Full of Wit and Imagination,
This review is from: Empire of the Saviours (Chronicles of/Cosmic Warlord 1) (Hardcover)
By the end of the first chapter, our young hero Jillan is forced to flee his walled village of Godsend, pursued by the rather nasty Minister Praxis, Saint Azual (who drinks the blood of children just for the power-kick it gives him) and, we suspect, forces darker and yet more sinister. In fact, though we're at first led to believe Godsend and other villages like it are fortified to keep out the marauding and chaotic pagans, we begin to realize these walls are there more to keep people in than out. Godsend, in many ways, is a prison, its wardens masquerading as saviours.
And so begins Jillan's adventure. Possessing powers beyond his ability to imagine (or trust), he encounters many strange beasts and fellow travellers, some honest, others not, all the while beset by the nagging inner-voice of what he thinks of as his taint, which turns out to be quite a helpful guide to his new-found magical powers. One of my favorite episodes recalls the isle of the lotus-eaters in The Odyssey. I won't give anything more away about this enjoyable book. Dalton writes with wit and humour and bucketloads of imagination. I found his work both amusing (he's created characters so awful they're a delight to read), but also thought-provoking, as he explores the ever-corrupting nature of power. And boy do some of these beings have power.
The first of what is likely to be a trilogy, so looking forward to the rest.