Dark, using all his skill as an assassin and his powerful arsenal of magical items, causes murder and mayhem throughout the fortified City of the Dwarves. One by one the leaders of the Guilds and their followers will pay for the injustice carried out to his parents. Then and only then will Dark have peace in the knowledge that his parents have been avenged and all those responsible have paid with their very lives.
Darkness will fall upon the Kingdom of Duergar and one lone assassin will rise up against the sinister forces who have gone, as of yet, unpunished. On his quest for vengeance, Dark must face his first of many terrifying tasks that poses as much risk to himself as it does to his target. Any doubts he may have he will bury with the dead as he puts into play a plan that will have him hunt down his numerous adversaries and in the end his shadowy blade will drip with the blood of his enemies.
Only there is one slight problem with his perfectly laid plan. For starters, the Döckálfar, a dark skinned sub-race of the Elves have entered into his one man war, and bringing with them their hated and sworn enemy the Elven Witch Slayer's of Eldred to resume their age old conflict. With the aid of the Dark Elves and the Lycans, Kalifen begins conspiring to establish a New World Order under the control of the Illuminati and the one true god, the Shadow Lord.
Having obtained the first two evil relics of the Lich King, Shaddai Var, the Fleshweaver, will arise, and through his knowledge and use of the dark arts of a Necromancer, to summon the spirits of lost souls and amass an army of undead, the likes of which the mortal world has never seen before.
This book is action packed with ancient secret rituals, black magic and secret societies where prophecy and divination collide...inside are pages filled with werewolves, vampires and a seventy foot zombie, Oh My...OH MY!
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This is the second book in the Dark Saga series written by author David Andrew Crawford. I thought the first book had plenty of action and magic but this time Mr. Crawford has outdone himself. This is another spellbinder that keeps us intrigued from cover to cover. This book finds us in Duergar where Dark continues his quest to eliminate the Halfling, Thieves and Assassin’s Guilds, all of whom played a part in the murder of his parents when Dark was yet a small boy. All our favourite characters are back, the good, the bad and the ugly, from Mephisto, Tiegue, Vanora, Kalifen, Lord Blackthorn and especially my favourite, the Harpy Sisters and of course last but not least, Alba his faithful flying ship. Now to this mix we add Aurra, an Elven Princess who was rescued by Dark. Is she a new love interest for Dark or is she just a pawn to side with Dark’s grandfather as he continues to drive Dark crazy with his antics? Despite all this, Dark and his grandfather still have that special bond between them. With all the violence that is in this book, and there is, I still find myself laughing at the humorous things that Dark and his grandfather say and do. In this book Mr. Crawford has let his imagination run wild and probably the most bizarre is the Indian Rope Trick. One of my favourite things in Mr. Crawford’s first book was the background stories behind the players and objects in the book and I was not disappointed in Book 2 as he continued them. This is a thoroughly good read and of course Mr. Crawford leaves us with a cliff hanger. Since this is a series, I hope Book 3 will be along shortly to keep us from dying from suspense. BTW how is Book 3 coming along, Mr. Crawford?
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Demon Raider: The Death Stalker is a dark fantasy novel by author David Andrew Crawford, and the second book in the Dark Saga. The dragon-trained and vengeful warrior Dark seeks payback for the murder of his parents, and this tale picks up right where Dark Solus: An Assassin's Tale left off. Dark takes on a disguise as a jester to infiltrate a powerful guild where one of its leaders needs punishing, but the assassin soon finds that he is no longer alone on his one-man quest. A shadowy Elven race known as the Döckálfar seem intent on using Dark’s crusade to bring about their own glory, raising all kinds of havoc and dangerous beasts in tribute to the Shadow Lord, their idol. The world-building of author David Andrew Crawford will impress even the most hardened fantasy fans, as this novel is packed to the hilt with forgotten lore, dark magic, incredible creatures, and the complex infrastructure of different magical races. Dark is a suitably intriguing and capable hero for the bloody and dangerous quest that awaits him, and the characters he encounters on his journey have their own charms and interesting backstories. Demon Raider: The Death Stalker takes readers through a sinister world during the ups and downs of its violent but also poignant plot, where even heroes make dark decisions and there is no clear cut line between good and evil. Overall, Demon Raider is an exceedingly well written and well described book sure to transport fantasy fans to an exciting new world.