Series: The Masters the Be (1)
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Summary from publisher:
The Bers have ruled Mierenthia with fire magic and an iron fist for hundreds of years, but now their magic is failing. The firepipes are dry. The firewells gape cold and empty, and the factories are shutting down. Light, warmth, and food are scarce. Strange creatures appear not only in the distant forests but even in the cities, the Bers' own strongholds.
Amidst this chaos arises Linden, a young commoner woman who dares oppose a Ber with forbidden magic of her own. She is joined by Rianor, the High Ruler of Qynnsent, who defies what the Bers call a noble's greatest responsibility. The two tamper with the half-ridiculed, half-forbidden idea of science and believe that there is more to science than the Bers and mentors would have people think.
Dominick, a young mentor, one of the priestly class who keep people from thinking aberrant thoughts, starts to question the Ber world even as he is trying to save it.
Merley, a young Ber woman who sees things that others cannot, saves a condemned boy and seeks out a reprobate old witch.
As these young people choose the paths rarely taken and make paths of their own, others try to pull their strings and shape the world according to their own wills.
My Review:I am not really a straight fantasy type of person. At all. It usually needs to be mixed in with another genre to make it palatable for me.
I started this one with a bit of trepidation. I tend to either really love or really hate fantasy. For instance, I really hated The Lord of the Rings series (I know…sacrilege) and I loved A Song of Ice and Fire series. Either the world draws me in or it just plain doesn't. This one sucked me in. I found myself becoming really intrigued by all of the detail.
As I said, the world building is amazing. So much that I am anxious to start the next book. That very rarely happens with me and fantasies. It took me months to start The Two Towers after finishing The Fellowship of the Ring. The one thing I was missing with this one was a little character development but I think that will come with the next book.
*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.