You have heard the story before - of a young boy, orphaned through tragic circumstances, raised by a wise old man, who comes to a fuller knowledge of his magic and uses it to fight the great evil that threatens his world.
But what if the boy hero and the malevolent, threatening taint were one and the same? What if the boy slowly came to realise he was the reincarnation of an evil god? Would he save the world . . . or destroy it?
I'm thrilled to join the blog tour for Master of Sorrows because I was so intrigued by the premise. I loved the idea of a fantasy hero who has the potential to be the villain...
The world building in this book is brilliant! It's rich and detailed, but not overwhelming as in some adult fantasy. I was able to follow the intricacies of the world and felt that the world-building elements enhanced the plot.
This book definitely has cross-over appeal for YA readers. A lot of this is to do with the gripping plot and cliff-hangers at the ends of chapters. Although the book is quite long, I read it really quickly because the plot drove me forwards.
I also really liked the characterisation. Even the minor characters are revealed through their actions and it's interesting that the reader can perceive things about them sometimes that Annev can't. His story arc is very interesting and believable. I can't wait to see how his character develops in this sequels!
This is an extremely promising start to a series and I'm excited to see what Justin Call writes next.
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