Melissa McPhail (author of Cephrael’s Hand) is running a book contest where you can win two $50 Amazon gift cards and an autographed copy of his book. Read on to find out how.
“All things are composed of patterns…” And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross:
In Alorin… three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor’s brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D’Lacourte’s mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he’ll have to find him.
In the kingdom of Dannym… the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord.
In the Nadori desert…tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them. Honor-bound to serve the First Lord in return for his life, Trell continues on his appointed path, yet each day unveils new and stranger secrets that eventually call into question everything he knows.
Here’s my book review and thoughts of what I have read so far…
I love the cover because it really captures the power of patterns and Adepts in a beautiful way.
I usually don’t like books which contain several character’s journeys in completely different places as it is a tad confusing but it works well here. I also liked the name Trell of the Tides. It pictures Trell and his association with water.
I also usually don’t like books which need a glossary and have loads of characters which I find hard to keep track of but it was expertly formatted with hyperlinks from the words in the book to the corresponding page in the glossary which helped a lot and I thought was really clever.
All in all it was a really good book which I hope to finish soon. It has the feel of an epic fantasy with sorcery and magic, (patterns) different kingdoms which warrants a map which you can zoom-in on (I liked that a lot) and the epic struggle between good and evil.