There’s nothing tremendously original about this book. It’s a fantasy novel, set in a world of old magic, with a past that no one is truly sure of. There’s a war coming, a weak King and frightening creatures of unknown origin.
While the plot is conventional, it’s the characters that make this novel brilliant. The hero is a destiny is a self-centred coward. The war hero was tortured horrifically; and is now a torturer himself with no trace of the man before left. The wizard who is to lead them to the fight is untrustworthy, not all powerful and is somewhat of a rebel.
It’s character driven, well-paced and a good read. I will definitely be picking up the next one.