This is a rare piece of magic indeed, it put its spell on me from page one, big action to start leading to a very personal first person experience.
The story is told through the perspective of Ian Troy, of the magic wielding race, the Shinree, enslaved and drugged they trudge through their life of hell. Answering to whatever master holds their chains. The story is not his fight for freedom as you might’ve expected, but a fight for his master’s kingdom and freedom from their oppression.
The writing is first class, apart from some spelling mistakes and odd words missed out, it is in-depth and fast pace. The characters are exceptionally well written and Troy has you throwing your arm in the air with fury at his self-doubt and loathing, shadows of Thomas Covenant.
This book ranks up with the best fantasy I’ve read, and that’s a lot.
I’ll be reading the rest in the series for sure.