A My Chronicle Book Box review: Witchsign by Den Patrick.
This first novel in the Ashen Torment Trilogy is an epic fantasy with all the classic elements we love and and a fresh modern edge. Great for all classic fantasy fans including younger adults.
This book was included in our August 2018 Sci-fi & Fantasy book box.
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My Chronicle Book Box Review: Louise's thoughts
It’s been a little while since I’ve found a new fantasy world in to which I was so immediately immersed as this one! It has all the classic elements we all love about high fantasy - a dubious empire, unpredictable magic, dark mysteries and dragons - told with a fresh modern voice. This may be an epic at 450 pages but Den doesn't waste any words.
Being a new fantasy (the first in the Ashen Torment Trilogy) there is plenty of history and world building and I appreciated that this was spread throughout the book and interspersed with some great, fast paced action.
The story is told in two points of view that of brother and sister, Steiner and Kjellrun, both of whom are strong characters reacting to the cards that life has dealt them the best they can. They drew me into their world with their strength and determination and I came to care for both these well written characters.
For me this was a fantastic book and an absolute must read for all fantasy fans.
Publication date: 24 May 2018
It has been seventy-five years since the dragons’ rule of fire and magic was ended. Out of the ashes, the Solmindre Empire was born.
Since then, the tyrannical Synod has worked hard to banish all manifestations of the arcane from existence. However, children are still born bearing the taint of the arcane, known to all as witchsign. Vigilants are sent out across the continent of Vinterkveld to find and capture all those bearing the mark.
No one knows when the Vigilants of the Synod will appear and enforce the Empire’s laws.
But today they’re coming.
And gods help those who bear the sign of the witch.
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