The Bear Slayer
I am not a fan of fantasy! However, having said that, I need to clarify that I have now read each of The Thorian Sagas three times and I could easily read them all again! This author is a literary genius! In this story we meet Dorian, the son of the famous couple, Stoker and Erianne from the first saga, The Trader! Urged to find the woman of his dreams, and to discover why the bears have become so scarce, and also why trade between the Nagas and the Thorians had suddenly ceased fifteen years earlier, Dorian leaves his home and family and travels through the mines to the north. As usual with this author's work, the descriptions and details are magnificent, taking the reader right into the scene. A demon has been released from the mines, taking on the appearance of an albino bear that cannot be killed. Our hero's interactions with the miners, trapped in an ethereal existence between life and death, sets the scene for a fascinating story that will keep the reader absolutely enthralled. His meeting with the Naga woman with whom he is already in love, is both amusing and violent as he calmly kills the brown bear that has her confined in a tree. He learns that she and her sister are prisoners of the Lurans, a tribe of women who rescued them from the sex-crazed male Harrifs.
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The detail of the relationship between the Lurans, and the Harrifs, and description of the Luran village is both shocking and intense, and definitely not for the prudish. The Naga's instigate a trade embargo against both the offending tribes until they return their captive women, but, before they can wage outright war, the demon bear arrives and Dorian needs to stop it. As always, with stories from this author, the tale has many twists and turns but constantly ends happily.