by Tania Johansson
Plot Summary:With the Knowledge of what happened five thousand years ago lost to all but a few, the world is in danger of being caught unawares. In the time that Rakadamon has been locked away, he has not been sleeping. He put all his remaining power into wiping away all traces of our history. After all, how do you defend against something you know nothing about?
With the Dark Master stirring once more, only a few still preserve the Knowledge, and The Book of Remembrance is the only remaining written record. Unfortunately, Kadin is an orphan with no training and no Knowledge. Regardless, he is the one that must rise up and lead the resistance.
He discovers that he is blessed with Talents that will help him on his journey. One of these Talents, the Navitas calls Markai to him. She is of the Fae and a fierce ally who proves to have a crucial role to play in the resistance. He must find other Talented individuals, but soon realises he is not the only one searching for them. It becomes a race against the Dark Children and Twisted Ones...one which he cannot afford to lose.
Expectations:Some new ideas and complex new world building; this book seemed like classic fantasy fare.
Review:This book does suck you into the action right from the beginning! It starts with a prologue, a look at the perilous beginning (birth) of our hero, Kadin. It then takes you through Kadin's upbringing and the discovery of his Talents. This is just in the beginning of the novel, and the intricacy of the world building only increases, with an impressively complex history and narrative that takes Kadin through his rite of passage as a leader and soldier. The members of his party (The Alliance) that he must discover one by one, each have unique Talents that in the end complement the fulfillment of his quest. It was fun to discover the Talent of each member of the Alliance and I thought the most intriguing Talent belonged to Alathaya and her ability to slip into the past to send herself short messages.
I found this story action-packed and the narrative moved smoothly and swiftly til the end. The dialogue felt a little stilted at times, but this was a small issue that in no way detracted from the story's exciting scenes and the various surprises in it's direction. It's extremely imaginative and entertaining and I would highly recommend it to fantasy lovers.
Note: The sequel to this book Of Folly and Fear is soon (sometime this month) to be released! Although Book of Remembrance does not end on a cliffhanger (thank goodness!) you won't have long to wait to read the next in the series if you pick up the first book now! :)
review copy kindly provided by the author