The Talent Sinistral by L. F. Patten
A soldier and a thief, who secretly possess the despised mind powers of the Sinistrae, must join forces to defend the world that named them 'outcast' from the vengeance of a renegade sorcerer.
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The author of The Talent Sinistral, L.F. Patten, lives up to her story-telling strategy of not giving her fortunate readers ‘a chance to put the book down.’ One HAS to, fatigue and time are in their own ways demanding, but I read this 436 page monster in three huge bites—and wasn’t bored for a second. If one wants to set aside other, more boring worlds, for a GOOD long time, I feel safe in recommending this novel. It is NOT a ‘classic’ sword and sorcery, but the changes from the Tolkien-esque standard (and tropes) are positive ones. The title trait is a link between left-handedness and psionic powers—and we lefties DO have brains of differing structures from the norm. Rare and dangerous or benign crystals can take psionic adepts to vast levels of power, as can the hidden lore wielded and collected by a secretive order of ‘Fifthlons’ who trace their arcana to a vanished civilization—in the ruins of which Patten raises up her stories. There is a quest, there are plots and villains, and they come together in a satisfying—but atypical—pyrotechnic conclusion. There is the dutiful semi-noble, Kier, and the street-wise scapegrace, JonMarc, whom in all those pages one never feels that Patten has told you EVERYTHING there is to know about them. In even the shortest of encounters Patten’s host of additional supporting characters enter and hold the stage, even villainous henchmen leaving you wondering what other aspects of their lives remained untold—and at times Patten pulls the master story-teller’s coupe de main of exposing you to opposing points of view with quite a lot to consider behind them. Combat is nasty, brutish and short—and convincingly realistic. People bleed, die, and suffer injuries in gritty streets or wind-swept battlefields, and TRIP in… things… not often described in fantasy literature but definitely ON the streets of our own medieval world. Patten can describe hideous places and or vast castles convincingly with just a few well-chosen words. Battles are not glorious, just horrible experiences to be survived, and those in them get tired, discouraged and hurt. And the reader does not mind. There is physical sensuality, thoughtful, not gratuitous, and Patten puts one inside the minds of her characters believably and comfortably—and motivations are always understandable. At the end of the book, one thinks it over, and makes that wonderful conclusion, ‘that was a welcome diversion, and not in the least, a waste of time.