Book Review: Into the Heart of Evil by Joel Babbitt

Book 2 Final Cover for KindleTitle: Into the Heart of Evil

Author: Joel Babbitt

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

It was supposed to be an easy journey… a simple first step for a band of new warriors.  But evil has an agenda of its own, and relentless conquest strikes when it chooses.  And what can so few do against so many?  Yet evil is not the only power that stirs in the southern valley; from deep in their prophetic past an ancient power also has returned, nurturing, watching, and helping its paladin.  On the anvils of danger and sacrifice Durik and his small group of companions will be forged by the hammer of their mutual hardships into an able band of heroes, but only if they can survive the journey into the heart of evil…

Into the Heart of Evil is the second installment in a fantasy series by Joel Babbitt, with kobolds palying the main parts. Durik and his group of warriors have to prove themselves. I don’t want to give away too much about the plot, considering this is a second in the series, but the story follows the basic good vs. evil story, although there are several shades of grey here. Durk and his friends have to travel into the heart of evil, a journey almost impossible to survive. With lots trials still waiting for them, an ancient power awakens in the southern valley that decides to help the paladin on his journey.

The writing is as amazing and descriptive as in the first installment. I’m still pretty psyched about these main characters being kobolds. The world Joel Babbitt has crafted in his series grows more and more interesting as we discover more about it. Fantasy sometimes lacks interesting characters – by focusing heavily on plot, character development often gets overlooked. Not so here, the characters are each intriguing, and Durik’s personality changes and grows throughout the book. I highly recommend this book to fantasy fans.

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