Reviewed by: Douglas C. Meeks
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Well I was not sure what I was getting with this novel but it turns out it is a bit of epic fantasy mixed with a bit more romance than something like “The Lord Of The Rings”.
While I was enjoying the story the similarity of names and the random use of shortened forms and even a nickname a few times made it harder to read than it ever should have been.
Basically, we have a story where it becomes hard to say who is actually evil, the present evil seems more like a result of the present “good guys” (for lack of a better term) past misdeeds.
As with all epic fantasy we have the epic battle and the tragic sacrifices but we do get a fairly well-done story even if a bit verbose at times. I must admit that at times I felt like I was wading through this book to get to the next “good” parts but we never got to the level of the color of grass and the hardness of rocks as Tolkien did in his massive epic.
All things considered I enjoyed it but even with the shortened length I did a bit of scanning and lost little if anything, this would seem to have been a good candidate for a very good longer novel than a multi-volume story but a better editor would be required.
4 Stars because at the end of the book I was entertained, I was not stuck with a cliff-hanger ending but a bit of a tease to see what comes next so 4 Stars it is and unlike most epic fantasy, this first novel can be read and enjoyed for its own contents and not a partial story although there are a few important things that most readers will want to pursue into the next book but my fear is that this is a story that could produce a good second book but if it tries to become a trilogy I fear we will see a much weaker book in the future.