Sometimes I am redundant, "I don't often rave about a new author, today I make an exception. Hogan is good! Ok, not good, GREAT!" This is not commentary on his first book, A Crucible of Souls but commentary on his second. The story continues as an orphan, Caldan, struggles to understand and grow his abilities amidst a conflict that he does not understand.
Caldan grows in both ability and cynicism in this volume. Hogan does not hesitate to dispose of characters that you are led to believe will continue in the story. There are multiple plots but the story really revolves around Caldan.
Hogan creates a good plot with characters that are believable because he incorporates normal human flaws in each. Caldan discovers things about himself and his rulers that force him to reevaluate his world.
"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/
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.