In Dungeons of Kuba, Diamond has created a fantasy world, that is ruled over by two powerful women, Stacy (The Ruler of the Empire) and Sigried (the ruler of Kuba). These two women are sworn enemies and it was always going to be the way that they would eventually have to face off against each other. Stacy has worked tirelessly to create peace across the Empire and is now determined to hold it together regardless of whatever evil plans Sigried may have to provoke a war and take the Empire for herself. The kidnapping of the Imperial Princess Mara forces Stacy into action to confront Sigried in a battle that will decide the fate of the Empire.
This is a fast-paced, action, fantasy novel that I found incredibly easy to read. Diamond's style and his character development really resonated with me and I found myself invested in the characters and wanting to see the right results come out for them. I particularly liked the giant Alryc and the leader of the Imperial Guard, Melinda, plus, of course, the wolf character. I think this is the sign of an excellent writer who, even in a wild, fantasy, adventure, is prepared to allow time to develop his/her characters to the extent that readers can really identify with them. It doesn't have to be all about fighting and weird, fantasy creatures.
I think this is a book and a series that will really appeal to devotees of the fantasy genre, who still retain the desire to get to know the hearts and souls of their characters. In my mind, Diamond writes stories the way I like to write them and I guess this is partly why I enjoyed it. A good job and a very solid four stars from me.
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