Read for the SPFBO, this is the first book that I chose to further consider out of my initial 30, trying to whittle them all down to a single title to put forward to the other judges.
Split into three POV characters, we have: Katryn – who was recently killed, brought back to life by a necromancer, and now seeks revenge for her family. Anson, who serves the eccentric Lord Jaminus who is always in fear of his powers hurting innocent people. And Nick, who goes by a title rather than an actual name – ‘Nick’ after his mother who was the previous Nick and was much better at the job than he is.
Throughout the start they come near each other in their own separate plots and following their own aims. We get to know them all equally well, and though with some books the reader may get disgruntled with leaving a character behind as the POV changes, this isn’t the case in this book – each three journeys are equally as engaging, and from the start we know how they’ll eventually come together – because something is wrong with magic, and that means Katryn is slowly decomposing despite the spells that keep being refreshed upon her… and Nick, who relies on magic heavily to survive keeps getting further and further into trouble. As for Lord Jaminus’ woes, you’ll just have to read to find out.
Although the novel feels short, each character manages to grow and the plot comes together neatly and precisely at the end. The title almost feels like it doesn’t make a lot of sense for part of the book, and then it all comes to light also, near the end.
This is a novel for people who are character driven. Each and every character had their failings, but they were each someone you grew very quickly attached to, and I’d love to see a short story set sometime in the future showing where they all end up – because I really want to know that they all stay happy and safe, and I’d also love hints of where they end up in the future.
Overall, a quite enjoyable novel that has lovely characters, decent plot, few to no spelling or grammatical errors, and easily keeps you reading.