A beguiling debut novel
For a debut novelist, Marissa Ames displays a remarkably assured hand, drawing the reader swiftly into this entrancing tale of high power and low intentions. She creates rounded, believable characters whom you will come to love, and, refreshingly, she is not afraid to put them either through the mill or to the sword. The dangers they face feel real, and rather than wondering how the hero will manage, the reader begins to wonder whether he might not manage at all. The tension as a result is almost palpable at times. The hero, Liam, is a beguiling character, a man caught against his will in the chaotic whirlpool of political manoeuvering that follows the death of a king. His attempts always to act with decency and loyalty seem only doomed to entangle him further in a growing mass of deceit, betrayal and death. You will take him to your heart and worry yourself silly about his fate.
A final word of praise for the book design – the cover, the layout, chapter headers and so on are, as ever when Blue Harvest Creative are involved, superb. I highly recommend getting the paperback, the better to appreciate the work of art that this beautiful book truly is.
Five happy wombats for Minstrel!