Some bumps when it came to Straits:
In 2011 I called Winds of Khalakovo ‘deep and deliberate’ with poignant dialogue ‘that fits the thematic tones perfectly.’ I believed very strongly it was one of the most promising debuts of the year, kicking off what was a huge year of exceptional debuts for Night Shade Books. Two years later that promise is delivered in the form of Bradley P. Beaulieu’s self-published third book Flames of Shadam Khoreh. Given the pacing problems throughout the series, I would argue that the Lays of Anuskaya was too ambitious for a debut novelist. If that’s true, then those difficulties are on full display in Straits of Galahesh which I cannot recommend on its own.
But some glowing praise for Flames.
However, despite my difficulties with the middle volume, this final installment makes it all worth it. The Flames of Shadam Khoreh isn’t just one of the better books I’ve read this year, but one of the epic fantasy endings I’ve had the pleasure of reading. To potential readers let me stress that this is not an easily digestible collection of novels. Quite the opposite. Instead, I would call it a collection of novels worth investing in. I promise it will pay dividends.
I really enjoy reading Justin’s reviews. He’s not only a good writer, but brings a lot of good insights to the review while not stepping over the “spoiler” line.
Read the full review over at Staffer’s Book Review.