The Shadow of His Hand: Book One of the Markulian Prophecies
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For centuries the oft-forgotten Unseen God has seemed distant and uncaring, but when the Realm is threatened by the all-conquering armies from Jerika, an ancient oracle is triggered. Now this foretelling is the only hope of salvation and its fulfilment lies in the trembling hands of a reluctant soldier, a princess and an infant marked by prophecy.
Set in a vivid medieval world, The Shadow of His Hand begins an epic struggle between good and evil, full of danger, romance and despair. Those caught in the grip of destiny will be required to sacrifice all, but even that may not be enough.
The Shadow of his Hand
I enjoyed reading this book and the adventures of the main characters. The unexpected twists and turns left me wanting more.
I'm not a reader but I could not put it down. Great book. Can't wait for the next one.
Solid classic fantasy
From its blurb, I feel that a lot of people like me would dismiss this book as another tropey, formulaic fantasy. I mean, it has all the elements you'd expect from a standard fantasy novel - the prophecy, the 'chosen one', the unlikely hero, the princess, the epic journey etc. I do like a classic fantasy but I'll be honest, for someone who's never written a book I can be pretty judgey about the writing of others and after downloading this book on a whim I was prepared to settle comfortably on my high horse and do a lot of eye rolling. My thoughts on the book as I read progressed something like this -
First chapter- *hidden inner fantasy snob* 'sigh...'
Next couple of chapters- 'it's ok I guess- at least it was cheap'
Next few chapters- 'ok it's getting pretty interesting'
1/3 through book- 'can't stop reading'
1/2 way through- 'oh my god this is so good!'
2/3 through- 'sooooo gooooood'
End of book - 'is the next book out yet? When is the next book out? I must read the next book!'
Ok so there was nothing groundbreaking or particularly surprising about this book. It was, however, a really good story, told well, with some excellent characters, that made me want to know what happens next. If you are trying to decide whether or not to purchase this book I urge you to give it a chance. Let go of your inner fantasy snob and you won't be disappointed.