Another tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources, this time for Book 1 in a fantasy/horror series: The Torcian Chronicles: Defiance by P.J. Reed.
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 fell in love with the cover of this novel. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, I felt the story itself was lacking.
As an avid fantasy reader, I was really hoping to get into the novel as it progressed, but Mesham and his relationships with the other characters was just odd.
Reed’s worldbuilding was great. I could sense the depth of the world her characters inhabited, but the descriptions let it down. They were often repetitive, and as much as I tried to ignore this to focus on the story, I struggled to do so.
The interactions between the characters often felt forced or contradictory, almost as though the author wasn’t sure how to describe them. It was disappointing, because it felt as though she’d done a lot of character development alongside the worldbuilding, but lost it in the middle of trying to tell the story.
I loved the mystical elements in the fantasy, and the monsters were vivid and powerful.
Overall, the premise of The Torcian Chronicles was brilliant, and there’s a lot of potential for the rest of the series, so I’ll be on the lookout for it.
The Torcian Chronicles: Defiance gets three out of five feathers.
You can purchase the first book in The Torcian Chronicles on Amazon.
*I received a free copy of the book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Social Media Links:
Website – http://fantasyworlds.jigsy.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/PJReed_author