3 out of 4 stars
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In Quest of the Staff and the Sword III, T. K. Kohl tells a story about the emergence of the dark kingdom and the kingdom of light, which was dubbed Quoin Ataraxis. The darkness led by the dark lord, Luke Nachash, was spreading across the world of man. Luke made himself a god and went around forcing all and sundry to worship him. He tore down churches, synagogues, and mosques and planted statues of himself. It did not just end there; he gave out alcohol and narcotics to the people and even children to keep them intoxicated and make them do his will without complaints. He wanted to rule over the world and became so desperate that he created a deadly disease that ravaged the world and then released an antidote making everyone think he was their saviour—all except one.
John Elias was also known as the hooded stranger. He was trained by The Master while living with a physical foster family. He was part of The Eight, whose mission was to save those who chose light as The Master had given the world the opportunity to choose between light and darkness. Of course, many would make choices that would lead to their destruction. John, his wife Elizabeth, and a group of knights were burdened with the task of bringing light to the people. Would this be possible when Luke was taking over the world? Read this exciting book to find out.
I love the storyline of this book. It seemed very original and away from the norm. It did not contain cliché parts which I was thankful for. The writer's division of the story made up for a lot. The readers would find it suspenseful and, of course, as is with every interesting story, would want more. The introduction of each character was beautiful in the sense that you could tell where and when each of the characters emerged. The writer avoided any unnecessary characters that would bore the reader as each of the characters had a valid role to play in the story. I found just one error in the book, showing that it was professionally edited.
I did not quite like the inclusion of drug-induced child sex, which was added when explaining the rule of Luke Nachash. The scenes containing that should have been minimised a bit. Furthermore, I feel some of the events should have been better explained, like the return of John Elias to Quoin Ataraxis. Some events seemed a bit rushed, like the joining of Tenzin and Caroline and that of Tom and Khalida. These events should have been given better development.
I would give this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. Inasmuch as it is an interesting read, it still contained loopholes which I pointed out in the previous paragraph, and that, alongside the layout of the story, is the reason for the deducted star.
I would recommend this to those who love mythical and magical storylines. Quest of the Staff and the Sword III by T. K. Kohl contained a lot of that, and they would have a field day reading this book. It also had bits of religious lores mildly included in some parts of the book. Anyone with an interest in that should also get to read this book.
Quest of the Staff and the Sword III
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