I am a huge fan of stories that take me along for the ride. I like larger than life characters, feats of derring do, magic, passion. They make for a great time. When I started reading "The Hero Will Always Win" I half expected a tongue in cheek take on the Fantasy Genre. What I got was something decidedly more serious, at times dark and sad but an impressive effort nonetheless.
Robert Eaton, a self described rock and wrestling fan opens his novel with a bang, taking the reader right into the heart of the action. The novel is a sweeping story with a wide variety of characters - some of them prototypical fantasy characters like Lord Niall Lionne and his son Darcy and others, like Brianna, the woman in red, the female Knight Carys and Arabella Dorian that are cut from a slightly different cloth.
Using a basic good versus evil motif (the Knights of the Citadel pitted against the Heathens and deadly Warlocks) Eaton takes the reader on a wild ride with rampaging warlocks, hordes of heathens and a cast of seeming thousands. The combat scenes stood out in particular for me because they reminded me of R.A. Salvatore. Detailed and visceral would be the best way to describe it. The Hero Always Wins is a fun first effort into what promises to be a wide, wild world.
Being that this is an independently produced novel there are a few grammatical issues at the beginning and the first act has a lot of characters and unfamiliar customs to get used to. But I found that as the story progressed I was drawn into and even found a few interesting twists that kept me guessing.
All in all I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the story and you definitely get your money's worth. I am eagerly anticipating the next story in the series and I think Robert Eaton is an author I will look forward to reading for some time to come.