What a remarkable book. I am quite surprised how quickly I have taken to this series and become invested in their characters. As with all new series I feel the characters must be of strong persona so as to get the story up and going. Without giving too much away and/or boring the reader with information from the past. John Gwynne has mastered the art of character creation and it was pretty early on that I became hooked, and finding it difficult to put down when one of my favourites is in peril.
We find ourselves looking through the eyes of a variety of main characters as the war amongst the Ben-Elim and Kadoshim becomes more and more obvious. Drem has remained one of my favourites from the start. As we follow him and his father Olin and their journey him for winter. Only to be confronted by unwanted changes and a whole league of trouble. Not only does Drem suffer a major hurt and loss so do many of the other char terms such as Bleda and Riv. Both seem to be trying to find their way in the world and have somehow managed to find each others friendship. And Sig…. Oh Sig… I was appreciating this character but now no more…
I have to say I feel this is going to be a fantastic series with a wealth of characters and settings. The storyline, while feeling familiars unique to anything I have read and so I have enjoyed this very much. I would recommend this to all lovers of Fantasy novels. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.