One day, however, Pelmen's best friend and Master Galn's son, Teleg, disappears. Lured away by the prospect of untold riches through mining amberrock, the most precious substance in the world, Teleg finds himself a prisoner of the Nylevs, fierce fire-wielding worshippers of the god of destruction.
Now Pelmen must leave all he knows behind, overcome his fears and travel across the land, in search of his childhood friend. Along the way, he will ally himself with strange and fantastic beings: a shaman who controls the Breath of Aoles, or the power of the wind, a krongos, a creature of the mineral realm who can become living rock, and a malian, adept at water magic.
Latest edition: April, 2015.
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This is the start a wonderfully original fantasy series that is full of surprises. The main character is Pelmen, a sixteen year old boy, who – against his father’s wishes, and family tradition – escapes from a life time of malodourous drudgery as a tanner’s assistant, to go with his best friend, Teleg, and Teleg’s master carpenter family to seek a new life in the big city of Alveg as a Hunter. Of course, nothing goes to plan and soon both Pelmen and Teleg find their futures in jeopardy. There is mention of love interest, bard’s tales of past heroic deeds against the “infernal hordes of Valshhyk”, a highly structured and unfair medieval society... So far, normal for a fantasy novel. And then you discover that the nidepoux, that you had taken for a type of cow or horse, are actually massive rodents, and that Pelmen and his fellow Hevelen have three nostrils and an incredibly acute sense of smell. They are not human at all! Neither are the Malians, who, despite only having two nostrils, tend to fuse together in four armed, four legged pairs. In fact, there is nothing that is familiar here – not the two moons, or the colour of the sky, the types of magic, the flora and fauna, the godlike wind (Aoles), the weird bathing habits of the Malians, … The author has a phenomenal imagination, and incorporates the abnormal into the story line with such subtlety, that it takes you a wee while to grasp what you have just read. There are not a lot of descriptions –the reader is encouraged to use their own imagination – and then finds that their preconceptions were misguided. This may all sound bewildering, but it is done with such skill that each new revelation is met more with appreciation and wonder than confusion. The pace of the story varies, but it is never dull, and never predictable. All in all, a hugely enjoyable and inventive new fantasy world that has a lot more to come. I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review