I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is just a prologue for a series, so it’s not very long at all. It’s about three chapters worth of a story.
It might be a little bit too short. I haven’t read the rest of the series, only this, and at times it felt rushed. There was often little description of their surroundings, so I could get lost. Sometimes descriptions didn’t actually give me a picture of what to see. For example, when Tredan is in his shop and summons a ghost, it says this:
He wore a Sciomancer’s old-fashioned Church vestments and had empty eyes.
I could see the empty eyes, but I have absolutely no idea what that outfit looks like in this fantasy world.
There’s also the issue of those fantasy names. Like “Arnl’jhott”. I have no idea how to pronounce that.
Besides that, it’s a good setup. It’s in what looks like a high fantasy world. While so much was happening in these chapters, sometimes without much explanation, but the time I finished the third chapter I had an idea of what kind of world this was and some basic overall premises. There’s some sort of Church. It’s evil and manipulative. The main character used to be part of it and has left. There’s constant magic, etc.
I could see this being a prologue for a good book. Maybe if you want to see if you’re interested in reading the series but you aren’t sure, pick this up and see if it appeals to you. It’s short, it gets a decent amount of information out in a long time, and it’s not riddled with errors or anything. If you’re looking for a high fantasy, or if you’ve read the story this is related to, I’d say go ahead and buy it.
I give it a 8/10.