This is one of those books where you think you know exactly how it’s going to go and then the plot takes you in an entirely new direction. This first in the series will keep you reading into the wee hours, full of wonderful characters and breathtaking battle scenes. Though the plot and characters adhere to established tropes, the author uses them in entirely fresh ways and even though I’m a heavy reader, I found myself guessing as to what would happen next. 10/10 recommend
* * * * * – Game of Thrones meets Harry Potter
Bathgate’s richly imagined epic fantasy series immerses the reader in a vibrant magical world whose peace has been shattered. The struggles of the people of the Ceniac Island are viewed through deeply dimensioned characters with massive battles and epic wizard duels.
Victory comes from understanding what magic will allow and what it will punish. While the violence plays out there is a mystery secretly driving the war buried beneath a barren landscape where no creature lives, not even plants or insects, the ancients have buried something which will grant godlike power.
In places this is an adult dark fantasy, or a sexy swords and sorcery like Game of Thrones, but the innocence of the protagonist is heart warming and enriching.
About the Author
Andrew Bathgate was trained in computer counter espionage by British Military Intelligence during the cold war and uses his skills as an Ethical Hacker and Cyber Security consultant. He is deeply philosophical, Christian and inspired by Eastern Religions.
Born in Scotland, he grew up in Iran, England and Wales and currently lives with his wife and two Children in California
Once, after celebrating a friend’s birthday with 18 shots of tequila, he accidentally ran with the bulls in Spain. At college he was lead singer and guitarist in a heavy metal band. The band was so bad its biggest ovation was for a power outage. After learning poker in the 90s he went on to win several poker tournaments.
When not writing he creates artificial intelligence programs, chat bots and wrestles with his kids.