Author: Joseph J. Miccoliss

Publication Date: June 10, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

ASIN: B01GWON93C

Joseph J. Miccoliss wastes no time dropping readers into hot and heavy action in the first pages of his Dagmarth: Escape From Palmar. Right off the bat, we’re witnessing a fierce battle on planet Palmar and that battle doesn’t let up for some 70 pages.

Escaping from the carnage, King Asmoph and Queen Jessa of Dagmarth literally come down to our earth where they hide out from the evil Lazareth. Living in an isolated farmhouse, they bring with them a sacred, magical blue diamond and sword as well as their son, Kodus Solaris Hemsley.Kodus is the prophesized bringer of peace to the galaxy, but he grows up in nearly complete isolation in Estonia with no knowledge of his destiny.

The next quarter of the story is very terrestrial with strange, mystical events occasionally poking through the seemingly ordinary lives of the royal family. Kodus acts like a normal, headstrong teenager with a love for science. His father isn’t acting much like a king, nor much of a father or husband for that matter, but rather like a typical earther integrated into the community that really isn’t his. He, like apparently all exiled Dagmarthians scattered around the galaxy, is waiting for the day Kodus will unhappily accept his role in returning peace to all inhabited worlds.

Ultimately, the story takes Kodus off earth when he journeys in a strange space-pod to Dagmarth. In many ways, this section of the book is the most inventive when Kodus learns much about galactic history and his family’s place in it. To say more, well, that wouldn’t be fair. Suffice it to say the pay-offs are well worth all the set-up of the first half of the novel. Still, readers may be distracted from time to time when unusual situations aren’t fully explained and there are perhaps too many references to things to be revealed later.

Dagmarth: Escape From Palmar is another offering in the current trend of blending elements of fantasy with those of science fiction. On one hand, much of the book is fast-paced action-adventure with magical powers used against advanced fireballs as well as basic swords and arrows. On another level, it’s a character study of a young man kept in the dark about his identity until he has to face his unwanted responsibilities and learn to accept what his logical, empirical mind wants to reject. In part, he’s woefully unprepared for what he must do. In part, his rebellious nature complicates his understanding of the strange new realities he encounters.

The purpose of Dagmarth: Escape From Palmar is obviously to entertain readers who like descriptive page turners with no pretense of social commentary or expressing warnings about possible dystopian futures. Still, it’s a packed book that’s not a quick read, being just shy of 400 pages. It’s more Star Wars than Star Trek, with Kodus a not so remote cousin of Luke Skywalker. Those farm boys sure do get around.