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The Seven Stars (Crowns of Silver & Ash) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 24, 2015
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By day JOSHUA HAMPTON is a mild-mannered associate creative director for an advertising agency. By night he’s a fantasy writer who finds his muse in everything from Anglo-Saxon epic poetry to Appalachian folklore. His fantasy work has been featured in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Aphelion and Mirror Dance, among others. He is also editor for the English football club Chelsea’s stateside newsletter. Joshua lives with his wife, children, two dogs and the occasional fish in Lanesville, Indiana. Crowns of Silver and Ash is his debut novel. To learn more, visit www.JoshuaHampton.com
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However, I found other aspects less well-developed. The centre of the story is the Sons’ attack on the Silver City, and their crusade to destroy all seven Cities; aside from a general understanding that the Seven Cities had done something unmentionable to the Sons’ ancestors, I found myself at the end of this first book still somewhat unclear on the cause of the conflict, the exact properties of the various relics guarded by the cities, and, to be honest, even on how long ago said atrocity took place. The Seven Cities were apparently at peace plenty long enough to let their guard down, but the Sons were clearly polishing some serious revenge meanwhile.
There is also a mystery around the topic of music; the Sons despise and avoid it, except when they themselves sing; the Eirkfolk require music to speak, and there’s a strong implication that music carries some power in the world of Crowns of Silver and Ash that doesn’t come completely clear. While this book is the first in a series and ends abruptly enough to qualify as a cliff-hanger, I would have appreciated a few more hints on this to hook me into a second book.
Overall, there were most certainly strong points in this book, and the author clearly put a great deal of thought into his creation, but I didn’t find that the story really drew me in. Some of that is because of the vagueness I mentioned above, and partly because the pacing in some areas had me resisting the urge to page-flip; there was no one thread or character that really pulled me into the story and held me there.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
Do yourself a favor and read Crowns of Silver and Ash. You'll be transported to a land both exciting and terrifying. Not a page goes by without a new revelation about the denizens and landscape of Andulen. A few pages will be enough to grab you by the imagination and not let you go. Maybe, after reading Book I, you too will yearn for the second installment of this fantastic odyssey. It can't arrive too soon to suit me. This first installment of Crowns of Silver and Ash leaves me aching for Book II and is a novel to be read and savored by all who have adventure in their hearts. Enjoy the epic journey!