Everyone thinks him to be dead–or guilty. Without a word or sighting of Prince Lorrek of Cuskelom these last ten years, all believe the rumors of his crimes, which he is said to have committed, are true. However, when he finally returns to clear his name, Lorrek realizes the only way to find redemption is to become the very man they think him to be in this time when advanced technology challenges ancient magic to war.
Kelly shows an immense attention to detail in this Fantasy and SciFi mix. With numerous characters, interesting backgrounds, unique abilities and magic systems. Lots of scheming, tragedy and (reader) frustrations.
This is similar to a book that George RR Martin and Brent Weeks would write together, but they would fall short in comparison. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!
Although I found the beginning of the story a little slow going I found the ending a little faster paced. I found the story line different from anything I’ve read before, and it did keep me reading. The book is a little on the long side do it took me a little while to finish it, but I’m really glad I stuck with it. The kingdoms all vary from one to the next with some allowing magic to some that don’t, and then some advanced technology while the other is a more fitting scene for the medieval theme of this book. I loved that aspect very much. There were quite a few characters introduced to the reader in this book, but I feel like they were all well thought out and their interactions were played our very well. Our MC Lorrek is a sorcerer Prince who has disappeared for 10 years and is now back trying to fix some wrongs that he was involved in helping create. At the end it gets super complicated, and now I need to read the next book to see what happens next with Lorrek and the rest of the cast of characters. I would recommend this book.