It isn't easy writing a fantasy/adventure novel. I say that from personal experience, having written several myself (under one pseudo or an other) and, each time, half way through (or even before that), realizing that I'd possibly bit off more than I could chew. It requires a good-good-good deal of imagination and concentration to construct, in literary format, a whole separate world/dimension, inhabited by places and characters that, more often than not, have nothing whatsoever to do with the universe in which you and I (AKA the reader) exist.
Unlike science-fiction which at least comes with some "scientific" parameters - an editor once having explained to me how a form-changer of mine simply couldn't stretch the laws of physics by converting into a shape containing more mass than the form-changer had in its original format - fantasy worlds come complete with defy-all-science dragons that breathe fire, wizards that turn base metal into gold, and magicians who can metamorphose flesh, or freeze-time, or transport from one phantasmal plane to another. In fantasy, there is always the fine line that has to be walked by an author, or his readers will sneer when they should be excited, will laugh when they should be frightened, will be distracted when they should be engrossed, will be so unable to associate with the worlds and characters created that they'll remain unbelievers from beginning to end and, thus, be excluded from the equation which should have included them from the get-go.
Luckily for fantasy fans, Duane Simolke in his new book (with Toni Davis), THE RETURN OF INNOCENCE spins an all-involving tale of fantasy worlds in turmoil, fratricidal wizards, deposed blood lines, Male versus Female, Good versus Evil, degradation versus Innocence ... dragons and spells running amuck ... that pulls in the reader as successfully as the sorcerer(s) of the story (more than one) cast spells to propel unlucky exiles through time and space.
Simolke, the author of the sci-fi DRAGANON and the editor of THE ACORN GATHERING (the latter's author royalties donated to the American Cancer Society - making it a should-be buy, even if it wasn't worth the price of admission), has once again proved himself an engrossingly successful story-teller, this time in a genre that many writers try to master but usually fail.