Thursday, December 29, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: King's Envoy by Cas Peace

I'm sorry for the delay. I thought I had posted the review yesterday. Seems it has been a dream. So better now then never. Enjoy reading.

Introduction

The working title for this post was XCVII of XCIX in MMXI due to the information I gave you yesterday. I have been tempted to use it as the official title but to be honest that would not have been fair for author Cas Peace. Nobody will google XCVII of XCIX in MMXI in order to find a review of King's Envoy (pb, July 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1936850136] by Cas Peace.

I'm sure you will agree. Nevertheless this is post XCVII of XCIX in MMXI and at the same time the review of the first book in the Artesans of Albia trilogy which has been published by Rhemalda Publishing.
So far I read and reviewed two books by Rhemalda Publishing:
The Bone Sword (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0982743720] by Walter Rhein (review )
The Light of Epertase (August 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765365651] by Douglas R. Brown (review)
I really liked both books. Now let's see if King's Envoy (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1936850136] by Cas Peace is playing in the same league.


Book Store Information
In general my decision to read a book is mostly based on the cover and the blurb/synopsis delivered on the back cover. You do not get more information when you are in a book store.
The world of books is changing which means I also will take in account blurbs and descriptions on GOODREADS and other places.
Here we go:

King's Envoy (Paperback , 360 p., August 2011)
[ISBN-13: 978-1936850136]
by Cas Peace
"Taran Elijah's quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world. In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends' advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot. In the wake of Taran's actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids. Major Sullyan of the High King's forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power. Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil." [Source]

My Expectations
Based on the blurb I expected a character driven story showing a formidable adventure with action elements and magic.

Theme
For me there are two major themes. We have a self-finding process which is inescapably connected with true friendship/love.

Setting

Now we come to the first highlight of the book. A fully developed world which consists of five realms. Do not wory. You do not get lost because this book does not leave the reader in the dark before, while and after reading the book. Two maps and a seven page appendix delivers all what a reader could wish. You will be thankful for that.
There is no easy way of traveling between the five realms because these are separated by a kind of magic. It reminded my of the border between North and South Korea. people know that there is more beyond the border but only a few can see it.
This separation led to different developments in each of the realms. King's Envoy is set in Albia (4th realm) and Andaryon (5th). I'm sure that will deliver more information about the other realms in King's Champion (book two, available August 2012) and in King's Artesan (book three, available August 2013). To be honest I would like to tell you more about this fascinating world but that would abridge your reading pleasure too much.


Plot and Character(s)

At first sight the plot looks quite simple. There is a young man wants to learn more about the metaforce - Taran Elijah is a young man is an Artesan. That means he belongs to a minority who is able to control metaforce through the elements fire, water, earth and air. But his knowledge is limited and he yearns to learn more. His unstoppable wish sets the wheel in motion which .....
No,no, no I do not tell you more about the story. I'm sure that exactly in this moment you start to think about what will happen.

Taran is not alone. There are more characters, varying from white to black. Some are that gray that it is impossible to say to which side the tend. Why do I see drooping corners of the mouth from fans of strong but loveable female characters? That is absolutely not necessary. Meet the powerful fragile Major Sully. And there are more interesting characters. The appendix delivers 40 more persons which are more or less important. Please do me and yourself a favor and avoid to read the character list before you read the book because the list contains a few spoiler.

I assume it will not hit you unexpected when I tell you that
King's Envoy ends with a cliffhanger. You see there is no way out to avoid King's Champion and King's Artesan after reading King's Envoy.


Style

To be honest I could not believe that King's Envoy is Cas Peace fantasy debut. She comes along as an engaged and experienced writer. Her writing is forcing when it comes to discoveries and revelations, fragile in every aspect of emotions, reverberating and thoughtful when comes to inner dialogue, Clear as a spring when it comes to landscape.


The Inevitable

What shall I say. Are you looking for a fantasy series which is compelling, powerful, fresh and fragile and nevertheless easy to read then you get both my thumbs up for King's Envoy (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1936850136] by Cas Peace .
If you are looking for a dark,dirty and gritty book then please turn your head in an other direction.


6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's on my reading list!

ediFanoB said...

Hey Alex,

you are faster than light :-)

I feel a bit guilty because it took so long to write and post this review.

Cas Peace said...

Michael, thank you so much for that fantastic review. It leaves me feeling proud, pleased and also very humble when someone enjoys my work as much as you clearly did. I look forward to reading your thoughts on Books Two and Three in due course!

ediFanoB said...

Cas,

thanks for stopping by. It would be a pleasure to read and review Book Two and Three.

A good book deserves a good review.

Anonymous said...

ediFanoB

that is a really good and accurate review, and so beautifully put!

I've read the book and can't wait for the next installment ...
Dave

ediFanoB said...

Dave,

thank you and I also look forward to read King's Champion which will be published in August 2012 (as far as I know).

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