Rating: 4 of 5
Author: David Korinetz
Thousands of years ago, elves and humans co-existed peacefully. But as time marched forward, the occasionally coupling of both species produced a halfling progeny. These halflings enjoyed the extended life and magical powers of elves but also the more violent lust for power from their human half. Elfin kind existence was threatened and in a bold move, it was determined the only way to eliminate the halfling threat was to eradicate all magic and disenchant all elves and halflings. Four talisman’s were created to house their magic as it could not be destroyed. Unfortunately, the spell that removed the elves magic did not eliminate the halflings’ capabilities. Equally unfortunate was only the halflings could use and harness the power of the talismans.
One of these same talisman’s was used to create the first FireDrake – a melding of a dragon and elf. FireDrakes were magical creatures with high intellect, practically indestructible, and imbued with magical capabilities. However, because they were created by a talisman, they were also under it’s complete control. Those who control the FireDrakes could rule over all. Intent on doing just that, the evil sorcerer-emperor Gamel manipulates a young halfling sorceress in possession of such a talisman. Learning of such a plan, a small band of Damon Knights set about to save their kingdom. They face incredible odds against an imperial army, witchcraft, were-beasts, FireDrakes, and the evil sorcerers.
David Korinetz’s FireDrakes is an entertaining, face-paced novel of medieval knights and sorcery. Korinetz creates a detailed a fascinating world with carefully crafted descriptions of the peoples and places in this fabled empire. The characters have great depth and stay true to themselves as the story evolves. Furthermore, Korinetz creates plausible scenarios where a small group of relatively powerless knights are able to overcome unbelievable odds and obstacles on their march to confront the sorceress. Creating such a plausible plot is a difficult task for even a seasoned writer and in his debut novel Korinetz pulls this off masterfully. I especially enjoyed the sections in the novel involving the history of the elves, the use of magic, and the evil witch’s creation of the were-beasts. I so hoped I would read the transformation from a human to such a beast and Korinetz delivered!
The ending chapters provide a good climax and close to most story arcs but leave room for future installments without frustrating the reader. FireDrakes is an enjoyable read and fans of this genre will not be disappointed!