All legends are born of truths. And just as much lies. These are mine. Judge me for what you will. But you will hear my story first.
I buried the village of Ampur under a mountain of ice and snow. Then I killed their god. I’ve stolen old magics and been cursed for it. I started a war with those that walked before mankind and lost the princess I loved, and wanted to save. I’ve called lightning and bound fire. I am legend. And I am a monster.
My name is Ari.
And this is the story of how I let loose the first evil.
My thoughts: I get the comparisons to The Name of the Wind, I do, but this is a different beast. And it is a beast – my workout routine is essentially just reading big books and trying not to drop them on my face (reading in bed is an occupational hazard).
Influenced by the author’s cultural background, and with echoes of lots of stories that have come before – which makes sense when Ari is a storyteller, this is Ari’s story. His life, from theatre urchin to street thief and beyond. He’s been in so many stories himself, all of them with a hint of truth, but a lot of nonsense too. He’s trying to keep ahead of his ancient enemies, but the opportunity to tell his story to a mysterious and beautiful woman is too much to pass up.
The writing is engaging and the story draws you in straightaway, I wanted to know more about the mysterious man in the enchanted cloak with its many pockets. Trading stories for lodgings and food, enchanting audiences with tales they’ve heard before but in new skins.
This could be a truly epic series with adventures, stories, love, death, monsters and magic running throughout. Definitely worth getting a copy as it’s out now.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.