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  • I recently finished reading the fantasy novel 'Fall of a Kingdom' by Hilari Bell for the third time, and as always I thoroughly enjoyed it
  • Fall of a Kingdom takes place in the fictional nation of Farsala, (which I believe is based on Persia)
  • I highly recommend this novel to any people who enjoy fantasy novels of any type - or even historical fiction

    • by Adam Sutler
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      I recently finished reading the fantasy novel ‘Fall of a Kingdom’ by Hilari Bell for the third time, and as always I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is the first of a series of three, the other titles being the Rise of a Hero and Forging the sword, which are both equally as well written.

      Fall of a Kingdom takes place in the fictional nation of Farsala, (which I believe is based on Persia). The story has three main characters, with the POV switching every chapter.

      Jiaan, arguably the ‘main main’ character, the the illegitimate son of a high ranking ‘deghan’, which is the term used for the noble class of the country. He serves as his


      father’s Page, which is a rank far above what his birth should allow, seeing as he is not a full blooded Deghan. He does, however, have a very strong will, and natural leadership (and fighting) abililty. He is a very central character throughout the series, moreso in the second two books than the first.

      ‘Lady’ Soraya is the second main character of the Farsala Trilogy. She is the full blooded Deghan daughter of High Commander Merahb, and is therefore Jiaan’s half sister. She is highly tempermental, and, lacking a better term, spoiled. She goes through a significant lifestyle change throughout the novel, and though you’ll likely hate her after the first few pages,you will be able to ‘manage’ ...


      • reading about her by the end.

        The third and final main character is Kavi, a blacksmith turned peddler who holds a deep resentment for all Deghans, due to them crippling his hand, and preventing him from practicing his true trade. He is extremely loyal to his ‘class’, being the peasants of Farsala. Despite doing everything he can to rid the country of the noble class, he soon has a change of heart - though I don’t want to give any more of the story away.

        The plot of the first book is basically a fictional analogy of the Roman invasion of Persia, with the Hrum Empire obviously representing the Romans. The Deghans, arrogant as they are, believe

        that they will crush the invaders, who are lead by ‘Substrategus Garren’, the son of a Hrum Senator. Their optimistic plans are crushed, and the army is all but destroyed. The fate of the country rests in the hands of three young heroes, and you will only find out what happens by reading the book.

        I highly recommend this novel to any people who enjoy fantasy novels of any type - or even historical fiction. The book is widely available in Canada and the U.S., and I believe can be bought in softcover, though the hard cover is about $20 Canadian and $16 American.

        I give this novel 8/10. The reviews of the next two books will be coming soon.




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