Review: The Warden Threat by D.L. Morrese – humourous science fiction

The Warden Threat, Book #1 of Defying Fate

by D.L. Morrese

Genre: Science Fiction

Review by Kate Policani

Prince Donald is an “extra prince”, a fourth child and third son in the Royal Family of Westgrove.  He is treated like a child and considered to be a consolation for the queen so she has someone to mother. Donald longs to become a hero and matter in the world. He is permitted to tour the country and attempt his heroics with the guidance of Kwestor, an experienced ranger and pessimist. Along his journey, Donald’s view of life expands with each day. He learns to view the people of his country as people, not just a mass of peasants. He learns about laundry and cooking, and at last, adventure. He also learns much about disappointment. Muce, a “Notso” (not so tall as the tallfolk, not so fair as the fairfolk) joins him along the way and helps him connect with the people of the kingdom. The three stumble at last upon adventure, and Donald leads them out of the country to discover the truth about “The Warden”, a great stone statue said to possess great powers. What they learn is not what Donald expected, but is nonetheless, a true threat.

DL Moresse has woven a complex tale about adventure, not of action, but of truth and life. Donald, a typical bored teen, is slapped in the face by reality.

DL’s book is filled with dry, ironic humor that adds to the sense of growing up and finding depth in the world. Subtly, through the idiocy of some characters and the wisdom of others, he guides the prince through the grim but amusing realizations about life.

It seems that this book might be labeled “Volume One” rather than “Book One” because the book ends just Donlad discovers the true threat. Usually this kind of ending makes me highly resentful, but not with The Warden Threat. It was so full of the prince’s maturing, interesting characters, and a realistically broad country that I didn’t feel cheated by not hearing an ending. Life doesn’t end after twenty one chapters anyway, does it?

The tone of the book is funny, but not giggly or “LOL” funny. Irony is thick. Silly and stupid things happen, but they have too much purpose and truth to really cut up about. The thinking stops the laughing, because everything Donald does, we have probably done and don’t want to admit it. I loved Donald for his naiveté and earnest desire to do dumb things.

The Warden Threat was a broadening and reflective read without being heavy. I really enjoyed it!

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About the Reviewer:

Kate Policani is a compulsive writer and avid reader from Seattle. She has a wild imagination and an addiction to reading and writing. What better combination of the two than writing reviews? Her hobby is exploring and analyzing all kinds of stories. She uses them like a literary chemistry set to examine a variety ideas and concepts and to fuel her own writing. The Science Fiction and Fantasy genres are her favorites because the exciting flights of fancy make a thrilling plot. Every day is filled with the stories of those around us, especially in this information age. It is her passion to find what stories inspire her and others, and why they inspire. She is a very busy lady with three kids who all have crazy imaginations too, but she always finds time to read and write. Read more reviews by Kate at and read more about her writing at

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