- File Size: 2015 KB
- Print Length: 376 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lanedd Press; 2 edition (November 3, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 3, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GFB7AYW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,103,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The promise of excellent worldbuilding is kept. I was impressed both by the extent of the world and of the various entities that grew and thrived in those conditions, as well as the societies they formed and the traditions and beliefs developed as a result. This book is demanding in several ways, as the reader must keep track of terminology and the various players operating in the conflict, but McMahon has learned the lesson of subtly drawing a reader's attention to the important details and building on them as they are mentioned. The strangeness of the world becomes less strange but more wonderous since the environmental, biological, magical and cultural aspects of the story and seamlessly integrated and operate together.
In my opinion, there are some instances of first-novel clumsiness in terms of narration, but they don't distract from the story McMahon has begun to tell, so give it a try and explore the world he's made.
The Calvanni is set upon the world of Yos – a world where all metal is magical and cannot be forged. The weapons and armour must be made from natural materials and special ceramics – a nice point of difference from other novels I’ve read. The magic system has been well thought out and for those who like a lot magic in their reading, this book has plenty and some excellent battle sequences.
When the story opens the reader is plunged into the scene dealing with the assassination of the Sarlord of Athria. The depth of the political intrigue and old rivalries within the novel are quickly revealed. McMahon has also created a world with complex social and religious classes and many unusual animals.
This detail is one of the greatest strengths of The Calvanni, yet it may also be an initial obstacle to reading enjoyment for some. There is an array of unique terminology for this world within the novel. Fortunately, there is a glossary at the beginning of the book, which many may find useful. I actually enjoyed all the new terms and creatures that McMahon adds to the world of Yos – for me it added to its sense of authenticity. If you find this initially difficult, then persevere because your patience will reward you with a great read. The pace and the construction of the story are such that you just keep reading and pick up the terminology, or what is implied by it quickly.
On first glance the cover of The Calvanni seemed to me to be more akin to the type of illustration one would see on the cover of an romance novel that masquerades as epic fantasy – Don’t let that fool you because this is a high fantasy with some of the most original and intricate world building I have read in long while.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.