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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Road of the Lost by Aiden Russell is an adventurous fantasy story which began before remembrance. A fight between good and evil results in a demon buried until the prophecy is fulfilled for his arrival. The mighty Sir Gersham and his enchanted sword are sent to record and witness the prophecy revealed in the Miradep forest, though history has forgotten the demons that reside there. When he fails to return, two novice knights are sent to find him. Sir Gratas and Sir Jerah aren't just knights, they are Templars, trained in the ways of speaking to their gods and healing others. Their strong faith and studies of prayers are greatly needed because of their lack of experience outside their realm. The Sylvan Elf assigned to guard Old Column Road, Reslo, is commissioned to escort these two through the forest on their quest. Little did they know their own lives were prophesied and they are destined to face the evil set upon them. Ogres, Dark Elves, demons, and dragons are just a taste of the evil waiting to devour this trio.
I found Road of the Lost a novel you need to savor as Aiden Russell has multiple characters and realms. Different beliefs and gods play a major part in this novel when the individuals call on their support and services. The pace is rapid as Reslo, Gratas, and Jerah are not given all the information they need, yet are confronted by malicious creatures. Gratas' and Jerah's continual bantering is hilarious and sets this novel in a class of its own. It takes Reslo time to take them seriously and he doubts they have the required abilities needed to even enter a forest that rejects most elves and men. A fabulous read with danger, secrets, and wit. I found this book thrilling and look forward to the next one in this series.