The Warden Threat, Book #1 of Defying Fate
by D.L. Morrese
Genre: Science Fiction
Prince Donald is an “extra prince”, a fourth child and third son in the Royal Family of Westgrove. He is treated like a child and considered to be a consolation for the queen so she has someone to mother. Donald longs to become a hero and matter in the world. He is permitted to tour the country and attempt his heroics with the guidance of Kwestor, an experienced ranger and pessimist. Along his journey, Donald’s view of life expands with each day. He learns to view the people of his country as people, not just a mass of peasants. He learns about laundry and cooking, and at last, adventure. He also learns much about disappointment. Muce, a “Notso” (not so tall as the tallfolk, not so fair as the fairfolk) joins him along the way and helps him connect with the people of the kingdom. The three stumble at last upon adventure, and Donald leads them out of the country to discover the truth about “The Warden”, a great stone statue said to possess great powers. What they learn is not what Donald expected, but is nonetheless, a true threat.
DL Moresse has woven a complex tale about adventure, not of action, but of truth and life. Donald, a typical bored teen, is slapped in the face by reality.
DL’s book is filled with dry, ironic humor that adds to the sense of growing up and finding depth in the world. Subtly, through the idiocy of some characters and the wisdom of others, he guides the prince through the grim but amusing realizations about life.
It seems that this book might be labeled “Volume One” rather than “Book One” because the book ends just Donlad discovers the true threat. Usually this kind of ending makes me highly resentful, but not with The Warden Threat. It was so full of the prince’s maturing, interesting characters, and a realistically broad country that I didn’t feel cheated by not hearing an ending. Life doesn’t end after twenty one chapters anyway, does it?
The tone of the book is funny, but not giggly or “LOL” funny. Irony is thick. Silly and stupid things happen, but they have too much purpose and truth to really cut up about. The thinking stops the laughing, because everything Donald does, we have probably done and don’t want to admit it. I loved Donald for his naiveté and earnest desire to do dumb things.
The Warden Threat was a broadening and reflective read without being heavy. I really enjoyed it!
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