Sunday, 23 September 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: The Chronicles of Siala: Shadow Blizzard - Alexey Pehov

Release Date: 12/04/12


Shadow Harold, master thief, and his band of companions have reached the deep catacombs of Hrad Spein, where Harold must go in alone to face unknown horrors and retrieve the Horn that will save Siala. He is magically bound to the Key with which the dark elves sealed Hrad Spein, and the Master's servant, the sorceress Lafresa, is close behind him. Harold and his companions must face H'san'kors, evil magic and the agents of the Nameless One, but unless they find the long-lost Horn darkness will overrun the realm of Valiostr. Harold's destiny is tied to the fate of the kingdom...


To be honest this is a hard book to review as since I’m a huge fan of the fantasy genre I tend to remember what I’ve read previously. Whilst this is more a young adult series, for me I’ve noticed the obvious homage to Lord of the Rings alongside multiple other titles in the Forgotten Realm’s series that have had a thief as a lead character with the book feeling more like a cross between a roleplay production.

Don’t get me wrong it was fun and if read as light entertainment its OK, but if you want something new or innovative then sadly you’re not going to find it here. All in the series was reasonable and will be one to give to young readers to generate a story for them to enjoy before they’re ready for Tolkien.

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