A review of Keys of the Origin: Book 1 of The Scions of Balance by Melissa A Joy

Where am I going to start with this one? This has been one of the most wonderful fantasy novels that I have ever read, beautifully constructed and wonderfully executed. This is a book by Melissa A Joy, who by all accounts is a pretty awesome person, take a moment to follow her on Facebook, Twitter etc etc.

Here is a brief primer of the novel : The time has come for the Keys of the Origin to play their part in restoring balance to Aeldynn; but how will their choices affect the outcome?

Two young men; one a righteous law-abiding servant to the people, the other a distinguished outlaw, don’t yet realise they are to play a part in a foretold bid for the future of Aeldynn.

Fate leads them down a road they would never have dreamed of following; a road that leads them into a struggle to bring the world back into a state of balance from the precipice of madness and desolation.

It is not only Zehn and Larkh who are fated to take on the malevolent forces of Aeldynn; there are others who must join with them as they are coaxed into the embrace of the ancient Nays and the fabled Drahknyr, who are also entangled in the masterful puppeteering of a renegade sorceress hell bent on reviving the greatest threat of all; Alymarn.

With a premise like this, I was immediately attracted to this novel, it is epic, it is involving and the magic system is beyond cool. It centers on several point of view characters, ranging from the mortals to the immortals, they are all part of a story of a word that is on the edge, the keys will play a part in this but only a part. The world that Melissa describes is a beautiful place as a reader to be, every part of the world is so believable I found myself dreaming of the places in Aeldynn!

This is partially due to the well timed placing of lore and history throughout the novel, Melissa says that she has been developing this world for 17 years and you can see this throughout the book, on this note, the map at the beginning is only the start of your journey in this world, there are other places....

This has been one of my favorite reads of this year so far, I am thoroughly amazed by the world that Melissa has created and I will be reading the second book in this series as soon as I can. If you like your fantasy epic, beautifully constructed and so believable then you will love this book, I did what more can I say?

If you have read Keys of the Origin, then please leave a comment then we can discuss this wonderful fantasy novel.

As always happy reading.

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