Darkin is a country with an economy based on slavery, and this book is the first of a series to describe the (mis)fortunes of that country.
So the story begins with the slave Adacon escaping, and setting out to the east to live as a free man. But things happen, and soon he finds himself wanting to destroy Darkin's ruler, and fighting an evil wizard who wants to take over Darkin for himself.
By his own admission the author drew his inspiration from `The Lord of the Ring', as indeed quite a few have done before him. However, unlike L.o.t.R, this book thunders into the action straight away, and it continues without much let-off. Adacon and his friends are constantly on the move, being watched and being attacked. Even so, there is some time for romantic interest, something that was sadly lacking in L.o.t.R.
Off course, being set in an imaginary country which is part of an imaginary world precludes any charges of historical inaccuracy. Even so, I enjoyed this book a lot, and I am happy to recommend it to anyone who likes adventure fiction. I am certainly planning to read the next instalment.