THE RISING WIND By Ken Floro III

The Rising WindA dull story this is not. With minimal characters, the reader soon dives into the story without a backward glance. The Rising Wind is based on a ship – The Rising Wind, and a remote island, but this is no ordinary island, far from it!

The island is inhabited by trolls, who eat animals and humans. They are not easy to kill for their bulky body, although they are dumb. This brings me to the Imperial Knights – Marcavius (Marc) and Montefax (Monty), who come on board of the ship to travel the seas on their voyage home. With them, come on board a goblin – their guardian, a monk, a thief – Din, a navigator and the only woman – Adrianna.

What begins as a pleasant voyage, turns dangerous when the ship is set off course by a fault – on first glance. They arrive at the island on the navigator’s persistence and so begins a tirade of entering the cursed island and rescues on numerous occasions. This is always led by the brave Imperial Knights of Steelvaeran.

Among the characters, Adrianna has a small role, perhaps significant but I cannot be sure. Nevertheless, she is a breath of fresh air. She is also, very much in love with a certain knight!

Ken Floro III takes the reader through rough undergrowth, frightening trolls, the haunting undead and other paranormal happenings. The book is simply written and easy to follow. Ken Floro III keeps the reader entertained throughout the novel. I liked how the author did not reflect on the character’s past during the telling of the story, as most novels do. This method of writing proved to be quite successful in bringing the story forward and avoided lagging.

Who are my favourite characters? It has to be the Knights for their fabulous witty personalities and bravery, and my worst is Din and the navigator, which, once you have read this book, you will understand why!

Thank you Ken, for this wonderful read!

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About the book: After graduating into the Imperial knighthood, Marcavius and his cousin book passage aboard a merchant ship, the Rising Wind, to visit their family estate before reporting to the legions. They know no ship dares tread the heart of the Mennaidran Sea, yet along their voyage a strange fog suddenly sets the Rising Wind adrift in those haunted waters. Fortunately another passenger offers his skill as a navigator to save the day, yet he insists that the ship first detour to a nearby island to replenish its supplies. There the ship’s unlucky passengers soon learn that the monsters and magic of legend are no mere myths! Friends, strangers, and even bitter enemies must work together in order to survive and escape. Yet some of the greatest dangers they’ll face are destined to come from one another. Get The Rising Wind through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Ken Floro IIIAbout the author: Ken was born and raised in the South side of Saint Louis. After earning a degree in World Literature, followed by a degree in Culinary Arts, Ken soon made the obvious career move and went to work in medicine.

If you’re having any trouble guessing why, then you’ve probably never served time in the literary or culinary fields. A little taste of reality can suddenly turn a healthy paycheck, normal working hours, and long-term job security into sumptuous delicacies. Despite the sudden change in his employment trajectory, Ken never turned away from his dream of writing.

He’d nurtured a lifelong creative ambition, which had gained direction when a funny true story he wrote for a high school English class became so popular with his classmates they traded copies of it in the hall and passed them up and down the bus. Ever since that catalytic moment, Ken has been writing as a hobby and a passion. Thus far, he’s published eight books, along with several other tidbits. Connect with Ken on his website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.

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