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5++ stars for Rise of the Despoiler by Andrew P. Weston #darkfantasy #paranormal #horror #bookreview



Title: Rise of the Despoiler

Author: Andrew P. Weston

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal


Book Blurb:


Augustus Thorne is evolving. Into what, he doesn’t quite understand. Yet! All he does know is that his destiny is somehow linked to that of the Despoiler. A champion that prophesy claims will bring the demon king to his knees, undoing all the harm inflicted upon the three realms since the Fallen came to Earth.


But to ensure such a destiny, Augustus must walk into uncharted territory. Wield stygian forces, the likes of which have never been witnessed before. Court death, as if was his intimate lover. Most disconcerting of all, he must put his personal vendetta aside, and submit to the greater good.


Only then will he become the foretold hero, ending tyranny’s reign forever.


My Review:


Everything comes down to this moment and Augustus is ready. Are you? Wow, this is an epic conclusion to this series! I had such high expectations for this book, and it totally exceeded my wildest dreams. The world-building is flawless and took the story of Augustus full circle. The action took my breath away. The characters, all of which I’ve become attached to, leap from the page and into my heart. The final battle stole my breath. Everything combined to make Rise of the Despoiler one of the best books I’ve read this year.


It starts and ends with the world-building. Andrew P. Weston is like a world-renowned sculptor who uses words to create a work of art. Each word is just a lump of clay on its own but molded together with other words is beautiful. He takes something from his imagination and makes it comes alive. I could live in a world he creates. It’s that believable.


The characters are three-dimensional beings in Rise of the Despoiler. Augustus is my favorite character. It’s been such a pleasure to read his journey from the first book to the last. His growth is immense and quite inspiring.


Andrew P. Weston is a gifted writer. He’s one of the best I’ve read. His writing prowess is comparable to other bestsellers in his genre. If you love reading dark fantasy, horror, or paranormal, you must take my advice and read this book. Then go back and read the rest of the series. You’ll be addicted as me.


My Rating: 5++ stars


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Author Biography:


Andrew Weston is a bestselling author from the UK who now lives on the beautiful Greek island of Kos with a growing family of rescue animals.


As creator of the critically acclaimed IX Series, the Cambion Journals, and Hell Bound, Hell Hounds, and Hell Gate, (novels forming part of the Heroes in Hell universe), Andrew has the privilege of being a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, the British Science Fiction Association, and the British Fantasy Society.


He also enjoys writing review articles for Amazing Stories and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.


Social Media Links:


Twitter: @WestonAndrew


Reviewed by: Nancy

2 Comments


Jan Sikes
Jan Sikes
May 03, 2023

What a fantastic review, Mrs. N.! And that book cover! Wow! Congratulations to Andrew.

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Andrew Paul Weston
Andrew Paul Weston
May 03, 2023

Thank you soooo much. I'm really glad you enjoyed it.

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