Good morning and welcome to a new edition of in the books, featuring Eraden tales and the Sword of Black Light by Kristin Vincent.
Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book: Covered in thick forests, bright rivers and tall mountains of brown or white, the world of Eraden is a place touched by magic – and here in a forest far to the west, lived a young man by the name of Cadfayel.
It all started with the sword his grandfather had given to him so many years back. Only in recent days, something strange had come over that blade. Streaks of dark gray ran across the once white blade. Why this was? The boy wouldn’t stop until he found out. And he would; and with it begins what would be the boy’s destiny: The quest to restore the blade that is Eraden’s strength and battle the one who sought Eraden’s conquest hundreds of years ago.
Along the way, Cadfayel will meet new friends and allies such as a cheery dwarf, an obnoxious little goblin, a mysterious dark elf, the most nervous diplomat the lands had ever seen, a swordsman with a hidden past, and an adventurous, brave-hearted girl called Tenri. Friends and plenty of enemies as well; one who is none other than the dark East King himself and his army behind him.
Join Cadfayel and his friends as they set off through forests, up towering mountains, deep within an ancient maze – fighting against those who desire nothing more than to blot out the future’s light – to ensure Eraden’s future and freedom.
My Review: This is written in a style of Third Person Omniscient that isn’t used too much anymore, and it was refreshing. In this style, the author takes us into the characters’ heads while also dropping hints at what they would confront with the narrator’s voice. The latter is something that’s missing from many novels, and it took me back to my childhood and some of my favorite books.
I have to admit, it took a little bit to get used to the segues early on, but once I grew accustomed to the storytelling style, the book flew by. One of the reasons for that was the characters. Cadfayel is the prototypical here, but I really enjoyed his friend Falrid and his quick wit. It was entertaining to have a wise guy in the group to bring some comic relief.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more from this author.