There has been a lot of online hype for this novel! I’ve seen many a blog, or post giving it good recommendations, so of course I had to try it. The Bow of Destiny by P. H. Solomon is an intriguing fantasy novel, set in a world similar to our own, but from wilder times and with its own host of magic and mythical beings. Such as, Elven Rangers, Dwarf Kings, Mystical Withlings and Evil Trolls.
The story begins with Athson, an orphaned human, adopted and raised by elves. He has always been different and not just because he is human. He is also the last known descendant of the Bow of Hart. A much sought after item that could change the future of their world.
Athson’s journey is very much one of discovery. He finds friendship and Iove in his travelling companions, an Elf and fellow Ranger, a giant, a princess, a Withling and a couple of Dwarves who join the group halfway through their journey. Unfortunately, he also learns that not only is he the owner of an inheritance that could change life forever, but also that the father he had until now believed to have been brutally murdered by Trolls, could still be alive.
I feel the beginning of this novel begins kind of slow, with a number of catch up explanations required to fill in numerous blanks in the story line. However, the pace really begins to pick up and become quite intriguing about half way through, just after the small group is formed and they set out to find the Bow of Hart and the Withling Hastra’s stolen book. From this point on, the character’s really begin to evolve and its much easier to understand the books progress.
The romance in this novel so far has been somewhat immature throughout the novel, with hand holding and stolen kisses. However this may be the basis for future storylines, its quite hard to tell. The fighting and battle scenes are quite good, very descriptive and entertaining, but unfortunately I also felt they were long winded, going on and on.
Overall, the author, P. H. Solomon has produced an interesting fantasy novel that I would recommend to ages 15 years and older. The text is easy to read and understand and the content offers something for all ages. I give this book a rating of 5.5 out of 10 stars, though I am interested in checking out the next title in the series.