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“The Taming of Dracul Morsus” by Stephanie Barr - IHIBRP 4-Star Book Review

Realms Clash As One Young Woman Fights To Move A Mountain!

Overview: The entire pantheon of gods is threatened with destruction by the actions of an evil renegade war-god and his zealot priest who will enslave the world unless the principled rather than practical Xana and her begrudged mentor, Dracul Morsus, can find the Godslayer—An ancient dagger so powerful, it can kill a god.

Barr’s story of a single-minded, and determined young female warrior trying to cajole a handsome but centuries-old reclusive dragon-shifting mage to follow her into a war to save both mortals and immortals is both creative and entertaining. The author pits two opposites against each other in a budding romance that could potentially save the world or end everything.

In what is essentially a tale of tremendous loss, bitter memories, and self-reproach, Barr employs light and dark humor to balance out her story. Magical, telepathic animal companions, cynical gods and goddesses, and an over-protective Valkyrie mentor provide comic relief as well as effective foils for her two main protagonists, Xana and Dracul, to interact. The characters in this tale are well-rounded and Barr supports each individual with a thorough back-story to explain their compulsions and motives.

The direness of Xana’s mission is offset well by the indifference Dracul shows toward humanity’s plight until the young woman he has grown to love sets out on her own, hoping to move a mountain by luring the apathetic mage out of his self-imposed exile. The plotline does take quite awhile to move forward in transporting Barr’s protagonists from the sanctity and privacy of Dracul’s impressive mountain retreat where the reader is regaled with the back and forth fighting and romancing between Xana and Dracul before the story actually shifts into high-gear. What ensues is an action-packed sequence of battles between gods and demons, and dragons and drakes, with what is left of humanity hanging in the balance.

“The Taming of Dracul Morsus” contains graphic violence and adult situations, but no more than the typical mid-teen read. I recommend this novel for fantasy fans and lovers of mystical animals ages 15 and up.

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