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Davis Ashura Books In Order

Publication Order of Castes and the Outcastes Books

A Warrior's Path (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Warrior's Knowledge (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Warrior's Penance (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stories from Arisa (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chronicles of William Wilde Books

William Wilde and the Necrosed (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
William Wilde and the Stolen Life (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
William Wilde and the Unusual Suspects (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
William Wilde and the Sons of Deceit (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
omnibus (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Davis Ashura is an Indian author of fantasy and fiction books known for his Caste and the Outcastes Trilogy and Chronicles of William Wilde series. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, woman who turned a blind eye on his eccentricities and married him anyway. The couple lives with their two boys and a calico cat.

Ashura’s writing is fantastic; its fluid is featuring solid character development and an engaging plotline. His stories relate to a lot of what the current society deals with, for example, prejudices especially towards mixed marriages in the society.

A Warrior’s Path

Speculative fiction is a great medium for writers to explore the endless questions regarding humanity. While there are some of these questions as well as scenarios that can be better addressed through science fiction, others need to require fantasy as a vehicle.

Fantasy is one of the genres that often criticize aspects of modern culture and values the good old times. A Warrior’s Path, the first novel in David Ashura’s trilogy The Caste and Outcastes series takes the modern approach and explores a speculative scenario, a challenge of the established traditions and values in a fantasy society.

A Warrior’s Path story takes place in a fictional place known as Arisa where people live in rural enclaves shielded by the wall. Suwraith, also known as the Sorrow Bringer has been hell-bent on destroying humanity using her Chimera Army. The people are divided into seven different Castes each with their specialized roles and talents in society. These talents and divisions are important in maintaining logistics and life inside the walled cities, and inter-Caste marriage is highly forbidden.

Meet Rukh, a warrior belonging to Caste Kumma. He’s on his way home when his caravan is attacked by Chimera army. He has to survive this encounter as well as warn his people in Ashoka. But during his survival mission, Rukh encounters things that make him question his entire principles and the world view. The Chimera’s are not easy as they appear and there are OutCastes whose main purpose is to offend the Castes.

Meanwhile, Rukh’s family in Ashoka is getting caught you in a problematic family feud which is accompanied by subsequent murders. The murder investigations may uncover a coven of traitors and the ugly side of their city.

Stylistically, this story closely resembles Brandon Sanderson’s work of fantasy and science fiction. It features a complex magic system, world building, intrigue, and fast-paced action scene. Prose-wise, there some smatterings from Steven Erikson and Robert Jordan and in terms of world-building, the architecture is more of Medieval Europe while the food and the people feel South Asian.

The biggest charm of A Warrior’s Path book is how the author explores the affiliation between the Castes and their belief of purity. The traditional teachings prescribed societal rules and Castes in order to survive. While all the castes should be equal, there classes among them and this lead to economic and societal disparities. This leads to some fascinating family and political feuds. There’s plenty of intrigues, and the investigation and trial scenes in the book are quite engaging. You’ll love how the author constructs as well as deconstructs the themes of prejudice and purity. He successfully explores the different perspectives with their internalized prejudices and values. It’s always fascinating to see dialogue from people of different backgrounds and cultural clashes. Overall, A Warrior’s Path forms a solid start of contemporary epic fantasy. You will love Davis Ashura’s combination of Western fantasy tropes with Indian mythology to provide a thrilling story that ends on a big climax.

William Wilde and the Necrosed

Are you ready for some rollicking adventure full of magic and danger? If yes, look no further than the first book in the Chronicles of William Wilde series. The book opens up with a fatal car accident involving a four family members. Only one boy emerges from the wreck. It’s revealed that this it’s not your average car crash, but it was caused by a strange being known as Kohl Obsidian. Who or what obsidian is remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: he is evil and not human.

Several months later after the crash, we meet William Wilde, a high school senior and his group of friends, Daniel, Jason, and Lien. It’s the first day of school and William is requested to orientate a new student Serena Paradiso to the school life at St. Francis Academy. This charming student seems to fit in William’s group, but she has secrets of her own and a vital mission to fulfill.

When William comes to learn of the existence of a secret group of people who call themselves Asrasin and their magic, he’s both excited and skeptical, but when he’s informed that he has the potential to become one of them, his world is rocked. William, Jason, and Serena must fight for their lives against the invincible Kohl Obsidian while at the same time making a decision about their future. With secrets still uncontrolled amongst the friends, can the three somehow manage to unite and defeat the evil Kohl or will their secrets be their undoing?

Besides the evil prologue chapter in William Wilde and the Necrosed, the book also starts in a young adult territory as we see the main character navigate the often duplicitous pathways of high school life. Dealing with boring teachers, bullies, weekends with his friends, school sports, the first half of this series debut novel feels safe and familiar with every reader. The story is set in the late ’80s, and some of the pop culture references might feel misplaced for younger readers even though the story manages to maintain a timeless feel. Despite the familiarity, the author weaves suspense to keep the readers on the edge of their seats waiting for the other shoe to drop. The adventure goes zero to seventy in record time and maintains the pace to a satisfying conclusion. It’s filled with mythology, daring escapes, lore, heart-racing action and magic setting pace for an excellent book series.

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