Knights of Alcea: Book One of
Demonstone Chronicles by Richard S. Tuttle
... Recommended ... 5 stars
With Knights of Alcea Book One Demonstone Chronicles
writer Tuttle continues his series based on another world. As a
tribute to his ability Writer Tuttle renders another compelling
fantasy tale. With the words in the ongoing saga of the Demonstone
Chronicles series Tuttle aptly accomplishes a feat that is difficult
for any writer. He creates new tales successfully interwoven into
the framework of the old and moves his series forward. Filled with
keenly developed circumstances, inhabitants, locales and customs
Tuttle sustains his accustomed commendable work. Readers have come
to expect gritty scenes and gritty dialogue presented in an spine
tingling manner. Knights of Alcea vibrates with excitement in
this keenly focused account. Readers are catapulted along on an
excited ramble filled with fast paced exchange, interwoven story
lines, and an excellently masterminded theme in this recital of
conflict, perfidiousness and manipulation. Antagonism abounds and is
appropriately determined to reader gratification.
As was found in each of his previous works; Richard Tuttle’s
flowing imaginativeness again carries the reader on an thrilling
journey filled with many of the characters we have come to expect.
Tuttle introduces several new ones. The amicable are nifty, the
villains are really unlikable louts. I hope we will see more of
Bin-Lu soon. And I was pleased to find Prince Midge is again out and
about. He is one of this reviewer’s fav characters of the series.
Knights of Alcea Book One Demonstone Chronicles is a spine
tingling read wherein the reader is drawn right into the turmoil by
Tuttle’s clever use of language. Knights of Alcea is sure
to please all who enjoy a rousing fantasy complete with quest, hero,
magik and excitement. This is an excellent choice for the upper
grade youngster’s and young adult’s pleasure reading shelf. Knights
of Alcea has a place on the home library shelf as well as the
school library. All who enjoy the genre are sure to find the work
more than acceptable.
Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.
Synopsis: (May reveal
much of the plot)
The narrative opens with what appears to be a
senseless death in the village of Hega. Hega was a small town in the
Cordonian Province of Alcea. Karl Gree was away hunting, his wife
Lyda remained at home and was a witness to the carnage. From that
beginning the reader is carried to the Imperial Palace of Lanoir
where another strange death will set the scene for even more upset
for the people. The reader is introduced to Bin-lu who is not all
that he seems at first glance, to Wei-ra who also has some secrets
and to Rut-ki an instructor of martial arts. King Arik, special
records to peruse, Queen Tanya and the Royal Palace in Tagaret all
move the story along. Rumor of war, feelings of entitlement amongst
the people and a meeting with Larc will add to the excitement.
Spiders are known to have sources of information not available to
others. A new religion is developing in the land, how it figures in
the matter is unknown. Perhaps it doesn’t figure at all. Prince
Midge receives instructions regarding his army of fairies, unicorns
glide through the night sky and elven Prince Garong is presented
with a exigency. The reader joins the quest, the Knights of Alcea
are once again on the move and Alex sets out for Zara before the
tale reaches it zenith.