Book Review: The Druid's Call by E.K. Johnston

 My book review of The Druid's Call by E.K. Johnston.

Title: The Druid's Call

By: E.K. Johnston

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 304

Release Date: February 28th, 2023

Publisher: Random House Worlds

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

Discover Doric’s powerful druid origins in this thrilling young adult prequel to the film Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.

An original YA novel, set before the events of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.

For as long as she can remember, Doric has felt alone. Abandoned by her human parents, she wandered for years before being taken in by a community of Neverwinter Woods elves. But her horns and tail proclaim a tiefling heritage, and even among the kindest of elves, her fledgling druidic abilities mark her as different from the rangers around her. And as humans begin to encroach farther and farther into the once pristine woods, Doric knows she needs to master her druidic capabilities if she is to be any help to her adopted family. With no means of helping Doric themselves, her guardians see no choice but to send her somewhere she can come into her own.

Tucked among the ancient pines of the Ardeep Forest hides the Emerald Enclave, an order of warriors tasked with preserving the natural world. They fight to maintain balance between the forces of the wild and civilization, and in doing so, protect the sanctity of each.

Among their order, Doric begins to find power in her differences. But not all her fellow initiates are so capable of new growth, and as her training continues, Doric is forced to confront the very beliefs that brought her into the Enclave’s fold. If she’s going to protect her home, she’ll have to reckon with her people, her power, and the walls she’s built to keep herself safe from both.


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Ever since the Dungeon's and Dragon's movie came out, I've really enjoyed reading more about this world and the characters that are in it. This book gives some back story on the druid, Doric and its a wonderful story that deepens her character even more.

There's a lot of wonderful world building and story behind Doric's journey, but it also has the humor those of us who loved the movie have come to cherish. I absolutely loved it. E.K. Johnston does it again.

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