Magic can make you invincible, if it doesn't get you killed first.
Aric and Fadan are half-brothers. Both sons of the Empress, but only one of them the son of the Emperor. A decade ago, Fadan's powerful father tore the Empire in two by outlawing the use and practice of magic. Forbidden from seeing each other, Aric and Fadan defy the Emperor and wander the vast Imperial Citadel until one night, they stumble upon an ancient Manual of Magic. They are faced with a choice: take the book straight to the Emperor or see if one of them has the forbidden magical talent. Their world is turned upside down and the half-brothers find themselves swept away as tragedy and conspiracy separate them, sending each to either end of the Empire. In a world of dark mages, massive creatures, and vengeful gods, one will train as a Dragon Hunter while the other taps into magical powers that could spell his execution.
Dark forces are moving in the shadows and no one in the Empire is ready for what's to come. Will Aric and Fadan survive to ever see each other again?
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A neat little story
This book didn't really offend or entrance, but it was a decent story. It flowed well. There are quite a few characters, so it can be a little much at times. I believe even the reader had issues creating the same voices for each of the characters...which was distracting at times.
I will say I am looking forward to the sequel, just to see where the story goes. ...and unlike many books, I don't feel cheated at the end....so, good show.
On the positive side, the characters do show growth...which has been an issue lately with books I have been going through. On the negative side, the initial "teen" phase of the kids was annoying as hell. The queen also seemed a little too weak at times, while being too strong at other times...the consistency for the character was missing.
Spoiler: ...characters die. Whoot. Worth the credit.
- Greg "littleluey"