The Fall of the Giants (The Dance of Light #2), by Gregory Kontaxis

10 May 2024

The Book

The Fall of the Giants
Series: The Dance of Light
Pages: 522
Age Group: Adult
Published on 10 May 2024
Publisher: Self-published
Epic Fantasy
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Elliot is now alone. He’s left Elmor and his friends behind as he heads for the Mountains of the Forgotten World on a mission, which is almost impossible to accomplish.

The Elder Races, the creatures that according to legend are haunted by an ancient curse, are his only hope of defeating Walter. Nobody knows if Elliot has the power to break the curse, and Queen Sophie and the people of Elmor depend on him. Walter may have been defeated in the last battle, but he’ll soon return more determined than ever to destroy his remaining enemies once and for all.

Elliot needs new allies, but the creatures he wants to get on his side have suffered at the hands of humans. Will he manage to convince the Elder Races that he is different?The second book in the series, The Dance of Light, will engage you in a compelling journey full of unexpected twists and thrills until the very last page.  

My Review

The Fall of the Giants is the second book in the epic fantasy series The Dance of Light, written by the Greek author Gregory Kontaxis; a saga where you can recognise the inspiration taken from its own mythology. Picking directly after the ending of The Return of the Knights, we have a sequel with a slower pacing but a bigger world, more nuanced but equally epic.

Elliot starts a journey to the Mountains of the Forgotten World, hoping to gather the support of the Elder Races to Sophie's cause; however, for that to happen, he will need to understand the curse that is afflicting them and break it. A really interesting arc that gives us more insight about the own world mythology and that finally portraits an Elliot that is experiencing difficulties. But if we have learnt something from our young knight is that he won't stop trying.
Meanwhile, the politics game is being played by those that still support Sophie, and not everybody will be easy to convince.

In comparison with the first book, we have a less action focused plot, putting more focus on the difficulties of making Sophie's cause survive; and even Walter's arc is quite hooking, with some twists I didn't expect at first glance.
The characters are better portrayed, with an extra layer of complexity; it's much easier to connect with them and their motivations, and the aura of invincibility is removed from others.

In general, The Fall of the Giants is a novel that shows the growth of Kontaxis as an author, a classic fantasy proposal that promises to become incredible, as the stakes have been raised during this second book; if you want to read some good old epic fantasy, you should pick The Dance of Light.

The Author/s

Gregory Kontaxis

Gregory Kontaxis

Gregory Kontaxis is a Greek epic fantasy author who writes about medieval wars, mythology, politics and epic adventures. His characters are ordinary and at the same time complex living with many challenges to face.

The Return of the Knights is the first part of his planned pentalogy The Dance of Light.

Gregory was born on 17th December 1989 in Athens. He studied Informatics and Finance in Greece and the United Kingdom and he has worked as a Financial Analyst in Vienna and London. He currently resides in London, where he is occupied with investment risk management and writing. (less)