Good morning and welcome to a special release day edition of In the Books, featuring The Third Apprentice by Lana Axe.
I’d like to take a moment to offer my congratulations to Lana for her newest release and best of luck for many more.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
In order for him to earn the rank of Master, a young apprentice mage is sent with two of his fellow apprentices to find an artifact capable of bestowing immortal life to the one that controls it. The catch? They have to follow a thousand year old map to a cursed region where one of the most powerful mage built her tomb.
Sounds simple right? If it was, it wouldn’t be a fun read and it was definitely that. I feel it’s only right to say I love Lana Axe’s writing. It’s a great mix of the epic fantasy style I love with a touch of YA that makes the story a fast read while delivering the goods you’d expect in an epic fantasy.
The characters were well written and enjoyable. Taran, the mage, is forced to overcome his naiveté and beliefs when he befriends a reptilian assassin named Zamna. Zamna was my favorite of the two by far for his sarcastic humor and way he carried himself. I’ve always enjoyed mysterious characters with an attitude, so I hope he makes another appearance at some point in the future.
I was confused at one point when Zamna knew what happened to Taran in The Barrans, but that could have just been me missing it. Aside from that, I thought the story flowed well and explained things well enough so it was easy to understand, but also kept a sense of mystery within the story. I look forward to future books from this author.