Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Paladins of Naretia: Book one in the Naretia series by TP Keane.
About the Book: Olórin’s adopted son, Aramus, is a creature unlike any in the kingdom of Naretia. He is feared by all, and holds a darkness inside that is said will end all life by his eighteenth birthday. Olórin must scour the kingdom for godly ingredients to make a potion for Aramus that will save them all. He is hoping his son’s human side will prevail over the rising darkness within him, for long enough to outrun their enemies.
But Aramus’s real father, the dark God Dantet, desires his son’s powers so he might, once again, walk on mortal soil. His legion of dark creatures follow Olórin and Aramus at every turn, trying to kill them. Dantet’s army, however, is not the only one wanting Aramus dead. Something, or someone, changes fate’s hand. Neither Dantet, nor Olórin, can see the terrible future that threatens them all. Even the traitors within the wizard caste are blind to what is coming.
But it is coming.
My Review: I have to admit, this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, and I’m happier for it.
I was interested in reading this when I first saw it, so when I had a chance to grab a copy I didn’t wait long to get started. First, I think it’s fair to point out this isn’t your typical Epic Fantasy novel.
Instead of the usual world building and exposition that is normal in the genre and can drag a book along, this book moved at a fast pace that was more in line with the Thriller genre than not. On top of the usual storytelling in Epic fantasy, it added a heart-racing quality that made the book hard to put down. It was something I wasn’t used to reading in Epic Fantasy, and it caught me by surprise. I couldn’t wait to keep reading and learn what happened next, and the ending didn’t disappoint as it wasn’t what I expected.
While the story moved fast and threw clues at me, the characters really added something unexpected to the story. I love anti-heroes and darker characters, so it’s no surprise Aramus is my favorite. Between his brooding nature and untapped potential, I was waiting for him to unleash on his enemies as they dogged him throughout his and Olórin’s journey.
This is definitely a must have book for any fantasy fan and I look forward to more stories from the author in the future.