These are two very talented writers. I have linked their names to sample of their individual works so that you can experience first hand what I have said. Forgive the digression.
When I read the prologue, I was enthralled. The story begins with an ambitious young man who seeks the aid of the supernatural to fulfil his destiny. It had been said, that he would be the most powerful of all. (I am paraphrasing). He is not mentioned until very close to the end of the book. I don’t do spoilers. Basically, the Sword of Power is very important to his quest for power. He finally gets it, although it is difficult to tell how, as that is one part of the story likely to be told in subsequent books.
It is a story of war, love, strength, cunning, ambition, religion, greed. It does have a rich plot though the characters could have been better developed. I understand that this is the first instalment of the remainder of the books, but it made the characters forgettable. The intermittent use of flashbacks interrupted the flow of the story. It almost seemed like you had to go back to the point where the flash back was introduced to pick up from where you left off.
I would have wished for better dialogues. There was more of narration of what the character’s thoughts as opposed to revealing their nature through their dialogues. The reader is not permitted to have a perception of the character instead he is told what the character is like.
That said, you can’t help but get immersed in the plot. It is like quicksand. There is no treading softly. You get caught up in it whether you like it or not. Where the dialogue of the characters are lacking, the narration leaves you with the feeling that you are looking at a series of paintings. Vivid descriptions in rich language transport you back in time to a time of war and blood. A time where the strong grew stronger
and the weak were crushed in their paths.
I appreciate Joshua for letting me lay my hands on a copy of the book. I am very honoured (yes) to do this review even though I practically insisted on it. I am proud of you.