There is no secret when you pick up Barberi’s novel that you are about to enter a new world that offers the best of epic fantasy and science fiction. How extensive that world is, is the surprise at the bottom of the box.
Warning: This is not a novel that a reader can skim through. You will need to take the time to enjoy every word to make the most of the experience. It’s a slow start, but don’t let that throw you off or you’ll miss out on a complex world of magic, politics, war, spiritualism and corruption.
The author’s world hinges on a unique class system with the highest level holding the balance of power over the rest of the masses. That sets up the perfect setting for underdog heroes to emerge and challenge. This is the first book in a series that leaves you wanting to read the next book to find out what happens.
Barberi’s words will make you question morals and values, as he reintroduces the age-old question: what side of the coin is evil.
Four & a half out of five stars. Recommended read for time-invested readers. Be forewarned you will need the sequel.