Review of Dragma’s Keep by Vance Pumphrey

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book by the author for review.

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Epic Fantasy has met its match with the publication of Dragma’s Keep, the first in The Valdaar’s Fist series, written by Vance Pumphrey. Swept into a magical world full of drow enchantments, mage-summoned demon familiars, armed Minotaurs, underground labyrinths, powerful ancient artifacts, mind-bending puzzles, and a dead god, our outlandish band of characters are assembled by way of theft, arson, persuasion and rescue. Forced to overcome their distrust of each other, the fearsome five find themselves on a journey toward resurrecting a dead god named Valdaar to restore a balance of power long since forgotten by most. This spellbinding book appeals to the adventure seeker in all of us, compelling the reader into depths of the unimaginable and fantastic.

Dragma’s Keep introduces the reader to a remarkable cast of characters who begrudgingly trudge down a path toward friendship. A good mix of humor and despair, Vance Pumphrey expertly crafts a memorable and endearing group, without sacrificing the fiercest of battles, and keeps the reader glued to the pages. I look forward to the journey’s continuation in The Library of Antiquities.

Happy reading,

KD

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The Valdaar’s Fist Series Review

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The Valdaar’s Fist series, authored by an up-and-coming writer named Vance Pumphrey, includes Dragma’s Keep, The Library of Antiquity, Ice Homme and The Platinum Dragon. An interest in Dungeons and Dragons, while spending years at sea, sparked his desire to pen a tale of the most intriguing of characters, each with their own strengths and quirks, to hook and enthrall readers for hours on end.

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The robust cast of characters, initially with differing agendas, unite under the guise of finding the elusive Dragma’s Keep, a lair filled with ancient spell books and a magical staff among copious amounts of booty. This lair, hidden for eons within a deadly labyrinth, is thought to hold an ancient staff known as Pendromar, Dragon’s Breath, once owned by a powerful sorcerer (a.k.a. Dragma). The staff is now sought after by Sordaak, novice sorcerer, and his enlisted crew of Savinhand, thief, rogue and all around hack, Thrinndor, a paladin of the Paladinhood of Valdaar as well as Vorgath, a barbarian dwarf of the Dragger clan from the Silver Hills.

Upon a shaky start, the fearsome foursome add a fifth member when they stumble upon and rescue a young woman by the name of Cyrillis who had been bound within the labyrinth and left to die a most gruesome death. With the accrual of a healer of Valdaar, the group presses on uncertain of their futures and of each other. However, amidst the journey to Dragma’s Keep, the legend of Valdaar’s Fist, a sword crafted long ago, entices the group further down the path towards waking a god long since dead for thousands of years.

Their harrowing journeys throughout the series find them navigating labyrinths, an ancient teleporting library stocked full of rare and valuable books and relics, lands ruled by minions of Set, and dragons that possess superior intellect in addition to magical prowess, all in which solidify an enduring bond between the companions, hurtling each member towards heart wrenching disasters and bittersweet triumphs.

The series abounds with twists, turns and unexpected revelations while even accruing other beloved characters along the way. As each member grows in their crafts and skill sets, ground shattering truths, heartaches and friendships are pushed to their ultimate limits.

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Vance Pumphrey has crafted a titillating tale of beautifully flawed, but determined, individuals who sacrifice their own personal gains for the microscopic chance of resurrecting a god lost thousands of years before. It is to this humbleness of needs, this inherent desire to achieve the seemingly impossible, that sets these books apart.

With quick wit, a superior plot, a remarkable cast of characters and engaging dialogue, The Valdaar’s Fist series is an entertaining and captivating read sure to impress for generations of readers to come.

For more information about the author, or to purchase one of his books or merchandise, please visit www.vancepumphrey.com.

In the coming weeks, I will be delving into each book separately. Stay tuned, my friends!

Happy reading,

KD