The enchanted creatures of legend still exist, taking refuge from an age of camera phones and government labs in a secret place called the World Below.
After leading a revolution against Baron Finkbeiner, the despotic ruler of the World Below, Mitch Hardy has taken the throne. Unknown to him, ancient powers are at work.
The Lords of Faerie seek to revenge the death of Baron Finkbeiner and recover the mysterious Blade of Caro. Soon Mitch is fighting for his life against hellish monsters, the likes of which he never imagined.
About the story:
Mitch Hardy, the main character in “Hazard of Shadows, ” learned in the first book of “Chronicles of the Goblin King” about the World Below. An enchanted place where fairie, goblins and other creatures of ancient tales are still living.
By chance, he has become the new ruler of “The World Below” but now tries to balance a life above and below. On top, he tries to give the faerie creatures an education in democracy.
But will Simon Beene the newly escaped bad ass stand in his way?
About the Author:
Mike Philips is a safety engineer for an insurance company but in his spare time writes fantasy stories. He grew up on a farm in West Michigan where his father taught him the value of hard work, but he escaped into reading and excelled in school.
That’s sweet: This story is certainly full of mystery. In the beginning, you encounter a young woman jogging in a park when she gets kidnaped by some creatures from the world below. Thank goodness Mitch and his Goblin buddies who, by the way, change into stray cats in the world above got wind of it and fight her kidnappers off.
On his way up Mitch meets the Gooch a creature that looks like a fridge but likes to devour innocent humans. And it is after Mitch who doesn’t seem to be too bothered. Mitch is wearing the mysterious “Blade of Caro”. It looks like a necklace of some sort but is a powerful weapon in his struggle.
A world away Simon Beene manages to escape his prisoners in the world below. He was imprisoned by Mitch’s girlfriend Elisabeth a fairie and is out for revenge. But after centuries of imprisonment he has a lot to adjust to in the world above. His magical powers do still work though.
And Elisabeth has gone off to meet her father whom she has never met without anyone protecting her.
The plot changes from Mitches part to Simons, which keeps you nicely on your toes. Both story lines are held together by a third person point of view which I like here. The setting is today’s world with an added fairy dimension. This fairy dimension is depicted old-fashioned rather like the dark ages or a little later on the brink to enlightenment. This gives a nice counterpoint to today’s life.
That stings: I had a lot of trouble to understand who is who and what the background of the story is. I believe you need to have read the first book “The World Below” to understand “Hazard of Shadows” entirely.
I also had trouble with the language. I would have expected faerie creatures who live in a rather medieval setting to speak rather old-fashioned too. But the language of all characters is very casual
And the honey of it all: This is a beautiful entertaining story if you like the casual language used. The mystery surrounding the Gooch as well as Simon Beene and Elisabeth’s father keep you reading to find out how it all will end.
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