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Book Review: Umlingo the Rogue Warlock by Khala Grace

Updated: Feb 2, 2023


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Sanibonani! Umlingo at your service. Who has the pleasure of meeting the future 'King of Knaves'? Krystallia holds many secrets and with secrecy comes hidden treasure. No, I'm not talking about mere gold, but magical amulets, weapons which are attuned to the elements, and other items that have been previously seen as myth. Unfortunately, in the search of one particular lore, I find myself captive by a beautiful, but intimidating, noblewoman of the Sumerki Elves. How can I rid myself of an enchanted tower? Alas, I must shake the hands of a Teufel and become indebted to a devil!

My Review

Umlingo the Rogue Warlock is a fantasy web novel by Khala Grace about a elf rogue who goes on a long journey through a world of wonder, and danger. It is a story that will stay with me for a while to come as the descriptions and stories leave a lasting mark on my soul.

The story follows Umlingo, a elven thief who in an attempt to escape a bounty on his head, ends up getting himself in adventure after adventure. Each time he settles in a new place, something happens, and he ends up having to move on. The story shows off so many places, and so many people, and it is clear that the Author had fun creating these places and people for Umlingo to meet.

In terms of creativity in style, something I always like to point out, Grace has done something very interesting that I love. All throughout the story she has woven dialog not in English, the point being that Umlingo can not understand it. Yet at the same time, somehow, its is understandable due to contextual clues, and when it is no, due to explicit translations. I love it when Authors do something interesting and unusual with the way they write or present their work, and this fits into that nicely.

The story has a nice pace to it. Not too fast, but not too slow either. Years sometimes pass in the span of a few pages, but it does not make it seem like much was missed. At the same time, when life does proceed at a regular pace, it is slowed to a point where you can really feel what is going on. This makes it an enjoyable read that allows for the reader to understand what is going on.

Overall, I would give Umlingo the Rogue Warlock a 5 out of 5 stars. It was an enjoyable read, with an author who dared stray from the norm and do something interesting in their presentation. This story has earned that five stars from me.

On this site I tend to hand out bonus stars. Bonus stars are when an author goes above and beyond what they should do, and does something spectacular and amazing. So lets go over the list of bonus stars:

X - Outstanding level of notable diversity and representation among the characters

- Hooked from the very start

⭐ - Extreme in-depth world building

X - Big emotional feels

⭐ - High Levels of Excitement

⭐ - Keep on Guessing

So that's 5 out of 7 Bonus stars.

You can follow the Author on Twitter at @Khala_Grace

That's all from me fellow book lovers.

~ Caleb Teal, Author and Founder

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