Samuel soon realizes that the dice have carried him back to ancient Britain, where the Briton army is at war with the Saxons. In this place, he has uncanny gifts, which he must use to put the rightful king on his throne. But darker forces are at work: back in his home world, someone has bought the black dice. Samuel must find the hidden enemy and undo his evil work before he unleashes a force from an even more ancient time.
There were a few flaws in the book, but nothing that is really going to subtract from overall enjoyment of the read. The first thing is because this book is translated from French there are a few places where there are some typos and grammatical errors. Nothing that comes off as stilted and confusing, but just enough to put a slight stutter in the flow. The only other thing that struck me as a little off was a bit of the story in the middle. It felt a little slow and I was a little bit distracted.
There were many positives in this book so I'll just hit the big ones. First off was Samuel. I liked him as a character a lot. It's nice to see a kid who is willing to stand up for his less popular friends, I know that it's really not a rare thing in this kind of story but Samuel was really done well. The concept of Lorekeepers is also fantastic. Although this book featured Sam dealing with an Arthurian myth there is pretty much no limit to where Martin can take these stories. The second book is due out later this year and I am really looking forward to seeing what myth is dealt with next (I'm hoping for some Norse mythology personally). Finally the secondary characters really helped seemed to add some depth to the story as well. The friends that Sam makes while in the other world are some great people and I enjoyed their interactions.
This book was a very fun read and I'm impressed that it is from a first time author. Hopefully the series will continue to grow and Martin will grow with it. For fantasy fans highschool age and up should find this book extremely appealing.
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