Facing exile, Modrad sets out on a mission to gain entry back into Vargrom, the mountain city he has always called home. Even if he can survive the journey and succeed in his quest, the council may have other plans for Modrad, leaving the dwarf to ponder his future. From the pages of The Fire King comes the story of Modrad's early years. This new print edition also includes a short story sequel, Modrad's Surrender.
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Reviewed by Neil A White for Readers' Favorite Facing impending exile, Modrad - a dwarf from the village of Vargrom – isn’t one to wait around pondering his fate, so he sets out on a mission to Coalfell - the land of the Chrogs. There he hopes to bring back a gem worthy of allowing him admittance back into his homeland. Along the way, he is befriended by a gnome named Farfiz, who proves a handy companion when the duo is attacked in the forest by a pack of vicious beasts. Once in Coalfell, Modrad meets up with an old friend from Vargrom and together the three adventurers set off in search of a worthy treasure. Of course, no fantasy story is complete without the prerequisite dragon. And just when their quest is about to bear fruit, the monster – who has a penchant for deal making – appears and is hell bent on ruining their plans. Vargrom: Modrad's Exile is the latest offering in the fantasy genre from Canadian author Kevin Hopson. This forty-two-page short story is both a companion piece to one of his earlier works, The Fire King, and proved to be an entertaining read. Mr. Hopson spins a wonderful yarn, and his style of writing helps to build tension and keep the story moving along at a breakneck speed. My only concern is that at a mere forty-two pages, character development does tend to suffer and interesting encounters within the storyline are too quickly passed over. Overall, though, I really enjoyed Mr. Hopson’s storytelling technique, and I fully expect fans of the fantasy genre will be searching for more offerings of his after ingesting Vargrom: Modrad's Exile - which is infinitely more palatable than a Chrog stew.