An enjoyable story about a small castle and some of the people who live there. The main character is Ander,-Received a free copy for review purposes.-
An enjoyable story about a small castle and some of the people who live there. The main character is Ander, who is a hard working apprentice guardian. He's also a bit of an idiot when it comes to dealing with people, though he certainly means well. Lenna is the youngest daughter of the Baron, strong willed and bored by noble life. There are several other characters who flesh out the cast and make Forest Edge feel like a real place.
The first part of the book jumps a bit in time so we get a look at our characters as they grow up and adjust into their positions in the castle. This sets it up well for later as we know where the characters are coming from and their motivations.
While I enjoyed the whole thing, I especially liked it from when Pete entered the book. I liked his interactions with the other characters, and Ander's interactions with other people as a result of Pete arriving. Plus (view spoiler)[I liked the light flirting that was going on with the three of them. (hide spoiler)]
I really enjoyed this book and would happily read more about the characters. ...more
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
After reading the description of the book I was interested in it,Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
After reading the description of the book I was interested in it, and having finished, it was even more interesting then I was expecting. Sorensen has created a very fascinating world with a lot of rules and then managed to make it feel real and that the characters are part of it.
Raneh lives is a world where magic exists, however only those who take an oath and renounce status are able to use it. As a Landowner, Raneh certainly isn't allowed to, in fact it is punishable by death. Unfortunately, Raneh seems to have natural magic.
The first half or so of the book mostly deals with Raneh trying to prepare for her future. In this world status is an intangible substance that is used in place of currency, but is also given or taken away from you based on the public's perception of you. If you do something impressive, you are awarded status; do something taboo or even just embarrassing and others can take it away from you. Raneh is at an age where she should be focusing on who to marry, but all of her suitors have drawbacks. Raneh also has to deal with her siblings and how their behaviors affect the family's status.
I don't want to get into any spoilers, but things only get more complicated when the Ruler comes to visit.
The biggest criticism of the book I have is that while while the characters are well written, we don't interact with those outside the family much. I don't think single friend of Raneh's was mentioned that isn't a suitor. I would love to see her have some more relationships in future books.
I really appreciated the worldbuilding that went into this. The rules in place and the strict adherence to social classes set the framework on which Sorensen has created some really unique ideas that set it apart from other fantasy novels....more