All aboard the Rising Wind! A mixed company of people, including two knights, their warden goblin, a merchant's daughter, a thief, a monk and a mysterious foreigner, are all intending to go on a simple voyage across the sea. What they hadn't intended to happen was for them to end up stranded on an uninhabited island on the whim of a slightly mad navigator and a lot of ill luck. Once upon the island the knights have to make several rescue missions, which means they have to face trolls, hoards of the undead, overgrown lizards, and a rather insistent mummy, all to attempt to return safely.
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When signing up for the tour with Novel Publicity I thought that I would enjoy this book, then a few chapters in I was a bit dubious about whether I would. Thankfully my thoughts when signing up turned out to be right, and I did enjoy the adventure that the company of the Rising Wind went on. For a high or epic fantasy read, there is actually very little death in the book, which made it a more light hearted book than some fantasies tend to be. This also meant that in some aspects this was an easier and lighter read than some fantasy novels, though it is still of a considerable length!
The characters of the two, newly graduated, knights (and cousins), Marc and Monty had a good and realistic relationship with each other, they argued, fought and disagreed, but at the end of the day they most certainly had each other's backs. In a book with a cast of characters as small as this one, the relationships between the characters are what make the story.
On a similar note, I absolutely loved the way that the relationship between Marc and Adrianna grew, and am really intrigued as to where it will be taken in the following books. Unbeknown to Marc (but known to Adrianna), they are betrothed to be married, but even she did not realise this until after they had met and become friendly. You tend to find that with secretly betrothed couples in books, they either loath each other or they love each other on sight. These two felt different, they found each other attractive and attempted to flirt, but they started by becoming friendly and talking about books, and then they started to notice each other more, right up until the final scene really. I mention it a lot, but I am a big fan of the realistic relationship!
Speaking of Adrianna, she is linked to one of the biggest disappointments behind this novel. Not Adrianna as a character, in fact I liked her character, she knows what she wants and she isn't afraid to either show it or get it, but the fact that we saw so little of her. It was a very male dominated narrative, and in fact, Adrianna is the only woman to make an appearance in the book at all. I'm not saying that all the characters, or even most of the characters, have to be female, but as a female reader I like to have at least one character that I can really relate to, and Adrianna isn't given the chance to really become that character.
Saying that, there is an obvious continuation of this book going to be published, and in the sequel and subsequent books I believe, and hope, that we will see more of Adrianna's character, and hopefully some other female characters too!
Being fantasy, there is a large element of magic in The Rising Wind, for the majority of the cases the magic in the book is related to that of the Ageless and isn't actually explained much (because the characters don't know much) and the undead, at one point there is actually mention of necromancy. Then there is Monty's magic, which I suspect also stems from the Ageless, but don't have confirmation of that. The magic fits in well with the story and doesn't feel as if it is there just to make the book a fantasy book. But again, I am hoping to see more of the magic, and more of the explanations behind the magic, in following books.
All in all, The Rising Wind is a strong start to a series and shows a lot of promise for the books yet to come!
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About the book:
After graduating into the Imperial knighthood, Marcavius and his cousin book passage aboard a merchant ship, the Rising Wind, to visit their family estate before reporting to the legions. They know no ship dares tread the heart of the Mennaidran Sea, yet along their voyage a strange fog suddenly sets the Rising Wind adrift in those haunted waters. Fortunately another passenger offers his skill as a navigator to save the day, yet he insists that the ship first detour to a nearby island to replenish its supplies. There the ship’s unlucky passengers soon learn that the monsters and magic of legend are no mere myths! Friends, strangers, and even bitter enemies must work together in order to survive and escape. Yet some of the greatest dangers they’ll face are destined to come from one another.
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About the author:
Ken was born and raised in the Southside of Saint Louis. After earning a degree in World Literature, followed by a degree in Culinary Arts, Ken soon made the obvious career move and went to work in medicine. If you’re having any trouble guessing why, then you’ve probably never served time in the literary or culinary fields. A little taste of reality can suddenly turn a healthy paycheck, normal working hours, and long-term job security into sumptuous delicacies. Despite the sudden change in his employment trajectory, Ken never turned away from his dream of writing. He’d nurtured a lifelong creative ambition, which had gained direction when a funny true story he wrote for a high school English class became so popular with his classmates they traded copies of it in the hall and passed them up and down the bus. Ever since that catalytic moment, Ken has been writing as a hobby and a passion. Thus far, he’s published eight books, along with several other tidbits.
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