Crown of Delusion

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
470 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2017
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Author Biography

Tanor Costa was born in the small state of Rhode Island. An avid sports fan: he deviates from the norm. Even though he was born in New England, he prefers watching the Denver Broncos and Arizona Diamondbacks. When he's not writing or keeping up with sports, he is usually seeing the newest film or critically acclaimed television show.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite

Crown of Delusion by Tanor Costa is an epic fantasy for readers of all ages. When King Vicar Hamen of Bellos is assassinated by Amar, captain of his guard, it is left to Faulkner to protect the king's two nephews and heirs. Though they are brothers, Eloy and Sar are as different as night and day. Eloy dreams of a quiet life far away from Elderrock and its politics while Sar dreams of a career of military glory. Neither one is destined to see their dreams fulfilled. When Sar is killed by Amar's men, Eloy is forced to step up, avenge his brother, and save the kingdom from Amar's evil rule. On the run, Eloy earns the swords of undesirables and outcasts, Vikings, pirates, bandits and rangers.

Tanor Costa's hero, Eloy, is an admirable character who grows from a bookish boy into a warrior capable of gathering armies to his cause. Even though he is initially reluctant to take on the responsibility, by the end of the novel he is a leader men are willing to die for. Throughout his trials and adventures we learn and are entertained by his evolution. The secondary characters add humor and depth to the story without overshadowing the main character. All in all, Crown of Delusion is a story filled with magic, humor, and crusty but lovable old warriors. The novel ends on a cliffhanger so hopefully we will be getting at least one more book set in this world. Maybe we will finally read more about the magical foes from Phantom Island.

Romuald Dzemo

Crown of Delusion is the first and captivating entry in the Wars of Reckoning Saga, an epic fantasy tale that will certainly enthrall fans of well-crafted fantasy with an exotic setting. Written by Tanor Costa, the story follows the life of the kingdom of Elderrock. The glories of the kingdom have fallen into the hands of a powerful enemy. Two teenagers, nephews to the overthrown king, set out on a mission to reclaim what rightfully belongs to them. Follow them as they navigate the coming of age challenges while struggling to win the favor of allies and bring them to their side. But can they survive in a world where people are greedy for power and where magic easily falls into the wrong hands?

This is an exciting story, loaded with action, and from the very beginning the reader is introduced to a knightly culture and follows the key characters as they train. The tragedy, the crisis that sets the pulse for the narrative, is introduced in the beginning chapters when Sir Amar betrays the king and joins with the Phantom Islands and the assassin leader, Leon. The king is murdered and his two nephews, Sar and Eloy, become fugitives. I enjoyed the way the author builds the sense of relationship and loyalty in the story. The setting is strong, and the characters are well-imagined and real.

It is interesting to watch the two teenagers as they evolve through the story, from their training years to men who have to take responsibility. It’s hard to not feel the despair in their hearts as they forge on. Themes of power, loyalty, and magic are skillfully handled. Tanor Costa writes beautifully and the dialogues are well-crafted to drive the plot and to allow readers to connect with the characters. The author has the gift of giving readers clear visuals of places and the action, thanks to the power of precision in the prose. Crown of Delusion reads like a movie, a real work of entertainment.