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Good First Novel,
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This review is from: Eternal Knight (The Orb Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This is a good first novel. I've given it four stars but it's not far off five. The story is set against the background of 'the wasting', i.e. the planet is dying and food is in short supply. Roughly speaking, the story then divides into three sections: the first establishes a quest-type storyline and the beginnings of that quest; then there is a lengthy middle section set in courtly society; and finally the story breaks out of the courtly confines and heads towards a fitting denouement. Without wanting to give away any spoilers, the magical elements and plot are all tied together very well and what begins as pleasant but fairly standard fare - a quest - turns into something more: a competition for power and competing interpretations of history and 'reality' that ratchet up the tension. The characters are not too simplistic: they might often be trying to do what they believe is right but they're not immune to personal ambition, pride or desire for revenge either. It's not as complex (or convoluted) as George RR Martin but it is well done, and there are twists to the plot that will almost certainly catch you out.
Occasionally, there were turns of phrase that seemed a little out of place ('Let's do this.') and, overall, it is not a ground-breaking novel; however, the story is a surprisingly good 'ripping yarn' and I look forward to the sequel.