This book sounds and looks exciting. It's cover emblazoned with lightning and the silhouette of what appears to be a magic-wielder standing at the forefront. Could this be the titular character that the cover proudly proclaims to be "The Last Stormlord"?
I Don't Know. It's never really mentioned who the character on the cover is. Probably not either of the stormlords in the book. One is old and frail, and the other... well, it just isn't likely. But it's impressive anyway.
What's not so impressive is the start of the book. It doesn't begin with Shale, the main character, but the girl Terenelle. This character is also fairly important, and my favourite character, but Shale is not introduced until what I felt was quite far into the book. Before that it seemed that each chapter was about different places and characters, to the point where I found myself a little confused.
However, starting from the chapter after Shale is introduced, the whole story begins to make more sense. The plot is original and interesting. It quickly becomes a highly intriguing story of class and politics, which in many ways reflects our own world.
But it is the characters that make this book difficult to put down. Shale is smart, and curious, making us look forwards to seeing what he'll discover. Terenelle on the other hand, while also clever, is strongly emotional, and incredibly easy to become attached to. These are some of the best characters I have seen in some time.
It's a long book, but if you have a bit of time I'd say this would be a good book to fill it. It seems a bit confusing at first, but the storylines come together nicely, and the characterisation is superb.