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  • By Paul Heisel
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Review from Universe Pathways" “Tale of the Catstaff”, is another one of those published, yet hidden, literary diamonds which due to the lack of a distribution net do not get the recognition they deserve. Paul is a terrific writer and this book will definitely fascinate the friends of heroic fantasy. It is written with uncontested professionalism and despite its big size, 537 pages, there is not even one page that can be considered redundant. The text and the plot flow in a unique way and trap you in a dream world, a magical universe created for us by the writer’s imagination. Melkoff the Traveller, is a junior messenger of Coven, the city of warlocks. Many years ago in the “Countries”, as is the name of their world, a fierce and merciless war had taken place, known as Perilous war. After the end of it Coven was created so that its members, the witches and the warlocks, would not allow something like that to happen ever again. But all these incidents derived from an even... More > older era. Once in the “Countries” there lived only one human race which was governed by the Mages. But because of their arrogance, they started experimenting with people and so a variety of races was created. The Gnomes, the Rock Elves, the Dwarves, the Wood Elves and a number of others. At the same time there were also created super animal races with magical powers and human intelligence, such as the Willowcats. And then, from the depths of the abyss, the Wraiths appeared in the “Countries”, dark demonic creatures, which threatened all the races with annihilation. In the final battle they were defeated, expelled from the “Countries” and imprisoned in another level of the time – space continuum by the Mages. But time passed. The Wraiths were forgotten and the people of Coven forgot most of the things they knew. And thus when the Wraiths appeared again Coven did not have the power to confront them. The most demonic of those dark Wraiths, Kinlock Kinslayer, with his notorious sword – named Dark Blade, the Soulseeker – butchered the whole population of Coven, all by himself. So the responsibility for the salvation of the “Countries” fell on Melkoff. With the guidance of Kett, the last Willowcat, he has only a very limited time left in which to learn the dark secrets of his world, gather a team of faithful companions and begin the search for Catstaff – a magical instrument which is the only thing left that has the power to stand against the beastly force and the magic of the Wraiths. And then he must try to reunite all the races for one final battle, a battle that will stop the oncoming slaughter the Wraiths plan to commit. Elves, daemons, living dead, warlocks trapped in eternal prisons, parade in the pages of the book in a world of fantasy and magic. This is a book all the friends of fantasy will undoubtedly love. Its world is meticulously structured, up to the last detail. It must be noted here that the three-page map in the beginning of the book, is not only interesting but also carefully designed. The “Tale of the Catstaff” is the first part of a series of books that will be completed with “Siblings of the Catstaff”. His next project is the “Warlord of Nirvana.” The writer has also published one more book, the “First Frontier” (ISBN: 1-4116-0676-0), which is sci-fi and not fantasy. Conclusively, and judging from the high level of his writing, I can say that I eagerly await the second book of the Catstaff.< Less
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Product Details

Paul Heisel
February 7, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.99 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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