An ancient conflict comes to light once more when an arctic tern crashes into a farm during its annual migration, and with it the estranged Lord of a magical race cursed with corruption and eternal wars. He saves the village from a devastating storm, but farmer Arnel isn't convinced of his goodness.
His daughter Illa wants to believe that a righteous destiny is in store to be fulfilled. After much debate, they depart on a journey to seek out the Empress of the Seers to learn of his fate, joined at various stages by Emiel the woodworker, Costin the pillager and Sade of the seer race. On the way, they encounter circumstances they would never dream of and foes too dangerous to defeat on their own... But they are going to be the least of their concerns when their morality and trust in one another become the ultimate test.
Plot: The storyline—a chance encounter that leads a young girl to embark on an adventure with a magical being—is familiar, but the addition of a vividly realized mythical backstory greatly enlivens the narrative.
Prose: The prose is first-rate, with evocative descriptions that finely establish the setting, characters, and realities of the fantasy realm.
Originality: While there are parallels to the mythologies being presented—especially Norse myths—the author's epic fantasy world is engrossing, believable, and well-established enough to support a series.
Character/Execution: Both major and minor characters are distinct, vital, and authentically portrayed.
Blurb: Fans of Tolkienesque epic fantasy will find themselves captivated by Chasser's storytelling and worldbuilding.
Date Submitted: August 06, 2020