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Review: A Flame of the North by Lilith Saintcrow

Riveting new series from talent Ms. Saintcrow, I am pulled into a world of magic and old evil rising again. Our story is mostly from the heroine perspective, Solveig.

The story starts a little slow with Solveig as the beleaguered older sister who needs to fix the messes of her younger siblings. This quickly escalates and our heroine is pulled into a world long forgotten with creatures she never expected to see. Some of these are only myths the elderly share during long nights over a fire. What she is seeing cannot be real and yet it is all too real.

I enjoy the Tolken-esque feel to this story. I love how this isn't easy for anyone. I love how the heroes and the good are fighting a losing battle and it isn't a surety they will win. The adversities that Sol encounters in her trek to the Black Lands are numerous. Many of the things Sol believes are no longer true.

I love the complexity of the conflict here. This is not a clear cut black and white situation. Yes there is a Great Enemy. How this enemy came to be - the origin story is not so clear. This grayness intrigues me and I crave to learn more about this world. This world where danger has been sugarcoated and forgot. This world where fae magic is hidden and no more amongst the humans. I look forward to the next book in this series. Recommended to fantasy readers who enjoy quests and character progression stories.

*provided by NetGalley

* I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.


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