Hey all, Dani here.
Today I’m here to bring you a slightly early review, and by that I mean that this book will be released tomorrow, July 11. I was lucky enough to receive a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, but it should be noted that this in no way affected my opinion or rating of this book. The premise alone made me want to read it, and I have already purchased a copy because I greatly enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Humans, orcs, mages, elves, and dwarves all jostle for success and survival in the cramped quarters of Yenara, while understaffed Watch Wardens struggle to keep its citizens in line.
Enter Rem: new to Yenara and hungover in the city dungeons with no money for bail. When offered a position with the Watch to compensate for his crimes, Rem jumps at the chance.
His new partner is less eager. Torval, a dwarf who’s handy with a maul and known for hitting first and asking questions later, is highly unimpressed with the untrained and weaponless Rem.
But when Torval’s former partner goes missing, the two must consort with the usual suspects — drug dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, and humans being typical humans — to uncover the truth and catch a murderer loose in their fair city.
Rating: 5 stars
For some reason when I first read the synopsis of this book, I thought it was going to be more of an urban fantasy, and yes, it has that sort of feel to it, especially as it is a fantasy book set in the city of Yenara. But this isn’t a contemporary-esque story; it is just a legit fantasy, and man have I been craving a good fantasy read.
From the beginning this story just made me think of so many sessions I’ve played of Dungeons & Dragons. It has so many of the races I’ve become accustomed to encountering during a campaign, and frankly I felt like I was sitting on the sidelines and watching as Rem and Torval tried to figure out who this murderer in their city was and bring them to justice.
Actually if you are a fan of D&D and/or fantasy in general, you’ll likely notice a number of common tropes and themes within this story. Having a diverse racial cast makes for some interesting inter-racial interaction. Torval the dwarf has some serious issues with the orcs. And there is only one elf in the Watch.
I’m not going to lie, while reading this I sent several texts to my boyfriend about how much I was enjoying the book because it reminded me of D&D (which is how the two of us met) and he just laughed and called me a nerd. So guys, just listen to my nerdy little self, and if you are a fan of fantasy adventure tales with some interesting character dynamics and a murder mystery to solve, just do yourself a favor and pick this up.
It’s like a buddy cop show…but completely set in a fantasy world. It was just an enjoyable read.