Every month I am to review an independently/selfpubbed book from my fellow striving authors.
I loved this book. The start had me very confused for a moment, given the nature of the characters, and it took a little bit of time to get the feel for Miles writing. Once I did I couldn’t put it down. Kesta and Jorrun’s romance was interwoven through a greater story of an evil empire threatening the borders of both their homelands. When they are married right at the start you could feel Kesta’s dislike. This wasn’t some princess swooning over a handsome sorcerer of the land, this was downright unpleasant. I began to fear that this was going to be another story entirely.
But just like we judge people prematurely on reputation so too had Kesta not given Jorrun enough credit. It was a slow waltz done over time, where each one were relatable human beings, not stereotypes shoved in your face. While the invading necromancers made their plans Kesta and Jorrun put aside their differences for their countries, to protect them from a empire that would enslave them, and far more awful things. This was a long read, but I enjoyed every viewpoint and minute of the story, and most of all, I wanted to climb the stairs of the Raven Tower myself…
My key dissatisfaction with this story was that it was too short. It was a lovely window into another realm that reminded me of Anne Rice and her immortals, their casual romances and easy friendships that could spend centuries apart and pick up like old times. It was a delicate foray into the intimacy between two immortals. I would have loved to see more of the whole story, the methodology behind the witch’s magics and more of the world Sorcha Rowan has created.