the_author() rating onrating onrating onrating onrating on

FROM WINTER'S ASHES

A fantasy I can believe

By Sten Düring, author of Frays in the Weave

May 1, 2015: Heather Blackthorne is caught in the fallout of personal tragedy in a world where magic is commonplace but simplistic justice isn’t.

The story, this far, reads like a full length fantasy novel, and I suspect that it will end up one.

That said, it doesn’t explode with all important narrative components introduced in the first chapter, which, as far as I’m concerned is a good thing.

For players of Dungeons and Dragons or its ilk some of the well known tropes might be a bit jarring, but this is not your usual adventuring campaign turned into a novel.

The characters introduced are humans with human strength and weaknesses, be they main characters, antagonists or members of the supporting cast. This means they interact with each other in a coherent way that makes sense in the given situation, and likewise they are alone in ways we can believe.

The setting is a world where commonplace magic means that magic influences how people live, from festivals to the available infrastructure. While flashy or powerful magic may not be within reach for everyone it’s still there and used.

What I like: A story that slowly grows into its own without any jarring inconsistencies.

What I dislike: Nothing yet.

Disclaimer: I used to be an avid reader of anything fantasy 800 plages plus—per book. My preferences might not be the same as yours.

4 of 4 members found this review helpful.
Help us improve!  Request an invite or log in to rate this review.