Dark Lord, by Ed Greenwood, is the first in the Falconfar Saga trilogy.
After a particularly bad dream, Rod Everlar finds himself pulled into a world of his own design. Rod is a writer of fantasy novels centering on a world called Falconfar. Three evil wizards now rule over the land, but Rod soon discovers that he is destined to be an even greater mage, the Dark Lord.
The premise alone sucked me into this story. And I loved the fact that when Rod gets sucked into his own story, he doesn’t automatically become the adept wizard and fighter that one might expect. Instead, he’s a bit clumsy and quite a coward. And the person who has to keep saving him is a maimed female.
There’s quite a large cast of characters, but a handy list of who’s who at the end of the book. Danger and action abound in this exciting fantasy novel. With vivid characters and an intense cliffhanger, Greenwood has written a creative world of magic and mystery.