I got a complimentary copy of that one from the author in exchange for an honest review – thank you!
A motherless boy travelling alone to a foreign country. A ruthless dragon destroying his village. An annalist trying to uncover true beginnings of the Scourge of Bodig. Listen to a tale of Kirin D’Velt later known as Aeden, a Thane Sagan boy with snow-white hair. Kirin was a kovor’s son (so a kind of a princeling) , a fearless leader and a man widely feared. Still before that he had been just an orphaned kid, a disappointment to his father and the cause of death of his mother. How did he shape himself into a warrior? At the beginning of his road there were two months of solitude, a period of drug-induced madness and hunting for a shroud cat. And a dragon.
What I liked:
The maps – very detailed and rather professionally done. It is always a plus in a fantasy novel if the author can show you the actual shape and size of their new world.
Draccus fiends. Dragons. For me an epic fantasy without a dragon is like a cat without a tail. I am proud to say this cat had a tail, no problem. Ok, maybe that tail was a bit too short…
The protagonist. Kirin/Aeden was fun to follow around even if he was sometimes so predictable.
What I didn’t like:
One or two cases of split infinitives (an example: “He even spent some time figuring out how to most comfortably wear everything”).
Typos ( examples: “Aeden quickly grew found of Adel.” “one shouldn’t steel water from the hand that measures it.”).
The monastery scenes – most of them were boring. I wanted dragons I got monks instead, too many monks to be honest – not fair. Apart from that the pace of the narration was sometimes too slow. I understand it is the first part of a series with much more to come but still…
Finally the names of people and places could have been more original. If I read about a monk called Neri and I find out he is, surprise, surprise, black, I wonder why did he need such a telltale name. Just my biased opinion.
A solid beginning of a series – if it only was a bit faster, with fewer monks and more dragons, I would truly like it.