A runaway slave dies giving birth alone in the desert. The nomads who find the baby don’t realize that the child is the pawn of the gods and wields more power than they can comprehend. Except for one boy, broken-hearted Tonyo who makes a tremendous sacrifice to ensure the baby’s safety. In Solstice the unlikely is probable, magicks are mundane and all the stories are true.
It’s a land of stunning natural beauty, filled with exotic wildlife and vibrant cultures. Powerful factions like the whore’s guild make the rules, ancient enemies find new strength and dreamers are waking up all across the land with one message. The Final war between the Twins has started. A victor must be decided this time.
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I have recently read this book for review purposes, with a little trepidation as it isn’t really in my normal genre, but I enjoyed it immensely
My review on Goodreads:
I did so enjoy this book – many times with fantasy I am disappointed – not this time though. The world here is drawn so well – it could almost be ours, but so obviously is not – the characters are real and all interesting. Descriptions are fantastic from the landscape, through different cultures, history down to the mundane – the food, the dirty clothes. I was standing right there eavesdropping.
This is a tale of the many. Divers people are traveling to unknown destinations led by dreams. Their stories are interwoven so well; it is not always easy to write about so many characters and keep them as distinct beings, or to keep the story untangled.
I also found pleasing the lack of sword and sorcery which seems to dictate so much fantasy these days. There is magic, almost everyday affairs, strange creatures that are such acceptable beings I could wish we had them here in reality:) but this is mainly a story of people caught up in the games of the gods. A story of the power play of some and the helplessness of many.
The opening scene is brilliant and drew me in with excitement to find what happens.
(Disclaimer, I was given this book to read and am very pleased I was too – sometimes if I am asked to read I cannot honestly find much to write that would please anyone but, I am looking forward to reading the next instalment in this tale. A new author for me to follow.)