When you open a fantasy novel and there’s a map in the front, I generally find it’s a good indication that you’re in a safe pair of hands.
That was definitely the case here.
Known for her YA ‘Mage Chronicle’ quartet, Cassidy has kicked off this series with a belter of a novel; solid and intriguing world-building (including a nice fantastical take on football), great characterization (with some genuine arcs), and some very capable dialogue.
The protagonist, Talyn, is a flawed yet well-intentioned (and seriously rock hard) heroic warrior – and she isn’t the only nicely drawn ‘lead’.
There were a (very) few overwritten sentences and a couple of predictable moments, but these were more than made up for by the action, twists and turns that Cassidy has woven into this Dirty-Dozen-meets-CSI-action-disaster-ripper.
I hope I get to read the next one!
…’Burn bright and true’…
Dumnorix princess and born warrior, Talyn Dynan was the finest fighter of her generation. With her Callanan partner at her side, she was invincible, reckless, a death-knell to their enemies. But after her partner is torn away from her, Talyn is left broken, wracked with guilt and unable to regain the confidence she once had. Could an unexpected mission to the mysterious country of Mithranar, home of the magical winged folk, be the thing that saves her? Or will the danger and secrets she finds there finally break her completely?
The Shadowhawk lives a life in the shadows. Constantly hunted for his criminal exploits, yet desperate to help the human folk of Mithranar who are oppressed by their winged folk rulers, he haunts the streets of Dock City. The arrival of a foreign warrior threatens to upset the carefully balanced life he leads, but when she begins to offer a hope for the humans he’s only ever dreamed of, can he risk trusting her?
And unbeknownst to both, a mysterious foe stalks the dark corners of Dock City. One that answers to a single purpose…
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