(Due to length see the blurb at the end of the review.)
I really enjoyed this book but there was one thing that kept bugging me as I read it. The main characters name – Hellsfire.
It never grew on me. Sure I could stop thinking about it to enjoy the book. But it bugged me.
It just seems so unoriginal. Which sounds harsh but given how original the book is and how refreshing of a read it is. It’s not as harsh as it sounds.
I wanted a book I could escape into after a long few days, this was that book.
I loved the characters in this book. They were well written rounded people who were either easily likeable or not depending on which side you were on.
I loved the banter back and forth between characters, as much as I loved the relationships between them. They were honest and complicated, making them all feel very real.
The plot is well thought out and solid. When the author throws a curve ball you don’t see it coming until your picking your jaw up off the floor.
It’s a quick read at just over 200 pages. (Especially after losing track of time not able to put it down.) I would love to have seen it be a bit longer. The ending felt a bit rushed at times.
Rushed or not, the book really is well done and absolutely worth the read.
One of favourite books this year.
Marc Johnson can definitely hold his own in the fantasy genre.
I wish this book was out in paperback, because the re-read value is amazing.
I’m looking forward to book 2.
For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace.
Far from home, Alexandria’s princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in to rescue her, alone and unarmed. His fear and fury unleash an uncontrollable magical force that grants him the power to save the princess—and change the world.
Hellsfire has never craved nor dreamed of power. But such magic as he now possesses has not been seen in Northern Shala for a thousand years, since the devastation of the War of the Wizards and the creation of the Wastelands.
Now Hellsfire must leave all he’s ever known, and make a dangerous journey to learn to master this wild, ferocious power—power he knows he is not ready to wield. More difficult still, he needs to master his emotions. If he can’t, the power will consume him, Alexandria will fall, and darkness will eclipse the land, destroying everyone he loves.
In the dead of cold, the spark shall burn…
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*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.