Every fantasy lover should be reading this book! Paddren, Varnia, and Leyoch have been friends since childhood. Paddren has been training to be a wizard under the tutelage of Kalesh. Varnia is the huntmistress for Baron Harkai, having been trained by Reaun, who took her in after her parents’ death. Leyoch is an assistant to Paddren and Kalesh, and madly in love with Varnia. But the day the Nagra appears will change everything….
Suddenly Kalesh is dead and Paddren is appointed to replace him as the Baron’s wizard. Reaun loses an arm in the battle with the Nagra and Varnia must take over all his duties. And Leyoch embarks on the secret mission that Kalesh had been preparing him for. After Leyoch successfully uncovers a secret organization of evil wizards, all 3 find themselves running for their lives while using all their skills to take down the organization and destroy Fetter Cairn, the mastermind behind it all.
There are so many things to love about this story. First, the characters: I found each of them to be beautifully crafted. The reader gets to know them gradually as the story moves with grace from one to another. Second, the relationships: Here too, the author has been expert at portraying not only the affection between them but the intensity that bonds them together even when they feel they have been betrayed by each other. Each one seems to sense that their destiny is tied to the others and to overcoming the evil threatening to destroy their world. Third, the setting: the world is which the story takes place is brilliantly described even as the action moves from one location to another. When I was reading I felt like this author’s imagination knew no limits, whether she was describing the real world or the spirit world, it was easy to feel like I was there watching it all unfold. Fourth, the villain: Fetter Cairn is as evil as wizards can be and the author makes no effort to whitewash his character. This guy puts Satan to shame in my opinion, but I loved the contrast between him and our trio, who are not painted as a bunch of goody-two-shoes types but as individuals trying to bring good to the world while at the same time working to overcome their own flaws.
Overall, I found this story to be crafted to perfection. This may very well be the best fantasy genre book I have ever read. A brilliant debut novel!
Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!
Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.
She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.
Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.