With King of Ashes, scheduled for release in April 2018, Feist once again proves he is a master of epic fantasy. Unique world-building, memorable characters and political intrigue are all exquisitely rendered and the story moves at an incredible pace, pulling you into Feist’s brand new world, Garn. The five kingdoms of Garn knew a long-lasting peace until King D betrayed King Steveren, destroying his kingdom and butchering his entire family. the Firemane’s legacy was ended and the One Church gained a foothold in Garn, burning heretics and political enemies alike.
Apalled at the betrayal of a great king, Baron Daylon Dumarch takes it upon himself to hide the last remaining child, spiriting the baby away after the battle is over.
Hatu is an orphaned boy growing up in the shadow of criminal underworld, alongside best friends Donte and Hava. His 16th birthday approaches and he’s almost ready to make his way into the world, when his friends are ripped away from him and he learns he is the long lost Foremane heir, thought long dead by his father’s enemies. Hatu has to learn fast who he can trust and hone every skill he learned at the hands of the Nocusara.
It’s also the story of Declan, a talented blacksmith who grew up under one of the last masters who taught him the secret of King’s Steel. Whispers of a new war arising, and a perculiar family resemblance lead to Baron Daylon encouraging Declan to set up in his province, where his fate becomes entwined with Hatu’s.
King of Ashes is a wonderful, easily read introduction to Feist’s new world, and I’m looking forward to exploring Garn and watching the elemental magic introduced in this first novel expand.
Reviewed by Shannon, QBD Mandurah
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