Shadows of the Northlands by Vishwesh Desai
Publication Date : 1st of January 2016
Blurb from Goodreads : This is the Empire. The greatest nation in the known world.
And it is at war.
When the Crown Prince hears about cities and villages attacked and razed to the ground, the land blackened and left infertile, the already shackled military commands the maverick bounty-hunter Merin and the slick courtier mage Rikkard to find the root of the destruction.
However, as they tackle this mystery, they discover an ancient hatred spanning centuries, with a dark secret linked to Merin and the painful past behind the satirizing cavalier. A swashbuckling tale of suspenseful fantasy and horrifying mystery that is loaded with humor, The Shadows of Northlands will leave you riveted from cover to cover.
Cover Page : I loved it. It have that dramatic overpowering image. 🙂
Plot: Don’t underestimate the author. This book is phenomenally portraits the whole fantasy genre including suspense, action, adventure, mystery.
- Magic was, in essence, the control atmospheric energy- manifest in the elements- by the utilisation of the proper Runes and Incantations. For feats of greater and greater complexity, Incantations as large as sentence were employed. For simpler tasks, just the name of the element sufficed.
- Every waking hour, my mind widens until it can expand no more as I strive to understand the pain and the suffering of my beleaguered ancestors.
Overall: This book have so much potential and creativity. I can’t comprehend that this book is written by a mere 14 year old one. 🙂 This book is beautifully sculptured and described. It is in third person’s point of view. Although, Merlin and Rikkard both are like main characters but Merlin really stood out. I liked his quirky remarks and don’t-talk-shit-with-me attitude. This book is, as said in blurb, about an Empire under attack. The actions were fast paced but at same time kept the flow of story steady. Alas, this book is a must read for a fantasy lover. 🙂
*This book was provided to me as prize by The Tales Pensieve review copy contest and Author. Thank you!*