The Withered King by Richardo Victoria – Book review

The Withered King by Richardo Victoria was an amazingly fun read- an impressive blend of science fiction and tech.

Fionn is the wielder of a legendary Tempest Blade, and he is blessed – or cursed – by the Gift. Though his days as a warrior are long over, his past leaves him full of guilt and regret. Life, however, has other plans for him, when he agrees to help a friend locate a missing person. Gaby and Alex never expected to become heroes… until they met Fionn. As an ancient evil arises and consumes the land, Fionn must help them to master their own Gifts and Tempest Blades. Together the three of them, and their friends, will chart a course aboard the flying ship Figaro to save the planet. Will Fionn’s past be an anchor, or will he overcome the one failure from his former life before time runs out? In a world where magic and science intermingle, anything is possible. Including second chances.


I love sci-fi fantasy, so I was so pleased to discover when reading the second chapter that The Withered King by Richardo Victoria wasn’t just a fantasy but a fantasy with lots of tech ( including flying machines).

I received a copy of the book for a free and unbiased opinion.

The book starts off as any typical fantasy with an epic battle, but it takes a different path from the usual fantasy world. The world-building is the perfect blend of named swords, magical people, special gifts as well proper tech. The three main characters Fionn, Gaby and Alex form a formidable team and I enjoyed the descriptions (always tinged with humour) of how they become a team.

There are a number of action and fight scenes, and I loved the vivid descriptions that made it so much easier to visualise.

The characters are complex, nuanced and certainly memorable. This is the first book of The Tempest Blades and I look forward to reading the next book set in this amazing world.

Perfect of Fans who

Love a little science in their fantasy.

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