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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Dionykles by Redd Kaiman is a young adult epic fantasy novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy fantasy and do not mind violence. On the world of Stoneterra, a mortal woman by the name of Carisona becomes pregnant with the child of the King God Sabato, but Sabato’s wife is the Goddess of Chaos, Tuja, and when she discovers that Carisona is pregnant, she becomes infuriated. In her anger, Tuja attacks and mortally wounds Carisona, who dies after giving birth to her son, Dionykles. Dionykles lives to become a man filled with a sense of duty and honor that gives him the determination to save his people, no matter what. Will Dionykles survive the punishment of the Gods in order to become the man he was meant to be, or will their wrath stop his rise before it can truly begin?
Dionykles by Redd Kaiman has a wonderfully chosen cover image that grabbed my interest. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to know more about the dark figure on the cover. The story itself was well written and clearly displayed the author’s ability to create a unique new fantasy world with its own culture, gods and goddesses, and realistic characters. The book reminded me of a combination of The Lightning Thief book series and the Hercules movies with how the main characters all had a human and a divine parent. I personally found Dionykles to be a much more interesting character than Hercules or Percy Jackson because of the way he had a true desire to help people. Overall, I enjoyed this book very much and I was disappointed when the story was over!