Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be plunged into a dangerous fantasy world?
The Blackwood brothers from New Orleans are about to find out. Youngest brother Will dreams of escaping his mundane life as an apprentice contractor. Caleb is a bartender whose charm and good looks see him through life. Val, the eldest, is a high-powered attorney who hides the fact that he can perform parlor tricks with his mind.
The brothers’ lives are changed forever when they receive a belated inheritance from their father: a staff with a mysterious stone on top, a pair of rogue’s bracers, and a sword that Will can barely lift. Searching for an explanation, it is not until a strange key whisks the brothers across time and space, into a terrifying version of New Orleans ruled by wizards, that the brothers accept the truth and undergo a perilous journey home. With the help of an alluring but deadly adventuress, they must break into the keep of a sorcerer known for his love of diabolical games, find a trio of enchanted talismans, and somehow defeat an evil wizard who can raise legions of the undead to do his bidding.
It seems the brothers have found their adventure. But will they live to tell the tale?
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I must say first off that I really love the cover art for this book I thought it was very eye catching and draw you in. That and the description of the book already had me excited to read it, so thank you Layton Green for giving me the opportunity!
I am a big fan of fantasy and so this was right up my alley. I like that the book gives you a quick background and then just gets right into the story. I thought it was fun that Will finds this house and all of a sudden he is spying because he is odd like that and bam there is a walking skeleton in the window and then the adventure starts. Will’s other brothers don’t understand how he feels about fantasy worlds so when they find out about his dad and this other world they are more hesitant than Will; for Will this is awesome.
I like that not only did the brothers go on an adventure but Will’s best friend gets accidentally thrown into this. As soon as they enter this new world excitement begins and they are off on an adventure with some hired help to find these enchanted talismans so they can defeat an evil necromancer. I liked that the adventure had some thrills and humor along the way, with a slight hint at romance thrown in there. I did enjoy that the whole story wasn’t centered on some romance that took up what they were really after.
I thought the characters were really well developed, you knew their personalities and you got to know them more as the story progressed. The interaction between all of them was good and had some fun humorous banter thrown in. I thought the book was well paced and that it kept you guessing as to what was going to happen next. I definitely thought this was one of the best ARC books I have read so far and can’t wait to read the rest in the series and see what happens to the brothers in their adventure.
The second book, The Spirit Mage, will be coming out on September 15th! That week there will be a promotion (15-22) where you can get both books for $2.99 each! Check it out!
Book Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars