The Plight of Steel

The Next Best Fantasy Novel

The Plight of Steel is a seven-hundred page High-fantasy novel detailing the stories of multiple kingdoms embroiled in inner turmoil. In a world where a lucky few are gifted one of three magical gifts,  a hierarchy develops that benefits the powerful, and stomps on the weak. Read eight separate, yet interconnected story lines, each centered around one of the many kingdoms of the Known World. 

A Monumental Achievement

Written when it’s author was only sixteen years old, this book stands as a triumphant example of what is possible for young people. The tone, diction, and storytelling quality surpass what you might expect from a young author, and you are sure to be amazed by how mature and knowledgeable, relatable, and current this tale truly is. 

Praise for The Plight of Steel

True fans of fantasy, hop on this book for the time of your life. Tony Del Degan's "Plight of Steel" [is] the future of novels as we know them. Setting up high standards for young adult authors to come. Good things coming for you in the future, Tony Del Degan, keep at it. YYC is being put on the map by young adult authors like you.

David O'Rourke


Amazing read! I would totally recommend this book. It’s thrilling and exciting. Most of all it is important to support young authors like Tony.



Wow... this book is worth the read. To be honest I'm not a consistent fan of this genre yet the author has breathed some serious light, shadow and colour into these characters. Loads of themes that are tightly interwoven throughout the story... abuse of power, the rough road to compromise, learning to own your gifts... for me, all this led to a very engaging story and an easy read. If this is the first novel for Tony Del Degan then I so look forward to seeing where this takes him.

Nicholas Luff


I don’t usually read books, but this really peaked my interest and made me want to continue reading, and before I knew it, I was done the book.



The Author

Tony Del Degan is a young adult author, screenwriter, playwright, film director, and actor. The Plight of Steel was his first novel, and he worked on it for nearly two years before finally publishing it. He has a unique skill for writing that far surpasses what would be expected of someone his age, and his creative mind is always working, coming up with new and engaging stories. 

Go Have a Look

So go take a look on Amazon. If you are missing a well-written, in depth fantasy series with tons of characters, story lines, and webs of conspiracy, murder, war, and intrigue right now, this is the book for you.