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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Elusan is a work of fiction in the fantasy, action, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Aryan Victorius. Written as the opening work to the Sukran Trilogy of magical fantasy novels, this immersive drama is set in a realm where power is measured by magic and might. As three distinct races battle for supremacy and engage in political and military combat, we meet our protagonist Theron, a young man who possesses no magic at all. Living in a small border town at the heart of the deepest conflicts, Theron realizes that he must rise up against seemingly impossible odds to save not just his town, but the wider realm from the coming threat.
Author Aryan Victorius starts this immersive fantasy trilogy off with a bang, introducing us to a world at war that verges on all-out annihilation. One of the things which I really enjoyed about the novel was its unique standpoint on magic, and the choice to showcase a magic-less hero at its center. This presents an intelligent dilemma for the premise of the story, and I loved the developmental work that went into showing how Theron can rise to be a hero despite the odds. I also felt that the political conflicts and intrigues set up between the different realms and races were realistically built, contributing to a wider world that felt solidly realized. Overall, I would certainly recommend Elusan as a well-penned novel and a promising start to an exciting new fantasy series.