#Book Review


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#5 stars #fantasy #epic #war #magic #dragons




Three things that amazed me about this book was firstly the world building ~ from the opening scene to the end the author has left me in awe of his skill to create unusual and magical places. I can’t find anything to compare it too, Lord of the Rings comes to mind initially but it is too bland compared to the world that Author Aaron James Holland creates. Game of throne seems more accurate but once again it didn’t come close to the magical aspect of this world. To recreate for TV would be amazing a bit like seeing harry potter for the first time.


The second thing I loved about this book was the writing; at times it was almost poetic. Caz one of the High Elves really had a way with words, he spoke in riddles, and at times I wanted to strangle him but the overall effect of the writing left me enjoying every single word.


And finally the story, that had so many amazing characters, who were developed so well by the author.


Locke Trueheart is the main person and to me one of my favourite Characters in this story.  He’s a human prince but his magical abilities have never been seen before, he faces the most darkness throughout the story and heart ache.  His love story with the Dark Elf Lady Elindra is different yet it holds great value to the story. I just hope in book two that these two are reunited, I don’t want to give away too much but their future isn’t bright by the end of Book one.


My second favourite character would definitely be Narseria – the pale man, his story is intriguing as he doesn’t know who he is but as Tarlana finds him unconscious on the shore line and brings him back to health, he soon starts to display amazing abilities. Once again with this love story the ending in book one left me a little annoyed with Narseria, but I’m still rooting for him and Tarlana in Book two.

I also loved Aaradin who is also a human but with amazing magical abilities and he is being trained by Caz who I also loved. The opening scene of Aaradin bringing the city above water was stunning.

Throughout the story we meet so many magical creatures.

Orcs, Dragons, Trolls and Dark Elf’s, giants and dwarves, Elf’s of light, humans.  The one I hate the most of course goes to Lord Obsidius and it mostly shows how evil he is as we move closer to the end of the book.  The story is only warming up for a battle that will be like no other.

I am also very intrigued to find out what happens with the Giants of Tyrius and who they will stand with.

Overall this story was one of love, war and loyalty. I would highly recommend it to all Lord of the Rings and Game of Throne lovers. It’s an epic fantasy tale that’s only beginning.