Applause for House of Bastiion
"Much of Kolarich's series opener delivers stellar worldbuilding... A creative fantasy with a strange, supremely detailed world and an extraordinary cast."
"An absolutely ethereal journey into an utterly unique and cleverly crafted world that fans of epic fantasy will have enough to sink their teeth into for years to come. Lyrical prose and startlingly vivid characters bring Orynthia to stunning life. An incredible debut from KL Kolarich."
- Sarah M. Cradit, USA Today bestselling author of the Kingdom of the White Sea series
"K.L. Kolarich weaves together stunning prose and rich world building. Tailored perfectly for epic fantasy readers, House of Bastiion is an enchanting debut."
- Nina Walker, USA Today bestselling author of The Color Alchemist Series
"An immersive clash of vivid cultures in a bold new world. Kolarich's House of Bastiion is the perfect medley of intrigue, danger, court politics, and magic."
- Casey L. Bond, award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed
"A new to me author who delivers an intriguing and complete tale. Intricate world building with a little romance. Rich in detail, this author knows how to hold your attention. Lovers of high fantasy will devour this. House of Bastiion is unmissable. Simply spellbinding."
- Julieanne Lynch, award-winning author of Within the Shadows
"House of Bastiion is a brilliant debut fantasy novel with fascinating world building and exciting characters with plenty of snark. Personally I was riveted by the threads of suspense that weave through the novel making it hard to put down. With plenty of intrigue, court politics and conflict, you'll find yourself falling in love with this story."
- Angela J. Ford, international bestselling author
"The tightly constructed plot, elevated by evocative writing and an array of intriguing characters, slowly teases out the electric chemistry between the unlikely pair. The narrative builds to an exhilarating culmination, laying the groundwork for another thrilling installment. [House of Bastiion] offers virtually anything a dark fantasy lover could ask for, making it a must-read for both YA and adult readers. Absolutely thrilling!"
- The Prairies Book Reviews
"I cannot wrap my mind around how incredibly intricate, detailed, and interwoven this novel is! ...House of Bastiion is filled with rich and complex world building, morally grey characters, and a fast paced and exciting plot. I'm already excited for book two and cannot wait for more from Luscia and Zaethan."
- The Bibliovert Podcast
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A crown prince’s advisers struggle with mistrust while hunting a killer in this fantasy debut.
After the devastating Forgotten Wars, four territories united under the kingdom of Orynthia: the Houses of Bastiion, Pilar, Boreal, and Darakai. Eighteen-year-old Luscia Darragh Tiergan, the newly Ascended al’Haidren, represents Boreal. She’s the final al’Haidren in Crown Prince Dmitri Thoarne’s Quadren of Advisory, comprising one representative per House. But when Dmitri convenes the “politically dormant” committee, unrest among the members is palpable. Like many others, Darakai’s al’Haidren, Zaethan Kasim, believes the Borealis are witches. Six years ago, after young Luscia’s “Glowing eyes” unnerved him, Zaethan pushed her off a railing. As it happens, Luscia has the gift of “Sight,” a psychiclike ability she’s still mastering that connects her to a light energy. Meanwhile, the brutal murders of lower-class children are escalating. As Zaethan, a Darakai militia leader, officially investigates, Luscia searches for the killer as well since the victims have been primarily Boreali. Though they don’t hide their mutual animosity, Zaethan and Luscia agree to keep out of each other’s way during the hunt for the murderer. Much of Kolarich’s series opener delivers stellar worldbuilding. The author proficiently distinguishes the Houses and their representatives, such as Bastiion’s perpetually drunk al’Haidren. Readers may not easily warm up to the characters, who wield disrespect like weapons. This includes Zaethan and Luscia; even when they cooperate during the crime investigation, they continue to hurl insults. But the two formidable trackers are multitalented; along with her Sight, Luscia is a trained warrior skilled in Boreali weaponry. The murder mystery, though not the narrative’s focus, enthralls and ultimately spawns some action. But dense backstories and characterizations carry the final act while several lingering questions, including a recurring “figure” watching everything unfold, gleefully tease the sequel.
A creative fantasy with a strange, supremely detailed world and an extraordinary cast.