- File Size: 2888 KB
- Print Length: 433 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: By the Light Books (September 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075BK8436
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Akrad's Children (Akrad's Legacy series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There are secrets and suspicions that run rampant as the story progresses around the children (grandchildren) of the wicked Akrad. This magician has tried to twist siblings Dinnis and Ista into his puppets that he hopes to use to bring down the Kapok (King) of the realm. But, his plans thus far have failed. Although, as the years roll on, the seeds of this usurping may still come out and work the magic he intended... or will they?
There are a few mistakes through the story (typos, doubling up of words), but are not detrimental to this gripping tale and easily ignored. This is also part of a series, but can be read just fine on its own. The only trouble is, you will have to wait for the next installment. Graveyard Hill: Includes Bonus short story: Any Bloody Idiot
We find no hastily cobbled-together world, but a fully developed one with geography, history, regions, languages, multiple cultures and races. It’s a world fragmented by civil war. The leader we follow, Rokkan of the Tamrin, reminds me of Henry VII of England, striving desperately to hold an unruly kingdom together. Rokkan will sacrifice anything to this end, even his own happiness. Generous, funny, prideful and sometimes cruel, Rokkan is determined to make the kingdom safe for his son, Mannok.
The story is told through the viewpoints of Mannok, the prince given every advantage; Ista, princess in her Nolmec homeland demoted to lady’s maid in the Tamrin capital; and mixed-racial Dinnis, Ista’s brother. Dinnis is unforgettable. Like the young Harry Potter, he’s alone and abused. Unlike Harry, he doesn’t find solace in friendship since his skin color marks him as different from everyone around him. He has to seek his own values and purpose in life without guidance or love, a magnificent journey that had me cheering him on.
This first book in the series has a satisfying ending. I look forward to the next volumes by the talented Jeanette O’Hagan.
I’ll keep this spoiler free. Three things matter to me: that the writing flows, the characters feel real and the plot is entertaining. This novel ticks the box for all three and has the bonus of a well-drawn and exotic feeling fantasy world that manages to be both fresh yet familiar enough that I felt at home. My concerns about trope overload were unfounded. Oh and Dinnis is a brilliant character!
Is it a perfect novel? No, though I couldn’t point to any great flaw and I enjoyed it. I’d give it a 9/10 if I could but that still means it’s deserving of 5 stars. I suppose my reluctance to say 10/10 is because I’m a bit tired of series and this is clearly meant to be the start of one, though it has a satisfying ending. If you’re looking for a well-written, original, and gripping fantasy story this one will give you all of that.
I would venture to say that this story is more about the character’s, the events that brought them together and the things that might tear them apart. This story is well told and plays upon situations often faced in today’s real world. Prejudices of race and background are a common theme within this tale and well woven into the storyline.
There is not much along the lines of magic or the common tropes of fantasy, so if you expect a lot of spells and dragons, you won’t find them here. What you will discover is a delightful story that will leave waiting anxiously for the next book.
There are a number of editing issues, occasionally throwing me out of the story, but not so bad that you will get lost or confused. Overall I would suggest this book to anyone wanting good characters, a fine storyline, and none of the gratuitous sex or unnecessary language found in some other books.
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