Vanished! Morlah's Quest: The Frontmire Histories - Book IV
Author: David E. Daigle
Published by: Self Published CreateSpace
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
paperback, 367 pages
ISBN: 1451551703, ISBN-13: 9781451551709
An Epic Fantasy Adventure Morlah the Druid suddenly awakes from over six hundred years of Druid Sleep to find the entire community of the Druid Keep in Parintia gone. The Elven capitol city of Mildra is deserted. Everyone he knows has died while he was in his slumbers, except his chief nemesis, the Black Mage, Daektoch. He seeks comfort among the remaining Elves before going off in search of answers. The Dwarves refuse him, Breezon is a ruined city, and the provincial capitol is not far behind. Star, a prostitute from Breezon, flees the city to avoid hanging for killing a customer who beat her. She makes for Heros, but trouble soon finds the one who is carrying the Elfstones that the Druid needs. Easom, a young Druid from Breezon, seeks the Elfstone that will lead them to soiccat, the stone needed to restore the lost population of Mildra. He travels with three Dwarves, and his trials become pivotal to the resolution of the tale. Also, a unique and unexpected ending for our beloved villain, Daektoch.
I wanted to read this book after reading David Daigle bio stating that he is not only a fan but he is influenced by J.R.R. Tolken and Terry Brooks. I'm a fan of Tolken and my husband loves Brooks, so I was very interested in reading Daigle's story. This is the fourth book in the Frontmire Histories. I have not read the first three but David Daigle assured me that he wrote his books to stand on their own. Was he right? Yes. I was able to follow the story line easily enough. I do wish I had read the first three just because there were times I felt like I could use a little more information that was probably explained in a previous book. However, I didn't get lost in the story. This story focuses on the Druid, Morlah, who awakes after being asleep for over six hundred years to find out that the world he left behind has changed dramatically. He searches to find the answer to what has happened to the world while he slept. The story is told from the perspective of two druids, Morlah and Easom, who go in search of the elusive elfstone. I really liked the adventure and mystery in this book. Daigle wrote an interesting tale. It's also full of everything you would want in a fantasy book. It's full of Eleves, trolls, faeries, dwarves, druids, magic, and gypsies. Vanished had many characters but not so many that you get confused. My favorite character was the dwarf, Captain Bowdin. I really enjoyed the scenes with him. Overall this is a good book if you like fantasy. I definitely am going to check out the first three books in David Daigle's series.
*picture and summary taken from Goodreads
** My thanks to David Daigle and Bostick Communications for providing me with a copy of this book. I received no compensation for my review.