The Story of Evil: A Hero’s Downfall
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publication: March 4, 2020
Age Group: Adult
During an entertaining jousting tournament, a mysterious villain attacks the capital with his army. Because of this disastrous event, Stephen Brightflame, a nineteen-year-old who aspires to become a knight, embarks on a quest to save the kingdom from further destruction. He joins up with a convicted felon, an arrogant warrior, and a Halfling woman, but quickly learns their pasts are just as dark and disturbing as his own. Experience the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy that’s been called, “fascinating and captivating” featuring “well-rounded, enjoyable characters, intense action scenes, and riveting twists” (The US Review of Books and Self-Publishing Review).
The Story of Evil: A Hero’s Downfall is a wonderful work of sword and sorcery fiction! This series has been re-edited and combined into a trilogy for release in 2020! Another epic fantasy novel that draws you in from page 1 and doesn’t let you go until the very end! There is a cast of characters the reader meets in the beginning, humans, elves, halflings, dwarves, and a dragon among others! It can be challenging to keep up with all of the characters, but Tony Johnson really keeps it all together in a great way! I never felt lost in the names and always felt like I knew where I was within the story and the world of the story.
A note about names. I love the names in this book! First, Stephen Brightflame goes by Steve. Which I find a bit comical, but also very fitting! It’s a simplistic name for a decidedly non-simplistic character! Steve is funny, interesting, and oh so full of life! Also, Clyx? I love it! A horse sort of side-kick with an amazing name? Here for it! Kari is another great character, along with Ty! There are many more characters in this book, but I would encourage you to read it to find out more! Your favorite character might be someone else! Could it be Cassandra? Titus? Or Nightstrike himself?
The pacing of this book is fast! From start to finish, I was hooked! It’s rare for me to have a truly, “couldn’t put it down” experience. I had one with this novel! Tony is a talented writer who knows how to weave background information into plot. I didn’t feel like I had information dumped on me at any point in the book! I can see the elements of high fantasy in this book and the influences from more modern high fantasy writers! It’s a thrill ride of swords, magic, dragons, griffins, kings, elements, orphans, action, and friendship! All the elements of fantasy that I love out of a book in this genre!
Another great book on tour with Storyteller’s on Tour! Thank you to the SoT team and Tony Johnson for the opportunity to read and review this book! It’s on my recommendation list for epic fantasy novels and I’ll certainly be looking forward to the next chapter in this series! All opinions are my own and I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Zack Argyle was raised with a wonderful family mTony Johnson is the author of the epic fantasy series, The Story of Evil. He is an avid reader who enjoys fantasy, classic novels, Shakespeare, and Christian literature. He is also a fan of movies, television, videogames, and Tennessee Titans football. He graduated with a Bachelors in English Literature from SUNY Brockport with a certification to teach 7th-12th grade English and Special Education. Tony lives in Batavia, NY and is currently finishing up his Masters Degree and working on the final book in the Story of Evil trilogy.