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Wee’s ambitious, fast-paced, medieval-styled fantasy thriller captures the imagination as much as it holds the heart hostage to the plights of a number of protagonists who are as well developed in character as any real, living person. Secret orders and brotherhoods, wizened sages and mages, stealthy assassins and spies … All are convincingly real. Likewise, each is impacted and influenced by a plethora of royal schemes and clerical plots turned upside-down! Like any conglomeration of kingdoms that is on the brink of war and great upheaval—think “Game of Thrones”, Wee’s world is affected by mad kings, scheming sorcerers, a religious community gone amok, pillaging pirates, and unassuming but wizened women who seem to hold all the cards.
In the midst of all this adventure, stand three teens whom one can’t help but feel a close connection to; Twig, Connie, and Frankie who are all intimately tied together by a single horrifying circumstance. The reader develops a vested interest in these three fast-friends, and as they escape the bounds of their wretched lives and search for their true places in the world, Wee provides glimpses of their dark and mysterious pasts, as well as their possible futures. All of their fates depend on an enigmatic man called Darby—who seems to be a person with much more influence than he lets on, and his sidekick, Wagner. One can’t help but press their knuckles to the saddle-horn as we ride along with Darby and Wagner. As they assume responsibility for two of the wayward teens, they swashbuckle their way through each other’s homelands collecting intel, saving innocents, turning up long-lost kin, and—above all—protecting the future of the realm.
Technically, Wee’s sentence structure is a bit fractured, but her brilliance shines through as she weaves a complex tale of espionage and intrigue in which the original identities of the characters are in constant flux—swapping out as quickly as one can wave down a dwarfish server in the pirate hideout known as “Stronghold” to order a pint of ale! Throughout Wee’s saga, no one is who they seem to be, and the anticipation of resolving a major conflict between good and evil will have you sitting on the edge of your seat biting your nails. This is a glorious ride, and I simply cannot wait to read the next chapter of this exceptional novel series!
Note: I must warn the reader that some situations in this novel are violent, and there is strong sexual content that may trigger unwanted reactions in survivors of sexual and/or physical abuse. I recommend that the reader be of an appropriate age (over 17) in order to deal with these types of situations.
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Unfortunately, beyond that, I found that the writing got repeatedly in the way of the story. Verb form errors and word repetition in sentences were the points that caught my attention out of the plot most often, but beyond the technical side, I found the incredible series of coincidences stretched my credulity, not least the renegade sea captain able to capture all the necessary resources to gather, arm, feed, and hide, an army and a navy—and then accidentally capture the one ship carrying his long-lost prince to lead them.
There is also an interesting dichotomy in character reactions. One of our teenaged heroes is raped by the bad guys in the opening chapters of the book, and he goes off on a mission of revenge. Multiple women are raped throughout the story, but they're able to brush it off and don't even need the services of a healer - their reaction, approximately, can be summarised as 'after all, it happens a lot'. It seemed like a consistently implausible reaction that nagged at me through the book.
Overall, I came out of this story feeling that a strong developmental and copy edit, and a little more work on character depth, could really transform this book and allow it to live up to its full potential.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.