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This is Bryan Lee Gregory’s first book, and I believe he started with a bang! I think the description on the book does not come close to describing the adventure that Scribe Kenton is about to embark upon.
This story, told from the first person perspective (Kenton), is not easy to pull off and I think the author has done it very well. Kenton is a scribe for the council of The City, located on a plateau surrounded by a magical shield wall to protect it from the “Bladesmen”. The City is running out of fuel and so they mount an expedition to go outside and look for fuel. Kenton is elected to join the expedition as the representative of the Council.
I like Kenton, he doesn’t think of himself as special in any way, yet he ends up in situations and deals with them like a hero or a scholar or a spy or whatever is called for. There are mechanical elements to the story such as the air ships that the city builds for the expedition and the author goes into detailed descriptions that I thought were well done.
I have discovered that I have a more emotional response to books than others and in this well told story I was totally involved with the main character and his adventures, sympathized with the predicaments he found himself in and rooting for him in all of his endeavours. I am anxiously waiting for the sequel so I can follow Kenton on his next adventure. -Jody
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