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Someday I'll Be Redeemed (The Chronicles of Lorrek Book 1) Kindle Edition
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While the story centralizes around Lorrek and his doings, you get a peek into the lives of his brothers and some friends thanks to the third person point of view. This narrative style gives the story great momentum and lets you see how everyone is handling the mystery you come to in the very beginning: What happened to Lorrek those ten years ago? A great portion of the characters believe him dead, thanks to his heroic deeds and saving his beloved kingdom. Most that is except one very stubborn brother.
The author did an amazing job of creating a realistically diverse world filled with unlimited potential. The world is comprised of normal kingdoms, like you’d expect, that love the arts and dance, while others made magic and mystic travel a priority. Meanwhile there are those who have shunned and banished magic from their lands causing a turmoil for those born with the gift. To add to the fun there are even more varied kingdoms who took a completely different route and decided to devote their times to finding how the world works through science. Magic and science intertwining can only end well right?
Blanchard took just the right amount of time to give every character more than just a name, but a backstory, personality, and life. There are no cardboard cutouts in this book, and the reader is able to see how everyone has grown over time, while getting just a taste of this wonderful world. Needless to say I am very impatiently awaiting the next book.
If you are at all into sci-fi or fantasy novels this is a must read.
MINOR SPOILERS from here on. Lorrek emerges back into the world ten years after having disappeared. While this startles the first group he reunites with, they accept him into their kingdom under the rule that Lorrek reframes from using his magic. Ah yes, a magic user in a kingdom that has shunned it! What a perfect way for things to start. While this is going on you get to jump back into his family and see where the Lorrek’s once home, and family’s kingdom is at.
The reader quickly learns that a middle brother is now the king while the eldest is on a journey to find Lorrek, certain even after ten years that he is not dead, just lost in the realm a magic, looking for a way back home. The eldest brother is accompanied by the deadliest assassin in the realm, and if I had to pick a favorite aside from Lorrek and his smirks it would easily be Vixen and her vest of blades. While at first she seems to be a secondary character, she is anything but. The story quickly picks up and Lorrek finds himself right back in trouble, seeing where the world has gone in his absence, and ends up facing one of his last decisions before vanishing. The reader by the end finally knows why he has disappeared, and is left hoping right along with Lorrek that someday, after all this mess, he will be redeemed.
Overall, this has been a pleasure to read and I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment which I hear is due out in October.
I liked the book. I liked the story. I enjoyed the characters.
What keeps the book from having five stars is the head hopping; showing more than one characters thoughts and actions inside of the same scenes. In a few places up to four characters. I had trouble following who was thinking what and why. There were also some turns of phrases that made me stop and threw me out of the narrative because they were jarring. It’s hard work to make the Omniscient POV work, and there are really only a few writers who do it successfully.
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