Feb 23, 2013: Even though I’ve read the first twenty chapters of Kyrus Talain, I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. The story is set in a fantasy world, right down to hand-to-hand fights and magic, yet there are hints that the world’s seemingly primitive cultures have come from a previous starfaring one.
This is a very intricately built story, one that starts by focusing on two cultures. The Lainz are a desert dwelling people with a culture that seems loosely based on Muslim ideas. The Milari live in high, snowy mountains to the north and seem like their culture grew out of Nordic ideas.
The characters mainly focused on are Kyrus, a young Lainz boy who travels for warrior training at the hands of a supposed enemy in Milar, and on a villain and the emperor of Lainz, so we get a coming-of-age story mixed with a tale of courtly intrigue. I can tell from the pace of the story (and the hundreds of posts at the site) that these stories have been carefully plotted and will take their time to come together.
The author’s writing is very solid, to the point where I can’t remember seeing any typos, and I found myself getting drawn in somewhat, despite the fact that coming-of-age fantasy isn’t really my cup of tea. For those who favor a slowly unraveled story of this type, however, I’d definitely recommend this one for you.
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