The Warden War
The Warden War continues the quest begun by Prince Donald in The Warden Threat. His father, King Leonard of Westgrove, has been told that the neighboring kingdom of Gotrox has discovered a magical means to animate a mysterious and gigantic ancient stone warrior, the Warden of Mystic Defiance, which it plans to use it to spearhead an invasion of his country. Donald is convinced this is a hoax carefully crafted by his father’s chief adviser to bring about a war to gain control of Gotroxian resources. Donald is determined to thwart him. It will not be easy. Chief Adviser Horace Barter has resources, connections, influence, and the almost unquestioned trust of the king. Donald, sadly, has none of these. What the young prince does have is a nominal position with the diplomatic team being sent to Gotrox and the companionship of a few rather unique friends including a pair of 15,000-year-old androids, one of which is a dog — or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
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Reviews & Comments:
- ‘D.L. really makes a world you can believe in with his writing. …the story is so engaging and plausible that I really felt like it could have happened.’ ~ Review by Kate Policani at http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/the-warden-war-by-d-l-morrese/
- ‘All of our favorite characters are back, as well as a new addition. Moe is fantastic, although Nash is the only one who really knows how funny he is.
This book had a bit more of a sci-fi feel…and somewhat more serious than the first. It is fairly tense, because the country is about to go to war. There is still my kind of humor, though not quite as much of it. I do recommend this series if you are looking for something different. A great read.’ ~ Review by wilovebooks at http://wilovebooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/review-warden-war-by-dl-morrese.html
- ‘The Warden War’ sucked me in … and I really cared about the characters and what happens next. For me, the success of a novel is driven by the story and ‘The Warden War’ is a great story! I highly recommend this to any reader who enjoys SciFi or Fantasy. I can’t wait for his next book. ~ Review by Gary Clarke on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/374557865
- “The Warden War, by D.L. Morrese, blends galaxy-style irreverent humor and fantasy with politics, court intrigue and sci-fi mystery. Although the mix, a fantasy sci-fi/humor blend, is occasionally odd, it’s also largely seemless and works well. The characters are fresh and fun, the backstory is revealed at the perfect pace to intrigue readers, and the premise and essential problem–how to prevent a war between two countries–is both entertaining and compelling.” ~ Review by Maria T. Violante
- “The first book, The Warden Threat, was a good story, but this is even better. The writing is stronger, the story tighter and its light-hearted approach does not detract from the drama. This is quite simply an excellent story that, although it doesn’t take itself too seriously, makes important observations on the nature of humanity and the dangers of trusting someone with the power to manipulate the information received by those in power.” ~ Review by Tahlia Newland http://awesomeindies.net/2012/11/02/review-the-warden-war-by-d-l-morrese-sci-fifantasy-parody/
Questions and Answers about this book:
This book has a slightly more serious tone than the previous one. Why is that?
In this book, Prince Donald is no longer a naive young man he began as in The Warden Threat. He is less likely to jump to the kinds of mistaken conclusions that provided the premise for some of the humorous events in the first book. The humor remains, of course. As parodies, both books poke fun at the epic fantasy adventure genre as a whole with a lot of traveling between discoveries and challenging encounters. However, unlike serious epics, the magic does not work, the heroes are not especially talented, they have no special abilities, and their plans seldom work out as well as they hoped.
The science fiction element is more pronounced in this book. Is it also a parody of ‘serious’ science fiction?
No. In fact, I consider the series serious science fiction, although one the reader should not take seriously. Like all good speculative fiction, it brings up serious issues and inspires thought. It also examines humanity from the outside from the perspective of ancient sentient intelligences. Of course, some of their observations provide humor too. The one thing I did try to turn on its head was a premise of many current books considered science fiction about man battling alien or supernatural monsters. In this book, the monsters are people, and their cold, dispassionate regard of humanity is contrasted with that of warmhearted and arguably more ‘human’ androids.
‘The Warden War’ neatly concludes the tale begun in ‘The Warden Threat.’ Is this the last we’ll see of these characters?
By no means. Most of the main characters will appear in subsequent books. Their stories are not over.
‘The Warden Threat’ and ‘The Warden War’ form one complete story. Why are they published separately?
The main reason is length. If published together, this would be about a 700-page book (over 170,000 words), which I thought would be too long for the first offering from a new writer. Breaking it into two books allows me to charge less and gives readers the choice of whether or not they care enough about the characters and the story to invest their time and money in the sequel.
How many books do you envision there will be in this series?
I cannot answer this question at this point, although I envision a long series that spans generations. I do know, or at least I have an idea of how it will end. Revealing this would be a spoiler, so I won’t say any more about it.