Reviewed: January 1st, 2022
Released: October 21st, 2021
Genre: Epic/Science Fantasy
Raised by ghosts. Trained by gods. How far will he go to save those who betrayed him?
Abandoned in the wilderness, Lekore lives with ghosts and fallen gods, until his efforts to rescue a traveling princess and her entourage bring him into a civilization unlike anything he’s ever known.
Caught in a net of silk and secrets, Lekore finds himself ensnared by court intrigue, midnight assassins, and a deviant faction of the Church of the Sun Gods—all thirsting for his blood.
He just wants to find the man who deserted him, until a storm rises out of the north, furious enough to destroy the city and outlying lands. Now Lekore must find the source of its wrath, deep in the wilds of the deadly Lands Beyond, if he can flee a city that won’t let him escape.
Helen’s thoughts: 5/5
A new epic fantasy series with a hint of science fiction to spice up this wonderful world Woodscourt has created. When the local cultures clash and outworlders arrive there is plenty of scope for misunderstanding and conflict.
Add to that the return of a long lost prince and it is not surprising that long held beliefs come under question. But ingrained prejudice and beliefs are not so easy to overcome, and Lekore is not used to politics and intrigue. He will have to learn fast if he is going to survive.
Fortunate for Lekore, Lord Captain Nerenoth Irothe suspects who he is and is determined to protect him. I liked Nerenoth, a stern and determined man who is not afraid to stand up to bigotry and hatred. I hope he and the princess make a match, he needs someone to soften his edges!
Lekore is sweet and mysterious, and has a heavy burden on his shoulders. Lor’Toreth, the (other fallen) prince of the Tawloom, was the least developed character and I look forward to finding out more about him and what he will contribute.
This is book one of the series, and although it does end on a bit of cliffhanger, I do see why it ended where it did. But with a world-ending threat approaching the story is unfinished! Fortunately we do not have long to wait for the second installment.
About the author:
Writer of fantasy, magic weaver, dragon rider! Having spent the past 20 years devotedly writing fantasy, it’s safe to say M. H. Woodscourt is now more fae than human.
All of her fantasy worlds connect with each other in a broad Universe, forged with great love and no small measure of blood, sweat, and tears. When she’s not writing, she’s napping or reading a book with a mug of hot cocoa close at hand while her quirky cat Wynter nibbles her toes.
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