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Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite
Dusk Runner (Book One in the Dark Arrow trilogy) by Mathias G.B. Colwell is an epic fantasy fiction read. The story tells of a young elf named Elliyar and the uphill battle that he and his fellow elves face against the dark elves and the barbaric human invaders. The battle is bleak and the elves face insurmountable odds in defending their kingdom against those who wish to destroy them. Elliyar wonders if they can even win, let alone survive. The tide seems to turn, however, when an ancient (and long thought lost) power returns. Is this enough to win the war or does it just complicate the already overwhelming situation for the elves?
Dusk Runner was an interesting read. I think fans of fantasy, adventure and action genres will find a lot to like in this series. Colwell sets up a very vivid and interesting fantasy world, including likeable and complex characters. The plight and battle of the elves has an urgent tone to it and the author does a nice job keeping the action going and the plot moving forward. I thought Elliyar was a good character and I especially enjoyed his relationship with Miri. It helped to explain why he was so desperate to win the battle and find true peace and freedom for his people. I liked the cover of the book too; it’s clean, interesting, and really embodies the series to me. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy and finding out how everything gets resolved.