This trilogy is written in a way that draws you in right from the start and doesn’t disappoint throughout. The first book focuses on Alaric, who is a Keeper, and his quest to find a solution to save his dying wife. His path crosses with an Elf and a dwarf, a human and what appears to be a wizard. His quest combines with theirs and friends are made and enemies realised in a battle to save humanity. The second book focuses on another Keeper Will, his search for his stolen sister and the journey it takes him on and the people he meets along the way. The discoveries he makes along the way provide unexpected missing links that take him into constant danger. He finally meets back up with Alaric who helps him in his rescue attempts of his sister . The third book is about Sora as well as Alaric and Will and their combined efforts to battle the new threat .
Although the first book started off a bit slow I persevered and am so glad I did. By the time I got to the end of book 3 I had laughed, cried, cheered and had a whole host of emotions. You really get involved with each character and each book focuses on a different main character, all the while interweaving the others into the story. It’s well worth the read and I could see this being made into a movie equal to The Lord of the Rings.
Really enjoyed reading this, loved that each book gave a complete tale and didn't leave you hanging, but the whole made a complex and satisfying tapestry. Even the villains had a twirl of humanity, like people all have a sliver of light.
This was the first I’ve read by the author, but I’m so glad I did. There are often so many repeated themes and characters in fantasy novels that I find myself frequently starting a book then thinking..hang on, have I already read this?
This series is definitely full of fresh imaginings and the story, across 3 very full-length novels, is masterfully interwoven and told. I admit to being completely and utterly absorbed and captivated by the stories of Keepers Alaric, Will and Sini. So much that everyday life had to take a back seat, including feeding the family. They know where the pantry is.
The depth of the primary AND secondary characters was astonishing, and I haven’t read many villains who were so multi-faceted and heroes so complex and compelling. If you want a synopsis of the stories, read the blurbs or someone else’s review - I want to encourage readers to grab the trilogy immediately and just start reading.
The themes are so thoroughly explored, you feel there was no part of the story left to chance. The trilogy is chronological, and really must be read in order to understand it fully.
There are humans, dragons, elves, dwarves, and magic-wielders of various types. But the humanity of all the different human types is so relatable - old feuds and mistaken grudges, shifting alliances, greed, slavery, but above all the stories show always that there is hope.
The relationships are so beautifully developed, and so unexpected in many ways, it was deeply satisfying to read them all. No being is all good or all bad, but the choices we make must be owned and the consequences lived with. Through adversity we find strength and hope.
This is not a one night read. I consider I’m a fast reader, but this trilogy took a couple of days. It was worth every minute. The light and hope are always there in glimmers, not so much that it’s a HEA obviously, but it does ultimately have a positive end. The story to get there truly is epic. If I could give 6 stars I would. Thanks for a great read & cheers to the family for giving you the time to write it!
PS - huge bonus points for being extremely well edited. I think there was 1 typo in the entire saga, which is no mean feat these days! I might have appreciated slightly shorter chapters enabling more mental breaks, but honestly, I would have plowed on through the next one anyway desperate to find out what happens next, so it’s not a big issue. Just read it & you’ll see!