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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
An Ancient Evil is a work of fiction in the science fiction and fantasy, mythology, action, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Russell Cornhill. In the first novel in The Year Reality Broke series, we find ourselves in a world ruled by gods who wish to design a new reality for one and all. But amongst their conflicts, new heroes are born, and mankind faces dark threats lurking in the shadows. As a series of new human, elven, orc, and other warriors band together to train and face this darkness, it seems that the moment is already upon them. What results is an action-packed chase into a brave new world.
Author Russell Cornhill takes a grand leap forward with this spirited novel, which tells a tale that encompasses many features that classic fantasy and science fiction fans will be sure to enjoy. I felt that there were equal parts of Tolkien and Pratchett amongst the influences, combined uniquely with Cornhill’s sharply-minded, modern-thinking character set. This is a much-needed update on the classics, and the hero’s quest storyline also took some excellent and surprising new turns from the expected path. When this is combined with the commitment to lore and worldbuilding, a real sense of atmosphere and immersion into the book takes place, transporting readers right to the heart of the action. Overall, I would certainly recommend An Ancient Evil as a highly enjoyable adventure for one and all, and a very promising start to a new original series.