Hank Jensen, his wife Jane and their son Stig, were at some time in the past, scooped up from their quiet life, at home in Western New York and transplanted into a weird and frightening multiverse, ruled over by the Dark Queen. Hank and his disparate group of followers and friends must somehow find a way home, whilst avoiding the infamous Dark Queen whose sole purpose seems to be to destroy the Jensen team, a group that includes her own sister. In this, Rooms of Ruin (Blood of the Isir Book 2) by Erik Henry Vick, they are searching for a way to the Rooms of Ruin, where it is possible they can restart the process that brought them to this place originally. The Dark Queen, however, will harry them every step of the way, with every conceivable trap, a traitor, and awful some horrifyingly gruesome creatures, under her control. Hank and his friends are in a race for their very lives.
There are #epicfantasy’s and there are #EPICFANTASY’S. Rooms of Ruin (Blood of the Isir Book 2) by Erik Henry Vick is definitely in the category of #EPICFANTASY both in terms of its length and its depth. I am not a big fantasy reader, but despite not having read the first book in this series, the author drew me in immediately and the six-fifty pages of this epic novel, just flew by. There is a little adjustment to be made, as a reader, not having read the first book, to try to come to terms with situational reality of the setting for this novel, but the warmth, the humanity and the subtle use of sarcasm and wit, by the author, just draws you in and keeps you reading. The fight scenes are violent and vivid, but for me, the best parts of this book are the dialogue between the members of the team, especially the interaction between the wives and their husbands; it had me chuckling continually, at the lines. The imagination of and the world created by the author has to be admired. I am always in awe of excellent fantasy authors and Vick is definitely in that category. I highly recommend this book and by association, this series.