By Clive S. Johnson
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A highly original and intricately imagined world, the ancient castle kingdom of Dica has slowly declined to a somnolent shadow of its illustrious past but changes are in the wind, heralded by the sudden arrival of a mysterious army.
A complex tale unfolds as Lord Nephril, Dica’s Master of Ceremonies, and his oddly assorted companions strive to uncover not only who is then arrayed at their gates, but how their realm might be restored. What comes to light is a multi-layered fabric of interwoven interests and conflicts, an absorbing rebirth of ancient myth and legend, as alive and immediate now as in its dim and distant past.
At its heart is Leiyatel – the Living Green Stone Tree – preserver of the realm’s fortune and wondrous creation of the ancient Engers of Bazarral. What is to be her own fortune, though, and in whose hands will it finally rest? How will the disparate interests of Dican royalty, of Galgaverre’s Guardian, of the ancient Bazarran Stewards and of Leiyatel herself play out within Nature’s own domain?
The story culminates in a fascinating climax and deeply satisfying conclusion that will particularly appeal to those who like a rich and involving read.
Readers who enjoy this story may like to know that the author’s next work is coming soon. ‘Of Weft and Weave’ is equally original, set in the same world and, strangely enough, at the same time and with most of the same characters.
Reading Level: TEEN and up - depending upon reading skill. This is not easy to read because many archaic terms are utilized by the author and it is highly stylized and poetic. I found myself looking up more than one word during this read. This is a fun way to broaden your vocabulary.
Profanity: Moderately Low - one minor character has a bit of a bad mouth, but it fits his persona. I can only remember one instance where one of the main characters used some rather colorful language.
Sexuality: NONE - although there are some casual and short references to attraction between a couple of characters, it is most chaste.
Other: Many people would find this a difficult read, but if you love Tolkein's work or C.S. Lewis, you will most likely enjoy this book. Fans of traditional fantasy should give it a try. On average, I would rate this as needing a strong high school level reading skill set. This is a long book, so be willing to take your time.