaze: A Forgotten Realms Novel (Brotherhood of the Griffon) by Richard Lee Byers  

Have you ever read a great fantasy novel? Have you ever read a bad one? Well I read both, and Review them! I’m Guy Sciancalepore, an aspiring author who writes reviews of the novels he has both loved and abhorred…

After the Captive Flame and Whisper of Venom, The Spectral Blaze: A Forgotten Realms Novel (Brotherhood of the Griffon) had a lot to live up to and it did. Byers continues on with the Brotherhood and their leader Aoth Fezim, who due to the spellplauge has extended life and truesight eyes. The Brotherhood rescued Tchazzar in the first book and helped him defeat the Great Bone Wyrm in the second but during the course of the confrontation it was revealed to the humans that the Dragons are playing what is known as the Great Game in which they try to plunge the countries around the Alamber Sea into war and thus gaining points in said game. The game is evil and will destroy nations for false reasons; will Aoth and the Brotherhood be able to stop the dragons?

 

Pros: 1. Once again the Brotherhood lives up to snuff with many of the characters undergoing significant change, thus many of the characters are Dynamic characters. The ones that stand-out to me are Oraxes and especially Jhesri Coldcreek.

2. The battle scenes are vivid and intense, especially the magic duels. Byers’ puts you right into the middle of the action.

3. Byers’ does such a good job with characterization that the ones you wouldn't expect to be pleasant (Halyona, Tchazzar) are well done and interesting.

4. More on Coldcreek. Her change throughout the books is astonishing and if it isn't stated that Aoth is the main character one would come to the conclusion that she is. You will really be happy with her.

Cons: 1. My only real con is the ending. We spent all that time building up to the final battle and I felt it was a bit short. The death of a few characters I felt was not touched upon enough and I would've liked to see how the region fared a month or two after the actions of the book.

All in all, The Spectral Blaze was an acceptable novel by Richard Lee Byers. Byers’ ties together all the plot strings and gives the reader a short, but satisfying ending. Richard is an experienced author and it shows with his ability to bring out some of the more reviled characters and put them in the spotlight. The author also displays and adequate ability to “show”, and not “tell” the reader. If you have read the previous two novels you are going to want to pick this one up. If you haven’t read them yet, you are going to want to.

 

Pick up The Spectral Blaze at amazon.  


Street Talk

Swall  

Why can't you hear me?

Reply
  about 5 years ago

Just wanted to let my potential readers know that this is my first article and they will be getting better.

Reply
  about 8 years ago
You May Also Like
Fantasy Book Releases May 2012
May 2012 exhibits some exciting fantasy book releases. We got a couple of long-awaited sequels, some surprises and some innovation. I’ve put together a couple of summaries for those interested in what just happened or are just about to happen in the fantasy genre. The fantasy book releases included are:…
By: Moa Gustavsson in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   May 08, 2012  
0
  Likes: 2

Fantasy book awards 2011
2011 was a great year for the fantasy book genre. There were some highly anticipated sequels in book series but also awesome newcomers. I’m guessing you, like me, never have enough time for reading and experiencing the fantasy world and that’s why it’s a good thing to keep an eye…
By: Moa Gustavsson in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Apr 22, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Fantasy book awards
There are a couple of interesting fantasy book awards each year. Three of the ones that are getting a bit more attention are World fantasy awards, Hugo award and Goodreads choice awards. There are some differences in all three’s voting systems, none better than the other. I like the diversity…
By: Moa Gustavsson in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Apr 16, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

A Game Of Thrones By George Rr Martin - My Review
It is hard for me to write about this book, because there is no way that I can be objective. Been reading and loving fantasy ever since my childhood, and this is probably one of the best epic fantasy book there is. Right in the same league with The Lord…
By: Nenad Bulaja in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Oct 28, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

3 Tips for Writing An Action Scene
Considering I'm now an author of an action-packed fantasy serial, and hence the owner of a metaphorical horn, it's about time I did some tooting. Every once in a while, I take a look around the net to see what other authors are doing with their books' action scenes. I…
By: Kevin A.M. Lewis in  Writing and Speaking  >  Creative Writing   Oct 18, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Best Fantasy Books
Many authors claim to have create the best fantasy book in the world but only a few can take even a glimpse into the world of greatness. Many classical novels have made it into the hall of fame but with fantasy becoming one of the most sought after genre in…
By: Nox Solaris in  Book Reviews  >  Fiction   Nov 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Fantasy book awards 2011
2011 was a great year for the fantasy book genre. There were some highly anticipated sequels in book series but also awesome newcomers. I’m guessing you, like me, never have enough time for reading and experiencing the fantasy world and that’s why it’s a good thing to keep an eye…
By: Moa Gustavsson in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Apr 22, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

The Last Herald Mage: Magics Pawn
Today, we'll be reviewing Magic's Pawn, by Mercedes Lackey. Magic's Pawn is the first of three books in The Last Herald Mage trilogy. It is set in a kingdom called Valdemar. Mages are those who can do magic. Heralds are people with extrasensory or psychic abilities who have devoted their…
By: Morgan in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Jul 25, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

The Wheel Of Time - The Eye Of the World Synopsis
The Eye of the World begins in the little village of Emond's Field. Rand al'Thor, a simple sheep herder, is suddenly thrown into the midst of a huge tale of adventure that he never dreamed existed. However this is completely swept away one day when two major events occur. A…
By: Jonathan Hoover in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Jun 04, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Slave To Sensation By Nalini Singh A Psy - Changeling Novel
I decided to write a review on Slave To Sensation since it's one of my favourites and is the type of book I could read over again. It's that good. The author, in my opinion is quite simply one of the best authors in the paranormal romance category. She draws…
By: Ashleigh-Ann in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Oct 12, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Fantasy books for young adults
Contrary to what the term “fantasy books for young adults” says it’s not really only for young adults. It’s said to be directed at the ages 12 to 18, but in reality people of all ages can read and appreciate them. The young adult fantasy and fiction has gotten so…
By: Moa Gustavsson in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Apr 19, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

The Top Sci Fi Books Of 2012
There are many great sci fi books out on the market today but which ones are the best? With all of the new, exciting authors coming out, it can be hard choosing an author. A new author you will enjoy in the sci fi / fantasy genre is Brandon Sanderson.…
By: Nox Solaris in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Jan 08, 2012  
1
  Likes: 5

Fantasy Books 2011
2011 was a great year for fantasy literature. A lot of awaited books arrived and we had our fair share of surprises. Making lists of the best books are a difficult thing since reading and judging are two very subjective things. That’s why this list of fantasy books 2011 is…
By: Moa Gustavsson in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Apr 12, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

The Last Herald Mage: Magics Promise
Today, we'll be reviewing Magic's Promise, the second book in the Last Herald Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. In short, last time Vanyel (the main character) loved and lost a boy named Tylendel Frelennye, and in the resulting chaos his magical pathways were forced open. Vanyel is now a Herald-Mage,…
By: Morgan in  Book Reviews  >  SciFi Fantasy Horror   Jul 25, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1285    Report this Article