Author: Andrew Rowe
Release Date: February 13th 2015
Series: The War of Broken Mirrors
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First Line: Taelien’s jail cell was surprisingly well-furnished.
Synopsis: Taelien Salaris doesn’t know who his birth parents are. All he knows is that he was brought to his adoptive parents by a man named Erik Tarren and all that he has of his birth parents is a sword.
Tailen makes his way into a town, searching for Tarren and answers to his heritiage. Moments after arriving he is captured and imprisoned for carrying a religious symbol, the sword.
Lydia Hastings, a court sorceress, has heard of the prisoner. She was sent to inspect the sword but had other plans. She helps Taelien escape from his cell, but is she helping him, or capturing him for herself?
Taelien looks like the lost leader of Lydia’s religion and she sets out to find out if it is him. Together, they also uncover a man who claims to be a god, but may be doing so at the expense of many lives.
I enjoyed this book. It was a nice change from most of the books about magic I have read. The magic powers had limitations and drained the user, unlike other stories where magic is just thrown around at random.
I will admit, the first chapter was exciting and reeled me in. But then the action slowed down a little and I lost a little interest. It eventually picks back up about half way through and I am glad that I stuck around. I think my biggest problem is that I felt a little lost through most of the book. There is a lot of information thrown into this book, which makes sense as it is the first in a series. It was a little harder to follow with so many different and unique names, and trying to grasp who was who and who did what.
With that being said, I still rather enjoyed the novel and I will for sure be anxiously awaiting the next book. The book ended with some questions left unanswered, but it felt like a complete story and it didn’t make me mad when it came to an end.
Conclusion: If you like magic, battles, talks of gods and goddess, and a plot to over throw a queen, I think you will enjoy this book. Should you try it and find that a few chapters lose you, just keep trucking through. In the end you will understand things and it’s a good story.
Also, it’s very well edited and that is saying a lot with the growing numbers of self-published authors. You can tell that the author put a lot of work into this novel and it is worth the time to read it.