This is book one of the Obsidian Chronicles. It starts with a bang and keeps moving at a fast pace. A totalitarian government may be being manipulated by a secret society. The dragons are all dead or are they. A young boy finds out the hard way and his life is dedicated to finding justice.
Arlian grows from a child to an adult through the course of the book. The deprivations he faces are all character building and determines who he is and the challenges he must face. He has unusual teachers, to say the least.
His monochrome ideas of justice begin to mutate as he deals his own justice to those who have tormented him and those around him. You can see a character shift that results from the experiences he has that alter his monomaniacal viewpoint. In that way it is a coming of age story as well as a fantasy adventure.
I look forward to reading the ensuing volumes in the trilogy.
I recommend it.
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