Debonair, a witch from the Unspoken Lands, has meddled in the forbidden practice of magic and created an army of nightmarish proportions. When sixteen-year-old Astanyx and his two best friends return from a hunting trip to find their small town of Polca reduced to smoke and ash, they find themselves thrust into a battle for which they haven’t been trained.
With the help of his comrades, including an esteemed warrior, one of the last great wizards and a princess they’ve sworn to protect, Astanyx must fight to unite the kingdoms of the humans, dwarves and elves. He must ask forbidden questions that no one wants to answer, questions about Talimura’s dark history. As Debonair’s brutal warriors lay siege to the kingdoms, Astanyx is driven to pursue a fateful quest for a blade powerful enough to defeat the malevolent witch before she destroys the three kingdoms and unleashes an unspeakable ancient evil.
I would describe this book as epic fantasy lite. It is a YA quest story that is clean but violent. Exciting and fast, the action progresses quickly without a lot of complications. There is little political intrigue, which allows the story to focus on the good vs evil struggle.
The story isn’t as in depth as most epic fantasies, but in this case, I think it works. The story is more accessible to YA readers who might be scared off by the idea of a long and complicated story. For a fantasy story, the names are easy to read and the history of the world is easily understood.
There is no romance, but there are a few hints that one might develop in future books.
Overall, this is a great story for either readers who are new to fantasy quest stories, or are looking for a lighter version of the epic fantasies they are used to.
Challenges read for:
The Canadian Book Challenge 5
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012
2012 Ebook Challenge
2012 Self-Published Reading Challenge