Tragedy strikes Zithel, and the city of monks goes up in flames. The Earth-Wizard Mazarian has disappeared, and the army of Asgoth has taken back the Wizard Crystals of the Elements, ready to deliver them into the hands of their master: the Demon Lord Abaddon, where they will be corrupted and used against the very elements they were created to protect, deforming the world to a blackened void. As Darshun Luthais—the chosen Guardian of earth—emerges from the mystical Shajin Island, having completed his training, ready to combat the forces of evil, he not only finds himself in the center of this chaos, but is also torn in different directions. Part of him longs to obey the wisdom of the Elders by relocating the crystals and fleeing Asgoth, while his Nasharin nature thirsts for battle, eager to take on the many trials that stand in his way, keeping him from what he desires most, challenging Abaddon, the ultimate terror. (courtesy of amazon)
Siege of Darkness is book 2 in the Guardian of the Seventh Realm series. Jason Baccaro writes this series like an old pro.
Powerful read - mega battles as Darshun struggles to fight being taken over by the Dark...Dar is a cocky warrior, but as much as he is cocky, he's smart and calculating, and a little lucky. Returning to find things not as they were, he's captured. Held captive with a new friend, Kelarin (part Elf), Dar learns more about his past and his biological father. There's a reason Dar has been picked as Guardian, and as much as he fights the title, he kicks ass in combat. We're in a war - prepare to be defeated! Dar and his crew against the Demon lord and his gang...I'm betting on Dar.
Baccaro keeps the action enthralling and purposeful. As Dar grows the story is morphing right along with him. There's no over done descriptions in this series. I'm looking forward to Book 3 (The Coming of the Light) - I've seen the cover art (gorgeous), and know that Kelarin has to play a major role. Bring it on!