I love fantasy, but I don’t often read this sort of epic. The Legacy of Argent is typical of the genre. There is a cast of good guys engaged in various quests, journeys and battles against one particularly evil guy and his henchmen.
I really enjoyed this book, in spite of a few aspects I didn’t like, but I’ll get onto those in the moment.
The world is beautifully crafted, and full of delightful detail. The main characters are well articulated and have their own unique voices. The relationship between Ardent and his uncle is particularly nicely drawn. The story moves at a good pace. There’s not a lot of surprises – as soon as a special sacrifice is mentioned, we guess the chase to save her will be on. But the story maintains interest from start to end.
I enjoyed this book enough to give it four stars, but it could have got five, if it wasn’t for a few really annoying aspects.
The not quite as good:
As I said, the story itself is a great pace, but in numerous places it’s bogged down in huge chunks of back story and/or explanation of something that we really don’t need to know.
Several of the characters say things like “ackk” far too often.
The author translates measurements into the equivalence in our world at every mention. It throws the reader out of the story, I would prefer for the measurements to be explained in a way that makes sense in the realm.
For me, the battle scenes went on for too long – that’s probably just me though!
In summary, this is a good read from a very promising author. Definitely one to watch if you enjoy epic fantasy.