Shadows of Illyria is a dark fantasy novel. It is the first book of its series and is about Captain Herboren. He not only has orcs and scoundrels to fight but also has an inner dark feeling that is taking over his own judgment and behavior. While his elf friend tries to assist him she also appears to underestimate the situation with his powers and that is where the story takes an interesting turn.
What does include in this story is the background of each character and tale providing a good foundation for the sequel books that are to come after this book. The ‘Phantoms of war’ is reference to the war within the Captain and the struggle he faces in the changes that he experiences. You were constantly wondering how he is going to fix the situation or how is this going to affect the ending.
The literature was standard and possessed the descriptive nature in order to make it a fantasy world. I prefer a faster pace the one existing was not so bad.
I recommend this book to people who like horror and fantasy.