Fultz gives fantasy fans all they could want is in his debut epic fantasy. His characters are imaginative, his narrative unique without requiring a glossary. His plot combines coming-of-age and good-versus-evil narratives, keeping readers engaged from the first page to the last. The villains are nightmarish and the battle scenes explosive.
Enter a world of hearts true and false, where the winds of change blow, where an ancient malevolence is loosed from its sleeping den, and where the murder of kings will lead the charge. Seven princes from multiple kingdoms begin a quest seeking aid, some out of duty, some out of sorrow, some out of hate. Who will survive and who will perish, who’s the betrayed and who’s the betrayer? Amidst the battles between good and evil, legends are born and only fate and the gods know the truth of who is the usurper and who are the rightful rulers. (ORBIT, Feb., 544 pp., $15.99)