Friday, September 5, 2014

Book Review: Cephrael's Hand + Giveaway

"All things are composed of patterns..." And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross: In Alorin... three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him.

In the kingdom of Dannym... the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord.

In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them. Honor-bound to serve the First Lord in return for his life, Trell continues on his appointed path, yet each day unveils new and stranger secrets that eventually call into question everything he knows.
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Wow, when I received this book I was glad I asked for a paperback because this guy was massive! This book has to be about an inch thick. Needless to say, it wasn't only because of the size that I was grateful to have received a paperback. I was glad because I needed to constantly flip from where I was reading to the front where there was a list of glossary terms and people in the stories. There is a lot of characters so for me this was useful. For me, I love being able to learn new foreign terms, even if they are made up, and you definitely get that with this book. You might want to know that this book isn't for a quick weekend read. It is an epic read and definitely took me at least a week to read thorough it.

The characters are rich and actionable. They are full of raw and pure emotions so it was easy for me to get into the minds of the characters and to understand their reactions. I found that they are passionate, clever, and interesting which are definitely traits I like in my characters. Through out the story there are three characters that we follow and each are different with unique personalities. It was easy for me to distinguish between each one. Sometimes I didn't enjoy the multiple switching of characters, I found that it sometimes distracted me and took me out of the story.

I did find the writing well written and eloquent. The only issue I have was the pacing. It wasn't bad but I like my plot points to emphasize a situation and move the story along while doing so. Although, some points did, it wasn't always meaningful enough for me to keep reading on the edge of my seat. I like plot points that are meaningful and also move the story along with me realizing. It is definitely more of a journey and traveling along with the characters and learning from their experiences.

I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't as much use of the magic in the story as I had expected. That was what first drew me in about the story. The unique magic sounded fascinating and I was hoping that they would use it in their every day lives. Unfortunately, the reader doesn't get much until more towards the middle/end of the story. The magic we did get to see was well executed.

While this story intrigued me, I'm not sure this story was for me, but if you enjoy a slower paced but extremely well written story with multiple main characters then this book is the one for you.

3.4 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided for a Novel Publicity tour in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

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About the author: 

Melissa McPhail is a classically trained pianist, violinist and composer, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, and an avid Fantasy reader. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their twin daughters and two very large cats.

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Melissa G. McPhail said...

Thank you for your interest and thoughtful review of Cephrael's Hand!

Aisazia said...

You're welcome. Thank you for allowing me to review it!

Lindsey V. said...

I’ve not read much of the fantasy genre, but I think I’ll have to check this one out. It sounds great.

Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! Fingers crossed. :-)

Lindsey V. said...

Oops, I forgot to add Lindsey8907 [at] yahoo [dot] com ;-)

Naomi Leadbeater said...

Thanks for being part of the tour! I find fantasy's especially long ones like this much easier if I have the paperback too ;)

If you haven’t had a chance to cross post yet to Amazon, please do – and we now have an extra $50.00 gift card prize just for cross posting!