A chilling warning. A fragile alliance. Impending doom.
Jerrick Bur returns to a home he does not recognize. The King's Patrol has vanished. Their Hall stands empty. An invading army encroaches upon the fringes of the forest and folk whisper of a sitheri witch brewing evil from the darkest hollows.
Once a patroller, always a patroller, and so Jerrick is duty-bound to investigate. He is joined by Kayra Weslin, knight errant, and her chronicler, Holly, who go to answer a plea for help from nearby Homewood. Along with Murik Alon Rin'kres, an eslar sorcerer who harbors a secret purpose all his own, the four attempt to unravel the mystery of the missing patrollers. They soon find tales of their disappearance frighteningly untrue as they are forced to ally themselves with an evil far more deadly than any of the other adversaries facing them.
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About the Author
Scott Marlowe writes both straight-up fantasy and science fantasy. We all know anything can happen in fantasy. But toss in some pseudoscience, an infernal machine or two, and a healthy dose of rampant sorcery and you've got a true recipe for disastrous adventure and fun.
Scott holds degrees in Computer Science Engineering, Comparative Literature, and English from the University of California, Davis.
When he's not writing, Scott likes to hit the trails on his mountain bike or immerse himself in the excitement (sarcasm) and intricacies of tax software. He loves dogs, dark beer, and strong coffee.
He hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, but now lives in Texas with his wife and two crazy dogs.
You can find more information about Scott online at scottmarlowe.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is fantasy that leans towards the classic Tolkien side. It tells the story of Jerrick, a patroller (ranger), who returns home to find things a bit off kilter. The other characters are a sorcerer, a knight, and a bard. This troop bands together, somewhat reluctantly at times, in order to solve various mysteries going on in the Simarron Woods. The story itself unfolds in a fairly linear fashion, but there's plenty of intrigue and character development along the way. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the character development. I read Mr. Marlowe's other novel, The Five Elements (The Alchemancer: Book 1), in which we find similar (perhaps more) character development with personas who are as flawed as any one of us. It's a nice change in the fantasy genre, especially when you're talking about a fairly classic type of story like this one, when you find characters who make mistakes and then suffer the consequences. I liked this book. As I said, I'd already read the author's other novel, so now I will have to wait for him to finish his next one.
I couldn't get into this one even though I tried to keep going and got approximately 20+% through. The narrative is well written and descriptive but overly verbose for my taste. The characters were lackluster and not well formed until later when new presentations that were somewhat contradictory were introduced. Overall, a confusing read.