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Fantasy F Fwwadmin June 13, 2016 3537
Drizzt has competition for the best fantasy swordsman in Ashok
(Updated: June 14, 2016)

Ashok is a highly efficient killing machine who begins as a single-minded 20-year veteran of The Protectors, whose mission is to serve as judge, jury, and executioners of anyone who breaks The Law. The book begins with him defeating two huge demons which only serve as a warmup to the action yet to come.

Ashok's leader gives him a choice to either take a well-deserved retirement or find out a secret that will change the entire world.

There are at least two things I really liked about this book.  The first is that with the enhanced physical abilities provided by The Heart of the Mountain and the combat abilities from the ancient and sentient black sword, Angruvadal, Ashok is nearly invincible.  He has incredible speed, strength, endurance, healing, and combat awareness that allows him to fight and beat up to 50 men at a time.  He very much reminds me of Drizzt from the Forgotten Realms series by R.A. Salvatore because of both his skills and single-mindedness.

The other thing I liked was the background story that developed as I read. I began reading about a highly skilled swordsman who lives in a world with demons but I also learned about the history of the world, the politics, and the social-economic status of the people.  There are several people that you get to know including the political Inquisitors, Ashok's previous friend from the Protectors, a librarian who searches the history books for secrets and more.

If you are looking for an action-packed, well-written new fantasy series within a beautiful yet scarred world you must read Son of the Black Sword.  I give it five out of five stars.

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