What a great book. It started a little slow for me, but once he got going it never stopped. A character driven amazing story. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy. He is right up there with Tolkien and Martin. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well written, has similarities to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
From back cover: Born into generations of prosperity, the four royal children of the Akaran dynasty know little of the world outside their opulent island paradise. But when an assassin strikes at the heart of their power, their lives are changed forever.
Forced to flee to distand corners and separated against their will, the children must navigate a web of hidden allegiances, ancient magic, foreign invaders, and illicit trade that will challenge their very notion of who they are. As they come to understand their true purpose in life, the fate of the world rests in their hands.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Acacia has a large, prosperous empire in which many people live pretty well - but there's a serious dark side: the secret trade of slaves for drugs the empire conducts with a distant, largely mysterious nation. The king abhors the trade, but is himself addicted to the imported drug; he endeavors at least to try to clean up some of these problems before his children come to power, for their sake. All Acacian plans go out the window when the Mein arrive on their quest for vengeance and conquest.
The story has some familiar epic fantasy elements - I could compare it to A Song of Ice and Fire - but Durham puts enough twists in that it feels fresh and exciting again. One bit I particularly loved is what he did with the old trope, "Oh, our ancestors want us to take vengeance, so what can you do?" When the Mein say this, they mean it literally: their ancestors are all stored up in a big sacred warehouse, and they are most definitely capable of giving their descendants orders. I also liked that for the conflict near the end (trying to be vague here), I honestly could not guess who was going to win.
I just got the second book in the series and am very much looking forward to finding out what happens after the major shake-up at the end of the first.
The first thing i must say is its refreshing to get a book, (especially one you paid full price for) that has great font and spacing. I cannot see as well as most people, And the font style in this book was really nice. It kinda went with the theme of the book in a way, Great start to a wonderfull series. Its a large book but i breezed through it, Face paced and exciting. I loved the royal childrens stories, didnt care much for the other characters, but it was mostly about the children anyways.
Theres alot of information to absorb but its worth it! I found myself making a few notes along the way of whos who so i wouldnt get confused. . The story is solid. I enjoyed this and like i said I will be getting the remaining books in the series as soon as they are printed.
Very different but decent fantasy novel. Every cliche approaching quickly steers you in the other direction!
Its good i give it 3.5 out of 5 stars