Simmering Plot: There’s a lot of intrigue in this series, but the story is told in a relaxed way. This creates a lot of tension between enjoying the story and aching to know what happens next. It drove me crazy at times.
A bit of a mixed bag: This book is one part sci-fi, one part fantasy, and epic all the way.
Dirty politics: This is corruption and cronyism in its genuine form. Hands are stained by bribery from the top to the bottom of the Akaladian government. It’s everywhere, and so realistic that at times, I could’ve been reading a local newspaper.
It’s not magic, it’s metaphysics: This series includes some large spiritual concepts but explains them simply. It’s a nice change from magic and mana while preserving much of the ‘wow’ factor.
The animals: You know a Pantheguar is a big cat, and you can picture it without needing much description. It’s a simple strategy but it works. I’d also like to add that I’m very happy to live in a world where Scorpiontulas do not exist.
Relatable characters: There are quite a few characters in this series, not all of them are likeable but I found it easy to get into most of the main character’s heads. I’m also giving it plus points for diversity.
What I didn’t like:
Tell me more: While most of the story threads from the start of the book reach some kind of interim conclusion by the end of it, there are also questions left unanswered. I love-hate it. That being said, this is a series. Could you read them as stand-alone books? Maybe, but you wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much.
I couldn’t gobble it down: If there’s one thing I love better than a good book, it’s a good book I can devour in a day or two. This book doesn’t work that way.
That simmering plot: I know it’s already up there with the things I liked, but it really did drive me crazy sometimes.
I don't read epic fantasy as much as I used to, but I'm loving this series. The world of Akaladia is distinct, yet serves as a metaphor for our own world in many ways. There's a lot of food for thought amidst the intrigue, and I adore these characters.