Reviewed by: S. Marie Vernon, Pacific Book Reivew
In The Faenum War–Book III of the Faenum Quest the trilogy will end. Dave Cray and his comrades have crusaded across the planet of Faenum for years. They’ve gathered and united the elves, the dwarfs, the trolls, the sisterhood, the wizards, the Agia people, the Warlens, and the Rajduki refuges. People from all factions have joined Dave’s effort-all except the confederation. That will change as this war will determine the ultimate fate of all who dwell on the planet. No one takes this mighty war lightly because it is Faenum’s cataclysmic battle between good and evil!
Dave is a champion for good. He has endured so much during this quest; facing many setbacks, failures, affronts, impossible situations and, yet, he never gives up or shrinks his responsibility to free the inhabitants of Faenum. Regardless of his internal or external wounds he refuses to let the people down. Author, Dennis K. Hausker, created Dave as a loving and caring epic hero who will die trying to save everyone from the evil that threatens their existence. After much bloodshed, atrocities and near defeat, Dave bravely goes forward to fulfill his destiny by facing the vile and evil master from beyond.
As a beloved spiritual leader, Dave sees more good than evil in all beings. This is demonstrated throughout the story as goblins, gnomes, ogres, black witches and warlocks come to battle their cousins. Dave offers them a chance to work for good in the world. He wants to change their evil red power to positive blue power, but few will accept a new way of life. They vow to kill him instead.
At times, Bear the deathcat comes to aid Dave during battle. And, Wilphrus is a wizard from the old order. He is as mysterious as ever bringing to life a killing creature that cannot be contained or controlled, not even by himself, Bear, or Dave. In the end the master kills the evil thing with a hearty laugh and a twist of his hand. One can only wonder if Dave can or will survive the master after this horrific happening. For all the outer battles that he wins, Dave feels he has lost Jenna for good and that is his true defeat. He loves no other woman like he loves her, but she’s been gone for two years. If he dies at the hands of the master it may save him from his own torment over losing her to Wilphrus.
Author Dennis K. Hausker delivers his first trilogy in classic epic fantasy style with Dave coming to the planet of Faenum as an average person who grows into a worthy and powerful hero. His books are expertly written in third person narrative with many first person accounts. The characters of Dave and his entourage of friends are developed in such a humanistic way it is easy to feel connected and endeared to them on a deep level. Dave and his friends encounter many trials and also subtle scenarios woven throughout the story that are thought provoking and reveal the author’s deeper message about humanity’s flawed nature and how important it is to forgive. Young and mature adventure and fantasy readers alike will want to add this exciting trilogy to their collection; beginning with Mortus-Book I, then The Gathering Storm-Book II and this grand finale, The Faenum War-Book III of the Faenum Quest and where it all ends for Dave and his inner circle, or does it? I think we will see more books in print by this talented author.