Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Review - The Bone Sword by Walter Rhein

Deserter on the Run Malik emerges from the swamps of Plaiden seeking only shelter, food, and the time necessary to take the chill from his bones. But after a barroom brawl lands him in trouble with the local authorities, he flees to the mountains with two orphaned children who have the power to heal.

Pursued by the vicious Father Ivory and his Nightshades, Malik and his charges become the center of a grassroots movement that quickly blossoms into a full-fledged revolution. Their problems are compounded when news of their exploits draws the attention of Malik’s former Captain, a swordsman of legendary prowess who will not stop until Malik and his followers are dead.

As the final battle approaches, Malik must face both his inner demons and his former master in a duel that will determine the fate of the free people of Miscony.

Review by: Scott

4 stars

The Bone Sword by Walter Rhein follows Malik, a disgraced/runaway Camden's Guard (an elite military unit) and Noah and Jasmine, two kids one of which has the amazing power to heal.  The character progression is a very strong point of this book.  As Noah and Jasmine have no practical experience they show a lot of growth as they travel and learn.  Malik, being an established warrior, has his history revealed through his memories and stories.

Father Ivory plays as a truly horrific villain.  His lust for power and inability to deal with anything that he vaguely sees as a challenge to his authority combined with the fact that he is losing his mind make for a scary figure.

Overall the story had a good flow keeping me involved.  There were some plot elements that were pretty familiar, including what could have been a kind of big reveal toward the end of the book.  If you are a fan of traditional fantasy novels, especially ones that have lots of hand to hand combat this could be a good book for you.

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