Every once in a while, a new voice ringing in the halls of fantasy sends the fantasy community in to watch out and look at this mode! This is exactly what happened when a chap I became friendly with on Twitter announced he was publishing a novel and a fantasy novel at that! Steven Kelliher is the author of the Valley of Embers: Volume 1 of the Landkist saga. Below is the synopsis of this fantastic novel!
For hundreds of years, the flame-wielding Embers have been the last line of defense against the nightmare creatures from the World Apart, but the attacks are getting worse. Kole Reyna guards Last Lake from the terrors of the night, but he fears for his people’s future.
When Kole is wounded by a demon unlike any they have seen before, the Emberfolk believe it is a sign of an ancient enemy returned, a powerful Sage known as the Eastern Dark.
Kole has never trusted in prophecy, but with his people hanging on the precipice, he reluctantly agrees to lead the Valley’s greatest warriors in a last desperate bid for survival. Together, they will risk everything in search of a former ally long-thought dead, and whether Kole trusts him or not, he may be the only one capable of saving them.
This is arguably one of the most well written fantasy novels that I have had the pleasure of reading, I will point out that I was given a free review copy of this and this is my honest review. I was totally blown over by this novel, it is a wonderfully original novel, a tale of exile and survival and one of the most intriguing magic systems in a fantasy novel. One of the greatest strengths of this novel is the continuity, the chapters are well paced as is the writing and allows the reader to stay well within the world, allowing for some clever world building. Speaking of world building, hats of to Steven for not info dumping us and easing the reader in to an intriguing fantasy world that we even don't really understand.
Steven has also created some wonderful characters as well, the character of Kole is wonderful and it is thrilling to join on the epic journey that he undertakes. Steven takes a familiar trait withing fantasy i.e a character not so sure of themselves and re writes the rule book with some awesome results. My only negative is that there is not any more of this great story for me to enjoy! Steven! Please write more!
I would urge anyone reading this to pick up a copy of Valley of Embers and immerse yourselves in a new, intriguing fantasy world, you will not regret it!
If you have read this or a re going then please leave a comment and we can discuss this awesome new author!