Fantasy published September 7, 2014
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Synopsis from Goodreads
A continent on the verge of war.A boy who is destined to become a legend.A truth waiting to be uncovered.A powerful coming-of-age tale of a young man destined to become one of the most powerful men Verold has ever known.It’s a unique tale of adventure, adversity, and strength. Written with the hand of a poet and the heart of a warrior. The book’s action and depth will astound as the reader delves deeper into the masterful world painted in detailed strokes.
I just finished this book this morning and I really, really enjoyed it. I would have to say that fantasy is one of my favorite genres and this fits in well with some of my favorite books. This has the makings of a great epic fantasy series based on this first book.
This is the story of a young boy, his name is Kirin when we first meet him close to the age of 13, but he does seem to be older than we know him to be. He is the Kovor's son, in line to be the next kovor of his village, but before he can do this he must complete the trials. These are trials that the young men must go through at a certain age. He completes the first 2 trials and is sent out for the 3rd, which is much harder and longer than the others. Upon his completion of this trail he will be give his new name Aeden, which is what he is know by through the remainder of the book. Aeden returns from this last trial to find this his world has been shattered and this is really where his journey begins. This is just the beginning of the trials that he will endure.
The world building in this book is fantastic and very descriptive. They characters are just as well built/developed over the course of the book. We are in the midst of a foreign world in what seems to be a long ago time, but it feels very real and complex in it's diversity. The book is told in 3rd person mostly from Aeden's point of view, but we get a couple of chapters from the POV of a man known only as the Annalist. I took him to be someone who uncovers and records history. We don't know much about him other than that he is looking for something in Aeden's past or trying to uncover something about him. It's not until the end that we find out who has hired him, but it's still not clear where he is in the timeline. He knows more about Aeden than we do so he's further along in time than we are.
The writing is excellently done, it has almost a lyrical quality to it at times and it's just beautiful to read. I am not sure exactly where the story is going or what Aeden's quest is. At this point we are going along with him as he is becoming a man, but it's clear that he has a greater purpose even if he doesn't know what it it quite yet. I think he has a ways to go still and even though he seems to have faced so much already I feel like things are going to get worse for him before they get better.
I quite enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next book, I just hope we don't have to wait too long! If you enjoy fantasy then I recommend this book for sure.
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for my honest review.*