Tuesday, 24 July 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: Outcast Chronicles 1: Besieged - Rowena Cory Daniels

Release Date: 05/07/12


Sorne, the estranged son of a King on the verge of madness, is being raised as a weapon to wield against the mystical Wyrds. Half a continent away, his father is planning to lay siege to the Celestial City, the home of the T’En, whose wyrd blood the mundane population have come to despise. Within the City, Imoshen, the only mystic to be raised by men, is desperately trying to hold her people together. A generations long feud between the men of the Brotherhoods and the women of the sacred Sisterhoods is about to come to a head.

With war without and war within, can an entire race survive the hatred of a nation?

Rowena Cory Daniells, the creator of the bestselling Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin, brings you a stunning new fantasy epic, steeped in magic and forged in war.


Rowena is one of those authors who created a world that as a reader I want to get lost in. Whilst this tale moves on from the King Rolen’s Kin series, this one hits back with a society war that is not only thought provoking but one that brings lot of politicking alongside questioning by the reader as it wends it way.

Whilst this is a little of a slow starter, it is one that allows you to get to grips with the current situation through the eyes of the key protagonists. Its wonderfully written, the prose sharp and with the dialogue engaging the reader it’s a solid starter for a new series. But with it being a slow burner, I’m going to wait until the second book in the series before passing judgement as to be honest this one is mainly the set up for the series.

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