I don't often rave about a new author, today I make an exception. Hogan is good! Ok, not good, GREAT! The story captivates from the beginning and holds you hostage to the end. An orphan discovers his parents were murdered and strives to find out why thorough epic changes to civilization as he knows it.
Caldan is likable but flawed. The trauma of his youth contributes to his lack of self esteem. The status of orphan and charity case at an expensive institution of learning, no doubt, exacerbates his self pity. Regardless of that, you find yourself caught up in his excitement of being accepted, his acquiring of new friends and then the disasters that befall him.
Hogan created a believable society with solid structure and mysterious sub-cultures. His characters charm and bemuse you, some will utterly disgust you. This book moves at a very fast pace and keeps your interest high and your eyes wide open. I can't wait for the sequel.
I highly recommend it.
Web site: http://mitchellhogan.com/
Fantasy;action, barbarians, battle, alternate worldsThis book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.