The Storm by David Drake feature
The Storm by David Drake

The universe has shattered into chaos and monsters. Jon, the Leader, is dedicating his life to reuniting the scattered hamlets into a Commonwealth where all humans can live protected against the darkness and the things that live in that darkness.

But no man can reshape the universe by himself. Jon has Makers to build weapons and clerks to handle the business of government—but he also needs Champions to face the powers of chaos, which will not listen to any argument but force.

Lord Pal of Beune is one of those Champions. He has fought monsters and evil on behalf of Mankind, and he will fight them again. But now Guntram, the man who transformed Pal from an ignorant rube into a bulwark of the Commonwealth, has disappeared. Pal must locate his friend and mentor—and then he must battle an entity that may be at the core of the splintered universe!

Pal of Beune: A humane man in a universe full of inhumanity.

Pal of Beune: A strong man in a universe where some recognize only strength.

Pal of Beune: A hero who will keep going until something stops him–and who hasn’t been stopped yet!

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The Storm is the second book in the ‘Time of Heroes’ series and a sequel to The Spark. The series is based on early Arthurian tales filled with all manners of adventures and challenges. We continue to follow Pal as he continues his adventures through the Commonwealth.

This is a sci-fi future setting in which reality has shattered and mankind is scattered through small pockets or nodes of safety. Surrounding the nodes is the Wasteland, filled with dangerous creatures and the unknown. The Commonwealth of Mankind is attempting to unite these nodes of safety by sending out their Champions to settle feuds, slay monsters and discover pathways between the nodes.

Pal is one such Champion, he is unique as he is also a Maker. Makers are capable of studying and using scraps of machinery from a time past. Using both sets of skills In this story, Pal sets out to recue his mentor and friend, Guntram.

Along the way Pal has adventures that would rival the tale of old and demonstrates repeatedly that he is the Hero we all want. He is level headed, decent, and down to earth. He is a simple man that does what needs to be done, when it needs to be. He is funny and cares about those around him.

This is a fun, well written book that keeps you turning the pages.

Written by David Drake
Cover Art by Todd Lockwood

PopCultHQ Rating - 4 Stars
PopCultHQ Rating – 4 Stars


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