Mesham sits dejectedly in a tiny garret above an inn, as the lands of Torcia fall to the magically-enhanced army of the infamous Mivirian Horde. One of the last surviving ancient warlocks of Torcia, Mesham knows he is marked for death. The Torcian king knocks on Mesham’s door later that evening and offers him the chance of rejuvenation in return for a seemingly impossible mission into the heart of Mivir. Mesham reluctantly agrees, only to realise the evil of Mivir has spread to the very top of the Torcian government. As Mesham undertakes his quest to complete the mission, he finds himself hunted by his king, by the mighty Torcian warbands, and by the Horde. But he cannot fail, for the fate of Mesham’s beloved Torcia rests in his hands.
I would like to thank the author PJ Read and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilbey for the ARC of The Torcian Chronicles in return for an honest review.
I admit that that my feelings about this, the first fantasy book I have read in a while are mixed. Not because of the writing and concept behind the book, both of which are excellent, but how I gelled with the story as a reader. Reading is a very personal experience and I firmly believe that it is rare to read a bad book. It’s all about the book finding the right reader and a relationship building up between the two. It took me a while to understand why I found my enjoyment of the book ebbed and flowed as the story progressed. It turned out to be simple in the end though!
So what bothered me? It was the number of times throughout the story our three hero’s were hurt, poisoned and attacked, only to survive their wounds and move onto the next. It is a minor point and one I am sure probably only bothered me, but it bothered me enough for it to cause my feelings about the book to change as I was reading. Make no mistake, I did enjoy it! The writing is great and the story exciting and thrilling. The fantasy element was well thought out and I loved the characters, but the flow of the story suffered a little because of the constant near death experiences endured by the characters.
This is probably not going to bother anyone else and it shoud not, because The Torcian Chronicles is excellent fantasy writing and I am looking forward to the next in the series. Mesham in particular fascinated me, reborn in order to complete a mission laid out for him by his king, he is a character that worms his way into your heart. The adventure is non stop and it makes it an exciting read. I very much enjoyed the battle of our worthy hero’s against the massed hordes of the Mivirian army, with its twists and turns! I am also looking forward to part two and would definitely recommend this book to fellow fantasy lovers, my niggle was minor, and all about me. The book is a fine first length book by an author with a bright future.
The Torcian Chronicles can be bought from Amazon.
A little bit about the author
P.J. Reed – Writer of warlocks and other magical creatures. P.J. Reed is a writer and poet from England. She holds a BAEd from Canterbury Christ Church University and an MA from Bradford University. She has been widely published in anthologies and collections. P.J. Reed currently lives in Devon, with a handful of teenagers, one feral cat and a dog called Fizz.