by Stephen C. Merlino
Book: The Unseen Moon #1
Publisher: Tortoise Rampant Publishing
Pub Date: Dec 2014
Genre: Young Adult
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A NEW ROGUE AND THEIF EPIC FANTASY SERIES BEGINS
Harric, an outcast rogue, must break a curse put on his fate, or die on his next birthday. As the day approaches, nightmares from the spirit world stalk him and tear at his sanity; sorcery eats at his soul.
To survive, he’ll need more than his usual tricks. He’ll need help—and a lot of it—but on the kingdom’s lawless frontier, his only allies are other outcasts. One of these outcasts is Caris, a mysterious, horse-whispering runaway, intent upon becoming the Queen’s first female knight. The other is Sir Willard—ex-immortal, ex-champion, now addicted to pain-killing herbs and banished from the court.
With their help, Harric might keep his curse at bay. But for how long?
And both companions bring perils and secrets of their own: Caris bears the scars of a troubled past that still hunts her; Willard is at war with the Old Ones, an order of insane immortal knights who once enslaved the kingdom. The Old Ones have returned to murder Willard and seize the throne from his queen. Willard is both on the run from them, and on one final, desperate quest to save her.
Together, Harric and his companions must overcome fanatical armies, murderous sorcerers, and powerful supernatural foes.
Alone, Harric must face the temptation of a forbidden magic that could break his curse, but cost him the only woman he’s ever loved.
My Review: Hmmmmm an interesting book. This gives you another way to look at fantasy, by giving us some new ideas to play with.
There are tough characters, in the book. I was surprised about Caris. You have characters where they are ex something, addicted to something and have trouble pasts. But the way Caris was written into the story will give you a new way to look at things,
I liked the idea of the this kingdom and the Old Ones. Something new and written nicely. The plot was fast and kept my attention throughout. The characters were developed well and the fantasy aspect was done differently and I loved it.