Wednesday, 2 February 2011

FANTASY REVIEW: The Sentinel Mage - Emily Gee

Release Date: 03/02/11


Her magic may be the only thing that can save a prince - and the Seven Kingdoms!

In a distant corner of the Seven Kingdoms, an ancient curse festers and grows, consuming everything in its path. Only one man can break it: Harkeld and Osgaard, a prince with mage's blood in his veins. But Prince Harkeld has a bounty on his head - and assassins at his heels. Innis is a gifted shapeshifter. Now she must do the forbidden: become a man. She must stand at Prince Harkeld's side as his armsman, protecting and deceiving him. But the deserts of Masse are more dangerous than the assassins hunting the prince. The curse has woken deadly creatures, and the magic Prince Harkeld loathes may be the only thing standing between him and death.


Whilst there has been some authors that have made you sit up and take notice of the genre over the year’s they’ve sadly fallen foul of the trap where they can rely on their name to sell the title rather than keeping up with modern trends or readers tastes. Here is this title a new author Emily Gee, has brought this, her second novel (and first in a brand new series) to the fore and given the readers the type of tale that used to be associated with a descent Robin Hobb release.

What occurs within is a tale of redemption, of learning as well as discovering that some prejudices are created and completely unfounded. Its also a tale of love, of ambition and of course adventure as a quest is set for a few which carries a high price for a pyrrhic victory. Beautifully written, the characters within are evocative, have great personalities and when backed with a good sense of pace make this a title that will stay with the readers long after the final page is turned as you wonder what Emily will return with for the characters next outing which makes this a great release from Solaris.

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