Wow, I love this book. If anyone likes original fantasy worlds, you definitely want to check out this story. It’s not overly fantastical to the point you can’t identify with it, but it’s unique and complex with a rich history woven into the different peoples and kingdoms. Think more Game of Thrones than Harry Potter use of magic – it’s dark, and not at all pretty.
The characters are great, unique, and assorted enough in their goals and motivations that you kind of bounce around with sympathies as the story unfolds. Ian Troy is a complicated, tortured hero — one of my favorite types of protagonists to find in a novel — and seeing the whole story through his eyes (I think, if I’m remembering correctly) never gets boring. Even the minor characters who encounter, fight, or join him along his journey are equally fleshed out, and I love how their connections grow over time.
The writing itself is excellent. Smart, clever, funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful – it’s all there, as far as I’m concerned. And I can’t imaging the pages and pages of notes the author must’ve had to keep the timelines and details straight. The backstory/history is weaved in so well that it never distracts from the forward progression of the story, and you get a better and better idea about these places.
I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
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