Cephrael's Hand: A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book One
no. 1, A Pattern of Shadow & Light
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"All things are composed of patterns..." And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross:
In Alorin...three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him...
In the kingdom of Dannym...the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord...
In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them.
I bought this book on a whim not expecting much but ended up very impressed. Complexed but not to complexed. Unique system of magic. Good character development. Good use of historical background to help with story development. Sometimes introduces too many new characters but it still flows well.
The author clearly understands a variety of human struggle and writes characters that are so real and relatable to us, even though they are worlds apart.
The use of magic in this series is so innately a part of how the world works that it is wonderful and one can appreciate the frequency in the writing without ever being tired of it and without the magic losing its... Magic? The way they use magic is also very unique and interesting.
The book is set up such that understanding the world is a very organic experience. The author does not just tell you how things are, you discover it. Things are not given to you easily and it makes the read very personal and allows you to grow with the books.
The rest of the series is just as great if not, some how, better.
I really mean it when I say that Melissa is now my favorite fantasy author. She has clearly lived life and understands how complex the world is. She is not some 30 year old neck beard still living in her parents basement, lol.
What a gem, I have read many epic fantasy stories because I love reading a robust story told in over 1000 pages, that was the reason I picked this up, thinking at the very least I could enjoy a long read. With a bit of apprehension and a lot of hope I set on this journey. The memories will remain with me forever, these characters and this loving world will stay with me, they are so real you will find yourself missing them from read to read. The author warns of the sheer amount of characters in this story, trust me when I tell you that you will not notice that moment when you realize you know them all by name and love them for their individuality . Enjoy your journey, I still am.
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Epic
- Published: Jul 14, 2013
- Publisher: Melissa McPhail
- Seller: Smashwords
- Print Length: 1204 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: no. 1, A Pattern of Shadow & Light