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The Tale of the Wulks by V.K. Green

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
book review, fantasy, fiction, On My Kindle

When Rilk and his friends decide to follow his grandfather and a Dragon Prince on a mysterious quest, they find themselves embarking on an epic adventure to save all the races of the world.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Summary

"High in the mountains in California lives a race unnoticed by humankind known as the Wulks. A magical tribe, they are the guardians of our planet: ever vigilant, ever watchful, ever ready to take up arms against those who would attack Mother Earth. Among them is a young boy named Rilk. Socially awkward and different, his skills and mind are sharp nonetheless; when he sees his legendary warrior grandfather Manfield leaving the country with the Dragon Prince Englar, he knows an epic quest of life and death awaits.

The Dark Lord Vanko is coming to dominate earth and all of its inhabitants. Our planet’s protectors, led by the Dragon Prince, form a band of men, dwarfs, and elves to save us all. But the Dark Lord and his minions are powerful and through many adventures and death-defying battles, Englar and his followers lay on the brink of death. Now, Rilk must step forward to defeat a being with only one weakness: the Blade of Anglar."
~ Description of The Tale of the Wulks by V.K. Green taken from Goodreads ~

Review

The Tale of the Wulks is categorized as an urban fantasy; however, it reads like a high fantasy. What I mean by this is that the book is not set in an alternate world, but Green's writing style is similar to the style that one finds in the high fantasy genre; think "Middle Earth meets modern world." While some humans are aware that other races (dwarfs, wulks, elves) exist, it is apparent that the human race in general is unaware of the other races that dwell on Earth.

I was captivated by the world that Green created because it was described in precise, painstaking detail. This detail extended to the protagonists in the book as Green created a quirky and lovable hero that demolishes stereotypes, and introduced readers to interesting and original brothers-in-arms. I found it fascinating how Green managed to educate readers about autism through his hero, Rilk; he does a fantastic job of explaining why Rilk's thought process at certain points in the story, and why he acted and reacted the way he did.

The Tale of the Wulks is well thought-out and written, but some readers will be taken aback by the precise detail in the book. Almost everything is described in great detail, including the banter and asides that take place in the story. This attention to detail causes some lulls in the action; which can make some readers who like action-packed stories impatient. However, if you practice some patience, you will discover a fantastic setting in a world that rivals the ones that Tolkien and Rowling have created.

On a more personal note: I admire Green for writing this book. Rather than viewing autism as a "disability," he took it as an opportunity to do something fantastic; something that those of us with disabilities tend to lose sight of.

If you are looking for a fantasy epic like Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter; The Tale of the Wulks by V.K. Green is definitely for you.
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More Information

To find out more about The Tale of the Wulks and V.K. Greene, head on over to the Fremont Books website to see a trailer, description, and cover art for the book. To find out what others are saying about the book and to read some Q&A that the author has submitted; visit V.K. Greene on Goodreads. If you would like to connect with the author on social media, you can follow him on Twitter.
You can buy The Tale of the Wulks in print or as an eBook from the following retailers:

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Enjoy!