It is often best to leave one’s past well alone but, while moving house, a friend found an old cine film I took nearly 40 years ago and not having a projector any more I had it transferred to video. It brings back fond memories of a slower pace of life. I am not sure it was less stressful as I was new to microbiology work and studying part time. I met some wonderful people and a very few who were not so great but I guess that same for most people.
So here it is. It shows a CVL, Bacteriology Department contest between scientists with more at stake than the Ashes, plus an epic boat journey which maybe scary for anyone with a fear of heights. Many of the people shown have moved out of my life, but I do know where a few are. Those were golden days.
The story follows the fortunes of two men in the mystical land of Shaihen where warlords and magicians rule. It is the first part of a fantasy series featuring the same characters. The author has a good feeling for plot development and political intrigue.
Characters are well drawn and are all too human. Their strengths and frailties are readily apparent. Kierce, is certainly not an all powerful magician. He is flawed, vulnerable to temptation and the energy sapping power of his own magic. His friend, Caras, has a strong sense of duty and provides a strong contrast to the other’s scheming.
The mythical world is nicely painted. The narrative is believable, able to surprise and keeps the reader enthralled and enchanted right to the end.