Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Cloudstone Key (The Rithhek Trilogy Book 1) by Darren T. Patrick.
In the opening pages we’re introduced to Karsen Mortgate, a young man with dreams of adventure outside the city of Aystin’s walls. Instead, he remained true to his duty and stood nightly guard over the freshly carved Cloudstone tiles detailing the history of the city.
Following the accidental death of his father and a murder by his half-brother, Karsen is forced to flee his home on a quest given to him by the Adept himself. His adventures lead him to meeting a race of people from legends and increasing the urgency of his journey.
As an Epic Fantasy fan, I have to say I really enjoyed the story. The writing was smooth and brought the world to life with each turn of the page. Focusing more on the social castes people find them in, it took the main character and forced him to see things from another point of view which I found very enjoyable.
The only bad part for me was the ending came too soon. I’m definitely in line to read the sequel when it’s released.
If you’re interested you can find more The Cloudstone Key here.