A dash of humour, a dose of suspense, twists and the right amount of grit delivers a great "non-traditional" fantasy tale that has you rooting for the hero. The book kept me wondering what Edmund would stumble into next and how would he make out.
This book and it's sequel has put Robert Evert into my list of favourite authors along with Kevin Hearne, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, Peter V Brett, Patrick Rothfuss and Michael J Sullivan. If you enjoy their books, you should check out Riddle in Stone, book 2 Betrayal in the Highlands and book three which I hear will come out this summer.
Unforgettable non-traditional hero
Betrayal in the Highland was a great continuation of the first book in the series Riddle in Stone. The hero Edmund definitely grows into his hero shoes in this book, but he is definitely still not your typical cookie cutter hero. The antics of Edmund and his eclectic group of friends kept me interested from start to end.
The right amount of humour, grit, adventure and goblins left me with a book that I did not want to put down.
This series has put Robert Evert into my list of favourite authors along with Kevin Hearne, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, Peter V Brett, Patrick Rothfuss and Michael J Sullivan. If you enjoy their books, you should check out the Riddle in Stone series.
I love Jim Butcher and have read all of the full length Dresden books. I was hoping to find some new authors to read/listen to. No luck.
No... this has not turned me off fantasy or even gritty, dark fantasy... but it may make me hesitate next time I read such conflicting reviews about a book. I assumed as I love such authors as Abercrombie, Peter V. Brett, Martin, Stephen R Donaldson etc who are all reputed to write "gritty" fantasy, that I would love this book too. I even bought King of Thorns before I had started this one. I really enjoy the anti-hero; the conflicted and complicated characters; but I guess in the end I personally need at least a spec of redemption. I forced myself to finish listening to the book, but in the end decided that though I found Jorg morbidly interesting and compelling, that I really did not care enough about Jorg or the story to find out what happens in the next books.
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