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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Duilleog (A New Druids Series, Book 1) by Donald D. Allan centers on a young man who discovers his healing powers and tries to regain his significant past. Will Arbor is the last Druid who has just awakened his ability. The Church of the New Order seeks to eliminate him and regain their control over the Realm of Turgany. They are obsessed with power and wealth, and are unsympathetic to people’s suffering. Readers will follow Will’s journey of self-discovery, his effort to change the world, and his perseverance against his enemy.
Celtic mythology is a fascinating subject, one that I am always eager to read, particularly when it is fictionalized in stories. To be frank, I’m unsure which parts are historical facts and which are from Allan’s imagination, but the depicted Druid life is fascinating and well crafted. Even though there are thrilling action scenes in Duilleog, I’m more mesmerized with the philosophical aspect of the story. Personally, I can sense that there’s a clever and fairly subtle prod at the dogmatic and mendacious creed that unfortunately exists in our world today. Furthermore, the turmoil of politics portrayed in Duilleog also reflects our reality. I like it; this makes the reading much more immersive and I commend Allan for it.
The world building is great, yet slightly outweighs the characters and dialogue. That said, the prose has great flow and the pace is good. Duilleog’s intriguing and original plot is a refreshing addition to the genre. On the whole, it’s a solid debut for the series.