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King's Envoy: Artesan's of Albia, Book One by Cas Peace

Saturday, August 13, 2011
'Beautifully crafted, a joy to read.’ - Fantasy author Raven Dane. ‘Thrilling, imaginative and a great read.’ - Fred Le Grand, author of The Cyclist‘Amazing fantasy, this book is so good! A great sense of world building, the Artesan connection grows stronger and more fascinating with each character. A premium effort from a confident writer, someone who knows fantasy and its readers well. King’s Envoy is a great read!’ - Gerry Dailey, avid reader and reviewer ‘A wonderfully written, unique story that truly stands out.’ - Mark Mayfield, author and former Editor-in-Chief, House Beautiful Magazine, New York ‘This is something very special. Sublime, engaging, really very, very good.’ - Mat Jackson, author of So Shall Ye ReapTaran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world…In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends’ advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot.In the wake of Taran’s actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids. Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power. Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.

Goodreads Summary

Readers will love this fantasy world carefully crafted by Cas Pearce.  The difference between the "fourth realm" and the "fifth realm" is both intriguing and disturbing-the reader will get to visit both.  Taran, the main character, acts as the reader's guide.  He is slightly reckless, caring, and strong-willed.  He is mostly a likable character; he is flawed, but his flaws add to the story.  The reader will get to know Taran very well during the novel...almost to the point of guessing his next decision/action.

The plot is interesting, especially to fantasy readers.  It concerns otherworldly skills, mentors, and intrigue.  To help him to better understand his craft, Taran ventures into the fifth realm in the hopes of finding a mentor.  Instead, he meets evil, unusual characters, and a very different place than his home.  When he discovers a very underhanded plot, he knows he must do everything in his power to prevent the plot from succeeding.  This is the catalyst for the story and where it truly takes off.  This book is recommended to fantasy readers, young adult/adult.

3 Stars