The first official review of The Flames of Shadam Khoreh goes to Rising Shadow. Here’s the part I stole the post title from:
If I had to choose only one word to describe this book, the word would be “OUTSTANDING” (in capital letters), because this book is truly outstanding and amazing in all possible ways. I can’t help but praise this book, because I loved every page of it.
Now that I’m sitting here on the other side of the full trilogy, I’ve been very eager to see how people react to the completed story arc. I was very gratified to see that Seregil found the close of the trilogy so satisfying.
The complex story arc of The Lays of Anuskaya works amazingly well, because the author manages to keep all the plot threads in his hands and pushes the story powerfully forward by keeping the characters interesting and revealing new things about the world. The Winds of Khalakovo was the beginning and it introduced the characters and places. The Straits of Galahesh developed things further by adding more layers to the story arc. Now The Flames of Shadam Khoreh delivers a wonderful and unforgettable fantasy feast for fans of epic fantasy, because the new revelations and happenings are brilliant.
I’ll include only one more quote:
In my opinion The Lays of Anuskaya trilogy is one of the best new fantasy trilogies, because there are only a few new trilogies (e.g. Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura, Courtney Schafer’s The Shattered Sigil, C.S. Friedman’s Magister Trilogy, David Anthony Durham’s The Acacia Trilogy, Blake Charlton’s The Spellwright Trilogy) that have as much depth, originality and style. This trilogy is a perfect example of what a talented author can achieve when he puts his mind and heart into writing an original story.
It’s great to be included in a such a wonderful group of writers. It’s no secret C.S. Friedman has had a huge influence on my writing, so that comparison is especially gratifying, but Martha’s, Courtney’s, David’s, and Blake’s trilogies have been getting tons of attention and accolades as well, so to say that this warms my little writer heart would be a severe understatement.
There’s a lot more, some of it blushingly complementary, so I’ll just point you over to Rising Shadow for the full, spoiler-free review.