||Oct 15, 2007
Gamel, the aging Sorcerer-Emperor of the powerful Nagualian Empire, plots to bring the entire continent of Coronis under his thumb. Magdalen, his beautiful young apprentice, has betrayed him by stealing an ancient amulet that endows the owner with total control over a host of FireDrakes. Setting their differences aside, they have cobbled together an alliance that includes the half-crazed swamp witch, Agilina, and her deadly army of were-beasts.
In order to break the back of this trio of evil, Wizard Aldus has enlisted the aid of the notorious Daemon Knights. To reach Magdalen’s lair, all they need to do is travel across the Empire, skirt Agilina’s domain and walk in the shadow of Drakenmount, home to the FireDrakes. All begins well, but halfway through Nagual the knights are abandoned by the wizard and left with only a crude map to guide them.
After a devastating battle with Imperial soldiers, Sir Rodney, a young inexperienced knight, finds himself elevated to the unwelcome position of leader. When faced with Magdalen’s fetch, a ghostly projection of her soul, he falls hopelessly in love. Haunted by visions of her in his dreams, torn between his duty and his feelings, Sir Rodney leads his fellow knights toward the final and ultimate confrontation.
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Deep inside the ancient elfin keep of Penardun at the base of Drakenmount, Magdalen leaned over her scrying pool. What she saw reflected back was not her own youthful face, framed in flowing flame-red hair, but that of a wrinkled old man with long wispy hair the color of freshly fallen snow.
“A score of FireDrakes have secured the northern passes,” Magdalen said to the image in the inky black water. “Any army foolish enough to try marching through there, will be turned to ash. I have kept my part of our bargain, Gamel. Now it is time for you to keep yours.”
“You are hardly in a position to carp about not keeping bargains, my dear,” the old man replied. “If anyone has a right to complain, it is I.”
In spite of herself, Magdalen experienced a twinge of guilt. “I took all the risks. You would have done the same in my place.” She was being defensive, and with Gamel that was a mistake. The slippery old weasel would goad her into doing something stupid if she wasn’t careful.
Review by Allen Hustad for the Kelowna Daily Courier, December 4, 2007
FireDrakes – Chronicles of the Daemon Knights
By David Korinetz
David Korinetz is a local Okanagan author. Chronicles of the Daemon Knights is his first Fantasy novel. If you have read and enjoyed the Fantasy books written by such authors as J.R.R. Tolkien, S.M. Stirling or L.E. Modesitt jr., it is likely that you will enjoy this new entry to the Fantasy genre.
The plot line provides lots of action and enough turns and twists to keep you reading beyond the time you thought you would. There are Wizards, both male and female, who have the ability to transport their spirits almost anywhere as fetches, however they can be trapped and destroyed by a more powerful Wizard. The female Wizard in this book appears to be the evil one, and the male Wizard seems to be the more compassionate one. However, there are intimations that this may change in the sequel.
The Emperor is at war with the Dragon wizard, as well as manoeuvring to control the other kingdoms. The several armies are made up Legions, foot soldiers, Men at Arms, Archers, Barons, Dog Soldiers, Elves, Halflings, and Imperial Troopers. The Kings and Emperor make use of Tourneys to select the leaders of the army, which strongly resembles medieval Knights and their subordinates. Numerous battles take place during the course of this story, as well as duels, sieges, and covert actions within and between the different factions. Carpathian traders act as guides and provide transport for the armies on their fleet of sailing ships.
There are Elves who have the ability to practice their own specific magic, and magical beings such as Halflings, and the mysterious Shark Tooth the Kelatch whose past history and powers have been only partially revealed. There are also the sinister wolf men created through the evil black magic of one of the Wizards. Their role in the continuing conflict may be revealed in the sequel.
The protracted battles between the factions are fought using medieval mangonels, catapult engines, treachery, attacks by fire breathing dragons, and sieges.
This is a refreshing new entry to the Fantasy genre and provides great reading entertainment. The author brings a mature touch to the characterization of both the principal and minor characters in the book, which lends extra plausibility to story line. The ending of the book makes it clear that this story is just beginning, and will be continued in the future. Indeed, David Korinetz is currently working on the sequel for this book. I am looking forward to reading it as well. You can purchase the book through Chapters, Mosaic Books and Coles Books.
Review by Janie Franz for MyShelf.com, 2008
FireDrakes – Chronicles of the Daemon Knights
By David Korinetz
Sometimes a first novel can hold the promise of something fine that will materialize as an author matures in his craft. For Canadian author David Korinetz, however, his first novel is polished, his plot expertly devised, and his characters uniquely drawn. Here there is the promise of much more for years to come.
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Reader Reviews for "FireDrakes: Chronicles of the Daemon Knights"
|Reviewed by Todd Fonseca
|FireDrakes – Medieval Adventure and Sorcery!
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: David Korinetz
Thousands of years ago, elves and humans co-existed peacefully. But as time marched forward, the occasionally coupling of both species produced a halfling progeny. These halflings enjoyed the extended life and magical powers of elves but also the more violent lust for power from their human half. Elfin kind existence was threatened and in a bold move, it was determined the only way to eliminate the halfling threat was to eradicate all magic and disenchant all elves and halflings. Four talisman’s were created to house their magic as it could not be destroyed. Unfortunately, the spell that removed the elves magic did not eliminate the halflings’ capabilities. Equally unfortunate was only the halflings could use and harness the power of the talismans.
One of these same talisman’s was used to create the first FireDrake – a melding of a dragon and elf. FireDrakes were magical creatures with high intellect, practically indestructible, and imbued with magical capabilities. However, because they were created by a talisman, they were also under it’s complete control. Those who control the FireDrakes could rule over all. Intent on doing just that, the evil sorcerer-emperor Gamel manipulates a young halfling sorceress in possession of such a talisman. Learning of such a plan, a small band of Damon Knights set about to save their kingdom. They face incredible odds against an imperial army, witchcraft, were-beasts, FireDrakes, and the evil sorcerers.
David Korinetz’s FireDrakes is an entertaining, face-paced novel of medieval knights and sorcery . Korinetz creates a detailed a fascinating world with carefully crafted descriptions of the peoples and places in this fabled empire. The characters have great depth and stay true to themselves as the story evolves. Furthermore, Korinetz creates plausible scenarios where a small group of relatively powerless knights are able to overcome unbelievable odds and obstacles on their march to confront the sorceress. Creating such a plausible plot is a difficult task for even a seasoned writer and in his debut novel Korinetz pulls this off masterfully. I especially enjoyed the sections in the novel involving the history of the elves, the use of magic, and the evil witch’s creation of the were-beasts. I so hoped I would read the transformation from a human to such a beast and Korinetz delivered!
The ending chapters provide a good climax and close to most story arcs but leave room for future installments without frustrating the reader. FireDrakes is an enjoyable read and fans of this genre will not be disappointed!