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  • Paperback: 554 pages
  • Publisher: David Burrows (12 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955676088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955676086
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,963,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Burrows is the author of the award winning fantasy trilogy the Prophecy of the Kings (Gold Award 2010 Readersfavorite.com) and the prequel Drachar's Demons. Prophecy of the Kings was also Book of the Month on SFbooks.com. Sample chapters and reviews can be found at David's website http://davidburrows.org.uk/.

David has lived in Blackpool, Liverpool, Edinburgh and he now resides in the garden of England, Kent. He was a Captain in the TA (2/52 Lowland), an experienced mountain climber and more recently has taken part in Saxon/Viking re-enactment. David's fantasy writing has benefited from these real life experiences: hours slogging up and down mountains and fighting in a shield wall and although never maimed or killed, David has broken bones on several occasions, so the fighting at times has felt very real.

As with most aspiring authors, David's writing is part time, with the plots progressing in the evenings and holidays and also during his wife's pregnancies. At times David's tales seemed to naturally take the characters into extreme peril, and for months he was left wondering as to their fate. Refusing to rewrite the tale to rescue them he patiently waited before inspiration struck and the story continued at a fast pace to the next cliff-hanger. Suffice to say David's two sons have now grown up and, as the quill dries, are of an age to read and appreciate this work and to develop their own writing. As to the characters in David's tales, they too have grown older and wiser; as to whether they survived the tale, only reading the novel will tell.

David hopes you take time to check out his works and enjoy them.

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I loved these books! I am a great fantasy fiction fan and David Burrows has created characters that are totally believable. The story line was well conceived and kept me gripped from start to finish. Fantasy writing at its very best. -- Nina Hutchings

I really enjoyed reading this book , great characters and story , i look forward to seeing more work from the author
-- Joe Ellen

I really enjoyed this book, it is exciting, gripping, and very cleverly written. I could not put it down even if I wanted to! I especially enjoyed the third, as it includes a fusion of magic, action, fantasy and a hint of that mystery that makes the other two so compelling -- AndrewJohnB --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I loved these books! I am a great fantasy fiction fan and David Burrows has created characters that are totally believable. The story line was well conceived and kept me gripped from start to finish. Fantasy writing at its very best.

I really enjoyed this book, it is exciting, gripping, and very cleverly written. I could not put it down even if I wanted to! I especially enjoyed the third, as it includes a fusion of magic, action, fantasy and a hint of that mystery that makes the other two so compelling --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tizliz on 9 May 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is in the traditional fantasy style - a journey, friendship, dragons, dwarves, big battle etc - and it must be difficult to write a fantasy book like this without the reader comparing it to other fantasy books.

For example the relationship that Kaplyn has with the dragon is similar to the one that Thomas has with the dragons in Raymond Feist's series, the Riftwar. Also Pug's struggle with demons further on in this series. There are also parallels with Lord of the Rings - the depression of the soldiers and the bleak landscape (Mordor), destroying the jewel (Talwyn) which had an evil influence but mainly the sword. Bilbo's Sting being very similar to Vastra's sword. And why are there so few women in this type of book?

But if you accept that there will always be similarities because of the type of book, then this book has coped with them well.

The first book is very much a story on its own and I think it is the best of the three books which make up this series. I think the second book is very much a roller coaster ride, up and down, even (I hate to say) a little boring in a couple of places. I do like the way the various threads are pulled together for the ending without having one chapter about this character then the next about a different one etc until you forget what is going on.

I am not going to go over the story as there are plenty of summaries elsewhere and I prefer to write about what I liked or not. I thought that the main character Kaplyn was very good, without too much moaning "why me?". He wasn't forced to go, he was looking for adventure - and found plenty. I would have liked a little more development of some of the other characters - Lormar and Lars - but has it been left like that on purpose, sort of `watch this space'?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "Seregil of Rhiminee" on 28 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
Prophecy of the Kings Trilogy is an omnibus edition and it contains three fantasy books (Legacy of the Eldric, Dragon Rider and Shadow of the Demon).

During the last couple of years I've noticed that several lesser known traditional fantasy books are often more interesting and fascinating than well known traditional fantasy books. Prophecy of the Kings is one of these books, because it's pure entertainment from start to finish. When I began to read this book I didn't know much about it, but the story turned out to be surprisingly entertaining and it was fun to read what happened to the characters and what kind of plot twists the author had invented.

Prophecy of the Kings is a story about a group of peple who try to save their world. Demons and their worshipers are trying to open a gateway to a demon world, which would let demons loose in the world and all the inhabitants would either die or become slaves. The heroes of this story try to find the mysterious Eldric, which have disappeared and have left behind only certain items (the Eldric may be the only a hope against the demons, so finding them is important). This quest takes the heroes on a big adventure and changes their lives dramatically.

The four main characters are Kaplyn, Lars, Vastra and Lomar. Kaplyn is a prince who escaped from his home. Lars is a man who was shipwrecked and can't return home to his family. Vastra is a mysterious sorcerer who doesn't reveal much about himself. He hires Kaplyn and Lars, because he needs help in order to find what he's looking for. Lomar is an interesting character, because he's an Alvalah (the Alvalah are albinoes who live in the middle of a secluded forest in a place called Gilfillan).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
Mystical tale filled with fantastic action scenes, dragons, 3 princes, wizards, astral travelling, demons and tree spiders! Burrows has written an amazing epic fantasy that will have you glued to the pages. The author is a fan of LOTR and his trilogy is in a similar vein, yet is filled with original ideas that are unique to Burrows. This amazing trilogy is a must read for all fans of fantasy lands and epic battle scenes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Indigo Prime on 4 July 2013
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I loved this book. A great story which has all the elements readers look for in a Fantasy novel. More than just another Fantasy trilogy, this book takes the reader to more than just 'another world'. The reader is transported to another realm and once there discovers new worlds. This story should not be underestimated. Initially the tale is a simple story of a young man embarking on a 'coming of age' journey. Without a hiccough the traveller finds himself drawn into a complex and intriguing situation involving distorted time and other magic! Don't take my word for it - read it for yourself! You're bound to enjoy David Burrows' books if you like Fantasy.
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