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In Jonas, the author has created a believable character whose strength and goodness are developed convincingly throughout the story. Supporting characters are also intriguing and likable, particularly the craggy, legendary warrior Kiln. Relationships between the characters are realistic and affecting. The story moves at a steady pace with episodes of intense action - sometimes quite violent - erupting periodically. The most prominent aspect of McWhirter's writing talent is in his description. This author has the rare ability to paint a rich mental picture, transporting the reader to the imaginary world of Kraawn through words alone. As I read, I was struck by how easily I imagined each battle, each journey, and each conversation.
The Cavalier represents an excellent debut from Jason McWhirter. Shocking revelations near the end of the story promise an equally engaging and enjoyable read in the forthcoming second book of this trilogy. I look forward to reading more from this promising new author!
Paladin powers? Check: Paladins (or Cavaliers) are endowed with much the same abilities.
Evil gods? Check: this similarity even extends to the types of evil represented by the gods, as well as the their sigils (eg, a circle of thorns/barbed wire)
Good gods, many led by saints? Check: the protagonists patron saint/god is almost a female version of Gird from Elizabeth Moon's books.
A high ranking noble's son is captured and tortured? Check: the torture even matches that from Paksenarrion.
It's unusual for me to write reviews these past few months (too busy), but felt I should for this book. Overall, it's OK, but it's a pale imitation of the Deed of Paksenarrion; I'd recommend the original. This novel is ok, if you're a Paksenarrion fan looking for something derivative.
This book was an original take on the "coming of age" archetype. It had beautiful pacing and character development (well, of the lead character Jonas, anyway). I very much appreciated that the author took his time in training and building up Jonas to become the hero he eventually becomes. Battle scenes are intense and well executed. The magic system is very simple, but that doesn't detract from the story in any way.
Looking forward to the next book!
So this is a review from my 13 year old son. He honestly could not put this book down. Thank you for the adventure! Sincerely, Catharine French
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A coming of age adventure to love
If one cares to read the original better book Elizabeth Moon wrote it like a boss.