Hello there! Welcome to a brand new year of magnificent fantasy, from within the world of Tellest and beyond. I’m very happy today to be taking a visit to the Otherworld, where I’ve just discovered an awesome new storyteller, Paul Simmonds. The author knows very well how to create compelling storylines and develop interesting characters, and in some ways, it strikes deeper than your typical epic fantasy. The main character’s background lends to some interesting explorations that will hook you before you realize it. Simmonds brings us an interesting tale set in the magnificent city of Barkow. The titular Bolan is a priest who at first seems ordinary, but is thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Together with other compelling characters, Hogarth and Sterre, they must fight for the survival of the people of Barkow. Before you know it, you’ll feel as though you’re a part of Bolan’s journey, and you’ll feel his struggles as he tries to make sense of his place in his unfamiliar world. The first volume of the ‘Bolan’s Quest’ fantasy trilogy. Legend of the Black Sword is a twisting tale set in a world not unlike our own, only from a time long, long ago. . . Follow Bolan on his epic journey across Barkow and all that surrounds it as he begins to discover the history and dangers of a long standing curse. With a trusted friend alongside him, the two of them must battle demons both physical and mental, in order to help a city in need. The weird and wonderful characters they meet on the way, the perils and adventures they tackle, as well as the great battles they witness, will keep you turning the pages of this great fantasy tale! Bolan’s Quest: Legend of the Black Sword is a wonderful tale that begins a series. Simmonds has a decent grasp on tempo in his storytelling, and by the time you reach the climax of this book, you’ll be on the edge of your seat. And by the time you reach the end, you’re itching for a follow-up—perfect, since Simmonds already has Bolan’s next adventure ready to read, with a third on the way. You can even learn more about the series through his author website. For now though, check out Bolan’s Quest: Legend of the Black Sword on Amazon.